What is BBL Phototherapy?
BBL Phototherapy is a noninvasive cosmetic rejuvenation procedure used on men and women to reduce or remove the unwanted effects of aging or sun exposure, such as fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, sun spots, and redness, and to diminish the size of pores and the appearance of tiny, superficial blood vessels.
How does BBL Phototherapy work?
BBL stands for broad band light. BBL Phototherapy utilizes light to gently heat the upper layers of skin, removing damaged skin and accelerating the development of underlying collagen, the element of skin responsible for giving it resilience and firmness.
What areas of the body dos BBL Phototherapy treat?
The BBL Phototherapy procedure can be used to treat just about any area of the body, with most patients choosing the procedure to treat the face, chest, shoulders, and hands, where sun damage is most likely to have occurred. Your clinician can help you determine which areas of your body are most likely to benefit from BBL Phototherapy treatment.
What are the advantages of BBL Phototherapy over other similar treatments?
Because it is a noninvasive procedure, there is no recovery time or downtime necessary following treatment, and the procedure can be performed quickly and in an outpatient setting. The BBL procedure also employs the use of filters, allowing the clinician to specifically target individual lesions and areas to truly customize your treatment to your unique needs.
Who is a candidate for BBL Phototherapy?
Nearly any adult can be considered a candidate for BBL Phototherapy. Individuals with suntans or dark skin tones may not be ideal candidates, since Phototherapy can result in uneven pigmentation, or even a loss of pigmentation.
How is BBL Phototherapy performed?
Your BBL Phototherapy procedure will be performed in an outpatient setting. Your clinician will give you protective glasses or goggles to wear during the procedure, and may or may not apply a topical anesthetic prior to the procedure. Most individuals report only a sensation of warmth and mild to moderate tingling sensations during BBL Phototherapy. Depending upon the extent of the treatment, you can expect the procedure to last from a few minutes to a half hour.
What is the recovery like?
BBL Phototherapy requires no recovery time, and allows most patients to resume their normal routines and activities immediately after treatment. There may be some initial redness, which will resolve within a few hours of treatment and can be safely covered with makeup. You will also need to avoid direct sunlight and apply sunscreen after treatment to protect your skin.
What will the results be like?
Initially, you may notice some redness, which will disappear a few hours after undergoing the BBL procedure. Once the redness dissipates, your skin will appear firmer and more evenly textured, and fine lines will be reduced or eliminated. Pores will appear smaller and tiny vessels that cause redness will be less noticeable. Increased production of collagen will also help your skin appear firmer and more resilient over time.
How many treatments are necessary?
While even a single treatment can produce visible results, most men and women will need up to five treatments, which can be spaced from two weeks to one month apart, to achieve the greatest benefits of the BBL Phototherapy procedure.
What are the risks?
Some patients with darker skin or suntanned skin may experience uneven pigmentation, including loss of pigmentation, following the procedure. This occurs because darker skin pigments absorb more of the BBL light energy than lighter skin tones. In addition, in very few cases, there may be some minor blistering. Your clinician can fully discuss any risk s associated with the BBL Phototherapy procedure.
Is BBL Phototherapy approved for use in the U.S.?
Yes, BBL Phototherapy treatments have been approved for use by clinicians in the United States.
Is BBL Phototherapy covered by insurance companies?
Since BBL Phototherapy is considered a cosmetic procedure, in most cases it is not covered by insurance companies. Your insurer can provide you with more information.
Disclaimer: This information is intended only as an introduction to this procedure. This information should not be used to determine whether you will have the procedure performed nor does it guarantee results of your elective surgery. Further details regarding surgical standards and procedures should be discussed with your physician.
By Anti-Aging.org Staff
Updated: February 24. 2010