2014 to Now…
No filters, and no editing on these photos. I love to see the difference in my skin 5 years later, since starting regular laser treatments. My eyes may look a little more tired now, but my skin has definitely improved for the better with the help of laser treatments every year!
Lasers are hands down the best thing I have done for my skin over the past 5 years. I started with the BBL laser 5 years ago in Kansas City at Aestheticare. They are the best in KC (in my opinion) with the most cutting edge lasers on hand. They also do a lot of the laser training in the area, so they are the experts! Since moving to Manhattan Beach, I got my first laser here at Manhattan Dermatology with Lizette Ludwig. She is a registered nurse who has worked in aesthetics the past 12 years (she is also GORGEOUS, and has a lovely blog! She is one to follow!). We did a BBl treatment, and I always love the results. I am sharing a whole series of photos below, but first here are a few answers to your questions.
What is a Broad Band Laser?
BBL BroadBand Light therapy, also known as Intense Pulsed Light therapy or the photo facial, uses cutting edge technology to produce younger looking skin that’s firmer, and more even in tone and texture. With little recovery time and no surgery, BBL offers a safe, FDA-cleared option for sun damage, anti-aging, and skin rejuvenation
- Pigmented Lesions (e.g., freckles, age spots)
- Vascular Lesions (e.g., small blood vessels)
- Skin Firmness
- Uneven Skin Texture
How does it work?
The light energy delivered by the BBL will gently heat the upper layers of your skin. The heat absorbed by the targeted areas will stimulate your skin cells to regenerate new collagen. This process will restore your skin to its natural beauty, blending its natural colors and making it smoother, vibrant and younger looking. In addition, the photothermal energy will eliminate fine vessels that cause redness and reduce unwanted melanin that produces pigmented lesions.
The machine is equipped with advanced cooling features, allowing the use of high-powered energy with minimal discomfort. Numbing cream can be administered on individuals who find the treatment uncomfortable, but it’s typically unnecessary. BBL is a safe, effective approach to younger looking skin.
Is there downtime?
The BBL laser is a great treatment to do each year. There really is no downtime, and it is a quick treatment. Right afterwards you look like you have a sunburn, but the redness fades 24-48 hours after. You can put on makeup immediately after.
What do I need to do to prepare for my laser treatment?
You need to make sure you have not had any sun exposure weeks leading up to the treatment. This also includes self tanners. I had used self tanner a few weeks before my last laser, and it was still not all gone. I ended up having a bit of a deeper reaction on one cheek because of it (seen in 2nd picture below). Lizette at Manhattan dermatology gave me a cream that took care of the redness right away. This is just a reminder that it really is important that you have had zero exposure and no selfless tanner leading up to it.
Does it hurt?
Most places will give you a numbing cream beforehand. The zap is a little shocking at first, but not super painful. The treatment goes fast, so it is not uncomfortable. I think it just depends on your pain threshold, but for me it is definitely tolerable. The numbing cream definitely helps!
What do you love most about Laser treatments?
After having kids, and years of sun exposure I had a good amount of dark spots. The laser completely got rid of them. Overall my skin tone is so much better. With german heritage I also had some redness around my nose, and broken capillaries which all can be improved and even removed with laser treatments.
I am sharing a series of photos below spanning 2 weeks after the laser. You can see how all of the dark spots raise to the surface, the 2nd photo is of the reaction I had to remaining sunless tanner. Eventually the dark spots will flake off. It is not a noticeable flake, it just comes off with washing. You do not want to exfoliate, it will come off by itself. Post laser, you also want to avoid sun exposure. Your skin will be very sensitive, so a good SPF and hat coverage is needed!
The cost varies depending on where you are at; but it is typically $300 plus per treatment. It will take YEARS off your skin, I can’t say enough good things about it! If you live in the South Bay, visit Lizette at Manhattan Dermatology for a consult!