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Broadband Light or BBL is a comprehensive phototherapy system. BBL is innovative technology that sets new standards for the treatment of skin conditions associated with aging, active lifestyles, and sun damage. Broadband Light energy can be used to treat age spots, small facial veins (telangiectasias), rosacea, solar lentigines (freckles), brown spots, poikiloderma, appearance of skin laxity, acne and remove hair.
The Sciton Forever Young BBL treatment is a combination pass technique, combining passes of preset parameters to assist practitioners in achieving specific results. The multiple passes consist of 1) Base pass, 2) Pigment pass, 3) Vascular pass, and optional 4) SkinTyte
The goal of the Forever Young BBL Protocol is to maintain healthy skin and delay the appearance of skin aging safely, effectively, and with minimal to no risk of complications.
Forever Young BBL treatments are effective for keeping skin healthy and slowing the signs of skin aging (e.g. laxity, pigmented and vascular lesions, uneven pigmentation and textural changes). BBL treatments at regular intervals appear to promote the maintenance of epidermal structures, contributing to the preservation of healthy skin and a youthful appearance.
Forever Young BBL does not only treat existing sun damage. It also has Prejuventation™ benefits that keep young skin looking young.
Forever Young BBL has shown to be safe and efficacious in skin types I-V. The benefits of BBL treatment are the same for patients of many skin types, including maintaining skin tone, clarity, smoothness, and delaying the development of rhytids and laxity.
Sciton Forever Body BBL
The goal of the Forever Body BBL Protocol is to maintain healthy skin on large areas and delay the appearance of skin aging safely, effectively, and with minimal to no risk of complications. For greater improvement in appearance of skin laxity, SkinTyte ™ procedure can be performed immediately after the Forever Body BBL treatment.
Similar to Forever Young, Forever Body BBL treatments are effective for keeping skin healthy and slowing the signs of skin aging (e.g. appearance of laxity, pigmented and vascular lesions, uneven pigmentation and textural changes). BBL treatments at regular intervals appear to promote the maintenance of epidermal structures, contributing to the preservation of healthy skin and a youthful appearance.
Forever Body BBL has shown to be safe and efficacious in skin types I-V. The benefits of BBL treatment are the same for patients of many skin types, including maintaining skin tone, clarity, smoothness, and delaying the appearance of rhytids and laxity.
The Sciton Forever Clear Treatment. The pathogenesis of acne is multifactorial and can be associated with four contributors: follicular plugging, excess sebum, inflammation, and the presence of Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes). P. acnes are a naturally occurring bacterium that is present on the skin, as well as within pores and sebaceous glands, at all times. When dead skin and sebum become trapped and block the pores, P. acnes rapidly multiply, causing follicle damage and inflammation. Once inflammation develops, the degree of acne evolves, forming papules, pustules, nodules, and cysts.
Light Therapy BBL visible light takes advantage of the photosensitivity of porphyrins. The porphyrins are produced by the P. acnes. The blue light will cause photo excitation of these P. acnes porphyrins. This will form singlet oxygen within the microorganism itself, leading to the selective destruction of bacteria. Multiple consecutive sessions will be needed to reduce acne and the severity of lesions. Approximately, a 40-80% reduction in the number of lesions and the prevention of new lesion formation is the expectation from the treatment course.
Considering that P. acnes is rarely present without concomitant inflammation, the treatment combination of blue and red light has demonstrated considerable success in treating mild to severe inflammatory acne. Forever Clear BBL is an acne treatment that uses the power of light to comfortably and effectively clear acne without oral drugs in most cases and to maintain healthy, clear skin with minimal to no risk of complications.
Forever Clear BBL uses a unique three-step process:
- Skin is first treated with blue BBL light to eliminate acne-causing bacteria. This step helps reduce and improve the appearance of active acne as well as prevent new breakouts.
- Skin is then treated with yellow/red BBL light to reduce the inflammation and redness associated with acne. This step helps resolve active inflammatory acne and reduce scarring.
- Skin is then treated with SkinTyte using visible and infra-red BBL light. This step helps complement the results of the first two steps and facilitates treatment of large areas quickly
The Sciton Forever Bare is a Laser Hair Reduction (LHR) treatment. LHR is approved for permanent hair reduction, which is defined as “long-term, stable reduction in the number of hair regrowing after a treatment regime”.
The theory of Selective Photothermolysis explains how wavelength, energy and pulse width in relation to Thermal Relaxation Time (TRT) all play a role in the destruction of a target and the preservation of surrounding tissue. Using the theory of Selective Photothermolysis, unwanted hair can be treated with the appropriate BBL filter and settings that will cause selective absorption of light in the melanin of a hair. The light travels down the hair shaft and into the bulb of the follicle where the blood supply to the follicle is located. The absorption converts light into heat energy, which raises the temperature of the bulb causing the blood vessels that supply blood and other necessary nutrients to the follicle to be cauterized. As a result, hair growth is no longer possible.
This process should happen selectively and without damage being done to the epidermis or surrounding tissue. Hair revolves through three phases of growth: anagen, catagen and telogen. It is only during the growing phase, anagen, that hair reacts to BBL light. Not all hair present in an area is in the anagen phase at the same time. Duration of hair growth cycles depends on the body location being treated. Multiple treatments are necessary over a time span of typically 4-8 week intervals to remove hair from most areas.
Hair Growth Cycle:
- Anagen: the phase of the hair cycle during which synthesis of hair takes place. This is the active growing phase in which the hair bulb is intact.
- Catagen: brief intermediate phase between anagen and telogen. During this phase, the body absorbs the lower third of the follicle.
- Telogen: this is the resting phase. The hair bulb is no longer present. It is now a club hair, which will fall out or be pushed out of the follicle by a new anagen growing hair
The laser energy targets and destroys the pigmented hair follicles in the active growth phase while the lighter surrounding skin is typically left unaffected. As hair follicles grow in different cycles, multiple treatments are needed. Results vary and no guarantees can be made that a specific patient will benefit from treatment or achieve any level of improvement. LHR does not guarantee 100% laser hair removal.
Sciton Moxi is intended for the treatment of actinic keratosis, and treatment of benign pigmented lesions such as, but not limited to lentigos (age spots), solar lentigos (sun spots) andephelides (freckles), and other dermatological conditions, clinical results may vary in different skin types.
The Fractional Laser works on the principle of fractional photo thermolysis (the use of light produced by lasers to heat damage). Due to the efficient water absorption characteristics of laser, it heats the water in the epidermis and dermal layer of the skin resulting in Microscopic Treatment Zones (MTZ) of non-ablated tissue. This combination allows for fractionated skin treatments resulting in a cosmetic improvement in pigmentation, tone and texture of skin as well as other effects of photoaging.
SkinTyte II™ with the Sciton BBL is intended for selective photocoagulation of soft tissue for firmer looking skin. SkinTyteTM is a fast intense pulsed light non-invasive skin firming treatment. SkinTyte treatments utilize optimized cut-off filters which emit energy with wavelengths in the visible to infrared spectrum, and provide dermal heating for the purpose of elevating tissue temperature for firmer skin. This proprietary technology is used to selectively heat the water within the dermal collagen matrix.
Tight, firm skin requires good elasticity. Elasticity means the ability of the skin to snap back or tighten after it has been displaced or pulled away from the body. Good elasticity depends on healthy collagen and elastin fibers that lie very deep, near the bottom of the dermis. Collagen and elastin fibers act like small rubber bands that hold the skin tight against our body, and pull the loose tissue back when it is stretched or pulled. Tight, firm skin requires good elasticity.
Elasticity means the ability of the skin to snap back or tighten after it has been displaced or pulled away from the body. Good elasticity depends on healthy collagen and elastin fibers that lie very deep, near the bottom of the dermis. Collagen and elastin fibers act like small rubber bands that hold the skin tight against our body, and pull the loose tissue back when it is stretched or pulled.
Aging, sun damage from ultraviolet (UV) light, smoking, stress, excessive alcohol intake and an unhealthy diet and lifestyle all destroy collagen and elastin in the dermis and cause the skin to loosen and sag. Although it is located beneath the epidermis, it is changes to the dermis that cause the outer skin to wrinkle and lose elasticity. As we grow older, the amount of fat found in our lower layer of skin decreases, our glands produce less oil, and collagen and elastin fibers lose their elasticity. The natural process of cell reproduction in the dermal layer also decreases, resulting in a slower rejuvenation of our skin cells.
SkinTyte deposits heat into the dermis. The epidermis is a robust and resilient structure that is at the surface of the skin. It functions as a physical barrier to protect the deeper dermis, and to retain the skin’s hydration. As a result of cooling by the sapphire crystal the highest temperature will occur below the epidermis in the more hydrated dermis. The result is a higher temperature within the dermis. The immediate response to this thermal exposure is a contraction of the collagen and elastin fibrils. Longer term, fibroblasts are activated stimulating the production of new collagen, elastin and other components of the extracellular matrix in response to wound healing which takes place up to six months after the initial heating. This tissue remodeling results in a thickening of the dermis and the shrinking of the elastin fibers, resulting in improvement of skin firmness.
We often say each client has a different pain threshold. The laser has a precise thermoelectric cooling system built in. Prior to some procedures we may use an external cooling pack and or a topical numbing cream as part of the treatment.
There are varying symptoms post laser treatment dependent on which service, the treatment settings and personal skin response to treatment however it is normal to have some level of warmth, redness and mild discomfort.
There are VERY specific pre and post instructions that you must adhere to in order to minimize the risk of complications. Please see the clinic for specific instructions.
Results will depend upon a number of factors, including the type of laser treatment, skin preparation and aftercare, whether a single treatment, or a series of treatments.
A series of treatments is recommended initially, and then regular maintenance treatment will achieve the best results over a longer period of time. Don’t forget we continue to age therefore proper maintenance is necessary to achieve optimal results.
Treatment is not recommended:
- If you’ve had recent sun exposure
- If you’ve used self-tanning products recently
- If you are suffering from any skin infection in or near the treatment area or are unwell in any way (even a cold).
- If you have compromised wound healing for any reason
- If you are taking any medications that cause photosensitivity.
- If you’ve had Isotretinoin (Accutane™) within the preceding 6 months
- If you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- If you are currently or have recently completed a course of Accutane 6 months.
- Laser treatments on the face can trigger the cold sore virus. If you are a sufferer, you must inform the clinic in advance of treatment.
- Caution with darker Fitzpatrick skin types (4-5). The Sciton laser treatments currently offered at Renew are not recommended for Fitzpatrick skin type 6.
This list is NOT all inclusive, each laser treatment has its own set of contraindications and you should see the clinic for further information. A consultation will be able to better assess and plan your future treatments which are customized for you and your aesthetic goals.
You can have the following treatments on the same day:
- BBL + Moxi
- Forever Bare + any other laser not in the same treatment area
Renew Medical Aesthetics accepts the following payment methods:
- Most major credit cards
- Renew e-gift cards
- Care credit
Payments for all services and products are due at the time of the treatment. For package treatments, payment for the entire package is due at the time of the first scheduled treatment.
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