When most people think of advanced light technology, they think of lasers. Lasers create coherent light. They are simply focused beams of light at an exact wavelength – a single point of light. Intense and potentially powerful, lasers have some good uses when conducted in a highly controlled clinical environment., but healing is not necessarily one of them. Laser therapy requires 10 - 12 times as much treatment to obtain the same effect as LEDs and usually require treatment in a clinical setting by a trained clinician.
Science shows us that "Light is Light," and ultimately it doesn’t matter where it comes from, only that it is absorbed. Better to choose a light source that is easily absorbed while being safe, effective and reliable.
|Effective Wavelength||LEDs deliver light energy in a range around a central wavelength, offering greater potential for photon absorption.||Lasers are coherent light - only available in 1 nm wavelengths, which is often too specific for biological effectiveness.|
|Ease of Use||
Easy and safe to use by the
patient at home. No special training is required.
|Must be administered by a trained professional in a clinical setting. Cannot be self-administered.|
|Risk of Tissue Damage||Will not burn or damage tissue.||The intense energy and heat can damage tissue, even when applied properly.|
|Application Area||An array of LEDs deliver energy to wide area of tissue.||The beam is very narrow and can only target small points, usually leading to longer treatment periods.|
|Expense||Approximately $168 per cycle.||$1,980 - $3,575 per cycle.|
This website is intended for healthcare professionals and clinical researchers only. All of the treatments using LED phototherapy devices that are discussed on this website are in various stages of investigation and have not been approved by the FDA except where specifically stated.