Sandia Skin + Face is proud to offer LED LIGHTWAVE THERAPY TREATMENT,


LIGHTWAVE’s patented Red, Infrared, & Blue Light therapy can dramatically revitalize your skin with no downtime or discomfort. LIGHTWAVE’s innovative aesthetic treatments help counteract years of sun damage, environmental damage, aging, acne, and acne scarring. LIGHTWAVE provides noticeable results, often in a couple of treatments, without the high cost and downtime of other, more expensive treatment options.

Our innovative LED aesthetic treatments help to counteract years of sun damage, environmental damage, aging, acne, and acne scarring.

Unlike traditional LED light therapy, Lightwave’s active facial infusion systems combine colors of light and photo-energy with tropicals and directly affect the tissue being treated. Using red, infrared, and blue light therapy can dramatically revitalize your skin with no downtime or discomfort.

What LED Lightwave Therapy Treats:

  • Pigmentation
  • Acne
  • Acne scarring
  • Dull skin
  • Dry skin
  • Healing skin
  • Poor skin tone
  • Enlarged pores

Lightwave System LED: The Lightwave System uses high-powered Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs) to distribute specific wavelengths of light energy to the skin in order to promote healing, boost collagen production, and even kill acne-causing bacteria. Used for over 40 years, independent publications clinically documented the positive therapeutic results of LED light therapy worldwide. This painless procedure floods your skin with photons that enter the tissue and stimulates cellular function as well as increases the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) which jump-starts healing.

What to Expect: LIGHTWAVE is safe, simple, and easy. The time you spend at your skin care specialist may vary based on your individual skin care needs. You can expect an individual LIGHTWAVE treatment to take up 30 minutes and allow for an additional 20 minutes for pre and post care. It’s so simple and fast that many patients have treatments during a lunch break or on a quick stop on the way to or from work. However, the relaxing, euphoric effect usually lasts throughout the day.

After the Treatment: Each individual responds differently; some notice changes much more quickly than others. The following principles are generalities; specific results will vary from client to client based on the client’s needs and lifestyle. We have designed the following protocols to address the most commonly requested treatments. Our treatments range between 8-30 minutes in duration.

Treatment Protocols (For the more technically inclined reader)

Anti Aging (LW1): LIGHTWAVE proprietary LED light therapy session (Red and/or IR Light) designed to re-hydrate the face, and increase collagen and elastin formation resulting in a reduction of fine lines and wrinkles. It aids in decreasing flaccidity, lifting sagging tissues, and restoring skin tone and texture, resulting in an overall improvement erasing years from the face. We recommend 10 treatments. Maintenance once a month or as needed can prolong the youthful appearance.

Pigmentation (LW2): LIGHTWAVE proprietary LED light Therapy session (Red and/or IR Light) intended to improve discoloration caused by sun damage, chemical build-up, and chemical reactions from chemical peels, and excessive use of skin damaging products. This process normalizes the melanin within the skin. The amount of treatments needed varies depending on the amount of damage to the skin, the thickness of the skin, and the age of the client. Severe conditions such as Melasma are best treated with a combination therapy of topical ointments such as hydroquinone, and/or IPL, and/or laser, followed by LIGHTWAVE Therapy.

Scars (LW3): LIGHTWAVE proprietary LED light therapy session (Red and/or IR Light) uses powerful infrared and red light to stimulate the reduction of fibrotic tissue and the replacement of normal tissue. Clients usually notice the softening of scar tissue. They also notice flattening and widening of the scar. This is a normal sequence in scar reduction. With several more sessions, the flat, wide scar will become thinner and remain flat. Some scars may appear to be resistant to this program (hypertrophic and/or keloid). If this is the case, a customized LIGHTWAVE treatment protocol and/or additional treatment options may need to be considered.

Preventative Care (LW4): The design of LIGHTWAVE’s proprietary LED light therapy session (Red and/or IR Light) is to increase blood circulation and bring more nutrients to the skin’s surface, which helps to keep the skin from breaking down. It also helps to normalize dry or oily skin, achieving an overall improvement in skin tone and texture.

Flaccid Skin (LW5): LIGHTWAVE proprietary LED light Therapy session (Red and/or IR Light) that focuses on skin retraction by increasing circulation and bringing nutrition to damaged tissue. This program is effective over the abdomen, neck, and upper chest. One should apply treatments twice per week and may require between 10 to 15 treatments.

Discomfort/Pain (LW6): LIGHTWAVE proprietary LED light Therapy session (Red and/or IR Light) specifically designed to address inflammation associated with trauma and/or an allergic reaction that causes discomfort with a focus on clients who experience persistent problems such as joint and muscle discomfort. We also use LIGHTWAVE within 72 hours of any traumatic event, including post-surgical interventions, to reduce scarring and encourage normal tissue formation.

Red/Infrared: They designed this program to allow the user to provide a protocol specific for a treatment condition that is not addressed by one of the other pre-set protocols and shows to benefit from intense red and infrared light. LIGHTWAVE uses 15 minutes of continuous narrow band red light followed by 15 minutes of continuous narrow band IR light.

Infrared: Infrared (IR) light (wavelength 800nm to 900nm) energy penetrates tissue at a greater depth than the blue and red light. Approximately 50% penetrates to 8cm and decreases to less than 1% at 20cm (NASA study). Infrared energy heats tissue and its effects are for therapeutic pain management. For cosmetic applications, IR stimulates the NaK+ pump, which increases cell membrane permeability; facilitating equilibrium of cellular pH, while increasing nutritional absorption and elimination of waste byproducts.

Red Only: Red light (wavelength 625nm to 660nm) penetrates human tissue superficially, with approximately 80% of the energy being absorbed in the first 2cm. Red light energy has a significant effect on mitochondrial stimulation, which increases the production of ATP and boosts fibroblast activity. This leads to an increase in cellular turnover, superficial circulation, and an anti-inflammatory emission.

Blue/Red – Mild to Moderate Acne (LW10): LIGHTWAVE proprietary LED light therapy session (Red and Blue Light) designed to repair damaged skin and significantly reduce the Propionibacterium acne, the bacteria responsible for causing inflammatory acne vulgaris. 15 minutes of blue light first enters the sebaceous glands, and it creates singlet oxygen. Singlet oxygen, then kill the bacteria. Next, we expose the client to 15 minutes of red light. This acne treatment aids in the healing process of the skin and prevents infection and scarring from occurring.

Blue Only: Blue light (wavelength 405nm-450nm) provides a very superficial penetration even with a high- intensity narrow band light source. The epidermis of the skin primarily absorbed blue light. Blue light targets Propionibacterium acne by stimulating porphyrins, which then produce intracellular singlet oxygen and thus inducing bacterial death.

Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with our LED LIGHTWAVE THERAPY TREATMENT specialist!



LED light therapy is converting light energy into cellular energy for natural, non-invasive skin rejuvenation. A combination of these wavelengths: Red light therapy, Blue light therapy, and Infrared light therapy, work for anti aging therapy, wrinkle treatments, scar treatments, acne treatments and more.

LED light therapy helps treat a variety of skin concerns and conditions, including:

  • Eczema
  • Hair loss
  • Mild to moderate acne
  • Psoriasis
  • Rough, scaly, precancerous spots on the skin (actinic keratosis)
  • Rosacea
  • Sun damage
  • Wounds
  • Wrinkles

LED Lightwave Therapy Treatment uses various wavelengths that correspond to different visible colors. Each color penetrates the skin at different depths. Blue light affects the uppermost layer of your skin. Yellow light penetrates deeper.

LED Lightwave Therapy Treatment can take place at a professional’s office or at home using a home device. During a professional LED Lightwave Therapy Treatment, the specialist may ask the person to lie down under LED lights, or they may use an LED wand on the skin. Each LED Lightwave Therapy Treatment session lasts approximately 20 minutes, and up to 10 sessions may be necessary.

Each LED Lightwave Therapy Treatment session lasts approximately 20 minutes.

Yes. Research suggests that LED light therapy can help reduce and improve some skin conditions and issues. To see improvement in your skin, though, you need to have regular treatments. In-office LED light therapy uses more powerful strengths than at-home devices, which makes it more effective.

While the cost depends on the treatment area and your location, there is a general range. The cost can range from $50-$150 per session when done in the office.

LED light therapy requires up to 10 sessions or more, each spaced out about a week apart. You may see minor results after your first session.

Before an in-office or at-home treatment, you need to have a clean, makeup-free face. At a spa or dermatologist’s office, you might receive additional treatments before LED light therapy, such as a facial.

LED light therapy is noninvasive, so no recovery time is required. You should be able to continue with your everyday activities once your treatment is over.

The results are not always permanent, so follow-up treatments may be necessary. Professional treatments are typically more effective than at-home treatments.

You may be a perfect candidate for LED light therapy if you have some skin care concerns such as acne, dermatitis, dull skin, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, sun damage, scarring and some wounds.




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Before an in-office treatment, you need to have a clean, makeup-free face. At a spa or dermatologist’s office, you might receive additional treatments before LED light therapy, such as a facial.


There isn’t a recovery time for LED light therapy. Besides being careful about sun exposure in the 48 hours after treatment, you can return to your normal routine. Unlike other skin treatments, such as a chemical peel, there isn’t any damage to the skin.




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