My daughter loves the Healite LED light treatment and so many surgeons I know have one in their clinic for their patients. I caught up with Joanna from Advanced Cosmeceuticals at the recent ASCD2018 Symposium to talk about the Healite and why everyone wants this treatment and practitioners are offering it to their patients not just as a stand alone treatment but before and after surgery to maximise procedure results.

Trish: Hey listeners. Well I’m here again with Joanna, and Joanna is from Advanced Cosmeceuticals and Lutronic. And today we’re going to talk about the Healite, which actually is an LED light. So, it’s becoming, like people are starting to now hear about it just not by name, and know what light therapy is like. But, it’s quite mind blowing and it’s quite interesting. It’s just for those people … Well, actually, it’s for everyone. But, my daughter particularly loves it because she’s not into anything invasive, but she likes the way it makes her skin feel and the fact that it gives her a glow. So today, Joanna is going to give us a bit of a rundown of what it is, how it works, and you can pretty much get this done almost anywhere in Australia. So, welcome Joanna.

Joanna: Thank you very much for your invitation.

Trish: Lovely. So tell us, what is the Healite?

Joanna: Okay. Healite, it is a second generation medical LED platform. They are very powerful, calibrated exactly to the right wavelength LEDs connected in a circuit. There is 1,800 of them, so it’s a very powerful platform. We could choose different wavelengths for different skin conditions and needs. Healite is really, really well known for 830 nanometers, which is a near infrared platform. And that works very, very well for reduction of pain, trauma, arthritis, inflammation, wound healing, and obviously stimulation of myofibroblast. But, it is also a wavelength that will penetrate through epidermis and the dermis before it gets to the muscle, bone and nerves. So, it’s pretty versatile and anyone would benefit from that particular wavelength.

Another wavelength will be 633, which is a red light that is stimulating dermal cavity of the skin. So, most of the soluble collagen and the fibroblastic activity awakens when that light is irradiating the skin. And it’s the neocollagen, which is the soluble collagen, that is almost lost at some stage of life, and replaced by collagen type three. So, Healite 633 fortunately stimulates collagen type one production. So, this is why it’s phenomenal for dermal regeneration. It is also really, really good for muscle degranulation, for anti-inflammatory, really good for alopecia and hair loss, and hormonal hair loss. And of course, dermatologist doctors are often using it for non-melanoma skin cancer treatment as well. What we call photodynamic therapy.

Trish: Okay. So, basically, it’s the one device. It’s got a few different settings on it. And you can treat a whole bunch of different things.

Joanna: Absolutely.

Trish: And it starts from the basic skin rejuvenation and can go through to the deep things-

Joanna: Like specific conditions. Wound healing, sports injury, nerve pain.

Trish: Okay.

Joanna: Lower back problem. Yes. And obviously, myofibroblast, which gives us the quite intense remodelling.

Trish: Because I’m finding that a lot of like clinics and all that are realising that this is really good for … Sorry, I’m talking surgeons now. Realising that this is really good for after surgery. So they’re getting it into their clinic to offer for people after surgery, just a part of the … Say if they have a tummy tuck or whatever, it’s just part of the healing process. But also, as a treatment on its own. And I also hear that there’s a clinic that’s opened up that just doused the LED light therapy as a treatment. Is that right?

Joanna: Absolutely. It is incredibly good for healing and trauma and inflammation in the entire body. 830 does achieve that systemic effect, an increase of circulation and well-being. So, it is not only good for post-operation only. It is good on a daily basis for absolutely everyone and everybody.

Trish: I want one at home.

Joanna: Well, a lot of people do want that at home. So, yes, 830’s probably the most anti-inflammatory when it comes to its action, and it does create that systemic effect, not only a skin effect. And 633 is more targeting that dermal penetration and rejuvenation. While blue light, 415 nanometers, is purely for antibacterial and acne treatments.

Trish: Alright. So let’s run through the settings then. So, the lowest setting … We’re not talking numbers here. So, 450 is the lowest setting?

Joanna: 415 is a blue light.

Trish: And what’s the blue light good for?

Joanna: Antibacterial. So, great for acnes, acne sufferers, teenagers, and adult acne with complications.

Trish: Okay. So, acne and skin issues like that is the blue light?

Joanna: Blue light.

Trish: Alright. And what’s the next?

Joanna: The red light-

Trish: Which is how many?

Joanna: Is 633.

Trish: Okay. This is a good science lesson for me. This is great. So, the red light is 633 nanometers?

Joanna: Yes.

Trish: And what’s the red light good for?

Joanna: That is really good for dermal stimulation of all the cells that we will find in the dermis. But also, floods through the epidermis, so we will have stimulation of the epidermal cavity as well. However, we will obtain the best result on neocollagen production, which is the type one that we lose with age.

Trish: Okay. So that’s just a nice rejuvenating, kind of like a facial without the facial basically?

Joanna: Absolutely.

Trish: That’s the red light?

Joanna: Yes.

Trish: Which is, how much was it?

Joanna: 633 nanometers.

Trish: Okay. Great. And then, what’s after that?

Joanna: And then finally, 830 nanometers, which is the longest, the deepest wavelength that penetrates epidermis, dermis and hypodermis without creating a wound. There is no wound. We’re not creating surgery. We are creating induction and response to the light flooding the skin.

Trish: Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Joanna: Okay? Per square centimetre of … Each centimetre of human skin needs to receive particular amount of energy to create a systemic and cellular response.

Trish: Mm-hmm (affirmative). What colour is this light?

Joanna: That is actually no particular colour.

Trish: Okay.

Joanna: Because human eye is not sensitive enough to see 830.

Trish: Okay.

Joanna: But some people do think it’s a yellow colour, which is incorrect. The yellow only punctures on the edges of sections of our light, and yellow light seems to be passing from right to the left on the [inaudible 00:07:36] effect, and to make the customer think that I’m seeing the light, so I’m seeing something. Because the 830 itself-

Trish: It’s no colour.

Joanna: There is no colour. You can’t see it with the naked eye.

Trish: Okay. Oh, that’s been so interesting. And that’s the different levels?

Joanna: That’s the deepest penetration of light, yes.

Trish: And that’s the one that you use for like wound healing-

Joanna: Pre- and post-surgical.

Trish: Okay. Oh, pre. Why pre? What’s so good about using it pre-surgery?

Joanna: Because when we’re delivering the energy deep down, the skin and flesh is ready for that incision. So, if the surgeon comes in and cuts onto the muscle, the skin already is actively prepared by the energy of light and knows how to heal, and utilise that powerful, energising effect of light to create healthy skin response. So, there is much less possibility for scarring.

Trish: Ah.

Joanna: And this is why we say four to five treatments before the surgery, if you can, and then continue as soon as you can post-surgery, so you will have really good tissue granulation, not a lot of possibility for scarring, much less inflammation. It’s much less pigmentation forming.

Trish: Wow. And if you’re going to do it before surgery, like how long before surgery? Like, four treatments in a week? Or is it two weeks before? Or a month before?

Joanna: We usually recommend the light to be done every 48 to 72 hours.

Trish: Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Joanna: But, 830 can be done every day in a very sort of a situation that we’re running out of time. We only have got a few days and they have to get into the theatre to be operated on. We can condense 830 a little bit. It’s a very different situation with 633, but 830 yes, can be done daily.

Trish: Okay.

Joanna: For three to four times, if it needs to be.

Trish: Oh, that’s good. So you don’t have to go like three weeks before, a month before? You can just go the week before and you can just go one day, one day, one day, or five days before, or whenever you want?

Joanna: Yeah. We go ten days before and they’re ready.

Trish: That’s great.

Joanna: They’re being operated on. And then of course, if we can initiate the same irradiation action as soon as possibly possible post-surgical within the first week post-surgery.

Trish: Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Joanna: Then, of course, we’re continuing best recovery.

Trish: Yeah. Next time before I have my surgery, I’m going to make sure that my practitioner’s got one of these. I’m going to go and have it done before, and then I’m going to have it done straight after. I’m actually going to seriously see if there’s a difference, because it makes so much sense. I don’t think it’s just about having your surgery. I think it’s about preparing before, and afterwards as well. And I think this is a great part of it.

Joanna: Absolutely. The patient’s care in terms of reducing their pain, bruising, healing, it is just seriously taking it to another level.

Trish: Yeah. And I know this to be true, because one of the girls on our Facebook group, she had her surgery done with a surgeon who does actually do this before and afterwards, and her recovery has been … Every surgery, she’s had a lot of surgeries. Her recovery has been phenomenal each time. And she’s had like lots of skin removal, surgery from losing 100 kilos, so she’s had quite a few procedures. And she always bangs on about the Healite before and after.

Joanna: Yes. I would say this is one of our favourite devices.

Trish: Yeah. It’s one of my favourites too. Well, thank you so much for giving us that. It was really informative for me today, because I hear all those numbers and not being scientific, they go in and out, but it was good to understand the different colours and what they do.

Joanna: Thank you so much.

Trish: Thank you for joining us. So guys, if you want to find out who’s got a Healite, I mean, they are everywhere in Australia. But if you do want to specifically find out someone near you, or if you want a bit of direction, drop us an e-mail to info@plasticsurgeryhub.com.au.

Joanna: Yes, I just want to add at the very end that Healite has been developed by Dr. Glen Calderhead.

Trish: Oh, and if you actually look him up on our website, you can google Dr. Glen Calderhead. That’s C-A-L-D-E-R-H-E-A-D, and I’ve actually done quite a few interviews with him as well, where he talks about, very scientific, but he talks about that as well. So, yeah. Thank you so much.

Joanna: My pleasure.

Trish: Thank you.

Joanna: Thanks.

Trish

Trish is a plastic surgery blogger. She is passionate about wellbeing, health and beauty, and doesn't mind a little bit of 'help' from the amazing cosmetic and beauty procedures that are available today. Trish spends her days talking to women and men who are looking for suggestions and advice on procedures that are available to them. Cutting through the sales pitch and hype, a down-to-earth response on general information is what you will get.

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