What is Forever Young BBL?
Forever Young BBL is a patented technology by Sciton Laser that uses light energy to reduce the signs of aging in the skin and improve areas of pigmentation, vascular lesions, and redness. It has been shown by clinical studies at Stanford University Medical Center that this particular wavelength of light, broadband light or BBL, can actually stimulate skin cells and genes associated with youthfulness and turn back the clock. This technology is an especially exciting finding for patients committed to improving skin health and reducing skin aging.
What does Broadband Light (BBL) do?
Broadband Light treats and reduces brown spots or age spots as well as skin redness and blood vessels. With precise wavelength and power, the light energy is absorbed by pigmentation, spotty areas of sun damage, and melasma. Red areas of the skin also absorb the light energy, including small blood vessels, veins, or rosacea (a chronic inflammation of skin with persistent redness) and are permanently reduced.
In our experience, pulsed light or BBL is the only effective technology that permanently reduces rosacea, redness and pigmentation in the skin. Additionally, BBL can stimulate receptors on the skin cells, improving collagen production, which is critical to create more firmness and maintain youthful skin health.
What to Expect with evolv Forever Young BBL
The Forever Young BBL treatment is very well-tolerated. Most patients do not require topical numbing cream or anesthetic. Once the patient comes into the office and after the skin is cleansed, goggles are applied and the light treatment lasts approximately 15 minutes or less for the face. During treatment, patients will notice a warm sensation, or a warm rubber band snapping sensation in the skin which is usually quite tolerable. Topical numbing cream can be used if needed.
Typically there are no blisters or bruises associated with this treatment. Afterward, the skin may feel slightly red or swollen, but this is often negligible and subsides quickly. Patients may notice a slight amount of redness which generally fades within a few hours.
Evolv Forever Young BBL & Skin Care
In our experience at evolv Plastic Surgery and Medical Aesthetics, incorporating a personalized medical skin care program with light therapy treatments significantly improves results and reduces complications. We feel it is very important to have a balanced, long-term program to maximize the response of the skin, and overall improve the outcomes for each patient. Skin that is prepared prior to treatment will respond more favorably and consistently and also has a quicker healing time as well as avoids complications associated with patients who have no preparation before their laser or light treatments. Working with your professional aesthetician or physician is important when customizing these programs in order to provide comprehensive treatment and optimal outcomes. It should also be emphasized that daily skin care and sun protection are important in obtaining and maintaining these results.
Evolv Forever Young
Evolv Forever Young is unique and exciting, cutting-edge program incorporating balanced skin care combined with maintenance treatments or broadband light therapy once every three or four months to essentially stop the aging clock in the skin. Stanford dermatology studies have shown that patients treated with BBL over 10 years actually looked younger than when they started the program. BBL is proven by laboratory research that these treatments result in unique benefits such as stimulating the ‘genes of youth’ at a molecular level. This innovative treatment is a quite exciting way to basically prevent most of the undesirable changes associated with aging in the skin.
To learn more about this personalized program – contact our office today for more information or request your skin analysis.
New Options in Body Contouring
Pregnancy and its after effects can be tough on a woman’s body. From rapid weight gain, then weight loss, following a rapid expansion of the skin, there is a collective fascination with some of the changes that the body goes through before, during, and after pregnancy. Following pregnancy, there are often deposits of excess fat around the abdomen, hips, and trunk. The breasts may have lost volume, dropped, and lost their support. The skin may also have developed new stretch marks, as well as areas of brown patches or hyperpigmentation on the face and other areas.
New technologies, services, and options have created some exciting new possibilities for women after pregnancy. Dr. Frank Barone, board-certified plastic surgeon in Toledo, OH, explains the many new options available in body contouring today.
Abdomen and Trunk
After pregnancy, there are some permanent changes of the body, buttock, and abdomen. These include the muscles of the abdominal wall and the rectus muscle which can become stretched and separated. They will often not return to their preexisting state where they’re connected in the midline, providing support for the abdomen and back. This condition is called diastasis recti.
Another condition caused by pregnancy is long-lasting laxity and loss of support of the skin, accompanied by stretch marks. The tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a procedure that addresses these issues by removing excess skin and fat in the lower abdomen below the belly button. Separated abdominal muscles are then repaired, and the sides of the body are contoured with liposuction.
-Advanced Concepts in Abdominoplasty and Body Contouring
New concepts of abdominoplasty include extending the contouring and shaping all the way around the body or to the sides. This technique can lift a drooping buttocks or correct laxity on the lateral side and hips as well as cellulite. These extended abdominoplasties, or circumferential abdominoplasties, are categorized as “body lifts.” Augmenting or improving the projection of the buttocks with fat buttock augmentation is also a possibility, as well as thigh lifting.
Other new concepts in body contouring surgery include surgery without the need for traditional suction drains based on a new surgical technique called progressive tension sutures and new options in reducing post-operative discomfort. In our practice, these procedures are always done on an outpatient basis and improving patient comfort is a priority. A new medication called Exparel® is injected by the surgeon during the procedure in order to block sensory nerves, and provides a significant reduction in patient discomfort, reducing the need for post-operative narcotics and improving the overall experience.
-Advanced Concepts in Liposuction
Finally, while contouring the body with an abdominoplasty or body lifting, we are also improving overall body shape contour with selective fat reduction by ultrasonic techniques. In our experience, ultrasonic liposuction, or VASER Liposuction, is the most efficient method of reducing excess fatty deposits. VASER ultrasonic energy releases fat cells, which makes removing the excess far more efficient and less traumatic. It also preserves nerves and blood vessels, consequently reducing post-operative swelling and downtime.
VASER ultrasonic liposuction also has the unique advantage of contracting or tightening the skin, which is very important for improving body contour after fat is removed. This has improved our results for patients having mommy makeovers and abdominal contouring. It is also important to understand that abdominal contouring surgery is not a free pass for poor lifestyle choices. It’s vital that patients remember that their overall health has a major effect on the outcome of their surgery. So, healthy lifestyle habits, such as proper nutritional intake and regular exercise, should be emphasized.
-Advanced Non-Surgical Abdominal Contouring Options
Non-surgical options are also present for abdominal contouring, be reducing both excess and firming skin, such as the new Vanquish ME™, Cellutone and Exilis Ultra™ devices, which remove fat cells by an external applicator. The Vanquish applicators do not touch the skin, and can also improve abdominal contour without any downtime. These procedures are done in the office and do not require anesthesia. The new Cellutone™, which uses sound waves to reduce the appearance of cellulite, is used with Vanquish ME™ to improve results in less time.
Improving Breast Shape and Contour after Pregnancy
The combination of age and gravity will cause a woman’s breasts to droop and lose volume, but when you add pregnancy and breastfeeding to this equation, the changes are much more significant. This after-pregnancy breast change goes beyond actual sagging, but can result in changes in the nipples and the areola, as well as loss or deflation of the breast due to the hormonal changes of pregnancy.
-Breast Lift and Augmentation
To restore youthful shape and size a breast lift can be performed, which will elevate the tissue back to its pre-pregnancy position and restore a youthful shape. For some patients, more volume is necessary if there’s been a deflation of the breasts, and a breast implant and or fat grafting can be beneficial. Dr. Barone has extensive clinical research experience with the FDA approved cohesive gel breast implants. Available in round or anatomic shapes, cohesive gel or ‘gummy bear’ implants are composed of a semi solid soft gel and are more long lasting and will have no issue with potential leakage. They also hold their shape very well and are available in a wide variety of dimensions to correct asymmetry or side differences.
-Fat Grafting for Breast Enhancement
For appropriate patients, Dr. Barone may recommend fat grafting enhanced with PRP, or platelet-rich plasma, to restore natural volume to the breasts. The new breast lift or mastopexy involves shorter scars, and the vertical mastopexy is one example of that short scar procedure for breast lifting. Again, pain control with Exparel® allows this to always be an outpatient procedure, and makes the overall experience much more comfortable.
Skin Rejuvenation for the Post-Pregnant Woman
Telltale stretch marks on the stomach, hips, and buttocks after pregnancy can be very frustrating for women. Topical creams have never been proven to be effective, despite some unsubstantiated marketing claims. Dr. Barone and the professional staff at evolv will only recommend or utilize research proven products and services that have been clinically verified as safe and effective.
Stretch marks are physical tares in the deep layers of the skin that are commonly seen after pregnancy or excessive weight gain. There are now promising technologies that can improve them. One option is microneedling, which stimulates collagen production while breaking down the scar and fibrous tissues. Microneedling with radiofrequency energy is even more effective, as has been proven by clinical results with the Infini RF by Lutronic.
Infini RF delivers a radio frequency charge to the tips of the insulated needles which results in a more vigorous response in collagen production and skin tightening than microneedling alone. Adding PRP therapy which is a powerful combination of multiple growth factors and regenerative platelets obtained from the patient’s own blood, to microneedling or Infini RF procedure has resulted in significantly more improvement in stretch marks and overall skin quality.
In addition, treatment of the skin with new formulations of retinol, which is a vitamin A derivative, has been shown to increase collagen production, improve circulation to the skin, and can improve stretch mark appearance, as well as skin health. I prefer Retinol and skin care products from ZO Skin Health because of their unique advanced bioengineering and proven efficacy.
If stretch marks are still pink or red, using light therapy, such as broadband light (BBL), is very effective in reducing their appearance. Fractional lasers are also beneficial in these situations, which is another new and exciting technology for skin improvement. The new HALO laser from Sciton Medical is particularly effective in improving stretch marks.
Pigmentation can be very challenging in the postpartum female. Brown spots and even deeper pigmentation in the lower levels of the skin, called Melasma, can be particularly frustrating. Melasma is often made worse from heat, so the use of lasers can be risky and must be used cautiously with proper skin preparation. Some chemical peels can be very effective for removing excess pigment in Melasma and hyperpigmentation. We have seen significant improvement with the use of medical skincare products from ZO® Skin Health, which has been the world’s leader in treating excess pigmentation in the skin.
Broadband or pulsed light and the use of Hydroquinone and other lightening agents to reduce pigmentation can be very effective if the skin is prepared properly. Of course, sunscreen and limited sun exposure is critically important in pigmentation and Melasma patients, and using a certified medical grade sunscreen with antioxidants is important.
The Advanced Mommy Makeover Summary
In summary, new technology and services have significantly improved the options as well as the results for women after pregnancy in repairing, restoring, and rejuvenating their bodies. These include non-surgical and surgical services. Shorter recovery times with increased comfort and reducing the length of scars are now a reality contouring the body after pregnancy in the advanced mommy makeover, and the combination of procedures has provided even better results.
Finally, the new science of regenerative medicine using fat grafting, stem cells, and growth factors with PRP harvested from the patient’s own blood and tissues are really going to be the future of body contouring due to the long-lasting effects and rejuvenate capabilities.
To learn more about these services, contact evolv Plastic Surgery & Medical Aesthetics today – (419) 464-9422.
What is the Sciton Halo System?
The Sciton Halo Laser is the world’s first and only hybrid fractional laser, meaning that the research manufacturers uniquely combined an ablative wavelength of therapeutic light energy with a non-ablative wavelength. This proprietary combination of wavelengths results in a synergistic benefit on the skin, which provides a significantly more impressive rejuvenation in skin resurfacing with less downtime.
What is the difference between ablative and non-ablative lasers?
Ablative technology uses light to effectively vaporize or remove damaged or aged tissue on the skin’s surface with a patented technology that reduces healing time. The non-ablative wavelength, which is added in the Halo, is light energy that doesn’t vaporize tissue, but heats the underlying tissues without damaging the epidermis or skin’s surface. By heating the deeper tissues, the skin repairs itself to increase skin firmness, reduce laxity, and it can also reduce pore size, pigmentation, and result in an overall improvement in skin texture.
What makes Halo unique?
The Halo system is innovative and has several other unique features. First, it involves an integrated cooling hand piece, which improves patient comfort during the treatment. The cooling hand piece is combined with a smoke evacuator that immediately removes any of the laser plume or airborne debris to a filter evacuator so patient or treating physician does not inhale the plume or debris. Additionally, there is a dynamic thermal optimizer (DTO) that automatically adjusts the power of each pulse of laser energy to the patient’s specific skin temperature. The patented technology was designed to improve the precision, consistency, as well as the safety, of the Halo Laser Treatment.
Another unique feature of the Sciton Halo System is called Optimal Navigation, which is a high-speed, motion-sensitive technology that tracks the handpiece movement. This feature helps improve the precision with every treatment specific to the patient’s skin type.
The most exciting benefit of the Halo system is the unique combination of the ablative and non-ablative light energy, reduced downtime, improved patient comfort, and significantly more dramatic rejuvenation in skin tone and texture.
Benefits of Halo
Patients can expect a glow to their complexion and an improvement in texture and firmness of the skin. After the Halo treatment, patients also see the benefits such as a reduction in fine lines, and acne scars, as well as overall sun damage and signs of aging.
Dr. Barone and the evolv professional staff are firm believers in conditioning the skin before laser treatments as results are often related to how well the skin is prepared. Our years of experience at evolv Medical Aesthetics has confirmed that patients who undergo an appropriate and individualized skin pre-treatment program will not only have better outcomes, but also heal more quickly and with more consistency and optimal results.
Who Should I See for the Halo Treatments?
Even with non-surgical treatments, it’s always important that patients do their homework and be careful when choosing aesthetic procedures and particularly the provider or trained professional. Studies have shown that the most important factors in aesthetic results are the training, experience, and qualifications of the provider. While any physician can legally perform a laser treatment or any cosmetic procedure, it must be emphasized that the Halo system is a powerful technology and consequently it is very important to seek out a certified, well-trained professional to avoid complications and maximize results.
Experience the Halo difference at evolv today by scheduling your consultation online or calling our office. We look forward to having you evolv with us to a younger, glowing you with healthy and more youthful skin.