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8 Important Questions to Ask before Undergoing Blue Light Therapy

Blue light therapy was developed as an effective and non-invasive treatment for freckles, acne, spider veins, varicose veins, rosacea and hyperpigmentation.  There are very few risks associated with blue light therapy procedures and it is generally considered a safe treatment.  In the rare cases that side effects do occur, they typically subside within a few days of beginning blue light therapy treatment.

What are the benefits of blue light therapy?
Blue light therapy is completely natural and has a wide variety of benefits including its ability to kill bad bacteria, regulate mood and circadian rhythms, and strengthen your liver.  It is also completely non-invasive and does not damage the skin.

What can blue light therapy be used to treat?
Blue light therapy is predominately used for the treatment of acne, and is used to disinfect and kill any bacteria that may be on your skin or in your pores.

Is the blue light therapy procedure painful, and is it safe?
Blue light therapy is completely safe for all skin types and people of all ages.  There is no pain involved in blue light therapy treatments, and does not damage your skin cells in any way.  Patients who are on the oral medication Accutane should avoid blue light therapy treatments while they are still administering the drug.

Is blue light therapy right for me?
Blue light therapy isn’t for everyone, and it’s always a good idea to consult with a specialist before starting a treatment plan.  If you have a condition or take medications that make your skin sensitive to light, it’s important to err on the side of caution and talk with your doctor to see if blue light therapy is a good fit for you.  Also, those with eye conditions or eyes that are vulnerable to light should also be cautious of blue light therapy treatments.

How long will it take for me to recover?
Since blue light therapy is a non-invasive procedure, the recovery time following treatment is virtually non-existent.  As long as you are willing to return to your follow-up treatments as outlined by your specialist, there should be no impedance in your skin’s recovery.

What kind of side effects can I expect from blue light therapy?
Side effects as a result of blue light therapy are typically very mild and may include eyestrain, headaches, nausea, irritability, agitation, and exacerbation of symptoms inherent to bi-polar disorder.   The side effects are unlikely to occur in most people, and subside within a few days of the procedure.  However, please discuss with your specialist if blue light therapy is right for you before committing to a treatment plan.

How effective is blue light therapy treatment?
Blue light therapy on its own can help you regain control of your acne issue, but must be employed with a comprehensive skin care regimen that complements the blue light treatments. Blue light therapy is considered an effective skin care procedure due to its ability to kill approximately 99.9 percent of all bacteria, but combining the treatment with a daily care regimen will greatly improve your chances of success.

Where can I get blue light therapy treatments done?
Many people choose to purchase a blue light machine and perform their treatments at the comfort of their own home. However, the effectiveness of these devices varies greatly and many claim that the cost is not worth the limited results they are able to provide. More severe cases of acne and inflammation can benefit from a professional treatment procedure. Choosing a reputable clinic and plastic surgeon such as Dr. Mulholland and his team at SpaMedica Toronto will ensure significant and long-lasting results.

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