Treat Sun Damage, Rosacea & Discoloration in Austin, TX
As Texans, we know the sun is unavoidable. No amount of SPF can protect your skin 100 percent of the time, and sun exposure leads to accumulated sun damage in the form of freckling, age spots, hyper and hypo pigmentation, and skin texture problems on the face and body. Combine this with visible blood vessels and red undertones and you may feel as though bright, even-toned skin is out of your reach. The medspa at Austin Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery offers an effective solution to address these problems with Sciton’s Broad Band Light (BBL) HERO® system, the most powerful light-laser device on the market.
Virtually anyone can benefit from BBL treatments, and the HERO® (High Energy Rapid Output) makes treatment faster and more comfortable than ever before. Four times faster and three times the peak power of traditional BBL, it has set new standards in treating skin conditions associated with aging, active lifestyles and sun damage. This makes BBL HERO® ideal for treating larger areas of the body, such as the chest, back, arms, shoulders and legs. Many of us focus on the skin on our face to the detriment of the rest of our body; with BBL HERO®, you can complement your face’s clear, smooth skin with revitalization for your entire body.
What Does BBL HERO® Treat?
BL HERO® addresses the visible signs of aging, anywhere on the body. Most patients are excellent candidates for this procedure, and consultations at the medspa at Austin Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery are complimentary. This intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy combines Sciton’s Forever Young™ BBL and Forever Body™ BBL technology into one laser for the fastest, most effective and most comfortable BBL treatment to date. BBL HERO® is both a corrective and preventive treatment, ideal for reducing the appearance of:
- Pigmented lesions, such as freckles and age spots
- Vascular lesions, such as cherry angiomas (red moles), rosacea (red skin) and broken capillaries (visible blood vessels)
- Deeper lesions
The intense pulsed light (IPL) delivered by the BBL HERO® system gently heats the upper dermis, which feels akin to a hot-stone massage. As the laser-light energy enters the skin, it impacts the surface itself where imperfections are seen, causing lesions to flake away and spider veins to collapse. This is because the IPL is converted into heat as it is absorbed by areas with more pigment, by spider veins, and by red blotchy areas. The IPL also travels into deeper layers of the dermis where it begins to work on a molecular level. Studies show that BBL treatments actually change the expression of aging-associated genes for long-term effects that result in clearer, smoother, vibrant and younger-looking skin.
What Areas of the Body Can I Have a BBL HERO® Treatment?
BBL HERO® treatments can be performed on essentially any part of the body. The most common areas patients accrue sun damage, and the most popular areas for treatment, include the following:
- Back of the hands
We can address multiple areas of the body in a single session, with little to no discomfort.
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Your BBL HERO® Treatment Experience in Austin, TX
Consultations are complimentary at the medspa at Austin Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. Your treatment will be performed by one of our experienced medspa providers, which include physician assistant Sandy Lanier, PA-C and registered nurse Katie Bertling, RN, LE. Our team will tailor your treatment schedule to the area being treated and your goals. Initially, a series of treatments spaced four to six weeks apart may be recommended, depending on the severity of skin conditions we are correcting. After initial treatment, most patients have one to two yearly BBL treatments as part of a skin maintenance plan.
There is little to no downtime after a BBL treatment. The treated skin may be pink, and you may experience some swelling for 24 to 48 hours after the treatment, particularly if your face has been treated. However, you are free to go about your daily activities, and can even apply makeup immediately following treatment. You may experience some flaking of the skin over the next one to two weeks. Post care is very simple; all we ask is that you avoid direct sun for a couple weeks, and apply a good SPF when you are in the sun. Most patients start to see results two to four weeks after a treatment, and results will continue to build for up to a few months after treatment.
Your BBL HERO® Provider in Austin, TX
BBL HERO® gives you the opportunity to improve the visible signs of aging anywhere on the body, in just minutes. For this reason, this comfortable, no-downtime procedure is one of our medspa’s most popular. All consultations at the medspa at Austin Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery are complimentary. To schedule your consultation, send us a message or call our office today: (512) 815-0123.
BBL HERO® FAQs
How is Broadband Light different than Intense Pulsed Light and lasers?
You can think of BBL as the new and improved version of IPL. Intense pulsed light has been known for delivering a wider bandwidth of light energy than lasers, which deliver a single wavelength. That only allows laser energy to penetrate the skin to a fixed depth to match the wavelength. Lasers can penetrate more deeply, but they also have the downside of creating more discomfort and downtime. Because BBL delivers different wavelengths, it can be used to perform several different types of treatments (photo rejuvenation, skin tightening, acne therapy, and hair removal).
When compared directly with IPL, Sciton’s new BBL HERO® provides stronger energy levels, which equate to higher levels of rejuvenation and the other attributes of the intended treatments.
Is there anything I need to do to prepare for a BBL HERO treatment?
To achieve the best results, we advise our patients to do these things prior to their HERO treatment:
- Avoiding waxing the areas to be treated.
- Avoid use of topical skin care on those areas that contains retinol or glycolic acid.
- Don’t have a chemical peel for a few weeks prior to your session.
- Avoid sun tanning or exposure for one month prior, so your skin loses any tanned skin.
- Tell us if you’re prone to cold sores, as we will prescribe an antiviral medication to take for five days before your HERO session.
How does it work?
The BBL HERO® ForeverBody treatment uses intense pulsed light (IPL) to target pigment within the skin. It flashes specialized light as it is quickly moved across the treatment area. The pigment is initially darkened, helping you know that you had an optimal treatment. Within the next several days, your body’s natural healing process will remove the pigmented cells and replace them with fresh, new, undamaged cells.
Is the BBL HERO® treatment painful?
The HERO broadband laser uses broad-spectrum visible and infrared light to selectively heat layers of the skin, getting rid of undesired pigmentation, redness, and various signs of aging. These are completely non-invasive treatments that don’t require topical numbing prior to your session or any recovery after.
The key is the HERO’s precision cooling. Sciton has built an integrated, thermoelectrically cooled, sapphire crystal that keeps the treatment area consistently safe and cool. When you come in for your BBL HERO treatment at our San Gabriel Street offices, we are able to precisely control the cooling in relation to the energy level applied, allowing a range of cooling from 0 – 30°C in 1°C increments. The HERO monitors the patient’s skin temperature during every second of treatment, ensuring complete patient comfort and safety.
How long will it take to see results with BBL HERO® ForeverBody?
Your areas of pigmentation will darken very quickly, usually within the next day. This can be disconcerting, but it’s actually a good thing. The darkening is a sign that the melanin in your skin responsible for your age spots and darker patches has absorbed the broadband light energy and is reacting. Over the next week or so, age spots will begin to slough off. This will lighten or fully remove these areas of hyperpigmentation.
Vascular lesions such as cherry angiomas, rosacea, and broken capillaries respond immediately, as the BBL energy heats the walls of the capillaries, and they then collapse. This closes off the vessels. The body then begins the process of scavenging and removing them over the next 2 to 4 weeks.
The third aspect of your results will build over a period of months. This is the wound response mechanism in the skin as the BBL HERO® system gently heats the upper dermis. When the body senses heat in the dermis it assumes there has been a wound, so it responds with healing mechanisms — production of new collagen, elastin, and skin cells to heal the perceived wounds (although there aren’t actually any injuries whatsoever). This collagen boost thickens, firms, and rejuvenates the skin for a period of six months and longer.
What do I need to do after my BBL HERO® treatment?
The BBL energy has stripped the skin of some of its outer cells. These act as protection from the sun’s UV rays. For that reason, after your BBL HERO® treatment you need to really try to limit your sun exposure for at least two weeks. If you do need to be out in the sun, be sure to wear sunscreen of at least SPF 30 and protective clothing. This is a good plan moving forward anyway. After all, those sunspots and other skin issues improved by the BBL HERO® system were the result of exposure to the sun’s UV radiation. If you do a good job upping your skin protection, you’ll enjoy your improved skin treated with HERO for the long haul.
Other than protecting your skin there isn’t anything you need to do. There isn’t any recovery or downtime after our BBL HERO® sessions at Austin Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery.
How many treatments will I need?
You will see results from a single treatment. However, the number of treatments will depend on the severity of your pigmentation concerns. A typical patient requires two to three initial treatments, spaced four to six weeks apart, followed by annual or biannual maintenance treatments.