About BroadBand Light Therapy
Broadband Light (BBL) is the world's most powerful IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) device on the market. It sets new standards in treating skin conditions associated with aging, active lifestyles, and sun damage. The BBL treatments by Sciton utilize energy-releasing technology to improve the aesthetics of the skin, and also makes it appear younger and smoother. This works by applying therapeutic-grade light energy that gently heats the top layer of skin and simulates collagen production. Patients with an array of skin issues may benefit from BBL, since it functions to fix unwanted freckles, rosacea, broken blood vessels, and sun damage. Also, it can help create a more smooth and even skin surface texture to generate fresh, luminous skin. BBL may be added to other cosmetic treatments to satisfy your wants and goals. Our facility, St. Petersburg Center for Plastic Surgery at St. Petersburg, FL, offers BBL at the recommendation of Dr. John J. O'Brien as an advanced treatment proven to help rejuvenate our patients' skin.
Types of BBl Treatments
St. Petersburg Center for Plastic Surgery is pleased to offer the following BBL treatments:
- Forever Young BBL™
Utilizes advanced light technology to safely and effectively target signs of aging and sun damage to attain a more youthful appearance. It is also great for addressing freckles, redness, and blood vessels on the face.
- BBL™ Corrective
This treatment delivers light energy to the skin to gently heat up the surface layer to target old and damaged tissue, which aids in stimulating dermal regeneration. This process helps create a smoother and healthier appearance.
- Forever Clear BBL™
This dermal treatment is ideal for patients who struggle with acne as it uses state-of-the-art technology to eliminate acne-causing bacteria at its source for clearer-looking skin.
"I had a great experience with Dr. O'Brien. I had skin cancer on my ear and Dr. O'Brien performed surgery to remove it. The surgery was performed on the day that there was a mobile lab at his office and Dr. O was able to test tissue samples on the spot to ensure all the cancer was removed. Dr. O'Brien not only removed the cancer but did a fantastic job with the appearance of my ear such that one would never even notice any evidence of a surgical procedure. I look great and am cancer free. Many thanks to Dr. O'Brien and his terrific staff. Highly recommended for any type of procedure. Absolutely first class!"- B. / Google / Jan 07, 2020
"Love Dr. O'Brien and his staff! I had 2 procedures done in 2018. I see them every few months for followups and I could not be happier with my results!!!Dr. O'Brien really listens to you, he learns about you (the person) first before you even discuss why you are there are to see him. His staff are the same way! I would recommended Dr. O'Brien's office for all cosmetic surgeries, Dysport, and Botox needs!!!"- J.A. / Google / Dec 19, 2019
"Absolutely LOVE this office!!!! The PA Mary does my Dysport injections and she does an amazing job. She is very conscious of being conservative with it so I get the look that I want.I also get spa procedures done here with their esthetician, Dana. The Hydrafacial leaves your skin glowing right after!! She also does dermaplaning on my face, which I never had done, but I will definitely continue to do with her.The staff is friendly and knowledgeable about what they do. I recommend this office to anyone who is looking for cosmetic needs! FIVE stars all the way!"- B.J. / Google / Dec 18, 2019
"Absolutely LOVE this office!!!! The PA Mary does my Dysport injections and she does an amazing job. She is very conscious of being conservative with it so I get the look that I want. I also get spa procedures done here with their esthetician, Dana. The Hydrafacial leaves your skin glowing right after!! She also does dermaplaning on my face, which I never had done, but I will definitely continue to do with her. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable about what they do. I recommend this office to anyone who is looking for cosmetic needs! FIVE stars all the way!"- B.J. / Yelp / Dec 17, 2019
"I can’t recommend this practice enough! Everyone from the back office staff, to the esthetician, to the PA and doctor are so kind and take such great care of you. I have gotten a few hydrafacials with Dana the esthetician and they are not only relaxing but also very effective. I have also gotten some dermaplaning done and love that it’s a quick add on but helps all my serums and skin care really soak in. The best part about Dana is that she really takes the time to understand your skin goals and adjusts your treatments to make sure everything is aligned. The PA Mary has done my Botox over the past year, over four treatments with varying units between the brows and on my forehead. I like to have expression in my face and not look too “done” or “frozen” and she helps me achieve the perfect look. I still have slight movement in my brows and show expression but without any wrinkling. People always say to me “you don’t need Botox!” so I know that means it’s working exactly as I want it to! I trust Mary completely - she is a perfectionist and cares about giving me the outcome I am looking for, which is so important for someone you are trusting with your face! The staff is so amazing, whether it’s squeezing me in for a last minute appointment or helping me figure out the best treatment plans, they always have a smile and a helpful attitude. I love this practice and can’t imagine going anywhere else for my treatments!"- C.M. / Google / Dec 17, 2019
A good candidate for BBL is any man or woman dealing with hyperpigmentation or unevenly textured skin. These symptoms can be caused by sun damage, damaged capillaries, rosacea, or acne. BBL can also help to make your skin look more youthful by igniting the production of collagen. By varying the types of filter and modality that are used, BBL may be utilized as a therapy and/or daily maintenance for an array of skin issues. Prior to undergoing treatment, Dr. O'Brien will help you understand how BBL technology may help you reach your aesthetic goals.
After creating a suitable treatment plan, the programming of the BBL system will be adjusted to fit your needs. Before starting the treatment, your eyes will be protected from the laser with a cover. Dr. O'Brien will then softly pass the laser over your skin while focusing on the treatment locations. The amount of time necessary for your therapy will change depending upon the issue being treated and whether any additional services were included in the BBL treatment session. BBL procedures can ordinarily be finished in about one hour or less.
What to Expect
After the therapy, a soothing lotion may be smoothed onto your skin. Dr. O'Brien may also offer post-treatment care directions and might advise reducing your exposure to the sun. Otherwise, patients are generally able to return to their regular daily routine. Outcomes from BBL may be noticed in 2 – 6 weeks after the first therapy, but best results will normally be observed after repeat BBL sessions. Dr. O'Brien will suggest the recommended amount of procedures to achieve your preferred outcome.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does BBL cost?
Dr. O'Brien should be able to discuss your costs in your consultation when your plan is developed. BBL costs will be based on where you want to get the treatment, the treatment area(s) size, and the number of appointments you need. After Dr. O'Brien evaluates the health of your skin and understands your needs, He will help you decide on your treatment plan. St. Petersburg Center for Plastic Surgery frequently runs specials on treatments such as BBL so watch our website or ask about current deals when you make your appointment.
How many treatments will I need?
How many BBL treatments you need can be estimated in your consultation once Dr. O'Brien assesses your skin's condition. Typically, patients reach their complexion goals after three appointments. Although, if you have serious pigmentation, sun damage, or discoloration, you might need more sessions. During your initial consultation, Dr. O'Brien will consider your goals and create your BBL plan. Your treatments will be scheduled about one month apart so your skin can recover.
What areas can be treated with BBL?
All areas of skin may be improved with BBL, although the most popular are the face, chest, hands, neck, shoulders, and back. These areas tend to show the most damage because they're frequently in the sun. The face and hands are also the first places to be affected by lifestyle and natural aging, so addressing these spots may help improve your total appearance. In your initial consultation with Dr. O'Brien, tell him about all concerns so He can develop your ideal BBL plan.
How is BBL different from other lasers?
Made by Sciton, the innovative BroadBand Light is an advanced IPL (intense pulsed light) treatment. The wide range of energy wavelengths and dual lamps allow Dr. O'Brien to personalize your BBL treatment to match your skin concerns. Utilizing different energies, BBL can correct red and brown lesions, plus dark and light spots, without affecting nearby skin and tissues. Effective and safe, BBL can reveal a better complexion faster compared to other skin treatments.
Is BBL safe for all skin tones?
The energy wavelengths in a BroadBand light treatment can be adjusted for each patient's unique needs, so BBL can be used on all skin types and tones. For your best results, Dr. O'Brien suggests you avoid ultraviolet (UV) light exposure (both tanning beds and natural sunlight) for at least two weeks before your BBL session. After tanning, your skin has higher levels of pigment (melanin), which can absorb the energy and impact your outcome. The treated areas will be especially sensitive to UV exposure, so you need to not use tanning beds and limit sun exposure while you are getting BBL, and for a minimum of 10 – 14 days following your final BBL session.
Regenerate Your Skin
This exciting therapy utilizes state-of-the-art technology to enhance the appearance and texture of the skin, regardless of what skin ailment you might be dealing with. By producing young, luminous, and even skin, BBL will help you renew your confidence in your look. To find out more about BBL remedies and whether they're the ideal option for you, call St. Petersburg Center for Plastic Surgery to set up a consult.