Some conditions or skin issues can’t only be addressed by serums and creams. It takes procedures and methods to eliminate skin impurities like discoloration, pigment lesions, etc. It’s a good thing that laser therapies like BBL Hero can address skin issues like these.
What is a BBL Hero?
BroadBand Light (BBL) is an intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy used in dermatology and cosmetic procedures. It is a non-invasive treatment that uses a broad light spectrum to target various skin concerns. BBL can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and sun damage, promoting smoother and more youthful-looking skin. It can also target and reduce the appearance of age spots, sun spots, freckles, and other pigmentation issues. Further use of BBL is to treat visible blood vessels, redness, and rosacea. It can also excellently target the bacteria associated with acne and reduce inflammation, which can help improve acne-prone skin. Specific BBL systems have attachments for hair removal, using selective photothermolysis to target hair follicles and reduce hair growth.
Laser therapy, also known as laser treatment, refers to medical and cosmetic procedures that use focused and intense beams of light, known as lasers, to treat various conditions or improve the appearance of the skin or body. There are numerous laser therapies, each designed for specific purposes. The most well-known types of laser therapies are as follows:
- Laser Hair Removal: This treatment uses laser energy to target and turn off hair follicles, reducing hair growth. It is a popular method for achieving long-term hair reduction.
- Laser Skin Resurfacing: Laser resurfacing treatments can be ablative or non-ablative and address skin issues such as wrinkles, scars, fine lines, and uneven skin tone. Ablative lasers remove the outer layers of skin, while non-ablative lasers stimulate collagen production without damaging the skin’s surface.
- Fractional Laser Therapy: Fractional lasers create microscopic treatment zones in the skin, leaving surrounding tissue untouched, promoting faster healing and collagen production. It is used for skin rejuvenation and the treatment of scars.
- Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Therapy: IPL is a non-laser technology that uses a broad spectrum of light to treat various skin issues, including sunspots, pigmentation, and vascular concerns.
- Tattoo Removal: Q-switched lasers are commonly used for tattoo removal, as they can break down tattoo ink particles in the skin.
- Vascular Laser Treatment: This targets and reduces visible blood vessels and redness in conditions like rosacea or spider veins.
- Laser Therapy for Acne: Some lasers can target the sebaceous glands responsible for acne, reducing acne inflammation and breakouts.
- Laser Therapy for Medical Conditions: In addition to cosmetic applications, lasers are used in various medical treatments, such as removing tumors and kidney stones, and dermatology for conditions like psoriasis or vitiligo.
Sciton is a company that specializes in the development and manufacturing of medical and aesthetic laser technologies. They are known for producing various laser systems and devices used in medical and cosmetic procedures. Sciton’s laser systems are commonly used in dermatology, plastic surgery, and other medical specialties for treatments such as skin rejuvenation, hair removal, tattoo removal, and various skin conditions.
Sciton’s laser platforms often have different handpieces and customizable settings to target specific skin issues and deliver various laser treatments, including ablative and non-ablative options. The company is known for its commitment to innovation and providing advanced laser technologies to healthcare professionals. Skyler Soares Skin Clinic uses BBL Hero laser from Sciton to ensure a quality laser service.
What causes brown spots and pigmented lesions?
Various factors can cause brown spots and pigmented lesions on the skin, and their appearance may vary based on the underlying cause. Prolonged and repeated exposure to sun ultraviolet (UV) radiation can lead to the development of sunspots or solar lentigines. These are also known as “age spots” associated with aging skin. Hormonal changes during pregnancy (melasma), menopause, or the use of birth control pills can also lead to the development of hyperpigmented areas on the skin. Some people are genetically predisposed to develop freckles or have moles (nevi) that can be brown or pigmented.
Areas of the skin that have been injured or traumatized, including cuts, burns, and insect bites, may also develop pigmented scars. Certain medical conditions, such as dermatitis, can cause areas of skin discoloration. After skin inflammation or injury (e.g., acne), the affected area may darken and result in hyperpigmentation. Some people are also born with pigmented birthmarks, such as café-au-lait spots or Mongolian spots.
Certain medications, especially those that make the skin more sensitive to sunlight, can increase the risk of developing brown spots through sun exposure. Exposure to environmental pollutants or chemicals can contribute to skin discoloration. Lastly, certain medical conditions like vitiligo (loss of skin pigment) or post-inflammatory hypopigmentation (lightening skin after inflammation) can result in contrasting pigmentation.
How does BBL Hero work?
BBL works wonders, so several patients choose it over other laser therapies. BBL is based on the principle of selective photothermolysis, meaning that specific targets in the skin selectively absorb the light energy while the surrounding tissue remains unharmed. The targeted chromophores in BBL treatments are typically melanin (responsible for the pigment in the skin and hair) and hemoglobin (found in blood vessels). These devices are also equipped with a range of filters or settings that allow healthcare providers to select the appropriate wavelength of light for the specific skin concern being treated. For example, one wavelength might target pigmentation, while another is chosen for vascular issues. BBL devices often incorporate a cooling mechanism to cool the skin’s surface during the treatment to ensure patient comfort and safety, helping protect the outer layers of the skin from excessive heat.
Moreover, when used for pigmentation issues (e.g., sunspots, freckles, or melasma), BBL targets melanin in the skin. The melanin absorbs light energy, causing it to break down and be gradually eliminated by the body. Over time, this leads to a reduction in pigmentation and an even skin tone. BBL can also treat vascular issues like visible blood vessels and redness. In this case, the hemoglobin in the blood vessels absorbs the light energy, causing the vessels to constrict and become less visible.