Photofacial Therapy BBL

As we age our skin takes on the burdens of our lives and the stresses that come along with it. Over time and many years of sun exposure many of us start to develop pigmented areas often referred to as sun spots, age spots or freckles also known as hyper pigmentation. But hyperpigmentation can occur for many reasons unrelated to the sun such as; acne scars, birth control, pregnancy, trauma to the skin, or even a insect bite. Elite MedSpa and Wellness offers treatment to erase these stresses so you have softer, smoother, younger looking skin. The BBL laser works by targeting the pigmented areas with light, breaking up these darker areas. Over a series of treatments these spots can fade or flake right off, leaving nothing but a memory of what was once there. Photofacials are a non-invasive way of rejuvenating the skin with no down time. This treatment is a safe and effective way to turn back the hands of time.

Before and After

How Does It Work?

Laser treatments work immediately by vaporizing the brown spot. Brown spots are formed by Melanocytes. Melanocytes are cells that protect the skin from ultraviolet light by producing melanin, the dark pigment in skin tans. Over time, sun exposure, hormonal changes, as well as other issues cause melanocytes to group together and produce excess pigment, which darkens the skin cells surrounding the melanocytes. When these cells rise to the epidermis, they produce these unsightly darkened areas. When treated with BBL the laser emits a beam of light that is absorbed by the melanin. This enables all the damaged skin to be removed from a "bottom up" effect.

It is highly recommended to get microdermabrasion treatments 2 weeks after to take off the dead skin that sheds post treatment.


FAQ

Q: Does it hurt?
A: Most clients will feel heat as well as a similar sensation to the snap of a rubber band on the skin. Topical anesthetics are not required.


Q: Can anyone do this treatment?
A: Clients with darker skin are not candidates for this procedure because the skin surrounding the brown spot could absorb too much laser energy and produce a more serious burn. This includes clients with darker skin due to natural or artificial tans. Setting up a complimentary consultation prior to treatment is necessary to assure that you are a good candidate for the service. If your do have a darker skin type there are other treatments that Elite MedSpa and Wellness offers so don't hesitate to call the office.


Q: Will these spots come back?
A: This procedure does not prevent new brown spots from forming, even in the treated area. Melanocytes are a normal component of the skin and new groupings of melanocytes may form at any time in response to sun exposure, hormonal changes, or medications (particularly antibiotics). People can have a genetic predisposition to hyperpigmentation so you may have to take extra precautions to prevent new pigment such as avoiding the sun and using a broad spectrum sunscreen (minimum 30SPF) every day.


Q: How many treatments do I need and how often do I get them?

A: The average person will need 3-5 sessions to obtain the desired result. Although, results are visible after the first treatment. Treatments are done every 4 weeks.


Q: How long does the treatment take?
A: Treatment time varies between clients depending on the amount of pigment damage. Typically these treatments can be as quick as 5 minutes and as long as 30 minutes.


Q: Why is using a laser better than using a prescription from my dermatologist?
A: This is a great alternative to using prescriptions such as, skin bleaching creams, RetinA, and vitamin C serums, which usually require an extended period of time (9-18 months) to completely fade brown spots. Although one is not better than another it is really personal preference and how fast you would like to see results.


Q: Why does my sun spot look darker after the treatment?
A: The damaged pigment is literally raised to the surface layer of the skin and sloughs off after the treatment. This creates a small red, grey, or dark brown colored scab within several days of the treatment. Typically within 7-10 days post treatment the scab falls off. The healed skin is initially pink but regains pigmentation and blends with the surrounding skin.


Q: Can I wear make up after my treatment to cover the darkened area?
A: Absolutely! With the process, makeup and skin care products can be used within hours following the procedure.


Q: What areas can be treated?
A: Popular areas are face, hands, chest, neck, and arms