Light therapy has become the hot new thing in the Aesthetics world. Yet, many Estheticians have not had the pleasure of using it as part of their services. Perhaps there are a few things to consider, which have not been answered by simple research.
Answers to Questions About Light Therapy
The following are the top frequently asked questions and considerations about light therapy that Estheticians would love to have answers for.
- What would I use light therapy for?
- What’s the best way to use light therapy?
- How do I know what type of light therapy system to purchase?
Light therapy can be used in conjunction with any treatments from acne to anti-aging and even for increasing the healing process of many treatments, such as chemical peels and more.
The best way to use light therapy is by using specific colored lights based on the treatment and skin condition. For example, although red light therapy is great for just about everything, you may find it more effective if you actually used blue or violet light for targeting the surface of the skin when treating acne clients.
Knowing and understanding your clients’ skin types will make a significant different in results. After all, your purpose is to having them coming back and perhaps even bringing a friend with them, right?
There are many factors to consider for this. You will need to understand the following before making a commitment to include light therapy onto your service menu:
- Hands-Free vs Handheld
- Ease of Use
Think of the services you will be providing. A hands-free system is known to provide many benefits, especially since it takes a few minutes to make light therapy work efficiently. A handheld system will have your hands tired of holding it in place and has the potential to create an uneven distribution of light.
Leave the hands-free system on as they complete their treatment with a relaxing session of light. Some people love it as a standalone treatment, simply because they get to relax as light creates a therapeutic effect on their skin.
With the right hands-free system, you can also position the light on just about any part of the body. And if you ever have a client who can’t lay down for any reason at all, you may also have the ability to position it just right as they are sitting down.
A light therapy unit that costs very little may not be equipped to handle the type of results your clients desire. It’s important to understand how your system works and the costs that will involve in maintaining it. For example, each bulb on an LED is already colored. Should anything happen to any of these bulbs, you’re suddenly left with a space. It’s important how much it would cost if a bulb goes out, fuse, and more.
What features your system includes as well as the materials they’re made with can make a significant difference. Typically, the saying, “you get what you pay for” is the common situation with many light therapy units. How long do you plan on keeping your system? Do you mind something that lasts for only 2 to 3 years or something that could last a lifetime with very minimal costs to maintenance?
A professional grade unit can cost as much as $25,000, based on what type of features you’re looking for and the quality of the unit. However, be aware of units that are rendered “cheap” as it may create problems much earlier than you expect, leaving you to wonder what just happened with your investment.