Posted on June 18th, 2014
Posted by Julene
Tip #3 is really cool! Every time I or my nurses do this procedure for someone, I am amazed how much difference it makes in texture, tone and tightness.
Forever Young BBL (Broadband Light) involves using laser light filtered at different wavelengths to address pigmentation problems…redness, vessels or brown pigmentation. It is a trademarked application of the Sciton family of lasers, which we own, and has no downtime associated with it. Patients feel a warmth during treatment that is very comfortable, and they leave slightly pink after treatment. Dark spots will appear darker for a couple days and then just seem to fade away. Red patches or spots fade immediately. All red and brown pigment may require re-treatment if the pigment is deeper, and certain skin conditions such as rosacea may require a series of recurring treatments, since rosacea is an ongoing skin disorder with relatively unknown cause or cure. The Sciton laser is a very effective way of dealing with these common problems and is meant to be a stand-alone treatment, although we often combine various skin care products to add to the laser results that enhance the final result as well as reduce the number of laser treatments needed over time. We often add skin lightener agents or retinol/Retin-A to be used before, during and after laser treatments and discuss this with each patient at their consultation in our office. Additionally, BBL treatments can be used for pigment spots (brown or red) of the face, neck, decolletage area or extremities, including legs and hands. When doing BBL treatments, we often do one pass with the brown filter and one pass with the red filter for patients who have issues with both at the same time.
BBL treatments can be combined with skin tightening laser treatments as well, and this combination is very popular amongst our patients who also desire to deal with facial and neck aging. Skin Tyte is perfromed using a clear BBL filter, and feels like a gently increasing heat as multiple passes are made in each area of the face or neck. The goal is to do as many passes in an area before moving on to a new area as is comfortable for the patient. The heat in the dermis layer of the skin causes a process called collagen remodeling, which in lay terms on the skin surface causes an immediately tighter look. The results after a series of 6 Skin Tyte treatments is tighter, smoother skin with improved surface texture. Although we allow single treatment pricing, a series of 3 BBL’s and 6 Skin Tyte treatments is a very affordable way to deal with the early aging changes seen in the 30’s and 40’s and even the older patient who doesn’t mind being treated in a series to gain the advantage of absolutely no discomfort or downtime.
For any age patient who can allow a little discomfort and downtime (oral medication and 2 to 5 days of mild swelling or bruising), BBL with ProFractional is quite popular. The skin’s surface is fractionally heated with this technology, so that there is no true peeling of the surface of the face or neck, the heat is directed downward in a microscopic diameter vertically oriented column of tissue, and the tissue effect is one of truly ablated tissue (ie, the tissue is evaporated, and not left as scar tissue). The ultimate effect of this is tightening of the entire skin surface as the microscopically ablated columns fall together, leaving intact skin surface, to give the appearance of tighter skin overall. The effect around especially the eyes and mouth and jowls is spectacular. Since the depth of the ablated columns varies with the settings chosen, so does overall downtime. We can effectively vary laser depth in ProFractional mode according to the patient’s desired downtime, although the deeper we go, the more tightening that is able to be achieved. Most patients doing at least some regular skin maintenance can get away with interval ProFractional treatments according to age. This might be an annual treatment, or a series of treatments might be desired to create an additive amount of skin tightening. ProFractional treatments may also be combined with skin smoothing treatments (ie, MicroLaser Peel or Laser resurfacing) to further eradicate wrinkles…see Tip #4 coming soon…
Come see us soon to discuss how Forever Young BBL can fit into your busy lifestyle and your pocketbook!
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