Depending on the severity of your condition, 2 to 5 treatments are needed at 3 to 4 week intervals. BBL is a non-invasive procedure with virtually no down time. In most cases, you will be able to return to work, apply makeup and resume most of your activities right away.
Extensive studies have now proven that BBL actually rejuvenates the skin’s collagen, in effect reversing some of the aging process and creating more youthful skin.
In order to prepare for a treatment, it is important that if you are using any Retin-A products, you stop use at least a week before your BBL treatment. Avoid sun exposure, tanning beds and sunless tanning lotions for 4 weeks prior to and throughout the course of your BBL treatments. It is important that your skin remains its natural color without any tanning. In order to avoid tanning, a broad spectrum sun block with an SPF of should be used at all times. Recent sun exposure that causes tanning may result in cancellation of the treatment in order to avoid complications. Please refrain from wearing any lotions and/or makeup to your appointments.
Post treatment and what to expect:
If brown spots are the target, BBL penetrates the skin to reach the melanocytes. Therefore the particles of the cells left behind will peel or slough off within 5 to 10 days. If redness is the target, blood vessels in the deeper layers of the skin absorb the light and the heat created by the light damages the vessels. The vessels shut down and the body continues to absorb the destroyed vessel remnants.
There really is no downtime/recovery time and there is a very low risk of complications with BBL/Phototherapy treatments. Multiple sessions may be performed approximately every four weeks until the desired result has been achieved.
Until any sensitivity has subsided, avoid the following:
• Scented lotions, soaps or exfoliant creams (Retin-A, glycolic/salicylic and alpha-hydroxy acids), acne creams or gels, loofa sponges and aggressive scrubbing
• Hot or cold water – wash with lukewarm/tepid water
• Swimming pools and spas with chlorine and or multiple chemicals
• Activities that cause excessive perspiring
If the treated area is feeling especially warm, a cold compress or an ice pack can be used for comfort. This is typically only needed within the first 12 to 24 hours after treatment. Your skin may appear red and or/swollen and have the sensation of a mild sunburn. This is normal and can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days after treatment. Swelling can be minimized with cold compresses or ice packs within first 24 hours if needed.
Applying Vitamin E or Aloe Vera to the treatment area may offer a cooling effect. We will suggest our ZO products for your best post treatment care. If the discomfort is overwhelming, oral pain relievers such as Advil or Extra Strength Tylenol may offer some relief, although they are usually not needed.
Sunspots and freckles may turn slightly darker before flaking off within 5 to 10 days. This is a normal reaction. As well, erythema (redness) and slight edema (swelling) may become apparent around the treated vessels.
Makeup may be applied immediately after treatment as long as the skin integrity has not been compromised.
In the very unusual circumstance that there is crusting of the skin in the treated area, applying an antibiotic ointment twice a day to the affected area will assist in healing. Do not pick at these areas, to avoid infection or scarring. If the skin is broken or a blister appears, apply an antibiotic ointment and contact our office immediately. Keep the area moist and avoid direct sunlight.
Avoid any sun exposure to the treated area for a minimum of 7 days after treatment. You will be more prone to sunburn and pigment change in the treated area and it is important to keep the area covered and to use a sunblock with at least an SPF 30, reapplying every 2 hours.
If you are undergoing a series of BBL/Phototherapy treatments it is extremely important that sun exposure should be avoided between treatments and that a sunblock be used on a daily basis.
Any subsequent treatments are based upon recommendation of Dr. Patodia and his staff and are typically 3 to 4 weeks apart.