BroadBand Light (BBL) therapy, also referred to as Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) or photofacial therapy, is an innovative treatment that utilizes light energy to enhance the health and appearance of the skin on virtually any area of the face and body. At our practice, Dr. Jon Kurkjian offers Forever Young BBL™ and Forever Clear BBL™, both of which are manufactured by SCITON®—a leading innovator in intense pulsed light technology for the improvement of skin blemishes and various signs of aging.
To learn about the specifics of these two BBL treatments, we encourage you to read the information provided below, or simply contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kurkjian.
Forever Young BBL™
Forever Young BBL™ is an advanced, non-invasive technique that delivers controlled light energy into the epidermis and dermis, effectively stimulating the body’s natural healing process to renew skin from the inside-out. Suitable for numerous regions of the body—including the face, neck, chest, hands, and arms—Forever Young BBL™ can improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles, age spots, sun damage, unwanted freckles, redness, and small blood vessels. In addition, it can sometimes be employed to help control active acne and reduce undesired hair.
Based on the specific concern(s) being addressed, the intensity and wavelength of light produced by the Forever Young BBL™ device can be altered to uniquely target specific issues while ensuring no surrounding tissue is damaged. Once delivered, the energy works to prompt new collagen and elastin growth, facilitate damaged tissue removal, and increase circulation in the treatment area, ultimately revealing smoother, more evenly toned skin.
Perhaps the greatest benefit of Forever Young BBL™ is its ability to actually modify gene expression with regard to aging and longevity. This helps to keep future signs of aging at bay for a longer-lasting outcome than many other light-based therapies. In fact, a study was conducted on 15 patients—ages 38 to 69—who received at least one annual Forever Young BBL™ session over the course of five to eleven years. At the end of the research period, a control group of approximately 500 evaluators estimated the age of each patient, and the findings showed that study participants appeared about ten years younger than they actually were.
Ultimately, treatment with Forever Young BBL™ can be an excellent option for many individuals interested in not only minimizing current skin blemishes and signs of aging, but also those seeking to fight against future age-related skin concerns.
Forever Clear BBL™
Forever Clear BBL™ is a state-of-the-art, non-invasive acne treatment that uses light energy to address the root cause of acne, helping to clear breakouts—and even reduce future outbreaks—without creams or medicines. An excellent option for both teens and adults suffering from active acne, the procedure can be performed on many areas of the body, with the most common being the face, neck, and back.
Forever Clear BBL™ utilizes a unique, three-step approach to achieving clearer skin. First, blue BBL light is directed deep into pores of the acne-affected area where it eliminates the bacteria responsible for the breakout(s). Next, yellow BBL energy is transmitted into the same region to help reduce redness and inflammation. Lastly, the skin is targeted with gentle, rapid pulses of infrared light via SkinTyte II™ technology, which promotes the body’s natural healing response for diminished pore visibility and a more even skin tone in addition to the resolution of acne.
Ultimately, Forever Clear BBL™ is distinctive in its ability to not only treat acne and lessen the potential for future outbreaks—but also to effectively address current breakouts for immediate reduction in redness and inflammation associated with the flare-up.
What Is BBL Treatment Like?
As non-invasive treatments, both Forever Young BBL™ and Forever Clear BBL™ do not require anesthesia, though a topical anesthetic can be applied to the targeted area to minimize any potential discomfort. During the procedure, whichever BBL device is used will be gently guided over the skin as it delivers pulsed light energy. Depending on the concern(s) being addressed, BBL sessions typically last anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour. While some degree of temporary swelling and/or redness (similar to a mild sunburn) may be experienced initially, neither Forever Young BBL™ nor Forever Clear BBL™ generally requires any downtime.
What Results Can I Expect from BBL Therapy?
In many cases, initial results from Forever Young BBL™ and Forever Clear BBL™ are apparent soon after treatment, and the outcome will continue to improve as the skin continues to repair itself. Though some patients may only need one treatment to effectively address their needs, a series of BBL sessions might be necessary to achieve optimal results depending on the type and severity of one’s concerns. Dr. Kurkjian can recommend the appropriate number and spacing of treatments when a customized plan is created at the time of your consultation. Once an ideal outcome is achieved, we typically recommend three treatments per year thereafter for maintenance of results.
Contact Our Practice
If you would like more information about Forever Young BBL™ and Forever Clear BBL™, or if you are interested in scheduling a consultation with Dr. Kurkjian to find out if BBL therapy is right for you, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.