Pulsed Light Treatments Soon to be Available at Home

Beauty Cred on 25 Feb 2008 at 8:48am

Pulsed light has long been known to heal wounds, and now GentleWaves LED Photomodulation(R) has been cleared for over the counter use without a prescription. Does this mean we will be giving ourselves photofacials at home?

GentleWaves has been used since 2003 by estheticians under the supervision of physicians, and has been "scientifically proven" to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles through pulsating amber LEDs.  The LEDs are coded to stimulate collagen production and slow collagen breakdown.

The great thing about LEDS is that they don't scrape, or burn, cause pain, or make downtime necessary. The only question I have is whether they achieve the result most consumers want. I've looked at the before and after pictures, and it's the usual: sometimes the result is dramatic, and sometimes it isn't. The results I've seen seem to be more dramatic on  younger people.

I've had photofacials at the doctor's office, and I love them. They definitely work.  In fact, they work a well as Retin-A, except that Retin-A makes my skin peel. I'm just curious how the home units will work -- whether they will be as powerful as the ones in spas.

We have only had one review here at Real Self, and our reader did not have the GentleWaves system.

Here's what seems like an honest appraisal:

"The way that I view GentleWaves® is that it delivers what glycolic and beta-life peels promised but without any pain or downtime. Most importantly GentleWav es® actually delivers consistent efficacy, unlike the unpredictable results of peels.There is an overall skin smoothing with reduction in background erythema and pigmentation. I have attached a representative image from the study (after 8 treatments over 4 weeks) we did 60 patients (to be published soon in Dermatologic Survey), these images were taken using the Canfeild sterotactic imaging system with absolutely identical lighting and positioning. Our patients are very satisfied when they have these expectations and we explain what this new technology replaces. 

Robert Weiss, M.D.
Director, Maryland Laser Skin and Vein Institute

Photo Photo


The key phrase in here is "what this technology replaces." It replaces a glycolic peel -- not a full facelift.  I think patients often come in looking for the Nirvana of a full face lift with no down time. Trust me, that isn't going to happen any time soon.  It's incremental/.