Light Therapy Takes Over SWFL as the Latest, Effective Noninvasive-Beauty Treatment

No-down-time phototherapy promises to reduce wrinkles, inflammation and sun damage, and boost energy.

BY June 29, 2023
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The latest buzz in noninvasive beauty stems from light therapy treatments that stimulate cells for glowing skin. A rainbow of wavelengths on the electromagnetic spectrum delivers a range of benefits, from fighting acne and precancerous spots to boosting your energy and mood. Blue and red light are the most common, and we’ve seen an uptick in red light therapies at local dermatology offices and med spas.

At Restore Hyper Wellness—which has locations in Naples and Estero—a 10-minute session in a private red-light room offers a restorative, full-body experience to tame inflammation and increase energy. Naples’ OMNI Balanced Life Center offers various light modalities, often incorporating Celluma LED therapy into anti-aging treatments. Akin to the machines used to cure your gel nails in a salon, the boxy device tents the face with a combination of red, blue and near-infrared frequencies, to enhance the effects of your treatment. Red light decreases inflammation, while blue light kills acne-causing bacteria on the surface. Near-infrared frequencies—invisible to the human eye—penetrate deeper, reaching muscles, joints and bones.

Naples’ Tree of Light Whole Body Rejuvenation Center’s ARRC LED Chamber looks like a tanning bed. The device works through a combination of calming green light in tandem with red and infrared lights for a full-body treatment. “They’re healing on a cellular level,” owner Dona Parker says.

To heat things up, opt for an infrared sauna at any of the aforementioned locations, as well as at Fort Myers’ White Orchid Wellness Spa and Marco Island’s Xcel Fitness Spa. OMNI founder Jamie Kliewe, a certified holistic health practitioner, says infrared heats the body from the inside out: “It’s primarily used for detoxification, but in the process, you get healing and cellular regeneration.”

At Yag-Howard Cosmetic Dermatology, they harness phototherapy through targeted lasers. “Lasers are a concentrated, single wavelength of light,” Dr. Cyndi Yag-Howard explains. “They’re used for aesthetics to improve the skin color, tone and texture; to decrease fine lines and wrinkles; to decrease the size and the number of pores; and to give your skin an overall more youthful, vibrant appearance.” The Woodruff Institute for Dermatology and MOHS Surgery often uses blue light, and Naples’ Skin Wellness Physicians uses blue and red light with topical agents to target sun damage, including potentially cancerous and precancerous spots. “It is amazing the healing capabilities—I am still in awe,” Dona, from Tree of Light, says of the spectrum’s transformative effects.

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