The Broadband Spectrum And Cosmetic Effects On Skin
Many people today have areas on their skin where the pigment or tone looks uneven. This can be from sun damage, from certain medications and even from genetics. Often the areas affected by skin tone or pigment changes that are most visible are on the face and neck areas.
If this describes you, and you are seeking information about how to achieve a more even skin tone or to remove age spots, micro-veins or freckles, or to lessen the visual impact of a genetic skin condition such as rosacea, you may be interested to learn more about the broadband light spectrum and the positive impact it can have on skin appearance.
What Is Broadband Light?
Broadband light, sometimes called the broadband light spectrum or BBL for short, emits a range of light from what is visible to the human eye into the infrared light spectrum. This light therapy has been tested and approved for cosmetic skin use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
What Does Broadband Light Treat?
Broadband light can be used to treat a number of different skin issues. Broadband light can be used anywhere on the body safely to treat skin irregularities or imperfections, including uneven skin tone, skin damage (sun, acne scars, et al), age spots, pigment spots, freckles, rosacea and similar conditions.
The most commonly requested treatment areas include the face, the neck, the chest, the arms and the back of the hands. These are the areas most impacted by exposure to sun and the elements over time, which is why so many adults who enjoy an active outdoors lifestyle have gravitated to broadband light treatment.
How Does Broadband Light Work on the Skin?
The broadband light device emits a gentle heating light that will warm up your skin as your surgeon treats the desired areas. It is important to select a skilled and experienced facial surgeon that is familiar with which light bands and light filters are best to treat your specific skin issues.
The broadband light treatment will specifically impact the areas of skin imbalance, from pigment differences to fine blood vessels (capillaries) where extra melanin (pigment) has collected.
These areas of extra pigment absorb the broadband light waves and the light energy then begins to work to break apart the pigment in the cells. Over time, the cells will darken and then slough off, leaving a more even skin tone and texture in their place.
Broadband Light’s Cosmetic Effects on Skin
Careful, skilled use of broadband light waves can help to correct issues of unbalanced or uneven skin pigment as well as even out differences in pore size. While only certain areas of the skin’s surface are treated with the light, the impact has a positive benefit on surrounding skin cells and pores as well.
Many patients report that their skin looks glowing and more youthful as well as more even in pigment following broadband light treatments. The more effort is made to protect skin from the sun or stay out of the sun, the longer the treatment results will last.
Benefits to Use of Broadband Light Spectrum Treatments
The cosmetic benefit of more even, refined skin tone is often what draws new patients to consider broadband light treatments. However, the U.S. FDA is now studying whether use of broadband light spectrum therapy may also reduce the future risk for skin malignancy and skin cancer.
Typically, only one or two treatments are required to achieve the desired final result. If more than one treatment is recommended for a more serious skin issue, it is best to schedule each appointment at least three weeks apart to give your skin time to heal in between treatments.
If desired, you may want to schedule one annual maintenance treatment as needed, but this is optional depending on the results you are aiming for and how careful you are in the interim about taking preventative measures like covering up, wearing a hat and using sunscreen on the affected areas.
One of the most important benefits of broadband spectrum light therapy treatments is that these treatments are completely non-invasive. This greatly reduces risks commonly associated with cosmetic surgery, including infection, bleeding and swelling. Once the treatment is administered, the skin will continue to heal and rejuvenate for several weeks.
What to Expect During Broadband Spectrum Treatment
Broadband light spectrum treatment is not uncomfortable. Your surgeon may administer a topical anesthetic as desired for any temporary discomfort or heat generated by the treatment.
No special advance preparation is required before your treatment. Typically, the full treatment can be administered in less than one-half hour and you can resume your regular activities right away after treatment.
What to Expect After Your Broadband Spectrum Light Treatment
If your treatment is to address age spots, you may notice some initial skin darkening that will fade as your skin heals. If your treatment is to address fine veins or capillaries, there may be some swelling or localized bruising right after your treatment. This is temporary and can typically be fully covered with makeup if you need to return to work right away.
Generally patients report no discomfort following their spectrum light treatment, although it is vital to stay out of the sun and use sun protection while your skin heals. Your surgeon will give you specific instructions for skin protection after your treatment.
About the Aesthetic Surgery Center
The Aesthetic Surgery Center is located in beautiful Naples, Florida. Dr. Anurag Agarwal, M.D., Dr. Richard Mahoney, M.D., Dr. William Ross and anesthesiologist Sherry Kutz practice together at the Aesthetic Surgery Center, which provides the latest in cutting-edge aesthetic science amidst the blissful ambience of a health spa.
The facility’s operating studio is accredited by the AAAASF and includes a state-of-the-art laser suite and a private Skin Spa. Visit website to learn more and schedule an initial consultation with your selected practitioner: aestheticsurgerycenter.com.