What We Know About Red Light Therapy and Stretch Marks

Pregnant female applying cream for stretch on stomach

Your body will change many times throughout your life and, for many people, this is a natural experience that should be embraced. Sometimes, however, these changes leave behind marks and scars, and as a practitioner, you empathize with patients who are looking to eliminate the appearance of stretch marks. Based on multiple clinical studies about the remarkable results evidenced with red light therapy and stretch marks, as well as with other scars and lines, the specific design of the Contour Light system is the most effective, non-invasive procedure out there.


Contour Light has been the industry leader for years, with results praised by both practitioners and patients. Read more below for helpful insights on red light therapy and stretch marks, and why the Contour Light device may be the perfect complement to your clinic’s menu of services.


What Causes Stretch Marks?


The skin is the body’s largest organ and is incredibly adaptive, able to adjust to the body’s changes. The skin contains collagen and elastin, which are responsible for holding the skin together. When the body goes through rapid changes, these proteins rupture, and when they heal, they may form scars known as stretch marks.


There are many reasons stretch marks may form. Changes like puberty, aging, weight gain or loss, muscle growth or loss, and pregnancy can play a role in stretch marks appearing.


With pregnancy specifically, it is important to note that stretch marks on the belly should be treated with red light therapy only after birth has occurred. There are not sufficient studies on the effects of red light therapy on the fetus, so we recommend steering clear of the abdomen area during pregnancy. Immediately after birth, though, red light therapy can be applied directly to the abdomen both for comfort and to stimulate the amazing recovery and healing process of the body while diminishing stretch marks. 


Can Red Light Therapy Get Rid of Stretch Marks?


Stretch marks are scars, and in the same way that scars can be permanent, stretch marks can often be permanent as well. However, the appearance of scars will fade or become less noticeable with proper treatment. There are many viral, cheap “hacks” for getting rid of stretch marks non-invasively, but many of them have little to no scientific backing. For instance, skin-tightening creams cannot heal scarred skin and can lead to irritation. Microblading and dry-brushing can be risky procedures that can lead to skin abrasion and infection.


On the other hand, red light therapy is a safe, natural, and noninvasive procedure supported by scientific studies. Studies have shown that red light therapy can effectively enhance the energy and metabolism of cells, and stimulate cell regeneration and repair. Red light therapy has been shown to encourage the production of elastin and collagen, which helps the skin rejuvenate itself.


Stretch marks sometimes go hand-in-hand with cellulite. Read our blog to learn more about how red light therapy can help with cellulite.


What We Know About Contour Red Light Therapy and Stretch Marks


The Contour Light device stands out as the only pad-based red light therapy device with FDA clearance. They utilize a combination of LED red light at a wavelength of 635 nm and near-infrared light at 880 nm, harnessing the benefits of both frequencies. Furthermore, their unique design conforms to the body’s shape, ensuring that more red light energy penetrates the skin, making treatments more effective.

See how the Contour Light Device can make a difference in your medical practice. For more information about The Contour Light System, visit our website. You can also watch this video to hear more about the device from its creator.


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