Skin Rejuvenation/BBL

Improve the appearance of sun-damaged skin

Time, sun exposure, trauma, illness and other lifestyle factors have a negative impact on your skin that will be visible to the eye.

The process of Skin Rejuvenation, technically known as “Photo Rejuvenation” uses Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technology, a high-powered, handheld, computer-controlled flashgun, to deliver an intense, visible, broad-spectrum pulse of light. This treatment improves the appearance of sun-damaged skin, removes age spots (sun-induced freckles) and most benign brown pigments, and reduces redness caused by broken capillaries for face and body.

At our clinic, we use Forever Young Broadband Light (BBL). This is the most advanced skin rejuvenation technology. It is similar to IPL, but even more effective at treating conditions related to aging and sun exposure. We like to say that BBL is like a Rolls Royce, while IPL is like a standard car – they essentially do the same thing, but comfort and the quality is vastly different. Overall, BBL is safer, provides more consistent results, and is more customizable to each client than any other IPL machine.

Over 10 years of research at Stanford University has shown that people look younger than when they first started IPL and Forever Young BBL; it “bends the arrow of time another way” by restoring the gene expression of much younger skin. The best part: results don’t wear off. “It can be part of your maintenance routine,” said one customer. 

What Conditions Does Skin Rejuvenation Improve?

  • Fine lines

  • Solar lentigines (age spots, liver spots, sun spots)

  • Acne

  • Freckles

  • Pigmented lesions

  • Rosacea

  • Poikiloderma (neck and chest redness)

  • Small visible blood vessels on face

  • Hyperpigmentation

  • Uneven skin tone

  • Melasma (brown patches on face)

  • Loose skin (with SkinTyte/Forever Young)

  • Large pores

*IPL can also be used for hair reduction. If you are considering IPL over Laser Hair Removal treatments and want to learn more about the differences between the two, get in touch with us and we’ll help you decide, or read this helpful blog post What is the Difference Between IPL and Laser Hair Removal? on The Private Clinic’s website.


What Can I Expect During Treatment?

We always start with a thorough consultation to assess your skin’s needs. BBL treatment requires a 30-90 minute time commitment at our clinic. Clients wear protective goggles while we perform the treatment. We start with administering a test shot, and then, if necessary, we apply numbing cream 20-30 minutes prior to the procedure. Right before we begin the procedure, a conductive gel is applied to create better contact between the handpiece and your skin, which prevents burns. A light, tolerable stinging sensation may be felt during treatment (when done without numbing cream). In just a few short minutes you are out the door and able to face the day.

We offer two types of BBL treatment:

BBL corrective treatments are similar to IPL (Intense Pulsed Light), but more powerful and require fewer treatments. For example, when treating solar lentigines (sun spots), fewer BBL sessions are required, compared with IPL treatment.

Forever Young BBL treatments actually include two treatments in one session. BBL corrective targets age/sun spots and vascular lesions, and SkinTyte, an additional filter on the same device that uses a different part on the light sector, increases the temperature of the skin. This produces new collagen, developing younger, tighter skin.

What Can I Expect After Treatment?

The great thing about IPL and Forever Young BBL is that there is little to no downtime. Clients may be slightly pink for about an hour after the procedure. When treating sun spots/hyperpigmentation, the dark spots may become even darker within 5-7 days of treatment; they will then fade or scab off.

Obagi Skincare Products can be used to enhance the results of BBL before, between and after treatments. Read more about how these products can be used together as a system. We also carry Jane Iredale mineral makeup, which can be applied immediately to tone this down. And with standalone SkinTyte treatments (normally used after skin concerns have been corrected when combined with BBL corrective), there is no downtime at all. This is something you can do on your wedding day or right before a black-tie event!

BBL corrective and Forever Young BBL is a cumulative treatment, meaning the more times you do it, the better results you will get. The best time frame for results is about 3 weeks of treatment, and we gladly offer discounts for repeat visits.

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