LED Post Laser Helps Recovery from Redness

Written by on May 12, 2009 in laser therapy, LED Therapy with 2 Comments

A recent abstract from Dermatologic Surgery suggests that treatment with 590nm LED therapy following fractional laser skin resurfacing helps patients more quickly recover from the post treatment erythema.

Whilst skin resurfacing with a laser is considered dangerous for rosacea sufferers, the fact that LED therapy help speed up recovery is good news for LED and low level light therapy in general.

The Good News

The study showed that for up to 96 hours after the resurfacing treatment, the LED treated skin was less red than the skin just left to recover on its own.

This paper is a further confirmation of the benefits of LED therapy post laser treatments.

Other Related Research

More directly relevant to rosacea sufferers is a 2008 paper in Cosmetic Dermatology that also showed that LED helps recovery after IPL and reduces redness.

Further, this is building on the encouraging comments from the interview with laser and light therapy expert Dr. David Goldberg Combining Light-Based Treatments and Topicals for Rosacea.

The effect of IPL and LED appears to be additive. That is, the combination works better than each one separately. Papules & pustules are generally best treated with oral and/or topical agents. Inflammation or swelling is best treated with a combination of IPL and yellow/red LED. This group also is treated with near-infrared LED.

Here is the new abstract;

Improvement of Postfractional Laser Erythema with Light-Emitting Diode Photomodulation, Dermatol Surg. 2009 Apr 2, Alster TS, Wanitphakdeedecha R., Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery, Washington, District of Columbia.

BACKGROUND The most common side effects of fractional laser skin treatment are erythema and edema. Low-level light therapy and light-emitting diode (LED) devices have been used to stimulate fibroblast activity and hasten wound healing.

OBJECTIVE To determine whether LED treatment immediately after fractional laser skin resurfacing affects the severity and duration of postoperative eythema.

MATERIALS AND METHODS Twenty patients received treatment with a 590-nm wavelength LED array to randomly selected facial halves immediately after undergoing full-face fractional laser skin resurfacing with a 1,550-nm erbium-doped fiber laser. Differences in erythema between LED-treated and untreated facial halves were recorded at 24, 48, and 96 hours post-treatment.

RESULTS The LED-treated facial halves were less erythematous in all 20 patients 24 hours postoperatively. The six patients who received the highest mean energy densities during fractional laser treatment continued to exhibit decreased erythema in the LED-treated areas at 48 hours. At 96 hours post-treatment, no discernible differences between facial halves were observed in any patient.

CONCLUSIONS Photomodulation with a 590-nm-wavelength LED array can decrease the intensity and duration of postfractional laser treatment erythema. The authors have indicated no significant interest with commercial supporters.

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Has anyone had their laser or IPL practitioner suggest LED as a post treatment therapy ? I wonder how long it will be before this form of recovery therapy will become the norm.

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2 Reader Comments

  1. Linda Pelletier says:


    Yes I had the lazer treaments for my rosacea. I have very sensitive skin. I tried oinments they just irritated my skin even more. When I did the lazer treatments they started off on lowest setting, which was ok didn’t notice any change. Then they went to highest setting. This actually made my face worse and I ended getting more rosacea in areas that I never had before. It was terrible!! I will never go back to that kind of treatment again. This was what I was told to do from my dermatologist, boy was he wrong.


  2. Rohit says:

    Study light protects your eye from ultraviolet rays.About a decade ago the whole world was talking about the mercury bulbs-CFL.

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