Have you ever wondered how professional athletes stave off or recover from injuries so quickly? One reason is having access to expensive therapies like a whole-body red light (photobiomodulation) pod at their leisure. For the average person, being able to buy a $140,000+ infrared light bed isn’t realistic. Then again, there is a reason Olympic athletes and other professional competitors use these red light therapy beds in between competitions to recover faster.
What is Red Light Therapy?
Red Light Therapy (RTL) is infrared or close to infrared light energy to increase circulation and blood flow. Using a wand, you hold it over an area for about five to ten minutes. You will see an increase in capillary flow and notice the entire area start to lighten up. Dr. Barrett incorporates 20 minutes of red light therapy into his morning routine to help set his circadian rhythm (your sleep and awake routine/ how you respond to darkness and light.)
How Does It Work?
Red Light Therapy triggers your thyroid hormone and everything else through an increase in circulation to give you a good circadian rhythm, speed up recovery, and decrease bruising and swelling tremendously. There is also evidence recognizing dose-dependent responses on the mitochondria to help increase energy production, which is a bonus when used over incisions as you’re trying to heal.
Is it Safe?
It’s entirely safe for use on surgical sites, especially liposuction; it works wonders on the swelling. Barrett Plastic Surgery has a large red light therapy panel for use in our Beverly Hills location. Advancement in LED technology makes it attainable for everyone. We have an affordable LightStem® for home use in our office and recommend getting one to manage the recently treated area, especially the breasts, after an augmentation. Five minutes each side, and you’re going to see a faster and better healing result. It’s also been shown to reduce blood pressure, inflammation, and a whole host of other conditions.
Being proactive when it comes to your recovery is never a bad thing. Our curated natural healing products of vitamins and post-op essentials are also available online. To discuss what you need for a better recovery, schedule a consultation by calling (310) 598-2648. If you are more content speaking with our team from the ease of your home, we provide virtual surgical consultations.