Not Just for the Internet: Broad Band Light May 12, 2016 Cole You are familiar with the broadband light on your computer that lets you know you have Internet connection. But did you know this technology has taken the aesthetic industry by storm as well? Broad band light therapy or BBL has found its way into the offices of plastic surgeons across the country, offering a bevy of benefits to those looking to turn back the clock, reverse sun damage and correct a host of minor imperfections. BBL treatments are available at Cole Aesthetics Center, giving our patients another non-surgical option in skin enhancement and rejuvenation. What is Broad Band Light? The secret behind this technology is pulsed light that gently heats up the dermal layers and stimulates collagen production. The wavelength can be varied, allowing the device to be used to address a broad range of skin concerns. Broad band light has been used by doctors for many years, proving its success and safety in the aesthetic realm. In many cases, BBL therapy produces better results than other types of cosmetic treatments like peels and microdermabrasion. However, Dr. Cole will discuss your concerns and options to determine the best procedure for your specific needs. Uses in Cosmetic Treatments BBL therapy is a versatile treatment that can be effectively used in a variety of ways. Some of the common uses for this technology include: Skin Rejuvenation Looking for a way to refresh and rejuvenate your complexion? BBL therapy might be just the ticket. This procedure can be used to treat the entire face in around 30 minutes. Skin tone will even out after treatment, giving patients a revitalized appearance. You may notice you don’t need to wear as much makeup. Skin rejuvenation can also be used on areas like the chest, neck, shoulders and the backs of the hands – anywhere that sun damage and subsequent aging can occur. Treatment of Vascular Lesions, Pigmentation BBL therapy is also an effective treatment for specific skin blemishes, particularly pigmentation marks like age spots and freckles. Often occurring as a result of sun exposure, these marks can make us look older than we feel. BBL works to eradicate the pigmentation, leaving you with clearer, fresher skin. The treatment also works well to eliminate small spider veins caused by sun exposure, rosacea or other medical conditions. The procedure works underneath the skin’s surface, targeting and coagulating the vein without causing trauma to surrounding skin and tissue. Treated veins are reabsorbed by the body, leaving you with a smoother, clearer complexion. Anti-Aging Those telltale signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles don’t stand a chance against BBL therapy. Stimulation of collagen production is the key to the success of BBL as an anti-aging treatment. Collagen is a substance naturally produced by the body to support the underlying skin structure and give skin its smooth, supple appearance. As we age, our bodies produce less collagen, leading to skin laxity and the appearance of wrinkles. By restoring collagen levels to the skin’s structure, we can effectively turn back the clock on your appearance. Skin will appear smoother and firmer while fine lines and wrinkles will be noticeably diminished. The results will be both natural and long-lasting. Hair Removal BBL is also an effective option in hair removal. The light energy is delivered directly into hair follicles, damaging the follicle so hair falls out. It may also be difficult for hair to grow back in the damaged follicle, which can result in permanent hair reduction. BBL treatments only address hair that is currently in the growth phase. Since not all hair is in that phase at the same time, a series of treatment sessions is generally required to achieve full results. Conditions Treated with Broad Band Light In addition to meeting specific aesthetic goals, BBL therapy can also be used as a treatment for some skin conditions: Rosacea – This procedure is particularly effective in reducing the symptoms of rosacea, such as redness and visible spider veins. While BBL does not “cure” rosacea, it can help patients manage the discomfort and embarrassment of their condition. Usually, 3-4 treatment sessions are needed to give patients sufficient results to effectively manage their rosacea. Acne – BBL therapy can also be adjusted to produce a potent acne treatment, reducing current breakouts and reducing the severity of future breakouts. A blue filter can be utilized to concentrate the light energy on the p-acnes bacteria that leads to pimples and blackheads. A series of treatments may be needed initially to achieve full desired results. At that point, treatments twice a year will likely be sufficient for controlling the condition. Turning Back the Clock a Reality In 2012, Stanford researchers discovered that regular BBL treatments could effectively alter gene expression associated with the aging process. The genes responsible for aging could be stimulated to work harder to protect the skin against aging, resulting in more youthful skin. The scientists conducting the study found that patients that underwent consistent maintenance treatments with BBL actually had skin that looked younger years later than it had when the BBL therapy was first started. Benefits of BBL Therapy In addition to the scientific evidence showing that BBL can actually turn back the clock on your skin’s appearance, there are other benefits to BBL therapy as well: Treatments are non-invasive and require no anesthesia There is little discomfort associated with the procedure and no downtime afterward Results can be seen right away and continue to improve over time The procedure is effective for general rejuvenation as well as treatment of specific concerns and conditions BBL therapy is just one of the non-surgical options in skin rejuvenation and cosmetic enhancement available at Cole Aesthetic Center. Dr. Cole and his staff offer a wide range of cosmetic treatments to help you meet all of your aesthetic goals. To find out if BBL therapy is the right treatment for you, contact Cole Aesthetic Center today at 360.613.2600.