A study to determine the efficacy of a novel handheld light-emitting diode device in the treatment of photoaged skin

J Cosmet Dermatol. 2008 Dec;7(4):263-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1473-2165.2008.00404.x.


The use of visible or near-infrared spectral light alone for the purpose of skin rejuvenation has been previously reported in the literature. These devices use large arrays of diodes to deliver light to the skin. In this study, a novel method of light-emitting diode (LED) photo rejuvenation incorporating a combination of these wavelengths delivered from a small handheld unit is proposed. Twenty-two subjects with facial rhytides received eight light therapy treatments over a course of 4 weeks, using the Omnilux handheld LED system. Assessment of global skin grading was evaluated at weeks 6, 9, and 12 by a dermatologist. Additional outcome measures included assessments of clinical photography and patient satisfaction scores. Seventy-four percent of the subjects reported a visible improvement in fine lines and wrinkles at 8 weeks posttreatment. Combination red and near-infrared LED therapy delivered from a small portable handheld unit represents an effective and acceptable method of photo rejuvenation. Further studies to optimize the parameters of treatment are required.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cosmetic Techniques*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infrared Rays / therapeutic use*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Phototherapy / methods*
  • Rejuvenation*
  • Skin Aging*
  • Treatment Outcome