660 nm Red Light Therapy FAQ

660 nm FAQ or frequently asked questions gives insight into 660 nm red light therapy devices, reviewed elsewhere on this site. Also, use 660 nm FAQ with 660 nm buyers guide to find best one for your needs.

Q. What is 660 nm red light therapy?

A. First and foremost, 660 nanometer red light therapy is a therapy that exposes you to low levels of red light. Also, it is a type of light you can see and feel as heat.

Q. How does 660 nm red light therapy work?

A. When red light reaches your skin cells, chromophores, within the cell's mitochondria, absorb red light photons, and convert it into energy. By the way, mitochondria are the powerhouses of cells, responsible for making adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the cell’s form of energy, and increasing the consumption of oxygen. Most of all, with this extra energy, cells are able to respond better to damage and rejuvenate themselves.

Q. How does 660 nm red light therapy help?

A. Now, when red light energy is absorbed by the body, it is used by the skin cells to build new proteins such as collagen and elastin, which, in turn, help with cellular regeneration. Also, this process is thought to help build more fibroblasts that help heal wounds by cells repairing themselves and become healthier. As a result, the skin heals. By the way, to avoid hurting or burning the skin, red light therapy uses very low levels of heat. In conclusion, rejuvenation of the skin occurs because of the following:

First, increased collagen production gives skin its elasticity.

Second, increased fibroblast production helps produce collagen and other tissue fibers.

Third, increased blood circulation to the tissue cells.

Next, cells are protected from damage.

Also, increased mRNA in cells, helps stimulate cells.

In addition, increased facial texture.

Furthermore, reduced fine lines.

Finally, reduced wrinkle severity.

Q. How does red light therapy help the sick and the stressed?

A. First, when we are stressed or ill, mitochondria begin to produce excess nitric oxide. However, nitric oxide interferes with the consumption of oxygen within the cell, leading to oxidative stress, and ultimately, stopping the production of ATP, the cell’s source of fuel. As  result, the cell may die.

Meanwhile, red light protects the cell from the damage that nitric oxide can cause. In fact, the disruptive potential of nitric oxide is minimized by the absorption of red light photons. Also, this absorption allows the cell to continue effectively utilize oxygen and create ATP. In addition, only red light therapy can reach all the way into cell’s mitochondria to stimulate healing and regeneration, improving appearance, performance, and overall well-being.

Q. How do 660 nm red light devices differ?

A. Red light therapy devices differentiate themselves by their purpose. For example, red light lamps cover limited areas of your body for treatment. On the other hand, red light panels cover more broader areas of your body. In addition, lamps differentiate themselves in the ways they can be used. For example, a red light bulb in a bulb holder is best used while you are laying down or possibly sitting. Meanwhile, the larger red light panel can be used while you are sitting or standing.

Q. Who needs 660 nm red light therapy devices?

A. Now, these devices are helpful if you need relief from the following conditions.

Hair loss - A study found that androgenetic alopecia patients grew thicker hair. By the way, andogenetic alopecia is a genetic disorder that causes hair loss.

Inflammation - Although the exact reason is not yet clear, red light therapy has significant anti-inflammatory effects in the body.

Osteoarthritis - A study found that red and infrared light therapy reduce osteoarthritis-related pain by more than 50%.

Musculoskeletal disorders - Research shows that adults with different musculoskeletal disorders could have their pain effectively reduced by red light therapy. Furthermore, researchers note that those who stick to recommended dosage seem to increase the therapy's effectiveness.

Skin acne, complexion, tone, and texture. Most noteworthy, red light therapy is a potentially effective treatment for acne vulgaris. Indeed, the light appears to penetrate deep into the skin and affect sebum production while also reducing inflammation and irritation in the area.

Tendinitis - A very small study found that red light therapy lessens inflammation and pain in people with Achilles tendinitis.

Wounds - Research shows that red light therapy may help heal wounds by:

First, stimulating formation of new blood vessels.
Second, boosting production of collagen in the skin.
Also, increasing fibroblasts in the skin
Finally, reducing inflammation in the cells

Wrinkles - Finally, research showed that this therapy may smooth your skin, help with wrinkles, acne scars, burns, and signs of UV sun damage

Q. Are there risks associated with using 660 nm red light therapy devices?

A. First and foremost, it’s important to always wear eye protection and not look directly at the source of the red light. Also, it is recommended that each session does not exceed 30 minutes. In addition, it's recommended to skip these treatments if you are pregnant, wear a pacemaker, or if you are taking certain medications. Finally, if you are concerned, its best to check with your dermatologist before you start the skin treatment.

Q. What is the recommended frequency and length of red light therapy sessions?

A. Most of all, you get the best results when this therapy is followed for 8 to 12 weeks. In fact, start by using the therapy with 15 to 20 minute sessions at least 3 to 5 times a week. And, do this for the first 4 weeks. After that, use the therapy 2 or 3 times a week. Finally, after 12 weeks, use the therapy once or twice a week until its no longer needed.

Q. Are there any risks with this therapy?

A. Indeed, using too much light can damage skin tissue. Also, some have complained of eye strain, headaches, becoming irritable, disturbed sleep, and insomnia.