Broadband Light can be used to correct a variety of skin problems.
• Redness and telangiectasia (blood vessels on the face)
• Pigmentation (this includes melasma, but only when skin is pre-treated by Dr. Holmes)
• Enlarged Pores
• Photo rejuvenation (repairing and correcting sun damage)
• Hair Removal
• General improvement in skin quality, texture and health of skin with regular treatments 2-4 times a year – that is Forever Young BBL.
As our skin ages due to excess sun exposure and decreased production of collagen, skin rejuvenation with BBL helps you maintain a fresher, younger appearance. BBL can make your skin smoother by removing age spots and redness, by improving texture and reducing pores.
How does Broadband Light work?
The light emitted by Broadband Light targets colours:
- Melanin which is present in increased amounts in age spots, pigmentation and brown spots and dark hair
- Haemoglobin in red blood cells which contributes to skin redness and in the unwanted surface blood vessels.
Heat travels with the light, and is absorbed by these targets. In this way, hair follicles are shut down so they don’t produce hair any more, pigment is “cooked” and gradually flakes off the surface, and vessels and shut down, reducing redness and visible vessels.
In Photo rejuvenation large studies have shown consistent repeatable improvement over time in sagging, lines, skin smoothness, and skin colour.
In Acne – Broadband Light reduces the P.acnes bacteria that are one of the factors causing acne. It also reduces oil production from the sebaceous glands, and strengthens the skin around pores and glands to reduce pores and blackheads.
How does BBL compare with IPL?
BBL is essentially a highly advanced version of IPL. It is more accurate and specific with more customisation possible. There is lower risk of complications and downtime, and fewer treatments needed to achieve best results. The skill of the operator is still important though to get the most from this gold standard technology.
BUT – it is this and then so much more.
Over 15 years of experience with Broadband Light has enabled Dr. Holmes to develop a customised BBL mulitpass treatment protocol. It includes the fotofacial forever young settings of Dr. Patrick Bitter plus additional corrective settings resulting in a multipass treatment aimed at getting the most out of every single BBL visit.
If you have been getting BBL but with only a single pass over the face, you will not be experiencing all the long term benefits of ‘Forever Young’ BBL.
Large groups of patients have been studied in USA demonstrating in before and after imaging, that having 2-4 BBL treatments a year over 5 years or more, produces visible reductions in anti-ageing changes in the skin.
In a smaller group, gene expression patterns were measured in “forever young” treated skin. Of the 2265 genes whose expression is altered by ageing in skin, 1293 were fully restored to the expression pattern seen in younger skin. This was ground breaking evidence of the effectiveness of BBL.
Dr. Patrick Bitter in California developed BBL and has many years of experience with this device. He has run many studies using BBL and reports that he cannot get the same Photo rejuvenation results with an IPL machine.
Further investigations have shown that with regular Broadband Light our DNA actually starts functioning “younger” or healthier. So all the skin issues related to ageing and sun damage are improved with regular BBL. In fact, if you did nothing for your skin except sunscreen and BBL 2-4 times a year, your skin would be better in 5 years than it is today.