IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) also known as BBL (Broad Band Light) Laser For Vascular Redness and Rosacea
Rosacea is a common skin problem marked by redness of the face, neck, and chest, small blood vessels on the face, bumps or pimples on the face, and watery eyes. Patients struggling with the effects of rosacea report sometimes feeling depressed by the condition, which can have an adverse effect on social interaction.
While there is no cure for the irritating skin condition, broad band light (BBL) treatment has been shown to effectively reduce the appearance of skin redness due to rosacea, as well as limit the frequency and severity of flares.
What is Broad Band Light (BBL) Therapy?
Broad band light (BBL) uses pulsed light to target tiny blood vessels beneath the surface of the skin that cause the appearance of redness and irritation. The laser works by heating the tiny vessels and capillaries of the head, neck, and chest responsible for the rosacea. This process targets the pigment of the blood in the vessels, which leads to shrinkage of the vessel without damage to the surrounding tissue.
Treatment times will vary depending on the size and severity of the area in question, but can typically be performed in under an hour as an outpatient, in-office procedure. The following steps represent a typical treatment:
- The smooth surface of the BBL treatment head is applied to the skin, delivering a precise pulse of light to the treatment area.
- The area is cleaned and the patient can return to normal activities.
A course of 4-6 sessions every 3-4 weeks may be necessary to achieve optimum results.
Side effects are typically minor and may include one or more of the following:
- Pain during treatment, which can be mitigated by contact cooling and/or a topical anesthetic if necessary
- Pinkness or soreness of the skin immediately following the procedure
- A sunburn-like sensation (redness, peeling, swelling) that may last for a few days following treatment
- Blistering (exceedingly rare)
- Discoloration due to damage of skin pigment cells (melanocytes), white patches, or scarring, which are rarely permanent (very rare)
- Hair loss in the treated area (rare)
- Bruising, which can affect 10% of all patients
Contact IV Seasons Skin Care for a Consultation
For more information about BBL treatment, contact IV Seasons Skin Care at 303-731-3881 to schedule a consultation with one of our highly skilled aestheticians. We will walk you through your treatment options and help you decide on the best course to help you achieve the results you want.