Forever Young BBL™
Did you know that the most substantial cause of fine lines, wrinkles, and skin discoloration, besides natural aging and genetics, is sun damage? According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, more than 90 percent of the noticeable changes in your skin that are most often attributed to aging are actually caused by the UV rays of the sun. This is called photoaging, and it is a process that destroys the collagen and elastin fibers that keep your skin strong and supple.
As we age, collagen and elastin fibers naturally weaken, and our body slows production of these vital skin structuring proteins. Spending your days in the sun, unprotected or under-protected by sunscreen can cause further damage to your skin by accelerating the decline of collagen and elastin. Your skin not only looks older prematurely, but it is also more fragile, and its ability to heal is diminished.
The good news is that there are ways to not only prevent further sun damage, but also to repair existing damage, and with an innovative option for prematurely aging skin that can address sun damage as well as a variety of other skin woes. Combined with maintenance and preventative care, your skin can look younger, healthier, and more beautiful for years to come.
How Does Forever Young BBL Work?
At the Institute of Plastic Surgery, we are proud to offer Forever Young BBL photore juvenation treatments to refresh and rejuvenate your appearance. Forever Young BBL applies broadband light technology (BBL) to treat signs of aging and sun damage using pulsed light. The light energy heats the top layers of your skin targeted for treatment, stimulating those cells to produce new collagen. The photothermal energy emitted by the BBL device can also eliminate the damaged blood vessels and capillaries in your skin that cause redness, as well as the excess melanin responsible for hyperpigmentation, melasma, and freckles.
With sun damage and aging, the genes in our skin that are associated with youthfulness begin to turn off giving your skin an aged appearance. Scientific studies have shown that regular BBL laser treatments of facial skin were able to reactivate those youthful genes that had turned off, thus restoring a more youthful appearance.
Not only does Forever Young BBL address sun damage, but it can also treat a host of other conditions. Because the device is so versatile, Dr. Jain is able to treat problems on any area of the body. In addition, Forever Young BBL can be used to diminish unwanted hair and help control acne.
The Forever Young BBL treatment is completely safe and noninvasive. Each session lasts about 20 minutes, depending on the size and number of areas you want to be treated. The focused technology and precise temperature regulation of the device allow for optimum results for the targeted skin without causing damage to any of the surrounding tissues.
Treatment, Recovery & Results
When you come into the Institute of Plastic Surgery for a consultation, Dr. Jain will listen to your concerns and offer recommendations about what areas of your skin may benefit from treatment with Forever BBL. This personalized plan will include the number of treatments necessary for each treatment area, providing you with your desired results. The average patient sees visible results after four to six treatments, spaced at intervals of about three weeks, in order to give the skin time to fully heal.
Once you’ve scheduled your Forever Young BBL session and arrive for your treatment, you will be given protective eyewear, and a cool gel will be applied to the treatment areas. If you choose, you will have applied anesthetic cream to the treatment areas 45 minutes prior to the procedure, but this is optional and something you can discuss with Dr. Jain. During the treatment, the Forever Young BBL handpiece emits light, delivering it to the skin’s surface via pulses across the affected area. Discomfort is minimal, with patients describing the sensation as a slight sting – like a rubber band being snapped on the skin. The handpiece is also equipped with an integrated cooling system to keep your skin from overheating and to ensure that no tissue is affected outside of the targeted areas.
One of the great advantages of Forever BBL is that there is little to no downtime following treatment – you will be able to return to your regular activities immediately. Initially, your face may look a bit red or flushed, but this usually fades within a few hours. If necessary, you can apply ice to the treated areas after the procedure, but it is recommended that you avoid any anti-inflammatory medication (including over the counter pain relievers) for a few days both before and after your treatment. Side effects are rare and may include slight bruising or swelling, which typically fades in 5-10 days. Dr. Jain will provide you with instructions on how to care for your skin following your Forever Young BBL procedure. In the space of a few weeks, you will notice smoother skin, and a reduction in fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation.
If you struggle with skin that is damaged or aging prematurely, contact the Institute of Plastic Surgery at (719) 535-9990 to schedule a consultation. Forever Young BBL might be the answer to your skin issues, so give us a call today!