What is LED Light Therapy?
So what is light emitting diode (LED) therapy? Light therapy, also known as phototherapy or low-level light therapy, is the application of specific wavelengths of light energy to tissue to obtain therapeutic benefits for a variety of conditions including skin and pain.
The absorbed energy is then used to improve cellular performance. Red light therapy can be delivered through light emitting diode (LEDs) devices or cold lasers, and has a variety of applications across many medical fields. This clinically validated technique is gaining greater and greater acceptance in main stream medicine by dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons as a non-invasive therapeutic modality for the treatment and healing of skin and wound conditions and by pain professionals for pain relief.
Phototherapy, or LED red light therapy, has been widely researched and is supported by thousands of peer-reviewed and published clinical research papers from prestigious institutions around the world. Other terms by which light therapy is referred to are photobiostimulation, photobiomodulation, photomedicine, LED light therapy, low-level light therapy (LLLT), red light therapy, cold and soft LASER therapy. All terms are correct, have the same meaning and are used to describe the delivery of light energy to treat a variety of medical and cosmetic conditions.
LED red light therapy treatments are non-invasive, painless, require no recovery time, and can be used safely on all skin types.
The only all-in-one LED light therapy device designed to manage a variety of pain and skin conditions
In the same way that plants use chlorophyll to convert sunlight into energy, high intensity light emitting diodes (LEDs) utilizing specific, proven wavelengths of light can trigger a natural biostimulatory effect in human tissue. Research has shown that light emitting diode (LED) or phototherapy can increase circulation, accelerate tissue repair, kill acne bacteria, decrease inflammation, improve acne prone skin, skin tone, texture and clarity, decrease under eye wrinkles as well as ease muscle and joint pain, stiffness, spasm, and pain associated with arthritis.
Research indicates that cells absorb particles of light (photons) and transform their energy into adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the form of energy that cells utilize. The resulting elevation of ATP is then used to power metabolic processes; synthesize DNA, RNA, proteins, enzymes, and other products needed to repair or regenerate cell components; foster mitosis or cell proliferation; and restore homeostasis. Simply put, the LED phototherapy source provides compromised cells with added energy so the cells performance is enhanced. For example, fibroblast cells will increase collagen and elastin production in connective tissue to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in our skin and increase the rate of wound healing.
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About the Celluma
Cleared by the FDA for pain management and skin care treatments, Celluma red LED light therapy devices use specific wavelengths of light energy to improve cellular health by accelerating the repair and replenishment of compromised tissue cells for enhanced skin appearance and pain relief. While similar devices on the market claim to do the same, they often require multiple panels and accessories in order to treat specific conditions or accommodate different parts of the body.
Patented, pulsed-wave technology controlled by proprietary software algorithms add to the applicability of Celluma light emitting diode therapy. With the exception of the Celluma CLEAR (emits blue and red only) for treating acne, all Celluma devices are polychromatic and deliver blue (465nm), red (640nm) and infrared (880nm) light energy simultaneously to safely treat a wide variety of skin and pain conditions easily and affordably, both in a professional setting and at home. Each wavelength is absorbed by different molecules that act as a signaling mechanism for different cellular processes. For example, some reduce inflammation and some kill acne-causing bacteria, while others enhance localized circulation.
Shining a Light on the Celluma Difference
When it comes to phototherapy (light emitting diode therapy), there is a broad range of optical parameters required to induce cellular responses for desired therapeutic outcomes. These specific and well-proven requirements for effective light therapy begin with choosing the correct wavelengths; blue, red and near-infrared. These are the wavelengths most widely supported by credible scientific research for the effective application of low-level light phototherapy. Optimal energy delivery and treatment parameters are also crucial components. The importance of device placement and proximity to tissue is one aspect of LED light therapy which is often misunderstood and rarely explained effectively. The key to efficacy is getting the light emissions as close to the skin as possible to ensure optimal energy absorption. Based on Celluma’s patented shape-taking design, no other LED device is capable of positioning better or more easily than Celluma phototherapy devices. A rule of thumb is to place the device as close as possible to the skin but within your comfort level or that of the patient. Remember, the closer the device is placed to the skin the more energy is available for utilization by under-functioning cells and the faster and better the improvement to skin and pain conditions.
Based on the Inverse Square Law of optical physics, we understand that the proximity to the treatment area (skin) is key to effectiveness. This law applies to all phototherapy light devices and all brands. In order to make up for the distance factor, early LED machines were built on what is considered today to be outdated platforms, and had to resort to different strategies, including increasing the number LEDs or increasing power output. However, these tactics don’t make up for distance they are positioned from the skin, they do however add dramatically to the cost of these bulky devices. Whether treating aging skin or pain conditions, the key to light therapy efficacy is not how much energy is output by a device, or how many LEDs there are, but how much energy is available for absorption by the tissue (skin). So, if using phototherapy to improve skin and pain concerns, select a shape-taking LED device such as Celluma whose patented design leverages the Inverse Square Law thereby maximizing your potential for successful treatments.
The Inverse Square Law states that certain forces on an object varies by the inverse square of the distance between the object and the source of the force. Light energy obeys this law. For example, an object placed three inches away from a light source will receive only one ninth as much energy as an object placed one inch from the light. Simply put and following the principles of the Inverse Square Law, we understand that the closer the light energy is emitted to the skin the more energy is absorbed and the faster and better you will see results. What exactly does this mean for you and how do you use this information to optimize skin and pain outcomes?
Today’s advances in LED technology allows Celluma to produce devices that leverage the Inverse Square Law. Celluma devices are flexible and shape-taking in design, allowing them to be contoured closely to the treatment area whether that be facial skin or arm and leg joints. In application, this means faster, better and longer lasting results for you, your clients and your patients. Essentially, placing Celluma, or any light therapy device farther away from the skin will not make it ineffective, just less effective. Therefore, it makes sense to use a shape-taking LED device which can be optimally positioned so maximum energy is absorbed in the targeted region for better and faster skin treatments and pain relief.
Additionally, Celluma’s contouring design allows previously considered “awkward” areas such as elbows, shoulders or ankles to be treated with ease. Celluma phototherapy is hands-and stand free and does not require monitoring during the treatment session. This is a welcome advancement for Practitioners and home users alike, who can enjoy more effective skin and pain treatments with improved ease-of-use.
See how Celluma compares to other light therapy and phototherapy devices for treating skin and pain conditions. The difference is uniquely clear. Celluma is:
- Safe, clinically proven, FDA cleared and medically CE marked for skin and pain conditions
- Non-toxic, non-invasive, compared to many skin topicals
- Affordable alternative to drugs and harsh topical solutions
- Conforms closely to the treatment area for optimal effectiveness unlike other LED devices
- Patented Shape-Taking Design. While some LED machines claim to be flexible, unlike Celluma, none can hold their shape in position without stands or cradles to hold them in place
- Treats large surface/skin areas and can be used safely anywhere on the body
- Portable and lightweight — ideal for travel and easy storage
- Takes the principles of the Inverse Square Law into account
- Embedded NASA researched technology
- Safe treatments for the entire family, including pets*
Illuminating Vitality as Nature Intended
Celluma light therapy mimics a natural photobiochemical reaction process to deliver safe, UV-free low-level light energy through FDA cleared, high-intensity LED devices. Celluma machines are FDA-cleared to treat a variety of skin and pain conditions to regain and maintain your body and skin’s natural vitality without the concern of dangerous side effects often associated with modern pharmaceuticals. Designed to address a multitude of skin and musculoskeletal conditions, Celluma is available in 1, 2 and 3-mode user-friendly devices and comes in several sizes. The Celluma DELUX permits full-body skin and pain treatments and came into being as a result of demand from customers seeking a way to treat larger areas of the body. The Celluma DELUX is medically credentialed to treat the same skin and pain conditions as all other Celluma devices.
Depth of Light Energy Penetration
Originally developed by NASA for astronauts who could become injured or ill on long-term space missions, low-level-light therapy is used today as a safe and natural method of treating a variety of skin and pain conditions such as acne, wrinkles, aging skin and pain.
The 3-mode Celluma PRO treating Acne, Wrinkles and Pain, is unique and unlike any other LED panel device available today. Ideally sized for over the face, the Celluma PRO can be positioned over any part of the body, including the spine, hip or shoulder, feet, knees, and more.
What is low-level-light therapy?
Low-level-light therapy or photobiomodulation is based on Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology and is the application of light energy to the body for therapeutic benefits. It promotes a natural photobiochemical reaction similar to the process of plant photosynthesis. The energy delivered by the LEDs has been shown to enhance cellular metabolism, accelerate the repair and replenishment of damaged skin cells, as well as stimulate the production of collagen — the foundation of healthy, smooth skin. Research has shown that LED light therapy may help smooth skin texture, improve skin firmness and resilience, increase lymphatic system activity, restore skin’s natural cellular activity, and reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and superficial hyperpigmentation. The treatment is for all skin types, and is non-ablative, non-invasive, painless, and requires absolutely no downtime. Patients or clients can return to their normal activity immediately after the treatment.
For what purpose is light therapy used?
Based on extensive research, low-level-light therapy devices have been cleared by the FDA, and shown to manage:
- Mild to moderate acne vulgaris
- Superficial, benign vascular and pigment lesions
- Periorbital wrinkles and rhytides
- Sub-optimal local blood flow and circulation
- Minor muscle and joint aches
- Minor muscle and joint pain
- Pain and stiffness associated with arthritis
- Minor arthritis or muscle spasms
- Minor chronic neck and shoulder pain of a musculoskeletal origin
Are there any harmful side effects to low-level light therapy?
LED devices are considered extremely low risk when used as intended.
Does Light therapy hurt?
No. Light therapy is non-invasive and is painless when used as intended.
How safe is light therapy?
Low-level-light therapy is based on light emitting diode (LED) technology developed for NASA-manned space flight experiments. In comparison to lasers, the patented LED technology generates negligible amounts of heat and is not considered a significant risk device.
Does light therapy utilize UV light?
No. Celluma utilizes a combination of blue, red, and near-infrared (not visible to the naked eye) light emitting diodes (LEDs) only.
How long does a Celluma session last?
Thirty (30) minutes.
Are there any special preparations required before using Celluma?
Celluma should be in close proximity to the area being treated. Skin should also be free of clothing, makeup, or anything else that may deflect light away from the skin.
Why do I need to remove my makeup?
Many makeup formulas contain minerals that may deflect light. Clean, freshly washed skin is recommended for best results.
Do I need to lie down to use Celluma?
No. You can use Celluma while sitting or lying down. For example, there are two ways to use Celluma when targeting the lower-back region: sitting comfortably in a chair with Celluma curved horizontally around the lower back area, or lying down with the device placed on the lower-back region. The Celluma may also be placed vertically on the spine following the natural curvature of the body. The key benefit of its design is the unique ability to mold its shape to conform to the profile of the body. Do not lie directly on top, lean against or apply full body weight to the device.
What’s the best position to use Celluma?
The best position is the one that is most comfortable for the user. The user should be either seated or lying comfortably with adequate support. Never strain or twist in order to use the device. Instead, mold the device to the desired body part. For arms or legs, Celluma may be wrapped around the body part. Once positioned, sit back, relax, watch TV, use your laptop, or take a nap.
How close should Celluma be placed to the treatment area?
Position Celluma as close to your skin as possible, the closer the better. One key advantage to Celluma is its patented flexible design, which allows for close positioning to the skin, and may lead to more effective results.
Can I apply makeup after a Celluma session?
Yes. You may resume all normal activities immediately following use.
Can I travel with Celluma?
Yes. Celluma is lightweight and portable, making it ideal for travel. For travel outside of the U.S., be sure to check for correct power source and electrical input. An International Celluma Adapter Kit is included with all devices.
Who can use Celluma?
Celluma should not be used on children under 12, or over the breast or stomach of a breast-feeding or pregnant person. Please refer to the User Manual for a complete list of contraindications.
The Celluma PRO measures 24" x 10" with a treatment level of 16" x 8".
If you are interested in learning more about Celluma PRO, text us at (206) 698-2431.