Low Level Light Therapy with Light-Emitting Diodes for the Aging Face

Clin Plast Surg. 2016 Jul;43(3):541-50. doi: 10.1016/j.cps.2016.03.011. Epub 2016 May 6.


Low level light therapy (LLLT) with light-emitting diodes (LEDs) is emerging from the mists of black magic as a solid medico-scientific modality, with a substantial buildup of corroborative bodies of evidence for its efficacy and elucidation of the modes of action. Reports are appearing from many different specialties; however, of particular interest to plastic surgeons treating the aging face is the proven action of LED-LLLT on skin cells in both the epidermis and dermis and enhanced blood flow. Thus, LED-LLLT is a safe and effective stand-alone therapy for patients who are prepared to wait until the final effect is perceived.

Keywords: Aging face; LED; Light-emitting diodes; Low level light therapy.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biophysical Phenomena
  • Face*
  • Humans
  • Low-Level Light Therapy*
  • Rejuvenation*
  • Skin Aging*