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.
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 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.
How comfortable is the treatment?
Each flash of the light produces a feeling of warmth. Most patients easily tolerate the feeling without needing any anesthetic numbing cream, especially on areas of the body other than the face.
How long does it take to see results?
This can vary depending on the individual, the area being treated, and the settings used. However, most patients see results in two to four weeks.
What is the post care?
It is important that you wear a physical barrier sunscreen, clothing and limit your sun exposure after your treatment. Other than that, you are free to go about your usual activities.
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.