Sun-damaged and aging skin can leave people longing for a more youthful appearance. With a BBL® photofacial, patients can achieve the youthful appearance they desire, thanks to the use of gentle broadband light. Alta Vista Dermatology offers BBL® photofacials and other advanced laser treatments to men and women living in Highlands Ranch and Denver, CO.
What is a BBL® Photofacial?
A BBL® photofacial is an advanced laser therapy that is used to improve skin discoloration and skin texture, often reducing fine lines and the size of pores. It is the only effective treatment for improving redness and flushing from rosacea, which is often difficult to control with medications. Broken capillaries, spider veins, and red blood vessels on the face, chest, or neck can also be treated with a BBL® photofacial. At Alta Vista Dermatology, we use the Sciton BBL® HERO™ system for BBL® Photofacials.
What is the BBL® HERO™?
The BBL® HERO™ laser system is the next generation device for BroadBand Light (BBL®) therapy. The HERO™ device is named for its High Energy Rapid Output. The device is powerful and customizable, offering a range of light wavelengths with high treatment speeds. It also has various adaptors that can be swapped out to address specific areas based on size. All of these technical advantages mean that the BBL® HERO™ device can offer safer, faster and more effective BBL® Photogfacial treatments.
How Does BBL® Work?
The BBL® HERO™ devices has an integrated cooling tip to ensure patient safety and comfort. For treatment, specific settings are selected to achieve optimal results. Light energy is delivered by the handheld device, gently heating the upper layers of the skin. The heat is absorbed and coagulates tissue to variable depths. This process helps restore skin to its natural state, providing rejuvenation results. This process typically takes about 30 minutes, but can vary depending on the size of the area being treated.
Can BBL® Be Used for Other Treatments?
BBL® is a versatile technology that we also use for photodynamic skin rejuvenation treatments. The procedure involves combining BBL® with Levulan to treat moderately to severely sun-damaged skin, moderate to severe acne, and pre-cancerous skin lesions. If patients have had these pre-cancerous lesions treated in the past, this treatment may be an effective solution. To learn more, visit our page on photodynamic therapy (PDT).
What Can I Expect from BBL® Photofacials?
After your treatment, you can expect mild redness that resembles a sunburn. This usually fades within a few hours, and rarely lasts longer than a day or two. However, this should not impact your ability to work or perform other normal activities. Once the skin begins to recover over the days following treatment, you will notice healthier looking skin. During this time, the skin will be highly sensitive, so it is important to limit sun exposure and use sunscreen if necessary. Age spots, spider veins, and other skin conditions should begin to fade after a week or two.
How Many BBL® Photofacial Treatments are Needed?
We usually recommend three to five sessions in three-week intervals, but this number will vary depending on your desired results. During your consultation, we will examine your skin and determine how many treatments will be necessary.
How Much Do BBL® Photofacials Cost?
To determine the exact cost of your laser BBL® photofacial, we invite you to schedule a consultation at our office. During your consultation, we will develop a personalized treatment plan that will satisfy your unique needs and produce the best results possible. At that point, we will be able to provide you with a clear breakdown of the costs associated with your treatment. To help make our services affordable for our patients, we are proud to offer financing through CareCredit®. We also accept cash, checks and major credit cards.
If you are considering a BBL® photofacial for the treatment of discolored skin or other conditions, contact us today to schedule a consultation. Alta Vista Dermatology offers BBL® photofacials and other cosmetic dermatology services to the residents of Denver, Highlands Ranch, and the surrounding areas of Colorado.