What is it? BBL stands for Broadband Light, a modality that actually stimulates changes in the skin at the molecular level. In fact, a groundbreaking study on BBL from Stanford University shows that Forever Young BBL™ can restore gene expression of aged human skin to resemble much younger skin.
It is said that “the RNA expression of aging skin treated with Forever Young BBL™ more closely resemble[d] that of young, untreated skin.” The Stanford University study results showed that the gene expression of older, damaged skin cells changes and will more closely resemble the genes expressed in younger skin cells. This means that over time the skin actually looks much younger, not older! In fact, physicians determined that patients treated with Forever Young BBL™ over a period of nine years appeared not to have aged, and actually looked ten years younger than their actual age.
Evidence also shows that regular maintenance Forever Young BBL™ treatments functionally rejuvenate the skin and delay skin aging.
Who is it good for? Forever Young BBL™ offers multiple benefits. From the immediate treatment of pigmented lesions, (like freckles and age spots) and vascular lesions, (cherry angiomas, telangiectasia’s, and rosacea) to hair removal, improvement of skin texture, and treatment of acne, this rejuvenating light-based treatment instantly gratifies. It is the longer-term benefits, though, that set the Forever Young BBL™ technology apart, making this a perfect treatment option for someone who wants to treat the signs of the visible aging process, maintain, or prevent. Forever Young BBL™ can be performed anywhere on the face and body where there are unwanted signs of aging.
What should I expect? Your eyes will be covered with protective goggles before your treatment begins. The BBL device emits light into the skin, targeting melanin and skin damage. Patients report this treatment to be ‘not painful’ and notice immediate improvements. With zero downtime, (meaning you can resume normal activities immediately), and a quick treatment time of only about 15 minutes, the Forever Young BBL™ treatment is a convenient treatment option for those who can sacrifice little or no downtime.
For optimal results, treatments are usually are spaced several weeks apart, producing gradual but noticeable results. Maintenance can consist of 2-4 yearly treatments, but many patients opt for more frequent treatments.
According to Dr. Patrick Bitter, who has performed over 7,000 BBL treatments, “The patients I have treated over the years have aged chronologically; however, their treated skin visibly has not, in respect to their untreated skin, and continues to improve in appearance with continued treatments. I can appreciate a significant and stark contrast between treated and untreated skin areas in the same patient, and it appears that the more often the skin is treated, the younger it looks,”
Introduction The treatment of photo-aged skin with pulsed, visible BroadBand Light (Sciton, Palo Alto, CA) is proven to dramatically improve the appearance of aging skin. The treatment as first described by this author1 has the ability to reduce or eliminate hyperpigmentation, fine lines, wrinkles, and other visible signs of aging.
This procedure is one of the top aesthetic treatments performed by cosmetic physicians and practices because of the high degree of efficacy, high patient satisfaction,
Keeping skin healthy and delaying the signs of skin aging (e.g. fine wrinkling, laxity, age spots, uneven pigmentation and textural changes) are newly described benefits of regular BBL treatments. Delay of skin aging and maintenance of healthy skin are two very desirable goals for patients of all ages and skin types. While the focus of virtually all aesthetic treatments is to correct issues such as sun damage and aging, helping our patients keep their skin healthy and delaying the inevitable signs of skin aging is perhaps the most important service practitioners can offer their patients.
The term Forever Young BBL has been coined to describe the newly recognized benefits of BBL in delaying skin aging. The common effects of photo-aging are often less pronounced in patients with darker skin types, yet these patients do inevitably experience skin aging.
BBL has been used with great success to correct aged or damaged skin, including photo-aging, vascular and pigmented lesions, erythema and flushing, scars, and acne. With the Forever Young BBL treatment technique, the benefits of BBL can be expanded to include maintaining healthy skin once it has been corrected, and delaying the signs of skin aging. This new Forever Young BBL treatment technique expands treatment to the following patient categories: i) Younger patients who do not yet need correction of damaged skin, but desire to maintain healthy skin and delay skin aging; ii) Patients who have had damaged skin previously corrected by BBL or laser treatments; iii) More mature patients who have better quality or healthier- appearing skin and may not yet require corrective treatments; iv) Patients who have previously undergone a facelift or other cosmetic procedures; v) Skin type IV and V patients who generally have healthier skin with little to no photo-damage, yet desire to maintain healthy skin and delay skin aging.
Forever Young BBL is just one of the many laser treatments we offer at Halo Laser and Aesthetic Medicine Medspa. Use the form to the right to schedule time to meet us. We look forward to helping you find your way to younger looking, more healthy skin!