When looking for advanced skin care, LEDs are now as popular as chemical peels, Botox, and filler, if not more so. Without any downtime or required visit to a dermatologist, the Baby Quasar PLUS is designed for effortless treatment of depleted collagen and weakened elastin around the eyes, brows and mouth, and elsewhere on the face, neck, and décolletage.
While I have reviewed red LEDs before, the amount of light emitted by Baby Quasar PLUS provides the highest amount of power, being three to four times stronger similar products on the market (Baby Quasar). What this means is that more power delivers better penetration of the red LED light into your skin. Backed by a lifetime warranty, I’m really excited to introduce the Baby Quasar PLUS to my readers! For more on the technology and some Q&A, read on!
What is LED Phototherapy?
In the 1990’s, NASA began to research light therapy as a way to help preserve the skin and tissues of astronauts. NASA studies determined that red and infrared light therapy accelerates the growth of healthy skin cells by 150-200 percent, thus leading to rapid improvement in the appearance and health of the affected areas. Red light LED treatment was also concluded to be safe with no reported side effects (NASA). In the 2000’s, dermatologists began to use LED phototherapy and was subsequently found that it could significantly reduce wrinkles and promote collagen production (Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy).
How Does LED Phototherapy Work?
During the procedure, targeted rays of light of specific wavelengths are aimed at skin lesions. Different levels of penetration and absorption through the skin are achieved with varied wavelengths. For instance, through extensive research and development, it has been established that red longer-wavelength (633 nm) rays are best for eradicating fine lines and wrinkles, while blue shorter-wavelength but higher energy rays of 414 nm can improve the appearance of fine acne.
It may sound too good to be true, but substantial evidence shows that red LED lights can actually reduce fine lines and wrinkles. A 2005 study published in the Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy demonstrated that red LED light at fluences not unlike the Baby Quasar Plus reduced periorbital (around-the-eye) wrinkles by 81% after nine treatments over the course of 12 weeks. Another study from the Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology found that the use of LEDs significantly increased collagen and elastin production, thus resulting in firmer, younger-looking skin over time.
Can the Baby Quasar PLUS Be Used with Other Skin Care Products?
Absolutely! Actually, what I find really exciting about LED phototherapy is that Baby Quasar has clinical studies which suggests this. The reason? It is believed light absorption increases cellular metabolism, which may in turn increase the efficacy of anti-aging ingredients.
Can It Prevent Wrinkles from Appearing?
Baby Quasar PLUS will help you prevent unwanted wrinkles with light therapy. The Baby Quasar PLUS is a medical tool specifically designed to reduce the wrinkles resulting from stress and to fight the signs of aging by promoting new collagen production. This increased collagen will in turn help to prevent deep wrinkles from forming, particularly when used before the “tipping point”, that may occur in your mid-thirties to forties.
Is it Safe?
While non-ablative lasers and LED phototherapy are both very popular skin rejuvenation methods, only LED phototherapy has been further developed for use in the home. This is because LED phototherapy repairs sun damage and increases collagen and elastin production with less potential side effects than lasers. In fact, while lasers are contraindicated in many patients with darker skin tones due to potential irregularities in pigmentation and scarring, LED phototherapy is generally considered safe in such patients.
In addition, the Baby Quasar PLUS is an FDA-cleared Class II medical tool.
How Does It Compare to Other Lasers on the Market?
The Baby Quasar PLUS is the perfect way to prevent future wrinkles and promotes new collagen production.
The Baby Quasar PLUS is about 3 – 4 times more powerful than other tools currently on the market. This is due largely to its larger size, both in terms of the larger diameter head and the larger LEDs: Baby Quasar PLUS has a treatment head measuring 1.44 inches in diameter and uses 3mm LEDs.
Personal Use and Opinions
The Baby Quasar PLUS is a handheld anodized aluminum device. It feels solid and sturdy, and weighs around one pound – heavy enough to not be fragile, but light enough to be easily portable. It comes with protective eye goggles and a lens to protect the LEDs. Once I put on the eye goggles and affixed the lens, I tested the tool as recommended on my arm. I noticed no redness or discomfort, so I proceeded to use it on my face.
I started with the eyebrow and did a “C-shaped” motion around the eye to prevent expression lines between the eyes, crow’s feet, and the area under the eyes. A sound went off after three minutes. I then did a “sweeping motion” along the lip lines and jaw lines, as instructed. A sound again went off after three minutes.
After several weeks of using the Baby Quasar PLUS, I think that my face looks like it has better contours, although we don’t not have clinical studies to support this. I especially love that it increases the penetration of my vitamin CE serum — I’m noticing that my skin has more of a “glow”!
The Baby Quasar PLUS should be used five days a week for eight weeks. (I do this while I watch Jeopardy!, as nerdy as that sounds!). The suggested maintenance treatment schedule is 2 – 3 times per week. However, it can be used for longer periods of time. I personally recommend following up with a vitamin CE serum or retinol treatment, which will penetrate the skin better after use of the Baby Quasar PLUS.
I’ve always been excited about red LED technology for anti-aging, but I am especially encouraged by the facts that the Baby Quasar PLUS can be used at-home, at its strength (3 – 4 times stronger than other at-home devices!), and that the device will increase the penetration of your existing skin care products into the skin.
The Baby Quasar PLUS comes with a Lifetime Warranty and a 90-day money-back guarantee as well. It is definitely a wonderful investment in my skin that I will continue to use!