Broadband Light BBL Photofacial
Sciton BBL Hero: Beautiful Skin from Within
Why does our skin begin to look aged? Sun damage, environmental toxins, harsh skin products, the effects of gravity, and aging changes in the skin such as thinning, dryness, dullness, and roughness are the most common culprits. Broadband light (BBL) is a powerful IPL treatment that has set a new benchmark in treating skin conditions caused by sun damage and aging. BBL from the industry leader Sciton is a versatile platform that’s being called the Swiss Army Knife of cosmetic treatments, given the number of skin conditions it can treat. Continue reading to learn more about Sciton’s BBL platform and how this non-invasive skin rejuvenation treatment can help your skin regain a younger, refreshed, and more radiant appearance.
What is BBL? How does it work?
Broadband light or BBL is a type of photo-rejuvenation procedure that uses intense pulsed light (IPL). BBL uses the power of light to treat multiple skin problems and reverse the signs of aging. The Sciton BBL device emits a high-intensity beam of light that penetrates the epidermis (outer skin layer) and generates heat. This causes controlled injury to the skin, prompting the skin to heal itself. As a result, cell turnover speeds up, and the skin builds more collagen and elastin. Collagen and elastin are proteins that give the skin a smooth, supple, and youthful appearance. Broadband light is an FDA-approved cosmetic treatment that can be performed in the office without any downtime.
Why choose Sciton BBL?
The Sciton BBL platform delivers higher peak power and faster speeds, making it the most powerful IPL device on the market. The large spot size and high repetition rate mean that large areas, such as the whole face, arms, legs, or back, can be treated in significantly less time. The handpieces on the Sciton BBL system feature Finesse Adaptors, which enable providers to treat otherwise hard-to-reach areas. The broad range of wavelengths on the system means it can effectively treat many skin conditions. Moreover, the patented CoolComfort technology uses sapphire crystals to monitor and precisely control temperatures for enhanced patient comfort. Because of these advanced features, patients are treated faster and more effectively with less discomfort on BBL Hero.
What can BBL do for me?
Broadband light is a versatile skin rejuvenation treatment. It can help reverse many of the signs of aging and sun damage, such as sunspots, age spots, rosacea, pigmentation, acne scars, uneven skin tone, rough skin texture, and prominent blood vessels. The BBL treatment can also be used to control hair growth.
How many BBL treatments will I need?
There will be a noticeable improvement in your skin after your very first broadband light treatment. You will see fading of sunspots and age spots and a reduction in redness, large pores, and fine vessels in the skin. Your skin will look and feel smoother, softer, and more radiant.
However, most people need more than one BBL treatment to get the optimum results. How many BBL sessions you will need will depend on the condition of your skin and your aesthetic goals. Here at Renaissance Plastic Surgery, we can develop an individualized BBL treatment plan for you.
What to expect during the BBL procedure?
The procedure itself is quick and painless for the most part. Some patients require a topical anesthetic (numbing cream), but most can tolerate BBL treatment well without the numbing medicine.
You will wear eye shields to protect your eyes. The BBL Hero device will then be applied to the target areas. There can be some mild discomfort during the BBL treatment when the skin absorbs the light. Many patients describe it as a stinging sensation of a rubber band snapping against the skin. The treatment takes 15-20 minutes, depending on the size of the treatment area.
How long is recovery after BBL treatment?
BBL is a non-invasive treatment with no downtime. You can drive yourself home and return to work after your BBL appointment.
It is common to have slight redness in the treated areas, which goes away in a few hours to a couple of days. Note that BBL treatment can make age spots or sun spots appear darker temporarily because of the pigment rising to the surface. The spots will ultimately fade away. The coffee ground or bronzing effect usually lasts 3-5 days. For this reason, it’s advisable to schedule your BBL treatment at least one week before a big event such as a wedding, job interview, class reunion, or vacation.
Be diligent about sun protection in the days after your BBL treatment. Your skin will be sensitive after broadband light therapy. Other than this, there is no special aftercare needed post-BBL.
What are the risks of BBL?
BBL uses a powerful beam of light that can cause serious damage if used improperly. However, when performed by a licensed, certified professional, BBL treatments are quick, comfortable, and very safe. BBL treatments are non-invasive treatments, so there’s no risk of infection, bleeding, etc.
Our aesthetic providers will see you in consultation before your treatment and examine your skin to make sure you are a good candidate for BBL. They will also talk to you about expectations and show you before/after BBL photos to give you an idea of what the treatment can and cannot do for your skin.
Common side effects of BBL treatment are slight reddening and swelling of the skin, similar to a mild sunburn. The symptoms are short-lived and usually resolve on their own without any specific treatment. It’s important to stay out of the sun to prevent the redness from worsening.
How long do BBL results last?
BBL results are long-lasting but not permanent. After one or two BBL treatments, you can enjoy rejuvenated, revitalized skin for several months. However, you will have to return to the clinic for 3-4 BBL treatments in a year to maintain your radiant, younger-looking skin. Keeping your BBL appointments can ensure you enjoy amazing skin throughout the year.
Broadband light is a revolutionary skin treatment that can make you look instantly younger with smoother, softer, more radiant skin. Got more questions? Can’t wait to book an appointment? Get in touch with us today for BBL Hero treatment.