Forever young BBL
Forever Young BBL is our most favourite way to delay ageing in a “natural” way without injectables.
Delaying skin ageing and maintaining healthy skin are important goals for beauty achievers.
BBL is a proven method to dramatically improve the appearance of ageing skin.
It is useful for the following issues
- fine lines
- age spots
- uneven pigmentation
- textural changes
The original “Fotofacial” BBL procedure treats the face or body area and requires 3-5 treatments every 3-6 weeks.
This procedure is one of the most popular aesthetic procedures in the US. in 2012, nearly 1,700,000 BBL -type sessions were performed.
Forever Young BBL
Forever Young BBL has all of the advantages of the original procedure with the newly recognised benefit of DELAYING SKIN AGEING. Because sun damage and photo ageing effects are less pronounced in those with darker skin tones, the benefits to them was previously overlooked. Treatments with pulse light with darker skin tone is more challenging due to risks of complications than those with lighter skin tones.
Ageing in darker skin tones is reflected in texture, tone, laxity and other other factors, which can now be helped using Forever Young BBL
Long term BBL
A recent study (1) showed that regular treatments of BBL 2-4 times per years appeared to delay the visible signs of skin ageing including
- age spots
In this study, 15 patients (38-69 year olds) received at least one annual BBL for 5-11 years. The evaluators estimated the median post treatment age to be 45. This age estimate was statistically unchanged from the actual median pre-treatment age of 46, even though those in the study had aged a median of 9 years throughout the duration of the study. So the patients in oth pre and post treatment photos appeared to be the same age even though the post treatment photos were taken an average of nine years later.
Gene Expression Rejuvenation
A second BBL study (2) supports the antiaging effects of BBL and offers and explanation for the clinical results. The author collaborated with Stanford University dermatology Dept to show that BBL treatments have a restorative effect at the genetic level. The gene expression of Forever Young BBL “treated aged” and ‘untreated aged” skin was compared to that of young skin. Of the 2265 genes whose expression was altered in aged skin, 1293 were fully restored to the expression seen in younger skin. After 3 BBL treatments, the re-expressed genes included those associated with longevity and increased life.
BBL, which was previously only a “corrective” treatment for aged or damaged skin for the following issues, which include
- vascular and pigmented lesions
- erythema (redness) and flushing
Maintenance / age delaying technology
With Forever Young BBL treatment, the benefits include maintaining healthy skin once it has been corrected and delaying the signs of ageing
BBL is now recommended for the following
- Younger patients who don’t yet need correction of damaged skin, but want to maintain healthy skin and to delay ageing
- Patients who have had prior correction with BBL and want to maintain the results
- Mature patients who have better quality skin and may not yet require corrective treatments
- Patients who may have previously undergone cosmetic surgery eg facelift, or other cosmetic treatments like injectables
- Skin type IV and V who want to maintain healthy skin and delay ageing
Benefits of Forever Young BBL
Patients with darker skin types experience skin ageing, they have a smaller degree of photo-ageing and redness and rosacea are less common.
The benefits of of Forever Young BBL and the same for patients across all skin types, including:
- Maintaining skin tone
- Delaying development of wrinkles and laxity
- Enhancing gene expression
The most common reported adverse events for IPL are
These side effects are more common on patients with tanned skin and skin types IV and V.
Male patients should only have Forever Young BBL in their beard area if they are compfratble with hair loss in that area.
Forever Young BBL Technique
The patient has approx 240 pulses to complete a full face Forever Young procedure.
Frequency of Treatments
A minimum of two Forever Young BBL treatments per year is recommended. 4 per year is optimal.
Physical Sunblock should be used to prevent complications such as hyper pigmentation after a Forever Young BBL
Patients can expect to maintain healthy skin and delay the visible signs of skin ageing. Treatments are typically well tolerated with minimal downtime. Occasionally patients get under eye swelling lasting 2-3 days
- Bitter, p, Pozner, J., Retrospctive Evaluation of the Long-term Antiaging Effects of Broadband Light Therapy. Cosmetic Dermatology, February 2013, 34-40
- Chang A, Bitter PH et al., Rejuvenation of gene Expression Pattern of Aged Human Skin by BBL Treatment: A Pilot Study. Journal of Investigative Dermatology, 2013, 133, 394-402
BBL is a type of “photorejuvenation”. Photorejuvenation is a broad descriptive term for anything that improves or reverses photoaging. ie removing sun damage and improving the appearance of aged skin.
Often “photorejuvenation” is referring to treatment with an IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) Device.
At The Manse, we have the best IPL on the market, which is Sciton BBL. There are multiple wavelengths available, but the most commonly used ones for photorejuvenation are the 515 wavelength, which targets pigment, and the 560 wavelength, which targets redness and capillaries in the skin.
If a patient comes in requesting “photorejuvenation”, then we will first assess their face, looking for what is the actual issue, eg:
- Redness and capillaries
- Pigmentation, brown spots, freckles and sun damage
- Volume loss
If the skin has any brown or red discolourations on it, then photorejuvenation will give an excellent results. Please see pages on freckle removal (which will include sun damage removal also).
Cost of IPL / BBL photorejuvenation
Full face photorejuvenation brown only $680 per treatment, 2 treatments required 2-4 weeks apart
Forever Young BBL $680 for full face treatment
Other laser procedures for photorejuvenation
- Microlaser Peel
- Fractional laser
- Qswitch Laser
- Laser Genesis