Red light therapy (RLT) is a treatment that helps skin, muscle tissue, and other parts of your body heal. It exposes you to low levels of red or near-infrared light. It is also called low-level laser therapy (LLLT), low-power laser therapy (LPLT), and photobiomodulation (PBM).
How Does Red Light Therapy Work?
With red light therapy, you expose your skin to a lamp, device, or laser with a red light. A part of your cells called mitochondria, sometimes called the “power generators” of your cells, soak it up and make more energy. This helps cells repair themselves and become healthier which spurs healing in skin and muscle tissue.
Red light therapy uses very low levels of heat and doesn’t hurt or burn the skin.
Red light therapy may help with:
- Dental pain.
- Hair loss.
- Wrinkles and other signs of skin aging and skin damage. wrinkles. RLT also helps with acne scars, burns, and signs of UV sun damage.