Gentlewaves gets FDA approval
Gentlewaves, currently available only to physicians and qualified estheticians, uses amber LED to target fine lines and wrinkles, including around the eyes. It is claimed that it is non-ablative, painless and there are no side effects. In addition to zapping wrinkles, the device is said to boost collagen production. Sound too good to be true? It might be.
Scientists, published in this month's Experimental Dermatology, singled out light-based therapies (in general - not Gentlewaves specifically, I hasten to add, and which for all I know is perfectly effective) as possibly being more about marketing hype than a reliable technology. Three dermatologists wrote: "is it simply manufacturers leaping on the bandwagon and supplying the aesthetic fashion industry with over-rated and over-priced new toys." They said that the technology is intrinsically good, but there are too many bad versions on the market that don't work and give the real ones a bad name.