Charlotte BBL Phototherapy Treatments – Frequently Asked Questions
What is BBL BroadBand Light?
BBL is an innovative light-based technology that treats skin conditions associated with aging, active lifestyles and sun damage. BBL light energy allows Dr. Graper and his team to design treatments personalized for your skin and precisely treat age spots, sun spots, small facial veins and many other skin irregularities. BBL phototherapy is noninvasive so you can receive comfortable and effective treatments that fit your schedule, even on a lunch break.
How does BBL work?
BBL deposits pulses of light energy that gently heat the upper layers of skin. Within the skin, the light energy is absorbed by targets, such as fine, broken vessels that cause redness and brown spots or pigmented lesions that are caused by an overproduction of melanin. This scientific and biological process destroys the target, eliminating it and restoring the skin to its natural beauty, blending its natural tones, making it more vibrant and youthful in appearance and touch.
What areas can be treated?
Any area of your body can be treated. The most popular treatments are on the face, neck, back of the hands, chest and shoulders.
Can tanned skin be treated?
An active tan from the sun or tanning beds is not appropriate for BBL treatment. Tanned skin has a lot of pigment or melanin that may also absorb the BBL light energy. It is recommended that a person not have sun exposure in the area to be treated for a period of 3 weeks prior to treatment. Self-tanners must be faded from the skin for at least a week to 10 days prior to treatment.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments needed varies from patient to patient and Dr. Graper will personalize a treatment plan based on your skin defects and the level of improvement you desire. He may also combine your treatment with other popular aesthetic procedures to further enhance the outcome.
What will happen during the procedure?
Your eyes will be protected with safety shields or glasses. You may briefly feel a warm or “rubber band snap” sensation as the light is absorbed by the targeted areas. Your procedure may take a few minutes to a half an hour depending on the size of the area to be treated and the type of procedure performed. Dr. Graper will discuss all of your options with you.
Will the procedure be uncomfortable?
The procedure is gentle, noninvasive and safe. Generally, there is no need for a topical anesthetic but Dr. Graper may choose to use it on more sensitive areas.
What should I expect after treatment?
You may experience some redness that should resolve within a few hours. Pigmented lesions will darken and gradually flake off and fade over the next 7-10 days. Often your treated skin will feel smoother, fine lines and pores will be less noticeable, and sun spots or uneven pigmentation will fade. Results depend on your individual skin characteristics, the number of treatments and the area treated. Dr. Graper will provide you with detailed information about the aftercare and results.
How long will it take to recover?
This is a noninvasive and gentle procedure with virtually no downtime. In most cases, you are able to return to work, apply makeup and resume most of your activities immediately.
What after care do I need?
It is important to follow Dr. Graper’s instructions. You may be given some skin care products and instructions on how to use them. If you must go outdoors, it is recommended that you cover your treated skin and use sun block of SPF 30.
Will insurance cover this procedure?
Phototherapy treatments, like other cosmetic procedures, are usually not covered by your insurance company. If you have any questions, it is best to talk with your provider.