“What is Sciton BBL?”
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We have come along way with a lot of things in today’s age, but what we have yet to discover is how to truly reverse or stop aging. What we do have are tools to slow the aging process and ways to correct the damage that has already been done. Over time the skin starts to expose pigmentation, facial veins, wrinkles and overall dullness. We can thank the natural aging process, sun exposure, pollution and many other factors. Thankfully, with BroadBand Light Therapy by Sciton, you don’t have to be stuck with those age spots, brown spots or that uneven skin texture. BBL helps to soften or erase the appearance of damage which can ultimately take years off your complexion. Or BBL can simply help you become more confident in your skin.
Let’s break down what BBL stands for.
For years, we have heard the term IPL and BBL, but what does BBL really mean for you and your skin? BBL stands for Broad Band Light and is the world’s most powerful IPL (intense pulsed light) device on the market. It is a cutting-edge treatment that uses short blasts of high-intensity light to produce younger-looking skin that’s firmer and more even in tone and texture. The light energy delivered by the BBL will gently heat the upper layers of your skin. The heat absorbed by the targeted areas will stimulate your skin cells to regenerate new collagen. This restores your skin to its natural beauty, blending its natural colors and making it smoother, vibrant and younger looking. In addition, the photothermal energy will eliminate fine vessels that cause redness and will reduce unwanted melanin that produces pigmented lesions. The benefits to Sciton BBL treatment are proven in scientific studies. A Stanford University study reveals that treatments with BBL can alter the expression of genes associated with aging. In fact, after treatment, cells more closely resemble the cells of younger skin.
BBL can treat pigment issues such as:
- freckles and age spots
- vascular lesions such as those pesky bloody vessels
- acne lesions
- unwanted hair
- uneven skin texture/tone.
What will the treatment be like?
Patients say that their skin after even just one BBL starts to feel smoother, pores are less noticeable, and uneven pigmentation has started to fade. The BBL treatment is most commonly done on the face, neck, chest, hands and arms. If you have issues in other areas, a consult with one of our physicians can determine if it is an eligible area as well. A lot of people ask about the discomfort of the BBL. It is best explained by referring to the sensation as a “rubber band-like” snap. The machine is also equipped with advanced cooling features. This allows the use of high-powered energy with minimal discomfort. Your doctor can adjust the settings of the BBL to attack and address the exact issues that are causing you concerns. By working with a physician, you can have a peace of mind that your treatment will be done safely. It will be within the parameters that are specific to your skin type, skin issues and skin history.
What to expect after your BBL?
Directly after your BBL, you may experience some redness and the skin may feel as if you have a slight sunburn. The redness should resolve within a few hours. Depending on how aggressive your treatment is and how you personally respond, you may also see some moderate swelling. Do not be alarmed, this is normal and won’t hang around for too long. In the days after your BBL, in spots you may see a darkening of the treated areas followed by fading and flaking off at a later stage. This is good news, the darkness and flaking is your skin getting rid of the pigment and means your treatment is working!
What is your plan?
Everybody’s plan looks different whether we are talking about BBLs or Botox. The best thing to do is to come in for a complimentary consultation with either Dr. Troutman or Dr. Richardson. Your consultation is the perfect time to discuss all areas where you are unhappy or seeking improvement. Your physician will then work directly with you to develop a plan that fits your lifestyle, your budget and your needs. When it comes to BBL treatments, we often suggest a series of 3-4 BBL treatments spaced out every 3-4 weeks. After the series, patients will then enter the maintenance phase. This means less frequent visits that are to maintain and fine tune results. In your consultation your doctor will also discuss what medicines you are taking. They will want to know what skincare you are using, paying close attention to any medicines that cause photosensitivity. We also want to know about any retinols or hydroquinone products that you may be using topically. Your doctor will advise you on their specific instructions for use of these in the weeks leading up to or after your BBL. Patients see the best long-term results when they add a consistent skincare regimen. This should be paired up with maintenance BBLs and trying to avoid as much direct sun exposure as their life allows.
With little recovery time and no surgery, BBL offers a safe, FDA-cleared option for sun damage, anti-aging, and skin rejuvenation that will leave you looking refreshed and feeling more confident.