How Red Light Therapy Can Speed Up Healing
Red Light Therapy, which uses wavelengths of red light to treat the skin to help you look and feel better, can actually help to speed up and increase healing on wounds and even scar tissue after surgery! In fact, in a 2014 article by the National Institutes of Health, they state that “Several studies demonstrate the benefits of low-power light therapy on wound healing.”
In other words, not only can Red Light Therapy can aid in healing damaged skin, including wounds both large and small. And after the wounds are healed, red light therapy can actually significantly reduce the scar tissue formation around that area and actively decrease scar tissue (in both size and thickness). Wounds are very often problematic because they take quite a long time to heal and might leave scar tissue. Red light therapy enhances the wound and scar tissue healing process– even after surgery! Let’s take a look at how this works:
What is Red Light Therapy, and how can it help heal wounds?
In our last blog, we talked in length about the benefits of Red Light Therapy. To quickly recap, Red light therapy (also known as photobiomodulation, low level light therapy, biostimulation, photonic stimulation or light box therapy) uses specific wavelengths of red light to treat the skin to help you look and feel better.
Numerous studies have demonstrated that different wavelengths affect the body in various ways, with this specific wavelength of red light helping out the most. Red and near-infrared light are part of the electromagnetic spectrum, and more specifically, part of the spectrum of light emitted by the sun. These wavelengths of light are bioactive in humans (meaning these types of light affect the function of our cells).
So, how exactly will it help to heal wounds?
Because Red Light Therapy is so effective at penetrating the skin and becoming bioactive in humans, it’s been shown to be very effective in wound treatment. You see, a reduction in inflammatory cells, increase in the formation of new blood vessels (called angiogenesis) and an increase in collagen productions are the biological effects which are believed to help enhance wound healing. Fibroblasts (these are the cells in our skin that make collagen) maintain connective tissue and are vital to wound healing. Red Light Therapy works to stimulate the fibroblasts to do their job, and increases circulation for quicker wound recovery time.
And we’re talking about all types of wounds, here! Some people have used Red Light Therapy therapy for burns, amputation injuries, skin grafts and even to help possibly treat infected wounds. It’s been potentially successfully used for skin damage caused by cancer treatments (including those in the mouth and mucus membranes)!
In that same 2014 study we talked about earlier, researchers found that Red Light Therapy significantly improved colitis symptoms in mice and even aided in their mucosal healing. This led dentists to successfully use Red Light Therapy to help heal sores and abrasions in the mucus membranes of the mouth. It’s also been found to help prevent and reduce recurring cold sores that occur along the mouth. In other words, Red Light Therapy can be effective on treating oral wounds, as well!
How long before I’ll notice effects of Red Light Therapy on wounds or scar tissue?
How long it will take you to see results for wounds with Red Light Therapy will vary from person to person, as well as the severity and age of the wound or scar tissue. With that said, you might start seeing results in as little as a couple of weeks. The key here is to continue using the Red Light Therapy consistently over time for optimal and deeper results. Another great feature about Red Light Therapy is that it’s been shown to have little to no side-effects, so even if it takes you a little longer to see results, it’s a safe procedure!
Is it pricey, and do I need to go to a medical office for treatment?
Luckily: no, and no! You can now purchase a high quality Red Light Therapy device of your own for less than the cost of just two spa treatments that would use the same type of product to work to reduce your wounds and heal your skin, and you can utilize it in the comfort of your own home! But not all Red Light Therapy devices are created the same- quality matters here! TherapeuticRed offers a wide variety of high-end FDA approved Class 2 medical Red Light Therapy products for long term relief at a fraction of the cost of the same type of therapy you’d get a spa or medical treatment center.