Seattle Red Light Therapy

The numerous benefits of red light therapy.

What is Red Light Therapy?

Red Light Therapy is one of the most in-demand aesthetic therapies in the country. This has been the result of an increased public awareness of the non-surgical benefits of reducing unwanted fat on the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, arms, and chin. It has also been shown to tighten and rejuvenate the skin, reduce cellulite, and contour the body.

Clinical studies have proven that exposure to 635nm light causes a stimulation of the subcutaneous fat cells, resulting in the release of fat from the cells where they can be processed by the body and excreted naturally.

Results for the client are the utmost priority and providing every client with a complete set of tools to optimize results is our goal. Each client should drink plenty of water to help flush their lymphatic system, and of course, having a sensible diet and some form of exercise can be very beneficial as well. We coach each client on how to simply and effectively reach their best results.

red light therapy for weight loss example, slimmer stomach on side by side images of same woman

It is important to know that there is a wide range of quality in the Red Light Therapy industry.  The Contour Light system, utilized by our partner company (Body Contouring Light Therapy, LLC), produces up to 100 times more light energy than many competing red light systems in the market. It is the only system with a patented reflective coating that allows us to recapture the light energy that would otherwise bounce off of the skin and be lost. Our equipment also allows us to cover most of the body at the same time as opposed to just targeting one area (such as the arms) while ignoring the rest of the body. That means you will see the best results across most areas in the shortest time.

woman's legs after 12 treatments
male stomach after 10 treatments
Red light therapy to reduce fat in midsection, side by side before and after images of male midsection showing stomach fat reduction
Red light therapy for face and chin, side by side before and after photos of weight loss in lower face area
Red light therapy before and after, side by side photos of a woman's arm

How It Works

In 1998, a Colombian physician discovered that exposing a client to a mid-600nm red light prior to liposuction surgery caused the subcutaneous fat to be much easier to remove due to the shrinking of the fat cells. The contents then enter the lymphatic system and are transported to the liver where they are excreted through the bowels.

The studies indicated that, as the triglycerides are carried away by the lymphatic system, the treated area contracts or shrinks, resulting in a reduction of the circumference of the client’s body.

Because the Contour Light device delivers up to 100 times the light energy of many competing systems, the fat cells are bathed in the highest level of 635nm energy, providing the deepest and most complete exposure to the light. The sessions are painless, completely safe, and effective.

What happens during treatment?

  • Opening of the fat cells allows the fat to exit the cell
  • The fat liquifies
  • The fat cells shrink and are able to be expelled by the body
  • Your body accelerates fat-burning
  • Your body speeds up the metabolism

This can also lead to notable spot reduction on the arms, neck, back, breasts, saddlebags, inner thighs, buttocks, and knees- virtually anywhere you have excess fat. This technology allows us to target areas of fat deposits that are often diet and exercise-resistant.

Three time lapsed photos of fat cells melting away after one red light therapy treatment

Red Light Therapy’s Anti-Aging Benefits

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Illustration of rejuvenated skin

Potential Anti-Aging Results of Red Light Therapy for Skin

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  • Create a healthy glow about your face
  • Smooth overall skin tone
  • Build collagen, reduce wrinkles, including crow’s feet, under eye wrinkles, forehead wrinkles and laugh lines
  • Speed the healing of blemishes, like acne and rosacea
  • Repair sun damage
  • Reduce redness, flushing, and broken capillaries
  • Fade scars and stretch marks
  • Bring more moisture to your skin
  • Prevent or slow down hair loss and stimulate growth
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Red Light Therapy can possibly help with:

  • Acne
  • Bites
  • Bruises
  • Collagen Production
  • Cuts & Scrapes
  • Dry Skin
  • Hair Loss
  • Psoriasis
  • Red Marks from Acne
  • Stretch Marks
  • Rosacea
  • Flushing
  • Scars
  • Sun Damage
  • Wound Care
  • Wrinkles
  • Uneven Skin tone

Potential Benefits for Injuries & Pain

  • Accelerate the healing of wounds and injuries to the body
  • Improve or restore range of motion
  • Reduce inflammation and pain
  • Arthritis
  • Back Pain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Foot Pain (Plantar fasciitis)
  • Knee Pain
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Sprains
  • Ligamentous strain
  • Tendonitis

Frequently Asked Questions

What areas of my body can I target?

Essentially all parts of the body where subcutaneous deposits of fat can be found may be targeted with Contour Light, especially those resistant to diet and exercise: chin, neck, arms, bra line, back, abdomen, waist, hips, glutes, thighs, knees, legs and ankles.

Is Red Light therapy safe?

Yes, independent clinical studies have shown Red Light therapy to be completely safe with no side effects. When the light energy of red light therapy is powerful enough then it can trigger a natural release of fat from the cells. The process does not cause any damage and cells remain intact, just smaller and collapsed, leading to positive results.

Is Contour Light suitable for everyone?

Contour Light can be used for both men and women, young or old. Our minimum age is 16 with parent’s consent. As with any treatment, people with certain medical conditions should not use the Contour Light. Our Body Sculpting Specialist will go through a health history questionnaire and consultation prior to beginning to confirm suitability.

As a precautionary measure, Contour Light is not recommended for clients who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have a history of malignancy. Anyone with liver disease, serious heart disease, serious mental disorder, alcohol or drug addiction, cancer (active within 1 year of treatment date), HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C or D, should not participate.

Are there any other benefits from Red Light therapy?

In over 100 clinical studies, LED light treatments have been proven to be effective in relieving pain, repairing tissue, reducing inflammation, relaxing muscles and rejuvenating skin.

Relaxation is just one benefit! LED light therapy is effective at managing chronic muscle tension and pain as it helps muscles to relax and encourages blood flow to the area. In addition, increasing blood flow to sore muscles also helps in eliminating lactic acid waste buildup which commonly contributes to pain.

Skin Rejuvenation is another one! LED light therapy is like a plant light for growing collagen. The skin has a high water and blood content which readily absorbs light energy. As the under layers of the skin are stimulated, collagen and elastin production is rapidly increased, naturally firming the skin, minimizing fine lines and wrinkles, and providing an overall anti-aging effect. LED light facial treatment, also known as photo-rejuvenation facial, is also available with the Contour Light system.

Medical research has linked red light therapy to many therapeutic benefits throughout the body.

How is Contour Light different from other systems?

Non-invasive, LED-based light therapy is currently one of the highest in-demand therapies simply because of the healthy nature of the outcomes. Unlike ultrasound, radio frequency, laser light and fat freezing, LED-based therapies do not cause cellular damage. Quite the opposite, LED light has been shown to promote a natural healing response.

The Contour Light system delivers both mid-600nm and infrared light via high-powered, German-made, surface mount microchip LEDs that are embedded in a soft and flexible pad. The pads can be easily applied to any area of the body, conforming to the contours of a patient. Because of the Contour Light’s patent-protected reflective coating, the light that would normally bounce off the skin is reflected back, resulting in a much higher retention of light energy than with other similar devices. No other system has this reflective coating. A Red Light session is pain-free and very relaxing for the client.

Most other LED competing systems are predominantly for cellulite reduction and skin tightening but do not contain enough light energy to affect fat cells and cover a much smaller area of the body per session. The Contour Light will cover an average-sized person’s body in one session whereas other similar devices cover only small sections at a time which results in more sessions, time, and cost.

More Power and Coverage – The efficacy of 635nm technologies depends on the amount of light energy being delivered to the adipose (fat) tissue. It emits far more light energy than most other similar devices. There are 4 light pads and each are 28″ x 12″ in size, made of soft, flexible material with 320 LEDs per pad. Each LED emits 40mW of light energy, rating each pad at 12,800mW, making all 4 pads rated at 51,200mW of light energy per pad placement; this is multiple times more light energy than most other devices. This is significant considering that a single Contour Light pad will cover practically 10 times more than most other pads or paddles. Furthermore, Contour Light also has 2 arm straps at 168 diodes per strap making it one of the strongest LED Body Sculpting devices in the industry.

What is a whole-body vibration plate exercise session?

Once the fat cells are broken down after Contour Light LED treatment, the contents of the fat cells need a way to exit the body. If they do not exit the body within a few hours, they get reabsorbed by other fat cells. The 10-minute whole-body vibration plate exercise session immediately after a Contour Light session ensures that the fat is excreted via the Lymphatic System – a system of lymph nodes and vessels running throughout the body that transports fatty acids and fats to the Circulatory System for metabolism.

Why should alcohol be avoided during your Contour Light program?

There are several reasons why alcohol should be avoided with Contour Light:

Alcohol is a diuretic and it is critical that the body stays optimally hydrated throughout the program.

Alcohol is processed as fat by the liver which directly restricts the body’s ability to process the newly liberated fat. Once liberated by Contour Light, the fat that is not used up as energy to fuel the body’s normal metabolic needs is processed by the liver using enzymes. The total amount of fat being processed at any given time is limited by the amount of enzymes produced by the liver. Alcohol is processed as fat by the liver using the same enzymes. So, when the liver is busy processing alcohol, it is not able to process the fat liberated by Contour Light. Hence, more treatments are required to achieve results.

What does a Red Light therapy feel like and how long is each session?

Each session is very comfortable as you will lie on a therapy bed where pads are placed over the areas to be treated for approximately 25 minutes. Once the system is turned on you will feel a slight warming sensation, but no pain or discomfort. Most clients can read or use their phone/portable device, or even take a short refreshing nap.

Where does the fat go?

The fat gets flushed out through the lymphatic system for the liver and the colon to break down, and eliminate from the body, safely and naturally!

How long will the results last?

Results will vary from person to person, primarily due to the commitment by the client to their goals. If someone maintains a healthy lifestyle with a sensible diet and exercise that promotes weight control, their results can be long term.

Do clients need to follow a strict diet and exercise regimen?

We have a specific protocol associated with the Red Light system which involves simple to follow directions that include eating a sensible diet and exercising for approximately 20-30 minutes three times a week. As with any type of health program, diet and exercise will have an effect on the results but this technology makes it much easier to reach and maintain your goalsSome gentle nutritional support, and a liberal level of water consumption will help with lymphatic stimulation to optimize results. The Red Light protocol can help jumpstart a person’s journey towards improving their appearance, making it much easier to attain their goals. Who said there are no short cuts? 


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