The natural extrinsic consequences of aging on the skin include sun damage, freckles, age spots, and redness caused by broken capillaries and rosacea. Some skin defects are consequences that arise from hormonal factors that create an over production of melanin as in melasma. BBL involves the reduction of these signs of aging and skin defects using Broadband Light – BBL.
If brown spots are the target, BBL penetrates the skin to reach the melanocytes. The particles of the cells left behind will peel or slough off within 7-14 days.
If redness is the target, blood vessels in the deeper layers of the skin absorb the light and the heat created by the light damages the vessels. The vessels are shut down and the body continues to absorb the destroyed vessel remnants.
There is no recovery time and a low risk of complications with BBL treatments. Multiple sessions are performed every 2-4 weeks until the desired result has been achieved.
The treated area must be treated with care. BE GENTLE! Do not scratch or pick at your skin.
Until sensitivity has completely subsided, avoid all of the following:
A cold compress or an ice pack can be used to provide comfort if the treated area is especially warm. This is typically only needed within the first 12 hours after the treatment.
Skin may appear red and swollen, and may have a mild sunburn sensation. This is a normal reaction.
Vitamin E or Aloe Vera applied to the treatment area may provide a soothing effect. Post treatment discomfort is typically minimal but if the area is very uncomfortable, you may try oral pain relievers.
Freckles and sunspots may turn slightly darker initially and then flake off within 7-14 days. This is a desired and normal reaction.
There may be redness and slight swelling around the treated vessels. Often they are lighter in appearance and look somewhat smudgy or less defined.
Makeup may be applied immediately after the treatment as long as the skin integrity has not been compromised.
In the unusual case of crusting of the skin in the treated area, apply an antibiotic ointment twice a day to the affected areas. Do not pick at these areas, as this may result in infection and/or scarring.
If the skin is broken or a blister appears, apply an antibiotic ointment and contact the Refine Office. Keep the affected area moist and avoid direct sunlight.
Strictly avoid any sun exposure to the treated area for a minimum of 7-14 days after the procedure. Use a sunblock with a protection factor of 30+ and reapply every 2 hours.
If you are doing a series of BBL treatments, sun exposure should be avoided between treatments and a sunblock should be used on a daily basis.