Reverse Summer Sun Damage with BBL Photofacial
As summer winds down, your skin is likely in need of some extra attention and pampering. While it’s hard not to enjoy long summer days in the sun, overexposure to ultraviolet rays can cause sun spots, hyperpigmentation, and other unwanted skin changes.
The good news is that many of these common skin concerns can easily be treated with broad band light (BBL). Learn how this non-invasive procedure will restore your skin’s natural radiance just in time for fall.
The Science Behind Broad Band Light Treatment
BBL (also known as intense pulse light [IPL] or the photofacial) is sometimes referred to as a laser treatment, but in fact, it is not technically a laser. Lasers, by definition, deliver a single wavelength of light to specifically target molecules in the skin and create meaningful changes. In contrast, BBL provides quick pulses of broad-spectrum light that can be used to target multiple different concerns from brown spots to blood vessels to unwanted hair. The BBL device at Aesthetx has dual-lamp technology, which is great for targeting very specific areas without harming the surrounding tissues.
The pigment in sunspots and skin imperfections absorbs the light energy during treatment. This destroys the damaged skin and also triggers a healing response that encourages the production of collagen for ongoing rejuvenation. The result is smoother, glowing skin that is free of imperfections. You may need a few treatments depending on the extent of your skin concerns. Most patients see ideal results within about three months.
Why BBL is the Perfect Treatment After Summer
Summer really takes a toll on the skin; all of that sun, chlorine, and salt water can make the skin dull and dehydrated. For many people, topical products aren’t enough to restore their natural glow. BBL is a fabulous option for those that want to reverse that “weathered” look without the longer recovery period of traditional laser treatments.
BBL treats a wide variety of skin complaints with minimal downtime — brown spots turn darker for about a week then peel off. Redness is mild because BBL cools the skin during treatment, making it much more comfortable than traditional lasers. Some patients experience feelings of warmth or tingling, but these symptoms are only temporary. Makeup can be worn in the days after treatment to cover any healing areas. Since the treatment can make your skin more sensitive, it is imperative to wear sunblock when outdoors and schedule your treatment when that summer tan has worn off.
In the wrong hands or with the wrong type of pigmentation, this treatment can make spots worse, so talk to a experienced, board-certified dermatologist to see if you are a candidate for BBL.
BBL Goes Beyond Summer Sun Damage
BBL isn’t just limited to the face; it can treat a variety of areas, including the chest, hands, and neck, allowing you to achieve healthy, vibrant skin all over.
Patients seeking BBL treatment can expect improvement of the following skin concerns:
- Sun spots and many form of hyperpigmentation
- Veins, redness, and other vascular lesions
Mild to moderate acne
- Subtle lines and wrinkles
- Rough skin texture