A Faster Post-Surgery Recovery with LED Light Therapy

April 18, 2024 A Faster Post-Surgery Recovery with LED Light Therapy

The scene is a familiar one to anyone who’s undergone surgery. You wake up in recovery, get the green light from your doctor and you’re headed home to begin the post-op journey. You’ve got paperwork to read that tells you what you can expect, and you might have prescriptions for pain medication with pages of warnings and side effects. Wouldn’t it be reassuring to have a natural, non-invasive option to enhance your healing process?

Many patients and practitioners alike are discovering the remarkable benefits of LED light therapy (also known as low-level light therapy or phototherapy) in post-surgery recovery. It’s an innovative approach that can make a world of difference for individuals looking for a smoother path to healing and for doctors looking for options to help their patients recover faster and with fewer side effects.

Science Supports LED Light Therapy Post-Surgery

Statistics show that post-surgery recovery can be a challenging phase, often accompanied by discomfort and prolonged healing times, depending on the procedure. Recent studies offer hope and have illuminated the therapeutic potential of LED light therapy expediting recovery and reducing post-surgery complications.1

According to research published in the Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy2, red light therapy has been shown to accelerate wound healing by up to 200%. This non-invasive treatment stimulates cellular activity, promoting the production of collagen and elastin which just so happen to be essential components to tissue repair and regeneration. Thus, the same beneficial effects on the skin that’s known to reverse aging skin and wrinkles with light therapy are the key mechanism in promoting wound healing.

There are additional health benefits to using LED red and near-infrared light therapy. It’s been proven to decrease inflammation, increase blood flow and oxygen to tissue, and overall, it gives our cells the boost of energy needed to perform more optimally. By harnessing the power of specific wavelengths of light, LED light therapy penetrates deep into the skin, targeting damaged tissue and triggering a cascade of biological responses that facilitate healing from the inside out.

LED light therapy has also been shown to decrease a patient’s recovery time while reducing discomfort levels and enhancing overall outcomes. Not to get too nerdy, but it’s important to lean into the science here to highlight exactly what the clinical literature says about red and near-infrared light therapy following surgery. It’s ideal following any, and a bonus for pre- and post-surgery for a variety of reasons including:

  • Phototherapy has been shown to accelerate tissue repair, decrease wound size, accelerate the resolution of erythema, accelerate wound closure, and prevent dehiscence3.
  • Phototherapy prior to surgery may reduce the incidence of hypertrophic scars and keloids4.
  • Ongoing post-surgery photo-rejunvenation² (activation of fibroblasts to produce collagen and elastin, stimulation of keratinocytes which produce keratin to provide structural strength to the skin).
  • Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation prevention4.
  • Activation of mast, macrophage and neutrophil cells can decrease inflammation and protect against infection.
  • Phototherapy is anti-bacterial. The presence of C-acne bacteria can lead to post-operative infections, particularly in shoulder surgery. Using professional grade LED red light therapy prior to surgery can decrease the presence of this bacteria. 

Celluma is Your Partner in Recovery

A quick Google search reveals a myriad of red-light therapy devices, but Celluma stands out from the rest for its efficacy and versatility. Celluma was designed with the user in mind and it’s FDA-cleared and patented shape-taking technology ensures optimal results. Whether you are recuperating from orthopedic surgery, a cosmetic procedure, or another type of skin wound, Celluma offers customizable solutions tailored to your unique needs.

In original research conducted at the prestigious Beckman LASER Institute at the University of California, Irvine, Celluma was clinically proven to speed the rate of wound closure equaling or outperforming cold LASERs of similar optical parameters5.

Celluma is medically CE- Marked in Europe for all FDA indications-for-use, as well as for dermal wound healing as a Class IIa medical device in the European Union. Ideal for use following surgery to enhance healing of incisions or non-healing wounds, Celluma LED red light therapy can help reduce patient down-time and fight infection while increasing overall patient comfort and satisfaction. 

The Flex Makes all the Difference

Celluma bends to your needs. Our flexible, shape-taking design allows for easy application over any part of the body, ensuring comprehensive coverage, a close fit, and maximum therapeutic benefits. From reducing post-operative pain and swelling to promoting tissue regeneration, Celluma Light Therapy serves as your trusted ally in the journey to a full recovery.

Trusted Globally

Every single day, Celluma is used and trusted by thousands of patients and clinicians in 100+ countries around the world. They count on us for results, and we are passionate about empowering doctors and their patients to accelerate the healing process and get back to their normal lives sooner.

If you are a patient about to embark on your post-surgery journey or you’re an orthopedic or cosmetic surgeon, dermatologist, or pain specialist looking to help your patients recover quicker, consider incorporating LED light therapy into your regimen to expedite healing and enhance overall well-being. 

With its remarkable benefits and minimal side effects, this innovative treatment modality offers hope for those looking for a smoother path to recovery. Why wait? Discover the transformative power of red-light therapy today and find a brighter, healthier tomorrow.


  1. Photobiomodulation Therapy for Wound Care: A Potent, Noninvasive, Photoceutical Approach. Adv Skin Wound Care. 2019;32(4):157-167. By Mosca RC, Ong AA, Albasha O, Bass K, Arany P.
  1. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information. “Red light-emitting diode (LED) therapy accelerates wound healing post-blepharoplasty and periocular laser ablative resurfacing” by Mario A Trelles, Ines Allones.
  1. The effects of LED emissions on sternotomy incision repair after myocardial revascularization: a randomized double-blind study with follow-up. Rauirys Alencar de Oliveira & Gilderlene Alves Fernandes & Andréa Conceição Gomes Lima & Antônio Dib Tajra Filho & Raimundo de Barros Araújo Jr. & Renata Amadei Nicolau Received: 2 August 2013 /Accepted: 25 November 2013 Springer-Verlag London 2013
  1. Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs) in Dermatology. D. Barolet, MD, 2008.
  1. Ryan Spitler and Michael W. Berns. Comparison of laser and diode sources for acceleration of in vitro wound healing by low-level light therapyUniversity of California Irvine, Beckman Laser Institute, Department of Developmental & Cell Biology, 1002 Health Sciences Road, Irvine, California 92612 University of California San Diego, La Jolla, California 92093. Journal of Biomedical Optics 19(3), 038001 (March 2014)

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