FAQ | Red Light Therapy for Lipedema and Lymphedema

FAQ | Red Light Therapy for Lipedema and Lymphedema

Red light therapy might be a useful addition to your lipedema or lymphedema self-care routine. Below we address some of the most frequently asked questions we receive about it.

Does red light therapy work for lipedema and lymphedema?

Evidence suggests that red light therapy can help relieve common symptoms related to lipedema and lymphedema. One study administered red light therapy to stage 2 and stage 3 lymphedema patients and found it reduced the density of their fibrotic tissue, increased skin elasticity, significantly improved clinical symptoms (ie limb circumference), and improved the patients' reported quality of life (Li et al 2017).  Research on animals also shows anti-inflammatory effects on abdominal fat, wound healing, muscle recovery, and pain from knee arthritis (Hamblin 2017).

Does red light therapy tighten skin?

A research study in humans found that red light therapy increased collagen density, measured ultrasonographically, and may lead to improvements in skin complexion, feeling, and roughness (Wunsch and Matuschka 2014).

How often should I use red light therapy?

Red light therapy is cleared by the U.S. FDA and is considered safe for daily use. We recommend using it once or twice a day for 10-15 minutes or as needed for symptom management.

Should I wear clothes while using red light therapy?

No. Red light therapy will work best on bare skin so don't wear compression or any other clothing while using the device.

Does red light therapy hurt?

No, red light therapy doesn't hurt! In fact, you should expect it to be quite relaxing. The device will feel warm, almost like a heating pad.

Which red light therapy device is best?

The best device for you depends on your needs and goals. If you hope to use red light therapy for general wellness and to manage pain or swelling related to lipedema or lymphedema, you may prefer the larger surface area you can treat with the Ready Relief Red Light Therapy Belt. If you are looking to target specific, hard-to-reach body parts (for example the back of your neck), or you are a frequent traveler, you might prefer the portable, handheld Red Light Flashlight. At the end of the day, seeing results comes down to consistency. Choose the device you will regularly use!

*Note: I am not a medical professional and this article is not medical advice. You should consult with your medical team before making any changes to your self-care protocol or introducing new elements.

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