What if there were a treatment that could slow down the aging clock and keep you "forever young?" BroadBand Light (BBL™) at the Charleston, SC, area's Germain Dermatology in Mt. Pleasant is an FDA-approved option for treating sun damage and signs of aging in the skin.
Exposure to ultraviolet radiation, the natural breakdown of beneficial molecules over time, and harsh cleansers can all take a heavy toll on our skin. Forever Young BBL™ treatments help to not just rejuvenate the skin by improving both tone and texture, but to protect against future damage. The phototherapy device can be used on any part of the body, though the areas that are most commonly treated include the face, neck, back of the hands, chest, and shoulders—all of which are typically most often exposed to the sun and most in need of preventive care.
Forever Young BBL™ works by delivering light energy into the upper layers of the skin. Heat generated by this light energy damages the pigmented cells in unwanted lesions, as well as stimulates skin cells to produce new collagen. This process blends the natural colors of the skin and rejuvenates the surface for a smoother, vibrant, and younger look.
A pioneering manufacturer of leading-edge lasers and light sources, Sciton, introduced BBL™ (Broadband Light) as a breakthrough IPL (intense pulsed light) treatment. The light emitted by the Forever Young BBL™ device is absorbed by problem areas in the skin and breaks up irregular spots of melanin.
However, Forever Young BBL™ does more than simply reduce surface damage. It also revitalizes skin from the inside out by kickstarting fresh collagen production. The laser energy engages the skin's natural repair process, causing microscopic injuries that trigger it to heal itself by creating new collagen molecules.
Forever Young BBL™, also referred to as a photofacial, is used to treat acne symptoms, pigment abnormalities, broken blood vessels, and unwanted body hair. It is a non-invasive treatment that creates subtle, natural-looking results.
Each separate skin concern may require a unique amount of light energy for correction. This is part of what makes Forever Young BBL™ so convenient: The laser's wavelengths can be modified depending on the imperfections they are targeting.
Intense pulsed light is a solution for redness, rosacea, broken capillaries, acne, hyperpigmentation, uneven tone and texture, and photodamage. It also is used to treat excess body hair by damaging hair follicles. The light energy provides the added benefit of actively destroying bacteria that can cause inflammation and outbreaks.
What sets IPL apart from traditional laser treatments is that intense pulsed light incorporates scattered, short blasts of high-intensity light at varying wavelengths. Laser treatments target skin with a single wavelength, leading to more focused results.
Forever Young BBL™ has the distinction of being the most advanced IPL innovation in the world. This highly versatile light therapy device can be customized to treat various skin conditions, delivering uniform results with great precision.
Prior to the day of your Forever Young BBL™ procedure, you may need to make some minor lifestyle changes, such as refraining from certain activities. Sun exposure and tanning, whether from artificial sources or otherwise, can interfere with your results from Forever Young BBL™ by causing the overall skin to get darker.
Patients may also be advised to stop taking medications that can increase the risk of bleeding, such as blood thinners like aspirin. Waxing and chemical peels are also not advised before having any type of IPL treatment.
Patients need to remove their makeup and have their face thoroughly cleansed prior to any IPL session. Patients wear eyewear to protect their eyes and apply ultrasound gel to the treatment area. Most patients describe the experience of a "zapping" from Forever Young BBL™ as generating minimal to no pain. The device is equipped with advanced cooling features to minimize discomfort from the heat generated by the device.
After One Session of BBL™ Treatment
*Actual Patient, Individual Results May Vary
Results are most apparent in the weeks following a session, and multiple sessions may be necessary to achieve your desired results. A clinical study has shown that with regular treatments performed over years, patients can ultimately look even younger than they did when the series began.
Other available light-based cosmetic services at Germain Dermatology include Sciton® Halo™, Blu-U® Blue Light therapy, and intense pulsed light (IPL). Sciton® Halo™ combines the benefits of both ablative and non-ablative lasers to generate dramatic results with less downtime.