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By Dr. Alex Eshaghian, MD, PhD
May 15, 2016
Category: treatments
Tags: IPL   photofacial  

Forever Young BBL IPL photofacial before and afterWe all want our skin to look the best it can, which is why we spend so much time, effort, and energy undergoing treatments and using skin care products. After an initial series of treatments periodic maintenance treatments help us protect our investment.

What does the initial series of IPL photofacial treatments do?

An initial series of Forever Young BBL IPL photofacial treatments will correct the damage in the skin (mostly sun damage). The Forever Young BBL IPL photofacial treatment uses bright light to target pigment and blood in the skin. So it will improve a number of signs of aging such as dark spots, age spots, redness, and broken capillaries. The Forever Young BBL IPL photofacial treatment further rejuvenates the skin by stimulating the skin to form new, fresh, and healthy collagen, giving you that youthful appearance. A scientific study from Stanford University has shown that the Forever Young BBL IPL photofacial treatment will actually change the genes in your skin to be more youthful.

What does a maintenance IPL photofacial treatment do?

Once you have undergone an initial series of Forever Young BBL IPL photofacial treatments, your skin has improved in a number of ways as discussed. The damage in your skin from years of sun exposure has been corrected. The maintenance treatment will protect your investment by correcting the little sun damage that has occurred since your initial series. It will also be preventive and protect you from damage in the future.

But I don't see the dark spots coming off

Often times when having an initial series of Forever Young BBL IPL photofacial treatments, you will see dark spots getting darker before they get lighter. Sometimes these spots will flake off. If these are age spots, once they are removed they will likely not come back again. So at a maintenance treatment you will not necessarily see these coming off. This doesn't mean that the treatment is not doing anything. On the contrary, there are microscopic areas of sun damage on the skin which are improving. Since these areas are so tiny you will usually not see dark spots flake off or even get darker. But it is important to have your maintenance treatments in order to protect your investment.

How often do I need a maintenance IPL photofacial treatment?

Dr. Alex recommends an initial series of three to six Forever Young BBL IPL photofacial treatments spaced out every four to eight weeks. After that, Dr. Alex recommends one maintenance treatment every three to six months.

What is the difference between maintenance IPL photofacial treatments and maintenance Botox treatments?

Maintenance is maintenance, regardless of the treatment. Botox helps improve certain wrinkles on the skin and Botox will usually last three to four months. At this time the wrinkles become apparent, letting you know that it is time for a maintenance treatment. With the Forever Young BBL IPL photofacial treatment, this is not necessarily the case. This is because the Forever Young BBL IPL photofacial treatment will correct sun damage, which comes back slowly and in microscopic sizes. So you don't wake up one day and all of a sudden see dark spots everywhere. This makes it difficult for us to know when it is time for a maintenance treatment. Dr. Alex recommends scheduling a maintenance Forever Young BBL IPL photofacial treatment at your last appointment in your initial series. This way you are ensured that your investment is protected.

What skin care products should I use after a Forever Young BBL IPL photofacial treatment?

Skin care products are outstanding complements to any types of treatment. The basic products are sunscreen, facewash, and moisturizer. It is important to find products that work well for you. Our patients love the Elta MD skin care products. Products in the A E Skin line that complement the Forever Young BBL IPL photofacial treatment include  the Brightening Cream, Illuminating Cream, Acne Max Solution, Exfoliating Serum, Triple Antioxidant Serum, and Hydrating Serum.

What else can I do to further enhance the results of my Forever Young BBL IPL photofacial treatment?

Dr. Alex has performed thousands of Forever Young BBL IPL photofacial treatments and has designed specific combination treatments to give you even better results. The most popular combination treatments are the Soft and Smooth Rejuvenation and the Tight and Bright Rejuvenation. The Soft and Smooth Rejuvenation combines a Forever Young BBL IPL photofacial treatment with a Micro Laser Peel, which removes a thin layer of dead skin cells from the surface. This will exfoliate the skin that creates a rough and irregular texture as well as clog the pores, so an improvement will be seen for overall anti-aging as well as for acne. The Micro Laser Peel enhances the results of the Forever Young BBL IPL photofacial treatment by allowing the pigment targeted in the first step to exfoliate faster. The Tight and Bright Rejuvenation combines a Forever Young BBL IPL photofacial treatment with a Laser Skin Tightening treatment (photorejuvenation). The Laser Skin Tightening step uses gentle micro-pulses of infrared light to target the blood in the skin. The blood absorbs the light, heats up, and destroys the blood vessels. This works particularly well for broken capillaries and generalized redness. The heat is also spread to the surrounding skin, stimulating collagen formation in the surface layers to improve fine lines and enlarged pores.

Forever Young BBL IPL Photofacial Demonstration

Soft and Smooth Rejuvenation Demonstration

Tight and Bright Rejuvenation Demonstration

 

Contact us for a free consultation with Dr. Alex in our Encino, CA office.

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