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United States Patent  [ii] Patent Number: 5,913,883
Alexander et al.  Date of Patent: Jun. 22,1999
 THERAPEUTIC FACIAL MASK
 Inventors: Dane Alexander; Arrianna Brighton,
both of 10755 East Cholla La.,
Scottsdale, Ariz. 85259
 Appl. No.: 08/692,774
 Filed: Aug. 6, 1996
 Int. CI. AO IN 5/00
 U.S. CI 607/88; 607/91; 606/9;
 Field of Search 607/50, 80, 88,
607/90, 91, 99, 108, 109; 60/27, 28, 2,
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Primary Examiner—Danton D. DeMille
Assistant Examiner—David M. Ruddy
Attorney, Agent, or Firm—Parsons & Goltry; Robert A.
Parsons; Michael W. Goltry
A therapeutic device for supplying beneficial light to organic tissue including a carrier for placement proximate the surface of organic issue, a plurality of light emitting diodes carried by the carrier for substantially uniformly flooding the entire surface of the organic tissue surrounded by the carrier with beneficial light, and a power source, coupled to the carrier, for providing power to the carrier for actuating the light emitting diodes.
9 Claims, 2 Drawing Sheets
THERAPEUTIC FACIAL MASK
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
1. Field of the Invention
This invention relates to therapeutic devices.
More particularly, this invention relates to therapeutic devices for applying therapeutic treatment to organic tissue.
In a further and more specific aspect, the instant invention relates to a therapeutic device for administering beneficial light to organic tissue.
2. Prior Art
The prior art is replete with devices for administering treatment to organic tissues for therapeutic, repair, or beauty treatment purposes. Of particular significance are the various array of therapeutic devices which are suited for treating the skin with the use of electrical energy. Proven to provide significant and beneficial biological and/or therapeutic results, the use of electrical energy to enhance to characteristics of the skin is widely accepted. However, the various therapeutic apparatus available for applying electrical energy to the skin suffer from significant structural and functional shortcomings thereby necessitating certain new and useful improvements.
For instance, all of the known devices operative for providing electrical energy to the skin for facilitating beneficial therapeutic results incorporate electrically conductive elements that engage the surface of the skin, either directly or indirectly. The electrically conductive elements are normally coupled to a power source for energizing the electrically conductive elements. Engagement of the electrically conductive elements to the skin completes the circuit, thereby supplying the skin and surrounding tissue with electrical energy for imparting beneficial therapeutic results.
The inherent shortcoming with the aforementioned therapeutic devices is that in order to facilitate the desired therapy, the surface of the skin must be either in direct or indirect contact with the electrically conductive elements. This can be quite uncomfortable, and can result in irritation of the skin after prolonged contact. Furthermore, the therapeutic benefits of the aforementioned therapeutic devices takes place substantially within only the area where the electrically conductive elements contact the skin. As a result, the beneficial therapeutic results become localized, and unevenly distributed which can be not only ineffective, but also frustrating to the user.
It would be highly advantageous, therefore, to remedy the foregoing and other deficiencies inherent in the prior art.
Accordingly, it is an object of the present invention to provide a therapeutic device for imparting beneficial therapeutic results to organic tissue with the use of beneficial light.
Another object of the present invention is to provide a therapeutic device that is easy to use.
And another object of the present invention is to provide a therapeutic device that is easy to construct.
Still another object of the present invention is to provide therapeutic facial mask for placement proximate the face of an individual for flooding the face with beneficial light.
Yet another object of the instant invention is to provide a therapeutic device that does not need to engage the skin.
Yet still another object of the instant invention is to provide a therapeutic device that is comfortable to use.
And a further object of the invention is to provide a therapeutic device for administering evenly and uniformly distributed therapeutic benefits over a selected area of the skin.
Still a further object of the immediate invention is to provide a therapeutic device that is safe.
Yet a further object of the invention is to provide a therapeutic device for substantially removing wrinkles from 5 skin without contacting the skin.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
Briefly, to achieve the desired objects of the instant 1Q invention in accordance with a preferred embodiment thereof, provided is a therapeutic device for supplying beneficial light to organic tissue for imparting beneficial therapeutic affects to the organic tissue, particularly the facial skin of an individual. The therapeutic device includes s a mask for substantially encompassing and generally shaped in a manner similar to the average exterior configuration of a range of human facial sizes and shapes. Constructed of acrylic or other similar material, the mask includes a plurality of light emitting diodes. The light emitting diodes are 2Q spaced from the surface of the skin and are operative for totally, substantially, and uniformly flooding the entire face of the individual with beneficial light. Also included is a power source, coupled to the mask, for providing power to the mask for actuating the light emitting diodes for facili25 tating the emission of the beneficial light from the light emitting diodes. The beneficial light can be provided at a specific pulse rate, and is preferably provided at an optimum wavelength of 660 nanometers, although other wavelengths may be used.
30 BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
The foregoing and further and more specific objects and advantages of the instant invention will become readily apparent to those skilled in the art from the following 35 detailed description of the preferred embodiment thereof taken in conjunction with the drawings in which:
FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a therapeutic facial mask shown as it would appear in use by a human being, the therapeutic mask being shown as it would appear coupled to 40 a power source;
FIG. 2 is a rear view of the therapeutic facial mask shown in FIG. 1; and
FIG. 3 is a sectional view taken along line 3—3 of FIG.
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE
Turning now to the drawings, in which like reference
50 characters indicate corresponding elements throughout the several views, attention is first directed to FIG. 1 which illustrates a preferred embodiment of the instant invention comprising a therapeutic device being generally designated by the reference character 10. Therapeutic device 10 is
55 operative for administering beneficial light to organic tissue for providing beneficial therapeutic results such as the removal of unwanted wrinkles from the skin. Therapeutic device is ideally and preferably suited for administering beneficial therapeutic and healing affects to an individual's
go facial skin.
As can be seen in FIG. 1, therapeutic device 10 includes an electrical power unit 15 and a carrier or mask 16 for placement proximate the face of an individual. Mask 16 is sized for substantially encompassing the forehead, cheeks,
65 jaw and forward part of the neck of the user. Mask 16 is generally shaped in a manner similar to the average exterior configuration of a range of human facial sizes and shapes. As