The light energy delivered by the BBL gently heats the upper layers of the skin. This process helps restore the skin to its natural state. In addition, the photothermal energy targets and eliminates many of the fine vessels that cause redness and the unwanted melanin responsible for pigmented lesions.
Any area of your body can be treated. The most treated areas are those most exposed to the damaging effects of sunlight, such as the face, neck, back of the hands, chest, arms, and shoulders. A series of photo facial treatments are highly effective for a variety of skin conditions such as sun damage or brown spots, broken capillaries, small spider veins, general skin redness, and facial flushing. These treatments consistently and predictably improve the visible appearance of the skin with little or no downtime.
How many IPL treatments will I need and how often?
Generally, we recommend 3-5 photo facial rejuvenation treatments (each 3 weeks apart) depending on the amount of damage to the skin. After the initial series, maintenance sessions are often needed. Most of the damage to our skin occurs early on in life. What brings it to the surface is more sun exposure.
How much improvement will I see?
What can I expect during my IPL treatment?
Each photo facial rejuvenation treatment lasts 15-60 minutes. We will remove all make- up, sunblock, and face creams. Men will be asked to shave on the day of treatment, prior to their arrival. Eye shields will be applied to protect the eyes. A cool soothing gel will be applied on the skin prior to treatment, which will help reduce discomfort. In addition, cold air is blown on the skin to cool the surface of the skin and help with any discomfort. After the procedure, you may be asked to ice the area and will be given any additional post-treatment instructions.
Redness like a mild sunburn following the treatment generally lasts less than 24 hours. Avoid anything that creates heat for 2 days after treatment- hot bath, sauna, and exercise. Avoid direct sun exposure (natural and artificial) for 7-10 days following each treatment. Pigment present in the treated area will usually darken. This is referred to as "microcrusting". Do not pick or scratch these areas. They will naturally flake off in 3-14 days depending on the area of the body treated. We recommend microdermabrasion after your treatment to help remove the remaining crusting (1 week for the face, 2 weeks for the body after the photo facial. We will provide you with complete take-home instructions about your post-treatment care.