Before and Afters
*Each patient is unique and individual results may vary.
Doctors Edward Buckingham and Erin Smith offer BBL Ultra Peel solutions for patients in Austin & Sunset Valley, TX. BBL ULTRA PEEL combines Broadband Light treatment followed by Nano Erbium Laser. Brown spots or freckles are removed, while the Whisper-3G Erbium Laser removes the outermost layers of the skin for a smooth glow. Patients see improvement in sun damage spots and improvement in fine lines and totally help your skin if you are fighting wrinkles.
Most skin areas can be treated. Popular treatment areas are the face and neck though some people also treat the chest and hands. You should discuss your needs with the Buckingham Center clinical staff.
Treatments can be performed on the face, neck, chest, and back of hands for:
- Mild wrinkles
- Softening fine lines
- Sun damage (e.g., freckles)
- Pigment irregularities
- Stimulating collagen production for long lasting deep wrinkle improvements
Dr. Buckingham feels that successful facial plastic surgery results from the development and maintenance of good rapport between the patient, the surgeon, and his staff during the consultation and future appointments. The consultation will include a complete facial analysis to determine the best procedure to bring about the desired results and all questions relating to the patients specific concerns will be addressed.
Prospective patients are encouraged to call the office to schedule an appointment at their earliest convenience.
BBL Pre-Treatment Instructions
- BBL is used to reduce the appearance of age spots, small facial veins (telangiectasias), rosacea, solar lentigines (freckles), brown spots, poikiloderma, skin laxity, acne and remove hair.
- Multiple treatments are usually needed to achieve the desired results. Usually, 2 to 4 treatments spaced 2 to 4 weeks apart.
- The BBL light pulse is most commonly described as a rubber band snapping against the skin, and most individuals are able to tolerate this sensation for the short duration of the treatment.
- Treated lesions may appear darker during the initial stages of treatment. This is a positive sign that the treatments are effective. They will fade and flake off at a later stage.
- Stop using Retin-A, Renova, Differin, for one week prior to treatment.
- Avoid sun exposure, tanning beds and sunless tanning lotions for 2 weeks prior to and throughout the course of your BBL treatments.
It is important that your skin remains its natural color without any tanning.
In order to avoid tanning, a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sun block with an SPF of 30 must be applied 15 minutes prior to casual sun exposure. Prolonged sun exposure requires repeated applications of sunblock every 2 hours. Sunblock must be reapplied after swimming. If sun exposure is unavoidable, more treatment sessions may be needed to achieve the desired results as lower settings must be used to protect sun-exposed skin.
Recent sun exposure that causes tanning may result in cancellation of the treatment in order to avoid complications.
- Please inform us if you have any history of “herpes”, “cold sores”, or “fever blisters”.
In such instances, Valtrex may be prescribed prior to treatment. Like sunlight, laser light may cause a cold sore or fever blister leading to more serious complications. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us without hesitation.
BBL Post-Treatment Instructions
The natural extrinsic consequences of aging on skin include sun-related complications, freckles, age spots, and redness caused by broken capillaries and rosacea. Some skin defect consequences may arise from intrinsic hormonal factors that create an over production of melanin as in melasma or hereditary factors that produce more vessels. Phototherapy involves the reduction of these signs of aging and skin defects using non-invasive pulses of BroadBand Light (BBL).
If brown spots are the target, BBL penetrates the skin to reach the melanocytes. The particles of the cells left behind will peel or slough off within 7-14 days.
If redness is the target, blood vessels in the deeper layers of the skin absorb the light and the heat created by the light damages the vessels. The vessels are shut down and the body continues to absorb the destroyed vessel remnants.
- Until sensitivity has completely subsided, avoid all of the following:
- Use of scented lotions or soaps, exfoliant creams (Retin-A, glycolic/salicylic and alpha- hydroxy acids), acne creams or gels, loofa sponges and aggressive scrubbing
- Hot or cold water – wash with tepid water
- Swimming pools and spas with multiple chemicals/chlorine
- Activities that cause excessive perspiration
- A cold compress or an ice pack can be used to provide comfort if the treated area is especially warm. This is typically only needed within the first 12 hours after the treatment.
- Skin may be appear red and swollen and have a mild sunburn sensation. This is a normal reaction. It can last from a few hours to days after treatment. Applying an ice pack for the first 24 hours will help minimize swelling.
- Vitamin E or Aloe Vera applied to the treatment area may provide a soothing effect. Post treatment discomfort is typically minimal but if the area is very uncomfortable, oral pain relievers; i.e. Extra Strength Tylenol or Advil, may be used.
- Freckles and sunspots may turn slightly darker initially and then flake off within 7-14 days. This is a desired and normal reaction.
- There may be erythema (redness) and slight edema (swelling) around the treated vessels. Often they are lighter in appearance and look somewhat smudgy or less defined.
- Makeup may be applied immediately after the treatment as long as skin integrity has not been compromised.
- In the unusual case of crusting of the skin in the treated area, apply an antibiotic ointment twice a day to the affected areas. Do not pick at these areas, as this may result in infection or scarring.
- If the skin is broken or a blister appears, apply an antibiotic ointment and
the office immediately. Keep the affected area moist and avoid direct sunlight.
- Strictly avoid any sun exposure to the treated area for a minimum of 7 days after the procedure. The treated area is more prone to sunburn and pigmentation change. Keep the area covered and use a sun block with a protection factor of 30+, and reapply every 2 hours. Delayed blistering secondary to sun exposure has been noted up to 72 hours post treatment.
- If in the middle of a series of PhotoTherapy treatments, sun exposure should be avoided between treatments and a sunblock should be used on a daily basis.
Subsequent treatments are based upon your clinician’s recommendation and are typically 2-4 weeks apart.
Frequently Asked BBL ULTRA Peel Questions
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Does BBL tighten the skin at all?
Can a BBL burn my skin?
Is BBL laser appropriate for pigmentation concerns?
Is BBL a good choice for treating melasma?
Duller and dark spots along the jawline. Can BBL reverse this?
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