About BroadBand Light Therapy
The broadband light (or BBL) therapy utilizes energy-releasing technology to improve the aesthetics of the skin, and also makes it appear younger and smoother. This works by applying therapeutic-grade light energy that gently warms the top layer of skin and ignites collagen production. Men and women with an array of skin issues may benefit from BBL, as it functions to address rosacea, broken blood vessels, sun damage, and unwanted freckles. Also, it can help create a more smooth and even skin surface texture to generate fresh, luminous skin. BBL could be added to other cosmetic treatments to fulfill your wishes and goals. Our facility, Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center at Leesburg, VA, offers BBL as an advanced treatment proven to help rejuvenate our patients' skin.
"It's been over a year and a half since I've been going to Dr. Chang's office, I drive an hour just to get here (although I know some drive three hours or more to see him!). I did a lot of research to find a board certified plastic surgeon in the area with a solid and reputable background.Throughout my visits, he's been incredibly kind and taken the time to listen to my never ending list of questions. There are a lot of doctors that push services that you don't need just for money but he'll be transparent to tell you exactly what he feels you'll need in order to gain improvement and will work with you to see what could be the best outcome. You can also text or email him directly after any invasive procedures if you have any questions/concerns instead of waiting for a follow up. I also don't want to forget the rest of the staff - everyone from the receptionists and nurses have been very gracious, patient and accommodating to my needs but I also want to mention Melanie whose an RN at Dr. Chang's office. She has superb bed side skills and truly makes you feel at ease when you're speaking with her. I've probably annoyed her with a million questions and emails but she's still been stellar. I highly recommend her for any non-surgical procedures. They have a few videos on their website and youtube as well so you have an idea of who they are and the procedures they perform if you want to get a better idea yourself but I definitely recommend them, they're awesome."- M. / Google / Jul 24, 2018
"Great patient care!!! Felt relaxed and comfortable through my procedures and can’t wait to see the results when the bandages come off."- M.E. / Google / Oct 20, 2018
"Compassionate, soothing and knowledgeable are his staff and Dr.Chang."- D.L. / Google / Oct 19, 2018
"Great doctor I travel from Alaska to see my sister and Dr Chang he always has pointers on what to do. Thank you"- R.R. / Google / Sep 25, 2018
"Dr. Chang and his staff help me to keep my skin youthful throughout the year in a peaceful setting. His staff is kind and helpful. Dr. Chang keeps me apprised of the new treatments available and how they can improve my appearance. I highly recommend scheduling an appointment."- B.B. / Google / Sep 19, 2018
A great candidate for BBL is any woman or man dealing with hyperpigmentation or heavily textured skin. These conditions may be caused by damaged capillaries, rosacea, sun damage, or acne. BBL can also help to make your skin seem more youthful by initiating the production of collagen. By varying the types of filter and modality used for the treatment, BBL could be utilized as a therapy and/or daily maintenance for a variety of skin issues. Prior to undergoing treatment, one of our registered nurses will discuss how BBL technology can help you reach your cosmetic goals.
After customizing the necessary treatment plan, the programming of the BBL system will be adjusted to fit your unique needs. Before starting the therapy, your eyes will be protected from the laser with a cover. The laser will be guided over your skin while focusing on the treatment locations. The length of time necessary for your procedure will change depending upon the issue being treated and whether any additional services were completed during the BBL procedure session. BBL procedures can ordinarily be finished in about one hour or less.
What to Expect
After the session, a soothing lotion may be smoothed onto your skin. You may also be given post-treatment care directions and might advise reducing your exposure to the sun. Otherwise, patients are usually able to return to their regular daily routine. Outcomes from BBL may be noticed in 2 – 6 weeks after the first therapy, but best results will generally be observed after repeat BBL sessions. We will suggest the recommended amount of procedures to achieve your preferred outcome.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does this cost?
BBL is a laser treatment that averages about the same price as many other laser treatments on the market. The cost variance depends on the severity of skin damage being treated, the number of sessions needed, and the coverage area. During the consultation, we will be able to address cost with you once we gain a better idea of the areas that need skin rejuvenation and what it will require to attain the desired results.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of BBL session needed will be discussed during the initial consultation after we examine the condition of your skin. On average, our patients generally see the desired results after three sessions. However, those with severe sun damage, pigmentation, and discoloration may require more treatments. This is common and is something we will customize for you in a treatment plan. The sessions are spaced out over the course of about 3 – 4 weeks to allow the skin to heal between each visit.
What are the most common areas treated and why?
Sun exposure is probably the biggest culprit. Any area of the body that has extensive sun damage or is regularly exposed to the sun is more commonly treated. While any area of the body can be addressed, the most common areas include the face, neck, chest, hands, shoulders, and back. They are exposed to the sun more and tend to have visible sun damage such as discoloration, pigmentation irregularities, freckles, sun spots, etc.
How is BBL different from other lasers?
While there are some excellent lasers and treatments on the market, broadband light energy works a bit differently than some of the others. BBL gently heats targeted layers of the skin to precisely target pigmented and vascular lesions. The photothermal energy engineered within BBL can be adjusted and finely tuned depending on the degree of damage. With varying wavelengths, BBL can treat both brown and red lesions, lighter ones and dark spots, without damaging the areas of skin and tissue nearby.
Can BBL be used if I am tan?
Prior to undergoing a BBL treatment, we recommend patients who have an active tan to stay out of the sunlight and limit tanning exposure for about a month. Self-tanners must be faded and you should avoid going to a tanning bed approximately 10 – 14 days prior to treatment. Patients who have tanned skin and who do not follow this protocol will not be appropriate candidates for BBL. The primary reason is because the tanned skin has an increased measure of melanin (pigment), which may absorb the BBL energy and cause a negative effect. During your skin evaluation, we will be able to guide you accordingly so we can create the safest, most effective treatment plan for you.
Regenerate Your Skin
This exciting therapy utilizes cutting-edge technology to enhance the appearance and texture of the skin, regardless of what skin ailment you might be living with. By producing young, luminous, and even skin, BBL may help you renew your confidence in your look. To find out more about BBL remedies and whether they're the perfect choice for you, call Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center to arrange an appointment.