What is Broadband Light?
Broadband Light or BBL is a comprehensive phototherapy modality that incorporates innovative technology to treat 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, and poikiloderma.
How does it work?
BBL produces a very short burst of intense but gentle light. Unfiltered BBL contains many different colors (wavelengths) of light. Via filters, we select the appropriate color/s that are preferentially absorbed by BBL responsive lesions/conditions. Absorption causes “selective photothermolysis” or selective heat damage to these targets / conditions, resulting in clinical improvement.
Is the treatment comfortable?
The BBL treatment device includes a built in cooling system which is adjusted depending on the type of lesions/pigments treated. The cooling system together with the cooling gel that is applied prior to your treatment help regulates your skin temperature to ensure the most comfortable experience. Patients report a warm sensation similar to a repeated rubber band snap.
What happens after my treatment?
(Darkening of pigmented lesions with mild redness, followed by scaling/flaking off within 2 weeks usually occurs with pigmented lesion BBL treatment.) Otherwise, the treated area/s may be more red or discolored immediately afterward for up to several hours or more after treatment. A mild sunburn sensation may be noticed as well. Patients should not experience significant discomfort after treatment. In general, improvement is progressive and gradual, occurring over 2-8 weeks after each treatment, depending upon condition treated. Occasionally, focal to extensive purpura (bruising of red-purple color) is present, which will last or gradually fade over 5-10 days or sometimes more. While BBL usually leaves the overlying skin intact, avoid manipulating the treated area for the first week is recommended.
Are there any side effects or complications?
Adverse/Side Effects are rare, but can occur. Failure to comply with instructions may increase the complication potential. 1. Scarring (which may be itchy and/or painful), though rare, can occur following any intense pulsed light procedure. (Blistering / Crusting with or without procession to scarring likewise is rare, but can occur.) 2. Abnormal pigmentation / pigmentary changes: Hyperpigmentation (skin darkening) or hypopigmentation (skin lightening) may occur; darker skin types are at higher risk of this complication, which usually resolves spontaneously over 3-6 months or more, but not always. 3. Hives/Urticaria-like response (swelling) usually at treatment site, which usually resolves spontaneously within a few hours, but may persist longer. 4. Infection or Allergic reaction 5. Undesired hair removal (if treating for conditions other than hair removal). 6. BBL/laser energy can harm exposed/unprotected eyes. We will provide you with protective/safety eyewear or eyeshields to be worn during treatment. 7. Failure of condition / lesion/s to respond to patient satisfaction.
Am I a candidate for the procedure?
Contraindications (i.e. patients who are not good candidates) to BBL treatment may include (but are not limited to) those patients who:
- Have a history of abnormal response to sunlight
- Use photo-sensitizing medications or drugs
- Have used isotretinoin (Accutane) within the last 6-12 months
- Are pregnant
- Have medical conditions that may affect wound healing
- Use anticoagulant medications or heavy aspirin use
- Has an active infection and/or compromised immune systems
- Have a history of keloid scar formation
- Has a history of skin cancer
- Avoid sun exposure, tanning beds & creams for 2-4 weeks prior and throughout BBL treatment course; (no suntan).
- If unavoidable, treatments sessions may need to be increased due to reduced fluence (i.e. energy) settings or even cancelled if recently exposed.
- Do not use aspirin, ibuprofen, vitamin E, ginko or alcohol for at least 1 week before and for the first 2 days after treatment (of vascular targets).
Post-BBL Care Instructions
- Apply a soothing ointment or Aloe Vera as needed to treated area/s to prevent drying and for soothing effect.
- Do not rub, scratch, or pick the area, as treated area/s is/are or maybe more fragile for up to several days or more after treatment. Makeup is permitted immediately after treatment (as long as skin is intact), but be very gentle when applying or removing it.
- You may get the treated area wet, but be very gentle when drying it. Pat dry after showering. Quick, warm showers are preferred. Swimming/saunas/hot tubs/exercise are generally permitted after 1-2 days or once all crusts (if any) have fallen off (usually, 5-10 days).
- Avoid/minimize sun exposure, as best as possible, for 2-4 weeks before and after treatment and throughout treatment course. Wear protective clothing (hat, etc.) and a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB), high SPF (at least SPF 30) sunscreen to protect the treated area from direct sun exposure.
- You may help relieve any swelling by applying an ice pack wrapped in a soft cloth 5-10 minutes / hour for several or more hours.
- Take panadol or another pain reliever that contains no aspirin or ibuprofen, if needed.
If the treated area becomes increasingly tender, red, swollen and/or purulent or itchy contact our office immediately as this may represent an infection or allergic reaction that may require treatment. Please inform us of any areas with artificial/permanent make-up or tattoos as we usually try to avoid these areas. Concurrent Procedures: BBL may be combined with Botox and/or Dermal Fillers.
Location: Waratah Private Hospital (Medical Aesthetics 360)
Suite 701, Level 7, 31 Dora St Hurstville NSW 2220
Phone 0410 138 713