BBL, or broadband light, photorejuvenation, is an effective realm of treatment for several types of skin conditions, particularly acne. The Sciton system Dr. Yarish’s office uses is also designed to produce various wavelengths of light, with the use of different adapters, to treat other conditions including sun damage, age or dark spots, rosacea, redness, flushing, wrinkling and crepeing.
Clinical studies using BBL have had comparable results to prescription antibiotics, and the procedure offers a non-invasive, non-chemical option where a broad spectrum of light is applied to the skin. In the case of acne, the light kills the bacteria present in deep acne, by creating oxygen release within the skin. The treatment also includes a collagen replenishment application, which helps repair damage from acne. It’s a non-invasive way to improve the look of your skin.
When To Consider It
BBL photorejuvenation is a good choice for serious acne, and also for signs of aging and sun damage that include age spots, freckles, redness, sun spots, wrinkles, and dark spots. It also can help to tighten up crepey skin from sun damage, such as often occurs on the neck or chest. Patients with an active lifestyle may find BBL a quick, easy and painless fix for skin problems resulting from sun and exposure damage. The photorejuvenation procedure also can be adapted to reduce unwanted facial or body hair.
What To Expect
One of the notable benefits of BBL is that the BBL system can be changed to treat various conditions with varying wavelengths of light in one session, such as acne and sun damage. The process heats the upper layers of skin, stimulating skin cells to produce new collagen, and shrinks the tiny blood vessels in the targeted area. These tiny vessels are responsible for pigmented lesions and spots in the skin, which fade and disappear after treatment. Patients report no pain, but a slightly uncomfortable flash of light during the procedure.
BBL can be performed in our Houston or Lake Jackson offices, and can be used on any area of the body. Most common are the neck, face, hands, chest and shoulders.
What Happens Afterward
The BBL treatment restores a younger, fresher look, as well as natural color and smoother skin. There is minimal to no downtime, and patients can return to work or activity right away. There’s no unsightly after effects and no scarring. Dr. Yarish and his staff will determine the right number of treatments and at what interval according to a personalized treatment plan, but it’s common to plan for two to four treatments several weeks apart for the best results.