BBL/ IPL PhotoFacial in Houston, TX
Many people enjoy spending time outdoors and being in the sun, but what they may not know is that sunlight damage to the skin accounts for over 80% of all aging changes that occur. Only 20% of the skin’s aging signs comes from the skin’s natural aging process. Premier Plastic Surgery helps diminish the signs of aging from all sources in men and women living in Houston, Pearland, Lake Jackson and the surrounding areas of South Houston.
What Are Sun Spots/Age Spots?
Sun spots are flat, dark, brown spots that appear on the skin. These brown spots are caused from over-exposure to the sun’s harmful rays and eventually turn darker. If left untreated, sun spots can progress to a more damaging condition called actinic keratosis, a benign lesion that is crusty, hard, and raised on the skin and potentially can progress to skin cancer. Other pigmentary changes, including thinning of the skin can occur from sunlight exposure over the years.
At Premier Plastic Surgery, Dr. Christopher Hankins and his staff offer multiple treatment laser treatment modalities, including photo-facial, otherwise known as IPL (intense pulsed light) procedures to reverse the signs of aging and lessen the appearance of dark sun spots. Oftentimes, these treatments may be “stacked” or combined to get the best possible outcome.
What Are BBL/IPL Photofacial Treatments?
Photo-facial treatments use a small amount of light energy to penetrate the skin’s surface to trigger collagen production. The new collagen growth improves the skin texture, making your skin look more vibrant and youthful.
IPL refers to intense pulsed light and is used to treat a number of skin imperfections, including acne, freckles, age spots, rosacea, to name a few. BBL or broad band light is the name applied specific head in the Sciton® laser system, which is an IPL device.
- Soften the skin
- Reduce redness caused by acne
- Erase wrinkles and fine lines
- Treats sun spots and sun damage caused by environmental factors
BBL or IPL Photofacial Recovery
Immediately afterward, your skin will look redder but should fade over several hours. Any dark spots you had may appear darker, but that will also diminish over time. Your skin will feel smoother and in most cases, makeup can be lightly applied right after the procedure.
You may be advised to avoid sun exposure, hot water temperatures, and strenuous activities for a prescribed amount of time, depending on your specific treatment.
Tips to Limit Sun Exposure
There are a number of simple changes to your life that you can make to avoid unnecessary sun exposure:
- Avoid going out in the sun between 10 am and 2 pm when over 80% of actinic exposure occurs
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat when going outdoors
- Wear a high SPF sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB on the face and on the back of the hands
Sunlight in the UVA spectrum is what results in the majority of the aging changes that we see, whereas sunlight in the UVB spectrum is what results in burns. Remember “A” for aging and “B” for burns. This is important to keep in mind, because although you may not get a sunburn when going outdoors, it does not mean that your skin is not undergoing accelerated aging due the effects of the sun.
How much does a BBL/IPL photofacial cost? Premier Plastic Surgery proudly offers financing options for our patients – call our office for pricing information.
If you’ve spent too much time in the sun and are seeing the dark spots that indicate skin damage has occurred, you may want to consider a BBL or IPL photofacial treatment at Premier Plastic Surgery. To find out more about the procedure or to request a free consultation, contact us today. Dr. Hankins will be happy to discuss treatment with men and women living in Houston, Pearland, Lake Jackson and the surrounding communities of South Houston.