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Reviewed and recommended: Baby Quasar at home LED device

Reviewed by Marta September 8, 2008 25 Comments


Consistent results, doesn't over heat


Caused temporary pinkness and thirst
Recommended for in-between salon treatments

It was without much enthusiasm that I embarked on trying out the Baby Quasar LED light therapy device ($399 in the shop). It's a boring and somewhat time-consuming process and, frankly, I wasn't at all convinced that I would see any results from a salon device that has been scaled down for use at home (as I related in last week's post). Well, I've seen the light. Baby Quasar works.

Before I describe the results, it is worth a brief diversion to explain what LED is and how it works. LED stands for light emitting diode. A low-level power output uses red light (visible) and infra-red light (invisible). LED is much gentler than intense pulse light (IPL) or laser resurfacing. It works by stimulating the body's tissues to convert the light energy into cellular energy. It boosts collagen production and scavenger cells that remove excess pigmentation or scar tissue.

In Europe, LED has been used for about 50 years to treat muscular pain, scars and wounds. It came to be used in the US relatively recently in the 1980s.

Now let's be clear: the results are not on a par with my salon experiences with LED (which I think  are amazing). But there is a very distinct improvement of my skin's texture. It is firmer, plumper and has a nice healthy glow. I've been using the Baby Quasar on my hands as well as face and here the results are even more impressive. After three sessions, the clock has been turned back by at least a year.

LED is a fairly gentle treatment. The only side effects are some temporary pinkness and a terrible thirst (LED boosts lymphatic drainage, so have a glass of water to hand). The Baby Q, so far, seems to be extremely reliable and doesn't overheat. And, unlike some of the in-home devices, it has three settings and infra-red light. I won't be giving up my salon sessions, but this is a great little booster for in between times.
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  • September 20, 2014

    by Linda

    What would you recommend for marionette lines (I'm terrifed of needles, or I would have fillers)? Thx,LB

  • March 13, 2013

    by meital

    I love the Baby Quasar, but Lightstim for wrinkles is great too. Here's a head to head comparison between them, if anyone is interested:

  • February 6, 2013

    by Marta

    Hi Shalini, while red LED can help skin tone overall, it is the green LED light that is generally recommended for hyperpigmentation and blue light for acne. This article describes the different roles:

  • February 6, 2013

    by Shalini

      Hi. I purchased the Baby Quasar md red light, about two months back. At first, the results were quite good. But now,  I am beginning to notice that my old acne scars that had faded completely are resurfacing after using it once a week according to the directions provided. I was told that the baby quasar red is supposed to improve discolouration and pigmentation. But now, I see further discoloration/pigmentation of old acne scars. 
    Is this normal ? Is it that the pigmentation gets worse before it gets better or is it a side effect of the device. I have a pale to fair skin complexion.
    Pls let me know!
    Many thanks

  • June 17, 2012

    by Lisa

    Hi Marta. I stumbled onto this page through your comment regarding the Facemaster and NuFace facial devices. My primary problem is forehead horizontal 'frown lines' and a deep vertical wrinkle between my eyebrows. I'm 53. Which of these devices do you think would be best for treating forehead wrinkles? Thanks so much for your reviews. They are most informative!

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