Am I a candidate?
Patients with sun damage, freckling, broken capillaries or redness are generally good candidates. Patients with Melasma are generally not good candidates. While people dealing with Melasma may occasionally get some clearance of pigmentation with IPL, there is a high chance that treatment can activate and even make pigmentation worse. HALO, microneedling and DermaSweep are better options for Melasma treatment.
Will it hurt?
BBL technology is so advanced that the days of feeling like your skin is being snapped by a rubber band are gone. We are able to focus specific amounts of energy coupled with a state of the art cooling system gently into the upper layers of your skin. This provides a comfortable, less painful treatment than previous versions of IPL’s. There is a very bright flash of light that can be startling, but we always use safety goggles so there is no danger to your eyes.
How many treatments will I need?
Forever Young BBL:
Number of treatments will vary based upon age, amount of sun damage present, previous skin treatments, and your diligence with sun protection after treatment. Many patients are happy with their results after 2-3 treatments spaced 3-4 weeks apart for initial correction However, if you have darker skin or more sun damage, more treatments will likely be necessary. As mentioned previously, studies have shown that 2-4 yearly treatments with Forever Young BBL reverse the signs of aging.
Forever Clear BBL:
The bacteria that causes acne is stubborn and requires several treatments to eradicate. Typical patients require 6 to 9 treatments spaced 2-4 weeks apart. Patients often see improvement in their skin after the first treatment, though some report a small acne flare. Both reactions are normal and vary person to person.
4 to 6 treatments is optimal for most areas depending on severity of skin laxity. If the skin is extremely thin or lax, up to 10 treatments may be needed to see improvement. Patients that incorporate maintenance treatments with SkinTyte notice firmer, smoother skin. Come in for a consultation to let one of our BBL experts see if this treatment is for you.
Can I treat areas on my body?
Yes. BBL can be performed on all areas of the body. Generally patients need an increased number of treatments on their arms, hands, and chest for optimal clearance of sun damage or acne. SkinTyte can also be done on areas such as arms, hands, abdomen, buttocks, and knees.
Is there anything I should do/not do before my treatment?
Prior to BBL treatments, we ask that patients refrain from tanning or using artificial tanning products for 2 weeks. For patients that have a higher amount of pigmentation naturally in the skin, we may require you to use products such as hydroquinone for 1 month prior to treatment to ensure your safety.