23 October 2008

Scientists in Germany have been researching the effects that high intensity light could have on smoothing over facial wrinkles.

The complete results of the study are expected to be published in early November, but reports are circulating that light emitting diodes (LEDs) could have Botox-like effects.

LEDs are commonly used in a variety of technological consumer goods, including TV remote controls and computers.

However, according to MediLexicon, an online source of medical and healthcare information, participants who were exposed to high intensity visible light from LEDs daily for several weeks showed "rejuvenated skin, reduced wrinkle levels, juvenile complexion and lasting resilience".

These effects appear similar to those created by Botox, a popular wrinkle-relaxing toxin that is injected into the face every three to six months to maintain a youthful appearance.

And though the research is still in the preliminary stages, scientists confidently stated: "We are justified in believing that our approach can be easily converted to deep body rejuvenation programs."

Surgeons do not currently perform this procedure. However, the tremendous growth in the facial rejuvenation market for non-surgical procedures means that there could be room for it to catch on.

Last month, medical market researcher Kalorama Information revealed that the non-surgical industry, which includes treatments like Botox, skin peels and dermal fillers, had enjoyed annual growth of 20.1 per cent, reaching $1.32 billion in 2007.

Simultaneously, the number of Botox procedures carried out has increased steadily by 488 per cent, from 786,911 in 2000 to 4.6 million in 2007.