Our skin is an amazing organ — and the most visible. It protects us from environmental harm, is wonderfully sensitive and beautiful, and it’s a living document of our history and experience. Skin also has another important function: it often flags internal issues happening below the surface. While discoloration, spots, and changes in skin texture or sensation can be uncomfortable or make us feel older or unattractive, they can be markers for more serious health issues. If you notice any such indicators on your skin, it could be that your skin is trying to tell you something. Before you look into aesthetic face and skin treatments, it’s important to have any abnormalities, dark spots, and more checked by your health practitioner. In addition to these steps, a BBL Laser can help renew your skin.
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Your skin is an important part of you, and taking proper care of it is an important part of your health and wellness routine. If you’ve seen or heard about BBL lasers and BBL therapy and the claims that it can reverse sun damage and turn back the clock on aging skin, you might be wondering if it really could be a miracle cure. Let’s take a look at this new technology, from how it works to how it is most commonly applied today.
What is a BBL Laser?
BBL is Broadband Light, a controlled frequency of high intensity light that sends heat to the skin. It has been studied for its ability to improve skin appearance and encourage the growth of new cells for a more youthful overall look and feel.
BBL therapy involves the use of BBL laser technology to treat the appearance of redness, discoloration, and other perceived cosmetic issues like uneven or rough skin texture, fine wrinkles, age and sun spots, and small blood vessels. While BBL therapy is not a magic blanket cure for all skin conditions, it can help some patients reduce the appearance of fine lines, redness, acne, and more.
How Does BBL Laser Therapy Work?
BBL therapy involves the application of visible and infrared frequencies of high intensity light, directed to the upper layers of skin to treat affected areas. The BBL device sends controlled amounts of heat to damaged skin, specifically the face, chest, and hands — areas that receive the most sun exposure. The laser is designed to damage the skin cells in order to trigger an immune response. In an effort to repair itself, the skin will create more collagen and work to heal itself.
The stimulated cells go into overdrive as they react to the controlled trauma. The damage signals the body to remove damaged cells and build new ones. If done correctly, the laser will not cause further wounding or lasting scarring of the skin. The treatment has shown positive results in mice and human trials, and BBL therapy for dermatological uses was approved by the FDA.
BBL therapy is used to cover up evidence of trauma to the skin, but it doesn’t resolve the issues causing skin damage. It can be an effective aesthetic treatment once the problem with the skin has been treated. For example, BBL therapy has been used to combat acne scars and help reduce the appearance of non-cancerous sun damage.
Anne Chang’s study suggests BBL therapy may work by altering cells at a genetic level, promoting expression similar to that of younger skin, at least in the short term, although the purposes of changing gene expression and anti-aging have not been cleared by the FDA.
BBL Therapy Applications
BBL therapy has been FDA approved for use in dermatological applications. It’s commonly used cosmetically for applications like removing sunspots, minimizing the appearance of wrinkles and blood vessels, and reducing the evidence of scars from acne or other trauma to the skin. FDA approved applications for BBL therapy include:
Forever Young BBL
Forever Young BBL is a specific treatment developed by manufacturer Sciton, which uses BBL laser therapy to target the signs of aging and sun damage. Forever Young BBL stimulates skin cells to regenerate collagen and elastin, which can help reduce sun damage, age spots, and more.
Forever Clear BBL
BBL was first cleared by the FDA for dermatological applications, and is remarkably successful at eliminating skin concerns associated with acne. Also manufactured by Sciton, Forever Clear BBL uses Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) to help eliminate acne-causing bacteria, and to reduce inflammation and redness associated with acne and acne scars.
Forever Bare BBL
BBL is also approved for hair reduction. If you’ve long been interested in the idea of laser hair removal, Forever Bare BBL by Sciton is an option. Like other BBL applications, controlled flashes of IPL penetrate the skin, damaging the hair and minimizing the potential for regrowth. Forever Bare BBL has a range of applications from backs, shoulders, and legs to facial hair reduction around the lips, chin, and beard.
Do BBL Skin Treatments Have Side Effects?
Like any treatment, it’s best to consult with your health practitioner to make sure you’re a good fit for BBL, and to assess what, and how many treatments are right for you as an individual. While BBL is a comfortable and quick procedure, like any treatment, it affects different people differently.
Common side effects of a BBL skin treatment are a slight reddening, like a sunburn, immediately following treatment. Depending on your treatment, you may have swelling for a few days. Health practitioners and dermatologists also recommend you protect your skin from sun exposure following treatments as it will be more sensitive.
Can BBL Therapy Help You?
If you’ve been searching for a solution to help with skin appearance from acne, aging, or sun damage, BBL therapy could be an option for you. This non-surgical, FDA-approved dermatological treatment may be able to help you gain confidence in the beautiful and supportive organ that is your body’s skin.
Before pursuing any sort of cosmetic treatment, consult a doctor. Rule out any more serious conditions before seeking treatment that could mask potential symptoms. Your doctor should help you decide whether BBL therapy could be effective for you.
BBL therapy should always be performed by a professional, as the treatment requires controlled amounts of intense light that could damage your skin if not administered properly. If you are interested in BBL therapy, and want to learn more about its potential applications and if BBL is right for you, talk to the team at PrivaMD. Our trained professionals are here to answer any questions you may have. To schedule your consultation, give us a call at 616-213-0253 or contact us online today.