Broadband Light- Phototherapy- Setting New Standards in Skin Perfection

Published on May 23, 2011

As people spend more time outdoors, sun damage is becoming much more prevalent.  Or maybe our overly self-conscious society just notices it more? Either way, sun damage results in wrinkling, discoloration, and roughness causing the skin to look significantly older.

BBL is an intense pulsed light that creates visible improvement in skin conditions associated with aging, active-life styles, and sun damage. This treatment is easy, affordable, and very effective.  BBL energy can treat facial veins, melasma, dull complexion and imperfections, enlarged pores, sun spots, acne, scars and many other skin conditions. Many patients love this treatment because they do not have to miss work or other important activities after a treatment.

BBL Sciton Laser allows for interchangeable wavelength filters to provide precise and customized treatment for each patient. The light energy delivered by the Sciton BBL will gently heat the upper layers of your skin. The heat absorbed by the targeted damaged skin cells will stimulate your skin. The result is regeneration of new collagen, restoring the skin’s natural beauty and blending its natural colors to give a smooth, firm, and vibrant appearance. The photothermal energy can also eliminate fine vessels that cause redness and reduce unwanted melanin that produces pigmented lesions.

Although patients commonly come in requesting a single procedure, there is a significant benefit to combining treatments. An excellent example of this is combing a microlaser peel with a BBL treatment to get a synergistic effect.  The microlaserpeel will enhance the removal of discolorations and helps shrink pores.  The combination results in very youthful looking skin. However combining these two procedures may require a 2-3 day downtime. It would be helpful to schedule a consultation to determine if this is the right treatment for you!


 Before/After 4 Treatments


Before/After 5 Treatments


Common Questions associated with this procedure

What skin conditions can be treated with BBL?

Pigmented lesions, freckles, age spots, sun damage, vascular lesions, acne, skin laity, uneven texture, uneven tone, and unwanted hair

What areas can be treated?

Any area of the body can be treated. The most common are face, neck, hands, back, and décolletage

Can a tanned area be treated?

An active tan from the sun or tanning beds is not appropriate for treating with BBL. Tanned skin has a lot of pigment or melanin that may also absorb the BBL light energy. It is recommended that a person does not have sun exposure in the area to be treated for a period of 2 weeks prior to treatment with BBL. Self tanners must be faded from the skin for at least a week to 10 days prior to treatment. Discuss with your clinician the possibility of tanning during your series so that a safe regimen can be created.

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments will vary from patient to patient. You made need multiple BBL treatments to achieve the desired degree of skin refinement. Generally, three to six treatments every four to six weeks will produce optimal results. Schedule a complimentary consultation for a thorough skin analysis.

Is the procedure painful?

No, it is a gentle, noninvasive treatment where a topical anesthetic is used to make the treatment more comfortable. It has been described as a light rubber band "pop" on the surface of the skin with each flash of light.

What should I expect after the treatment?

You may experience some redness that should resolve within a day. You should generally expect a slight skin darkening after each session, followed by gradual skin lightening. Some pigmented lesions will darken, and slightly scab.  In the following stage that may last 2 weeks or more, they will fade and flake off. Your treated skin will feel smoother, fine lines and pores will diminish in appearance, and pigmented lesions will fade resulting in a younger-looking, glowing skin that will lead to a more confident you!  There is no downtime and any redness can be covered with makeup after each treatment.  You will be sensitive to ultraviolet light and MUST avoid direct sun exposure until completely healed and wear sunscreen daily (SPF 30 or higher). 

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