Could This Be The Fountain of Youth

could-this-be-the-fountain-of-youthAccording to a study done by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS), almost 10 million patients in the United States received cosmetic treatments in 2014. Laser/light/energy based treatments accounted for over 2 million of these patients. Photofacials, also known as Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), achieved popularity many years ago. Since then it has become one of the top esthetic procedures performed in the US today. It removes the visible signs of aging, such as brown spots, broken blood vessels, fine lines, and wrinkles. It has become most popular for treatment of the photo-aged face, but many receive treatment of their neck, chest, arms, hands and legs. Broad Band Light or BBL (TM), unlike IPL encompasses a broader range of light to accomplish its impressive photo-rejuvenating results.

BBL(TM) helps remove the signs of sun damage and aging, to keep your skin looking healthy and youthful. BBL(TM) delivers light energy to gently heat the skin and generate new collagen. It uses a broad spectrum of light to precisely target various chromophores (which are substances whose presence is responsible for the color of the compound) in the skin, such as one for pigment in brown spots and a different one for blood vessels. It penetrates and selectively targets these chromophores without damaging or removing the skin.

Patients report feeling a warm sensation and a light rubber band snapping feeling during the treatment. Topical numbing cream can be applied prior to the procedure to mitigate some of these sensations, although most people don’t require it. It is a quick, relatively pain free, non-invasive treatment, which has no downtime. You might experience mild redness or swelling for 24 hours. There are no wounds to take care of because it does not break the skin, as with laser resurfacing; therefore, there is little risk of scarring. The brown spots will get darker and slowly fade over the next week. You cannot receive this treatment if you are tan. Also, you must avoid direct sun exposure for approximately 1-2 weeks after treatment. The number of treatments needed to correct the damage is tailored to the specific needs and requirements of each individual patient, but the average is 3 initially treatments. The use of a good broad spectrum sunscreen after treatment is absolutely required. The continued use of this sunscreen is recommended to help maintain the health of your skin and the results of your treatment.

A recent breakthrough study showed that 2-4 BBL(TM) Forever Young treatments a year, every year, will not only remove visible signs of aging, but also delay the appearance of visible signs of aging, such as large pores, lines, wrinkles, age spots, broken blood vessels, and skin laxity. This unique revolutionary treatment will correct photo-aged skin and maintain youthful skin. It is the first study of its kind to show that continued BBL(TM) treatments will arrest the aging process. BBL(TM) treatments appeal to a broad range of patients. It is beneficial to younger patients who are not sun damaged but want to maintain their healthy skin, or to patients who have had corrective treatments (laser resurfacing, facelifts) performed who want to maintain their new skin, or to patients who do not wish to undergo invasive treatments and just want to preserve and enhance what they have now.

As with any procedure, make sure to have a qualified professional performing it. Always ask qualified professional if this procedure is right for you. While BBL(TM) is a relatively safe procedure, an unqualified person could burn or scar you for life.