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Sciton BBL


The Sciton BBL BroadBand Light is the latest innovation in laser technology. It is typically used for a array of problems and issues with the skin. Our Chicago practitioners administer the intense light onto the outer layer of the skin. This intense light promotes collagen regeneration while it changes the molecular structure of the skin cells. The Sciton BBl is used to help with a number of skin issues that result from sun damage and aging, permanently remove hair, and reduce scars caused by acne.

Understanding the Sciton BBL Process

Many people refer to the Sciton BBL procedure as photorejuvenation or as a photofacial. It is the dual-lamp technology, which produces the intense pulsed light, or IPL, to the skin’s upper layers that helps promote the regeneration of collagen. According to a study from Stanford University, the BBL treatments are able to effectively change the genetic structure that result in aging and alter the cells at a molecular level to help rejuvenate the skin, creating a more youthful and vibrant appearance. BBL’s adjustable Smart Filters allow for instant changes between wavelengths to treat a broad variety of conditions during a single session. The Sciton BBL’s precision thermoelectric cooling system utilizes sapphire crystals to automatically adjust cooling of the lamps to ensure a precise level of light is provided, allowing for the most effective treatment for each individual. The BBL procedure is able to be used on virtually any part of the body; however, the most common areas where it is used (and where it is most effective) includes the hands, chest, neck and face. After one treatment you will find your skin is clearer, tighter, and smoother, which may be enough to produce the results you want. However, the number of photofacials we recommend will vary based on your specific condition and what you expect. For most patients, three to six treatments spaced about two to four weeks apart are needed. We can also perform the Sciton BBL at the same time as other treatments, such as the Sciton Profractional Therapy and Sciton Micro Laser Peel to produce even greater results. When you consult with our Chicago office, we will go over the potential treatment options and help you make the right decision.

What Is Sciton BBL Effective For?

  • Hair reduction and removal
  • Reducing age spots and wrinkles by tightening, firming and rejuvinating a person’s skin on a molecular level
  • Treatment of acne scars
  • Treatment of rosacea
  • Flushing and brushing treatment
  • Removal or reduction of freckles
  • Pore size reduction
  • Treating sunspots, benign pigmented lesions, vascular lesions, and cutaneous lesions

Who is a Good Candidate for Sciton BBL?

A person is considered to be a good candidate for the Sciton Broadband Light procedure is one who is searching for a fast-acting, comfortable treatment for all types of skin conditions caused by sun damage or age or those who are interested in permanent laser hair removal. Individuals with busy lives who do not have time for treatments that require extended recovery time are especially good candidates, as Sciton BBL is a non-invasive technology that requires minimal downtime and does not require the skin to be ablated or vaporized to achieve desired results. Patients who are taking medications that cause sensitivity to light and patients who have used Accutane in the past six months may not be immediate candidates for BBL treatment. Patients with a dark skin tone or tan skin from sun exposure or tanning beds may not be good candidates for BBL treatment as melanin absorbs light and in some cases may cause hyperpigmentation. Patients with dark skin from tanning may be advised to wait up to a month without tanning before treatment. Schedule a consultation today to find out if you are a good candidate for Sciton BBL, or if one of our other skin resurfacing treatments is the ideal solution to obtain your desired skin rejuvenation results.

Do Laser Treatments Hurt with Sciton BBL?

Sciton BBL is the least painful laser treatment on the market. Patients have stated this treatment is similar to having a rubber band snapped lightly on their skin. The procedure uses precise and safe thermoelectric technology, which cools the laser to ensure it remains at a comfortable level of heat for the duration of the treatment and thanks to the adjustable filters, large areas of the skin are able to be treated at once, making treatment as fast and pain-free as possible. A numbing cream may be applied to the area about 30 minutes before treatment to make the procedure more comfortable.

What is Recovery Like?

After the Sciton BBL procedure, you will only need a minimal amount of downtime. This is because the procedure is considered non-invasive and doesn’t require any ablation (vaporization of your outer layer of skin). After the procedure, the skin will temporarily appear darker and may look mildly red or flushed. If there is any redness, it will usually fade after just a few hours and any remaining pinkness will fade away over the next seven to 10 days. If you have darker pigmentation in the treatment area, you may notice peeling or flaking approximately one to two weeks after you receive the treatment. A recommended cream or lotion may be applied to the skin immediately after treatment to promote healing and makeup used right away to hide any redness that remains after the treatment. The majority of patients will also resume their normal, day-to-day activities, directly after the procedure is complete. Within a period of a few weeks, the skin will begin to appear less wrinkled and smoother, with fine lines being much less noticeable. Sunscreen is recommended for a few months after treatment to protect skin and promote the best results possible. With Sciton’s cutting-edge skin resurfacing technology, our dedicated Chicago staff at Lake Shore Plastic Surgery can help restore your skin to its most vibrant, youthful, and rejuvenated state. If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of skin rejuvenation with Sciton BBL, schedule a consultation with Dr. Michael Horn today.

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Dr. Michael A. Horn, M.D.

A skilled and caring professional, Dr. Michael Horn provides exceptional plastic surgery that is truly tailored to the individual patient. Renowned for his aesthetic results, Dr. Horn helps his patients achieve their appearance goals by combining experience, talent, and the highest quality medical care.

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  • Chicago, IL 60611

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