Broadband Light (BBL)
Photorejuvenation Intense Pulsed Light Treatments
What are the indications for broadband light (BBL) intense pulse light treatments?
Broadband light treatments address a wide range of common cosmetic concerns, including melasma (hyperpigmentation), sun damage, sun spots, broken blood vessels, diffuse redness of the skin associated with rosacea, fine lines and large pores. Without wounding the skin, we can safely treat the face, neck, chest, or any other area that has suffered sun damage and achieve a healthy, more youthful appearance.
How many BBL treatments are required and what do they feel like?
A series of 3-6 treatments spaced approximately four weeks apart are required for optimal results depending on the area being treated and the degree of sun damage, hyperpigmentation, or redness (broken blood vessels). Each session is approximately 15 minutes. The sensation described by patients feels like a snap of the rubber band on the skin. After the treatment, the skin may develop transient redness and swelling accompanied by a tingling or burning sensation.
What are the exciting recent findings about broadband light effects on the skin?
A study from Stanford University published in August 2012 in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology demonstrated that broadband light treatment (BBL) altered the gene expression in the treated skin making it more similar to youthful skin. These “rejuvenated genes” may be responsible for what dermatologists have long observed, namely that the more broadband light (BBL) treatments patients receive over the years, the younger their skin looks.
Can broadband light (BBL) treatments prevent further aging of the skin or reverse the aging process?
Another study published in February 2013 in the Cosmetic Dermatology journal retrospectively evaluated patients who underwent at least one full face treatment per year with a broadband light device by Sciton® over a median period of 9 years (5 to 11 years of treatments). At the conclusion of the study, the participants (aged 38 to 69 years) were evaluated by “blinded,” unbiased observers and appeared NOT to have aged at all over the median period of 9 years! The actual median age of participants at the end of the study period was 55, but their age was estimated by “blinded” observers to be 45 (10 years difference)!
Based on above studies and clinical observations, these no-downtime treatments may be the ultimate skin youth preservation technique thanks to restoring the gene expression pattern of aged human skin to resemble youthful skin. Broadband light treatments are not only effective, but in properly selected candidates, extremely safe. Furthermore, according to many clinicians’ observations, broadband light treatments may lead to decreased likelihood of developing precancerous lesions and skin cancers.