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THE TRUTH ABOUT BBL

Truth-about-BBL-cover-photoAs we age, the active lifestyles we led in our youths (and continue to lead) begin to catch up with us. In our 30s and 40s we start seeing the damage caused by over exposure to the sun in our 20s. The secret to youthful, healthy skin is prevention; the earlier you start taking care of your skin and taking preventative measures, the better. Even something as simple as remembering to apply sunscreen daily can make a world of difference later on. Unfortunately, this is advice often scoffed at and taken with a grain of salt. However, if your days in the sun have already caught up with you, you’re not out of luck just yet because the solution to your problems may just be Broadband Light (BBL).

WHAT IS BBL?

Broadband Light, or BBL, is a light-based technology used for photorejuvenation of the skin on the face, body, and hands, to treat a number of skin conditions associated with aging and sun damage. Lasers emit lightwaves with a single wavelength, while non-laser photo devices, such as IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) or BBL, use a spectrum of different wavelengths. BBL photorejuvenation uses the unique properties of light energy which allows the treatments to be personalized for your skin, to precisely treat fine wrinkles, sun/age spots, small facial veins, among several other skin applications. Treatments are tailored according to your skin’s condition to achieve the desired results.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

BBL works on the principle of selective photothermolysis, meaning that the light emitted precisely targets a structure or tissue using a specific wavelength, which is then selectively absorbed by the skin to treat the targeted area alone. For skin rejuvenation, heating and damaging the dermal tissue stimulates fibroblasts to repair and rebuild collagen.

Melanin, the pigment responsible for the colour of our skin, hair, and eyes, is present in increased amounts in age spots, freckles, melasma, and port wine stains to name a few. The light emitted by BBL targets melanin and hemoglobin, which contributes to diffuse redness of the skin caused by small blood vessels near the surface. When cells containing a lot of melanin or hemoglobin are hit with the right type of light, they heat up and are destroyed within a few thousandths of a second.

Photorejuvenation can also be used to diminish the appearance of superficial pigmented scars. However, when BBL is included in a treatment plan including profractional lasers and dermal fillers, deeper, more pitter scars can be treated and significantly reduced.

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During the treatment

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Shortly after treatment

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In the weeks after treatment

During the treatment, there is:

  • Destruction of benign superficial dilated or broken capillaries.
  • Destruction of excessive melanin accumulations produces an improvement in skin color.

After treatment, activation of fibroblasts, and stimulation of cytokine release results in increased production of collagen, elastin and glycosaminogylcans, yielding an improvement of skin tone, texture, and pore tightening.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

BBL enables you to restore and rejuvenate your appearance. It can make your face look smoother by removing sun spots, hyperpigmentation, and diffuse redness. Photorejuvenation can also improve your skin texture by reducing acne scarring when combined with a other laser treatment. Broadband Light can even be used to treat fine wrinkles on the face by stimulating the production of collagen for a tightening effect. Many women also praise BBL treatments for aiding in makeup application – when your skin is smoother, makeup can be applied smoother and easier.

WHAT AREAS CAN BE TREATED?

Any area of your body can be treated with Broadband Light. The most common areas are those most exposed to the damaging effects of sunlight. The most popular treatments are for the face, neck, back of the hands, and the chest.

WHAT CAN BBL TREAT?

BBL can be used to treat a number of skin conditions, some of them including:

HOW MANY TREATMENTS ARE NEEDED?

Depending on the severity of the targeted condition, anywhere from 2 to 5 treatments are recommended for optimal results, typically at four to eight week intervals.

IS IT PAINFUL?

As it is a pulsed light, some discomfort is to be expected. It is often described as a hot elastic band being flicked on the skin. However, any discomfort varies patient to patient, depending on their personal pain tolerance and depth of treatment. There is no need for a topical anesthetic; however some technician’s may choose to use one on more sensitive areas. A cold air blower is used, which provides substantial relief from discomfort.

IS THERE ANY DOWNTIME? WHAT ABOUT AFTERCARE?

BBL Photorejuvenation is a noninvasive procedure, compared to many other cosmetic procedures, so you can receive more comfortable and effective treatments with little to no downtime. You may be given some skincare products, such as sunscreen, and instructions on how to use them. You will be sensitive to ultraviolet light and advised that you must avoid direct sun exposure until you are fully healed. Fully cover your skin or use a good sunscreen (SPF30+).

Goodbye Summer, Goodbye Sun Damage!

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Summer is definitely over and the days of enjoying the sun are long behind us. Now, you may be looking at the mirror examining your skin wondering if you have any sun damage at all. Even with sunscreen applied everywhere, you could still have plenty of sun damage left over from your youth – remember squirming from your mom when she tried to apply a coat of sunblock?

This damage is caused by the sun giving off invisible rays of ultraviolet light, Ultraviolet B (UVB) and Ultraviolet A (UVA), that are absorbed by your skin, as shown in this diagram, “UV Radiation and the Skin”.

Both cause lasting damage. UV radiation alters the actual DNA of your skin cells causing lines, wrinkles, discoloration, and eventually skin cancer.

So, it’s time to stop the process at each layer. You can reverse it with the following treatments.used individually or in combination:

reverse-sun-damage-treatment-skin-layers1 – CHEMICAL PEEL – Exfoliate sun damaged skin and remove pigment spots residing deeper in the skin. Chemical peels work by penetrating through the skin’s layers and exfoliating sun-damaged, thickened surface skin while removing sun spots and stimulating collagen production for firmer skin. Chemical peels are very effective in renewing the skin’s texture because they remove unwanted dead skin cells, and allow fresh skin to the surface. Depth of penetration (and effect) depends on strength of the peel selected. The result is a tighter, brighter skin with smaller pores and fewer wrinkles.

2 – BBL – Remove redness, unwanted blood vessels, and sun spots.
BBL (Broad Band Light Therapy) exposes sun damaged skin to pulses of light energy that stimulate collagen and elastin fibers. It eliminates fine vessels that cause redness and reduces unwanted pigment collections / spots. BBL is a “no downtime” procedure that will even-out you skin tone and tighten pores, restoring your skin to its naturally beautiful state, making it more vibrant and youthful in appearance and feel.

3 – MICRODERMABRASION – Remove the outermost layer of dead skin cells.
Microdermabrasion works on the most superficial skin layer in restoring sun damaged skin to its natural beauty by removing the top layer of dead skin cells. It can be used on its’ own for a mild effect with no down time, or after BBL or a chemical peel to remove residual pigment or flakes of skin debris which clog the pores and create a dull appearance. Microdermabrasion will make your skin will look and feel smoother, more radiant, and rejuvenated.

4 – SKIN CARE PRODUCTS – Use skin care products with retinol and antioxidant capsules.

Retinol is vitamin A in its purest form which is essential to the maintenance of vibrant healthy skin. It rapidly revitalizes the appearance of sun-damaged and aged skin by increasing cell turnover and stimulating collagen synthesis.

Antioxidant capsules, such as Alryia’s line of capsules, contain 10% Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic Acid) which is a powerful antioxidant that will slow down skin aging by inactivating free radicals generated by UV light and metabolism. This will diminish signs of aging and help protect against UV damage. It is also required for collagen synthesis, making it an essential component needed for skin’s repair and maintenance activities READ MORE

Redness and Pimples – Rosacea vs. Acne: What is the Difference?

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Everyone in their lifetime will get redness and pimples. Often these are not related to any chronic medical condition; however, sometimes it turns out to be acne or rosacea. They are two of the most common skin disorders. They share in common the presence of pimples and redness. Differentiating the two is important as there are differences in both prognosis and treatment of the two conditions. Fortunately, their differences are numerous and pronounced making differentiation between the two conditions possible.

Patients with acne tend to have oily skin. Comedones (“blackheads and whiteheads”) are common. In more severe cases, patients develop cysts and nodules that may heal leaving scars. Lesions are frequently seen on the chest, back, and upper arms as well as the face. The patients are generally younger than those with rosacea — most commonly adolescents.

Rosacea typically begins after the age of 30 years and peaks between 40 and 50 years of age. Lesions are usually limited to the central face, although lesions of the back, chest, and scalp may rarely be noted. Comedones are absent and scarring is rarely seen. Rosacea is commonly associated with flushing and blushing.

Rosacea Vs. Acne

Redness & Pimples: What’s the Difference?

Compartive features Rosacea Acne
Blushing Yes No
Redness Yes Yes
Vessels Yes No
Pimples Yes Yes
Blackheads/Whiteheads No Yes
Enlarged pores Yes Yes
Rhinophyma Yes No
Blepharitis/conjunctivitis Yes No

TREATMENTS:

However, the two conditions do share a common ground when it comes to treatment. Depending on the severity and extent of symptoms, both may be treated with topical creams, medication, BBL, and lasers.

Topical medications

More effective in treating acne than rosacea. Proper diagnosis is important as medications such as Retinol, while effective for treatment of acne could potentially exacerbate rosacea.

Oral antibiotics

Oral antibiotics are also commonly prescribed to patients with both moderate rosacea and acne. They help to reduce inflammation and pimples.

Miscellaneous medications

Short-term topical cortisone (steroid) preparations of minimal strength may in occasional cases also be used to reduce local inflammation.

Laser and BBL

Many patients are now turning to laser and BBL to treat the continual redness and noticeable blood vessels on the face, neck, and chest. Often considered a safe alternative, laser and BBL therapy visibly improve both acne and rosacea by killing acne-causing bacteria, shrinking pore size, decreasing skin oiliness, and removing the redness-causing excessive capillary vessels.