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Red Light Therapy: At Home vs Professional

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Red light therapy has been on the rise for a good few years now, and as we look ahead to the future, it certainly feels like that trajectory will continue. Of course, there are always going to be those who are skeptical — and we can understand their point of view. After all, there’s so rarely any concrete information put out there for the public to observe and consume.

Today, we want to delve into a sub-section of the red light therapy story that really isn’t discussed all too often: getting it done at a clinic professionally and doing it yourself at home. Both are seen as valid methods in which to use, but there are also a few key differences that need to be pointed out in order to help people make an informed decision.

We’re going to lay out a few of the things that set them apart, and hopefully, that will open some eyes as you prepare to head down this path.

What is red light therapy?

Despite being a recognized type of photomedicine by many in the community, red light therapy is still fairly taboo as a subject in this field. It’s been proven safe to use, but when you look purely at the concept of using a laser, lamp, or general heath-based device on your skin, it can seem a bit spooky. Thankfully, we’re here to clear some of that up for you guys.

Red light therapy uses wavelengths transmitted to parts of the body that need fixing - and we don’t say that lightly. Whether it be visible scarring or deep tissue problems, RLT will do anything in its power to alleviate the pain and give you the best possible solution. If you don’t believe us, go and take a look at the plethora of great reviews from those using NovaaLab products.

The results aren’t going to come overnight, but through sustained use over an extended period, you’ll see some real differences as you venture forward.

Now, it’s a case of answering the question that started it all: at home or professional?

Red light therapy: at home or professional?

Learning the process

When you take up red light therapy as something that you want to do in the comfort of your own home, that shows great initiative in taking the steps necessary to improve your health. However, you do have to be smart and careful about it. There are guidelines for a reason, and you need to do your research on what is essentially the equivalent of driving a car manually instead of on automatic.

On the flip side, it’s all being done for you when you're at the doctor. They’ll explain what the procedure will entail and how it’s all going to work, and they’ll do so with the utmost professionalism (which goes without saying). This may not be an important piece of the puzzle for many of you, but it’s certainly something to consider.


Red light therapy, and LED therapy in a broader sense, is pretty interesting. When you head to a professional establishment, it’s more often than not going to be combined with other skin procedures. It can be an effective add-on for those getting a facial, chemical peel, or microneedling treatment, which can be seen as a nice package deal or overkill, depending on your perspective.

When doing it at home, that’s rarely going to be the case. If you have purchased a piece of red light therapy kit for yourself or someone close to you, then the odds are that this is your main priority and focus. Instead of going through the process of all the other procedures mentioned, you can get straight down to business with RLT.

Session types

When you’re looking for the best results possible in the red light therapy world, you’re usually going to undertake a series of different sessions. In a professional setting, there’s going to be a set plan of treatments that are spaced out in a timeframe that works for you. However, that does mean they’re going to be done at set times, and you have to be the one to meet those appointments consistently.

At home, things aren’t quite going to be that structured. Sure, you’ll want to set up your own personal plan that is going to work for you, but it doesn’t mean that you’re required to stick to it. After all, you’re in charge of your own destiny. This can either be seen as an easy way to procrastinate or a more relaxed approach that caters to those with good time management.


So - just how effective is using red light therapy at home in comparison to in a professional setting? In truth, you’re probably going to end up with similar results from both - it’s just a case of the cost. In today’s climate, it’s important to save money where you can, and the same is true for red light therapy. If we had to pick a ‘winner’ out of the two in that regard, we’d have to say it’d be better to do it at home.

With just one or two products, you’d get some real longevity that would probably be spread out over a longer course when having it done professionally. That isn’t to say there aren’t benefits, because there are, but it’s important to be smart with your finances.

Want to enjoy the benefits of red light therapy at home? Look no further.

We understand that the lines can get blurred pretty easily when it comes to red light therapy, and that’s one of the reasons why we’re here. We want to clear the air and give you the peace of mind that you’ve been searching for. From illnesses to aches and pains, we can only imagine what you or your friends and family have been going through.

But instead of just feeding you the false narrative that so many other companies like to do, we promise that our intentions are pure. Yes, this is a business, but at the heart of it all, we love to assist those in need. Life is difficult at the best of times, and if we can help make it just a little bit easier, that’s what will really put a smile on our faces.

So, with that being said, feel free to check out our website and get in touch if you’d like to know more!

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Pascal Le Maréchal

As the Founder and Chief Engineer of NovaaLab, I set out on a mission driven by personal experience. Struggling with severe pain and finding no relief through traditional methods, I explored red light therapy. Seeing its potential, I founded NovaaLab to create precise devices for pain relief and recovery. With a dedicated team, we design FDA-cleared, scientifically-backed solutions, ensuring they're safe and effective. Through our blog, I'm excited to share my journey and help others discover the benefits of red light therapy.