The Healing Power of Cold Laser Therapy

By Heather Elrod, President and CEO  SkinPhD Cosmeceuticals

Most of us in the aesthetic and medical aesthetic fields are familiar with the terms IPL (Intense-pulsed light), LED (Light-emitting Diode), and L.A.S.E.R. (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation). Technically, a laser is a source of high-intensity optical, infrared, or ultraviolet radiation (light). The photons involved in the laser emission process all have the same energy and phase so that the laser beam is monochromatic and coherent, allowing it to be brought to a fine focus.

Coherent vs. Non-Coherent Light Sources

A laser beam is different from IPL and LED because it is “coherent”. This simply means that the beam has the ability to remain focused over a distance. IPL and LED are non-coherent, meaning the light scatters with shorter depth of penetration while laser is coherent, thus providing a “targeted” as shown in the image below. With coherence, the scattering of light decreases and the light will strike the target at perpendicular angles that will increase its absorption and transmission to deeper tissues.

SkinPhD Cold Laser Coherent Light Comparison

Cold Laser Therapy

Cold laser therapy supplies energy to the body in the form of non-thermal photons of light, hence the term “cold laser”. Cold lasers use light waves in the near infrared ranges that penetrate the deepest of all light waves in the visible spectrum.

Cold Laser Light is:

  • Monochromatic (A single wavelength in the 635 to 970 nm range)
  • Coherent (Traveling in a straight non-diverging line)
  • Has a wavelength in red portion of the electromagnetic spectrum
  • Polarized (Concentrating it energy as a defined spot)
  • Does not heat tissue

Because of the Cold Laser’s deep penetration, light is transmitted through the skin’s layers (the dermis, epidermis, and the subcutaneous tissue or tissue fat under the skin) and reaches the Mitochondria of the cell. This is very important because the Mitochondria are the cell’s power producers.

How Does the Cold Laser Work?

THE KEY IS THE MITOCHONDRIA

SkinPhD Cold Laser Mitochondria

Mitochondria and the Relationship to ATP

The Mitochondria convert energy into forms that are usable by the cell. Located in the cytoplasm, they are the sites of cellular respiration which ultimately generate fuel for the cell’s activities. The Mitochondria is the organelle known as “The Powerhouse of the Cell” because of its ability to manufacture a substance called ATP. ATP is essential because it is what your body uses for energy…in fact, it is the only substance your body can ultimately use as energy. Even what we eat (carbohydrates, proteins, or fats) must first be completely digested and then converted to ATP in order to extract any energy from it. Without adequate amounts of ATP, living organisms are unable to survive and thrive. On the contrary, abundant supplies of ATP mean that cells have adequate energy to do all the things it must do to not only stay alive but also the things that it can do to thrive exceptionally.

What could your body do if it could create more ATP in a local area — lots more ATP? Think about the implications for a moment. Extra energy in the form of ATP can be used by cells, tissues, and organs, to detoxify themselves of accumulated waste products and toxins, repair themselves, regenerate / rebuild themselves, and do many things beyond simply “staying alive”. How can we make cells create more ATP? The answer is Cold Laser Therapy!

Cold Laser Light and Increased Mitochondrial Activity

Scientific Research has shown that although many cells have numerous kinds of receptors; the body has at least three specific kinds of receptors in every single cell in the body.

  • There are receptors for neurotransmitters (serotonin, dopamine, acetylcholine, etc)
  • There are receptors for hormones (Insulin, various Thyroid Hormones, Estrogen, etc)
  • There are receptors for light (AKA “Photo-Receptors”)

Each cell can contain thousands of Mitochondria, which move about producing ATP in response to the cell’s need for chemical energy. When the infrared light of a Cold Laser is applied to affected body area at a frequency of between 600 – 905 nanometers (which penetrate up to 5cm below the skin’s surface), it causes the Mitochondria to create more cellular energy in the form of ATP. When various cells or tissues of the body are presented with extra ATP, they can use it to detoxify, rebuild, regenerate, reduce inflammation, produce collagen and elasticity, and generally aid in the healing process of injured or diseased tissue. This claim is substantiated by thousands of peer-reviewed medical and scientific studies that have been published over the past several decades.

European and Japanese doctors have been using Cold Laser extensively for decades for pain reduction, wound healing, sports therapy, and aesthetic treatments. In the United States, Cold Lasers have been used over the last several years primarily for pain management, sports therapy, chiropractic treatments. Now, Cold Lasers are gaining popularity in aesthetic treatments for their efficacy and healing power of the skin at the cellular level.

GENERAL EFFECTS OF COLD LASER*
Increased Cell Growth: Laser light accelerate cellular reproduction and growth. Amazingly enough, there is a great deal of research showing that Cold Laser actually has the opposite effect on cancer cells —- slowing down their rate of division.

Increased Metabolic Activity: Laser photons initiate a higher outputs of specific enzymes, immune cells, oxygen, and nutrition for blood cells.

Pain Relief: Pain Relief is due not only to accelerated healing processes, but is also the result of increased release of endorphins.

Faster Wound Healing: Light from the Cold Laser stimulates cells called fibroblasts, which can speed up collagen synthesis in damaged tissue. This is a bigger deal than you might imagine because Collagen, the most abundant protein in the body, is the building block for muscles, ligaments, tendons, fascia, bones, skin, and several other connective tissues. This is why Cold Laser is used for Tissue Remodeling Treatments.

Increased Cellular Detoxification: Increased ATP is known to provide increased cellular energy for “cellular housekeeping”. Clear out the cellular toxicity and the body heals so much easier.

Increased Collagen and Elasticity: Many studies show the increased collagen and elasticity that occur from cellular stimulation using Cold Laser Therapy

Increased Vascular Activity: Laser photons induce temporary dilation of local blood vessels that can increase blood flow to effected areas. One way it does this is by increasing the good form of Nitric Oxide. Cold Laser has been shown to actually increase the numbers of capillaries in treated tissue, thus bringing more blood (hydration, nutrition, detox, etc) to the treated area on a longer term basis.

Reduced Fibrous Tissue (Scar Tissue) Formation: Lasers have been shown to reduce the formation of scar tissue following tissue damage from: cuts, scratches, burns or surgery.

Stimulated Nerve Function: Laser photon exposure speeds the process of nerve cell reconnection, and helps bring numb or dysfunctional areas (neuropathy) back to life.

Increased Tissue Oxygenation: Laser has been shown to increase oxygenation via increased levels of cellular ATP.

Anti-Inflammatory Actions: Cold Laser Therapy has been shown in numerous studies to decrease inflammation. Be aware that although many people believe it to be true, inflammation is not synonymous with swelling — it’s much more serious than that. Inflammation is a largely “systemic” chemical issue that causes all sorts of problems (swelling is one of many). This probably helps explain why Cold Laser Therapy can help so many different problems.

Laser Acupuncture: Many studies touting the fact that Cold Laser Therapy actually stimulates acupuncture points in a similar fashion to needles or other methods.

*excerpts taken from Dr. Schierling, Cold Laser Cure

DR. JEFFEREY NELSON on COLD LASER Therapy

“Light energy has been used for healing since the earliest recorded medical history, but has gone out of favor in Western medicine with the advent of the existing paradigm of a more surgical and pharmacological basis… (Cold Laser) has been an essential part of therapy for practitioners around the world for almost 20 years, but it is only recently catching on in the United States. Still, the vast majority of students of medicine and allied health practices in this country are not being taught its efficacy and use… I have had the opportunity to assist multiple patients with pain management, wound healing and physical recovery… This modality has been the best new technology I have had to offer my patients in the last decade. It is my hope that others will latch onto this technology and bring it forward, for it is a completely non-invasive option that provides so many physiologic advantages with no apparent side effects.”

– Dr. Jeff Nelson, Director of the Burn and Wound Center at St. Mary’s Hospital in Tucson, Arizona

Written by Heather Elrod, President and CEO of SkinPhD Cosmeceuticals

SkinPhD formulates and manufactures in South Africa using the natural resources from the area (semi-precious stones, marula, honeybush, malachite) in combination with the most efficacious ingredients available to cosmetic science. SkinPhD has several product collections including Platinum for mature skin, Clarify for perfecting the skin, and Renaissance for darker skin tones. SkinPhD combines our clinical skin care with cold laser therapy for extraordinary reparative results in the skin. We specialize in bringing skin in every state of damage and disrepair back to health. We also offer real, customized results for darker skin tones.

The Science and Effectiveness of Cold Laser Facial Therapies

The Science

SkinPhD’s Photo Bio-Stimulation is low level laser therapy otherwise known as cold laser therapy. Cold lasers supply energy to the body in the form of non-thermal photons of light. Light is transmitted through the skin’s layers (the dermis, epidermis, and the subcutaneous tissue or tissue fat under the skin) at all wavelengths in the visible range. However, light waves in the near infrared ranges penetrate the deepest of all light waves in the visible spectrum. Photo bio-stimulation is the process where a chain of chemical reaction is triggered by exposure to light. Primary photo-acceptors (which are activated by light) are located in the mitochondria and can convert light energy to electro-chemical energy. It is this energy that heals, repairs, builds collagen, increases cell turnover, and oxygenates the blood, and gives an overall appearance of healthy skin.

It is a scientific fact that light transmitted to the blood in this way has positive effects throughout the entire body, supplying vital oxygen and energy to every cell, increasing cell turnover, and improving collagen and elasticity.

What should you expect during our Photo Bio-Stimulation Facial?

The most noticeable sensation is the touch of the probe head of the device as it comes into contact with the skin. Some have noted that they are able to sense a slight feeling of warmth but most notice nothing at all. The key to skin health with our photo bio stimulation facial is to schedule a treatment every month or at least every other month.

Credibility and Clinical Studies

Our engineers worked on the Russian space program; they are among the most prominent physicists and engineers in the world.  Over 2500 published articles on light therapy exist with over 1200 references.  Over 170 randomized, double blind studies were conducted.  Positive studies use appropriate wavelength, energy density, dose, treatment technique and schedule of treatments.

How does our cold laser work?SkinPhD Laser Multi Radance terraquantpro

The TerraQuant is designed with three specific radiances built into a cluster. The Standard probe combines the following wavelengths and light sources:

∞905nm super-pulsed laser
∞875nm non-coherent IREDs
∞660NM non-coherent LED

These wavelengths combine the most effective infrared wavelengths with a red light LED. The resulting photochemical reaction from these modalities produce: 1) an increase in the cellular metabolism rate that expedites cell repair and the stimulation of the immune, lymphatic and vascular systems, 2) an increase in collagen and elasticity in the skin, 3) an increase in oxygen flow and energy throughout the body, 4) a decrease in bacteria, 4) an improvement in tone and texture, and 5) a youthful glow which all lead to beautiful and healthy skin!

To learn more about our cold laser technology, visit MultiRadiance

SkinPhD Laser Therapies

Renewing Cold Laser Facial Therapy

Renewing Cold Laser Facial Therapy
SkinPhD Photo Bio StimulationTherapy

SkinPhD is a pioneer in the use of cold laser therapy to stimulate cell regeneration.
Cold Laser Therapy is key component in all our facial therapies.

Total treatment duration: 30 minutes
Cold Laser Photo Bio-Stimulation Therapy duration: 10 minutes

This treatment is ideal for:

– Facial wrinkles – Broken capillaries – Impure skin / acne

– Skin with enlarged pores – Scar Repair most effective results seen on new scars – Pigmentation

Key Products Used

A Gentle Exfoliator will be used to maximize the penetration of the Photo Bio-Stimulation and prepare the skin for maximum product absorption. One of SkinPhD’s skin specific serums will be applied to your skin during this treatment depending on the problem / condition treated.

Unique Masked Used

One of SkinPhD’s skin specific masks will be applied to your skin during this treatment depending on the problem / condition treated.

Cold Laser Therapy

Cold Laser Therapy produces a process called ATP within the cell that stimulates cell turnover to regenerate much faster, oxygenates the blood and is anti-inflammatory.

Home Care

SkinPhD Skin Care System as advised by your therapist with Special Treatment Serum for Skin Type.

Microderma Cold Laser Facial

Microderma Cold Laser Facial

SkinPhD Microderma Cold Laser Facial

SkinPhD is a pioneer in the use of cold laser therapy. Cold laser therapy produces a process known as ATP in the mitochondria of the cell which works to bring the cells back to their original state of health. Cold Laser Therapy is key component in all our facial therapies.

Total treatment duration: 60 minutes Cold Laser Photo Bio-Stimulation Therapy duration: 10 minutes

This treatment is ideal for:

– Facial wrinkles – Broken capillaries – Impure skin / acne

– Skin with enlarged pores – Scar Repair most effective results seen on new scars – Pigmentation

Key Products Used

This is an intense and highly effective treatment as microdermabrasion is used as the exfoliant before the remaining therapy protocols and the cold laser treatment. Since cold laser uses non-thermal photons of light, it is the only laser that can be used effectively and safely following microdermabrasion. One of SkinPhD’s skin specific serums will be applied to your skin during this treatment depending on the problem / condition treated.

Unique Masked Used

One of SkinPhD’s skin specific masks will be applied to your skin during this treatment depending on the problem / condition treated.

Cold Laser Therapy

Cold Laser Therapy produces a process called ATP within the cell that stimulates cell turnover to regenerate much faster, oxygenates the blood and is anti-inflammatory.

Home Care

SkinPhD Skin Care System as advised by your therapist with Special Treatment Serum for Skin Type.

Revitalizing Treatment

Revitalizing Treatment

SkinPhD Revitalizing Treatment

This treatment combines a Gentle Exfoliating Serum with an Energizing Micro-Algae Serum and a Rejuvenating Cocoa Mask to visibly revitalize tired and stressed skin.
Total treatment duration: 45 minutes Cold Laser Photo-Bio Stimulation duration: 13 minutes

This treatment is ideal for:

– Rejuvenating the appearance of dull skin  – Restoring overall visible glow to the skin

– Reconstituting the appearance of the skin’s protective film – Immediate improving the appearance of firmness

Key Products Used

Vitamin C Serum A luxurious, yet remarkably light serum, that provides the ultimate degree of nourishment and protection. Leaving the skin feeling velvety smooth whilst protecting the skin from water loss.

Gentle Exfoliating Serum A concentrated serum of specially selected very mild Fruit Acids that gently remove dead skin cells. This serum stimulates cell renewal, boosts moisture retention and leaves the skin in superlative condition.

Energising Serum An innovative skin energiser based on Micro-Algae. Powerful molecules, such as Amino Acids, reload the skin with new energy and has a long term moisturizing effect on the skin.

Unique Mask Used

Cocoa Plasticizing Mask This unique mask rejuvenates the skin by means of its active ingredients such as Alginates extracted from Kelp. The Poly-Phenols and Vitamin A are powerful anti-oxidants that neutralize the effects of free radicals on the skin’s appearance and slow the visible effects of ageing. Cocoa has moisturizing properties that are essential. Tannins contained in the mask have special astringent properties and bring immediate firmness to the skin’s appearance.

Cold Laser Therapy

Cold Laser Therapy is used to stimulate cell regeneration and enhance product penetration with a frequency similar to their natural wavelength and can therefore never damage your skin.

Home Care

SkinPhD Skin Care System as advised by your therapist with Special Treatment Serum for Skin Type

Platinum Firming Optimal Aging Treatment

Platinum Firming Optimal Aging Treatment

Platinum Firming Optimal Aging Treatment

This treatment benefits the more mature skin in its quest to reduce the ravages of time. Ground breaking Oxyphytomin™ has been registered by Placécol and is set to become the new leader in the anti-aging product market. This active is contained in most of the products used in this treatment. (Has been clinically proven to reduce wrinkles after 28 days*)

Total treatment duration: 60 minutes
Cold Laser Photo-Bio Stimulation duration: 15 minutes

This treatment is ideal for:
– Anti-aging treatment
– Firms and smooths mature skin
– Collagen and elastin regrowth

– Rejuvenating mature skin
– Supports cell regeneration and rejuvenation

Key Products Used

Oxygenating Serum
A luxurious serum with cell protecting actives that contain Soy Protein, which assists in boosting cell metabolism. This is the ultimate protecting and cell rejuvenating serum!

HematiteTM Anti-Aging Serum.

This serum uses Hematite Extract which aids in skin collagen production, reduces wrinkles, and plumps the skin.  It also boosts skin metabolism, prevents thinning of the skin due to aging, and acts as a cell protector.

Unique Mask Used

HydroFirming Mask
This unique mask is both stimulating and refreshing as it instantly tightens the skin, whilst providing a long term effect through stimulating collagen production and relieving stress. Long term moisturizers support the skin even after the product has been washed off, leaving skin feeling softer and appearing instantly smoother.

Ground Breaking Products and Ingredients

Photo Bio-Simulation Therapy
Photo Bio-Simulation Therapy is used to stimulate cell regeneration and enhance product penetration with a frequency similar to their natural wavelength and can therefore never damage your skin.

Oxyphytomin™ is a key ingredient in the Platinum product skin care range. This unique combination of actives is the new buzz word in anti-ageing technology and Placécol has registered the ingredient for our exclusive use. What does it do?
– Improves skin relief
– It forms a semi-occlusive, protective anti-wrinkle film
– Decreases deep wrinkles immediately
– The protecting properties persist even after washing
– Imparts an immediate, long-lasting smooth silky feel

Home Care

Support your regular Platinum Optimal Aging Therapy with the Platinum Skin Care Range formulated especially for women 40 and above.

Renaissance for Distinctive Women of Color

Renaissance for Distinctive Women of Color

Renaissance for Distinctive Women of Color

The Renaissance skin care range and the new spa treatment have been developed to address the very specific beauty needs of women with skin of color. Groundbreaking actives are a key feature of this treatment that supports dark olive to dark chocolate skin in a unique way.
Total treatment duration: 30 minutes Cold Laser duration: 10 minutes

This treatment is ideal for:

– Promoting an even skin tone – Clearing adult acne – Soothing dry or sensitive skin types – Reviving ashy skin

– Assisting with hyper pigmentation – Combating oiliness – Anti-aging

Key Products Used

VitaLite C Restoring Serum An intensive serum especially formulated to assist in improving the skin’s overall appearance and normalizing the visible color and texture of the skin.

DualAction Exfoliator A gentle exfoliating scrub that eliminates dead skin cells to reveal younger healthier looking skin, with the use of soft round micro-sponges as well as a special enzyme.

Unique Mask Used

Restoring Vita C Mask This unique mask contains Vitamin C, which is an essential building block in collagen formation, leaving the skin looking energized, smooth and youthful.

Cold Laser Therapy

Cold Laser Therapy is used to stimulate cell regeneration and enhance product penetration with a frequency similar to their natural wavelength and can therefore never damage your skin.

Home Care

Support your regular Renaissance Skin Care Therapy with the Renaissance Skin Care Range formulated for women with skin of color.

Cellulite Control Treatment

Cellulite Control Treatment

SkinPhD Cellulite ControlSkinPhD Cellulite Control reduces the appearance of cellulite, while contributing to an improvement in drainage and water distribution throughout the skin.  Regular use of this product will reduce the appearance of cellulite, while firming and tightening, to improve the texture, tone and smoothness of the skin.

SkinPhD Cellulite Control Firmness parameters after 28 days

BEFORE

BEFORE

AFTER 128 DAYS

AFTER 128 DAYS

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