Intense-Pulsed-Light skin rejuvenation, also referred to as a BBL or IPL photo-facial and is used to freckles, age spots, broken capillaries, dull tone, acne, rosacea, flushing skin and more.
BBL skin rejuvenation is a noninvasive treatment option for removing red and brown pigment from the skin. It is also an effective tool for hair removal. BBL penetrates below the surface of the skin, leaving the top layer of skin intact, which means that there is no post-treatment recovery period. The light is absorbed by the pigment in sunspots and the blood in the visible vessels, and converted to heat. The heat dissolves the cells that create the pigment and shrinks the vessels.
The Intense-Pulsed-Light Skin Rejuvenation Procedure
Prior to BBL treatment, a topical numbing gel is applied to the skin to reduce discomfort. The BBL machine is placed on the settings that best suit the client‘s skin; among the factors considered are the condition being treated and, because BBL is absorbed differently by different skin colors, the amount of pigment in the skin.
Protective coverings are placed over the client‘s eyes, and the BBL hand piece is gently pressed to the skin as pulses of light are emitted. The light is absorbed by the skin‘s red or brown pigment and converted to heat, which dissolves the pigmented cells. After treatment, a moisturizer with sunscreen is usually applied. If there is any swelling, a cold pack is applied for 5 to 10 minutes.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
For best results, 3-5 treatments are usually recommended, spaced 4 weeks apart. Gradual improvement will be seen after each treatment, but optimal results appear after a series of treatments.
Recovery from Intense-Pulsed-Light Skin Rejuvenation
There is no downtime following a BBL treatment. A client can return to work or resume normal activities the same day. Although skin may be slightly reddened after the treatment, redness typically disappears within a day or two. As it heals in the days following treatment, skin often begins to lightly flake. Over time, however, a gradual, natural-looking improvement in the skin becomes noticeable. Applying sunscreen regularly and avoiding sun exposure is recommended following BBL treatment.
Risks of Intense-Pulsed-Light Skin Rejuvenation
Those with a higher fitzpatrick score, those with a tan and individuals with melasma are not good candidates. A client using a topical or oral medicine that increases sensitivity to light may not be a candidate for BBL treatment. Because the light rays are attracted to pigment, darker skin tones can become discolored and melasma patches can become darker.