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Herb Levin, Case study for Halo Laser, BBL Laser Treatments | Halo Med Spa, Wilmette IL

A Walking Billboard for Laser Treatment

"If you’re concerned about brown spots, aging spots, they do a great job with the BBL treatment to get rid of them. They're either diminished or completely gone. In my case, they were completely gone."—Herb Levin

Herb Levin of Deerfield found out about Halo Laser & Aesthetic Medicine by seeing our work out on the street.

He saw a man whose face looked great: Herb says the man had a good skin tone and very few wrinkles for his. Herb asked the man where he went, and the answer was, "Halo Medicine."

Initially, Herb came to Halo for broadband light (BBL) laser treatment, which he says, "worked out great." After that, he came in for BBL and Halo Laser at the same time. "The results were excellent," he says. "It really took away some wrinkles, popped up my skin the way it should have and eliminated brown spots. I'm very happy with the results."

Laser Treatment Eliminates Herb's Brown Spots

One common question about laser treatments is: Will it hurt? 

Herb says he experienced no pain with BBL and very little with the Halo Laser treatment. For the Halo treatment, we apply a cream to the skin, which Herb describes as "feeling hot," the sensation of which can last for about a day. But he assures people that, "Yes, it’s worth it."

When he tells people about Halo, Herb explains what they did and then says, "If you’re concerned about brown spots, aging spots, they do a great job with the BBL treatment to get rid of them. They're either diminished or completely gone. In my case, they were completely gone.

"The results were exactly what they told me they would be. All in all, a very positive experience. I’ve been telling as many people as I can. I referred both my sisters, and friends have gone there on my recommendation.”

Forever Young Broadband Light (BBL): A Fountain of Youth

The BBL treatments that Herb had done are also known as Photorejuvenation, IPL, PhotoFacial and FotoFacial treatments. When done on an annual or semi-annual basis, they do more than just improve the appearance of lax skin and pigmentation on the skin. The presence of genetic modulation scientifically proves that skin is repaired to a healthier, more youthful state. This means we are truly slowing down the aging process of skin.

How do we know this? A Stanford University study reports groundbreaking findings that are as close as we’ve come to a true “Fountain of Youth” supported by peer reviewed science. The study provided clinical evidence that our Sciton® BroadBand Light™ (BBL) rejuvenates gene expression to be more like youthful skin. This means that for the first time, we have scientific evidence that, BBL does more than just improve the appearance of lax skin and pigmentation on the skin. When BBL is done a minimum of once annually, your skin is improved and restored to a more youthful state at a genetic level.

Forever Young BBL™ treatments are safe, scientifically proven anti-aging treatments. The study was published in the prestigious Journal of Investigative Dermatology and can be referenced on the Forever Young BBL website.

Broadband Light Laser (BBL) FAQs

What Conditions Can Be Treated with Broadband Light (BBL)?
At Halo, we use Broadband Laser for:

The treated areas darken immediately following the treatment and then gradually fade over two weeks, yielding younger and fresher looking skin.

There is no downtime associated with a BBL treatment. You can resume normal activities immediately. The BBL can be used safely and effectively on the face, neck, chest and rest of the body.

How Does BBL Work?
BBL (or Broadband Light) works primarily by using photothermal energy to stimulate cells into regenerating. It’s delivered via a handheld device that gives off IPL (or Intense Pulsed Light).

Treatments eliminate the fine vessels that cause redness, while reducing the melanin that produces sun and age spots. Skin becomes smoother with reduced pores, and uneven pigmentation fades.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?
The amount of treatments needed can vary from patient to patient. You Halo team member will work with you to create a specialized treatment plan based on your specific needs.

What Happens During the Procedure?
Generally, the procedure is very gentle. You will typically not need anesthetic, though your Halo team member may choose to use it based on individual cases. You will need to wear safety shields or glasses to protect your eyes.

As the light gets absorbed by your skin, you may feel a sensation of warmth. Some patients describe it as feeling like a light “rubber band snap.” The time it will take will depend on how large of an area you need treated.

What Should I Expect After the Treatment?
You may have some redness that will only last for a few hours. Some spots may appear darker at first, followed by some fading and peeling afterwards. Your Halo team member will discuss with you what to expect based on your skin type, treatment type and area you are having treated.

What is the Recovery Time with BBL?
This non-invasive procedure typically has no downtime. In most cases, you can return to work and get back to your normal activities right away. You will have to use sunscreen and avoid direct sun exposure as much as you are able. However, recovery might vary based on how intense the treatment was. Your Halo team member can work closely with you through the recovery phase and will tell you what to expect.

About Our Other Laser Treatment Options

We offer a number of laser treatments to reduce the signs of aging, reverse sun damage, remove acne scarring and more. They include:

Halo Hybrid Laser
We are only one of six med spas in the country to offer Sciton’s Halo Laser, the world’s first hybrid laser which delivers impactful results similar to that of more aggressive, but with totally controllable downtime. This is exciting because you will not be required to spend a long weekend with a red, peeling, face if you want results formerly offered solely by fractional surfacing. In fact, after the The Halo treatment is exceptional at diminishing the signs of aging and reversing sun damage. This includes fine lines, deeper wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation. Learn more about the Halo Laser.

ProFractional® Laser Resurfacing
Our ProFractional® laser offers dramatic results and quick healing for patients interested in improving:

  • Acne scarring
  • Sun damaged skin
  • Wrinkles – from fine lines to more severe folds and creases
  • Overall skin texture

The ProFractional laser is similar to previous fractional devices, but what sets our ProFractional laser apart is the quick healing time and lack of discomfort during treatment. Patients are excited about the ProFractional laser because they see results quickly and recovery time is short. It’s minimally ablative. Through very tiny laser channels, the treatment reaches depths appropriate for correcting acne scars, wrinkles and texture issues. The ProFractional is an ideal choice by itself or paired with other laser treatments (see below “laser combinations” for more information.)

MicroLaserPeel™
Our effective laser peel, the MicroLaserPeel, can literally take years off of your face. This peel treats skin conditions associated with aging and an active lifestyle. You can see real improvements in just a few days. The MicroLaserPeel is an intra-epidermal laser peel that precisely ablates the outermost layers of the skin.

Arctic Peel™ / Blizzard Laser Peel / Nano Peel
The Arctic Peel, Blizzard Peel and Nano Peels are all similar laser peels. They are slightly less aggressive than the above MicroLaserPeel but a step more advanced than a chemical peel. The Arctic and Blizzard Peels do not remove as many of the outer layers of the epidermal skin. Therefore, this peel does not require the use of a topical anesthetic gel. Rather, these laser peels use very cold air on the skin to achieve adequate anesthesia. The results are a fresher, tighter look to your skin. This is an excellent “jump start” to a good skin care program.

Laser Peel Combinations
Our St. Bart’s Photorejuvenation treatment is a combination modality that maximizes the effects of research-proven light treatments to improve texture, tone, fine lines, skin laxity and overall appearance of your skin. This series of treatments is offered by top cosmetic physicians across the country and is now being performed right here by our physicians. St. Bart’s Photorejuvenation is comfortable and has absolutely zero associated downtime- you can put makeup on and continue with your day immediately afterwards. You will notice rapid results and your skin will continue to improve for weeks following your treatments. Your family and friends will marvel at how fantastic your skin looks!

Vascular Laser Treatments
Our vascular laser treatments, using the Sciton Profile laser, can eliminate or improve the appearance of unsightly veins, telangiectasia, rosacea & redness. All skin areas can be treated. Popular areas are the face, neck, chest and legs.

What conditions can be treated?

  • Rosacea
  • Redness
  • Facial veins
  • Telangiectasia
  • Spider veins
  • Broken capillaries

There is virtually no downtime and you may resume moderate activity immediately. You may experience erythema (redness) which may last several days.