Broadband Isn’t for Watching Movies

  • Posted on: Dec 15 2018
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Broadband | Naples, FLThese days when you hear the word “broadband” you assume it’s something about the latest battle to offer the faster blobbing potential on the couch with your Netflix account.

But Dr. Turk prefers to utilize broadband light to address various skin conditions associated with aging and sun damage. He can tailor your broadband treatment to match your unique skin type and the issues you specifically want to address. These treatments are safe to use on any area of the body.

How broadband light works on your skin

If you follow the aesthetic world at all, you’ve probably heard of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). IPL is similar to laser energy. Broadband light (BBL) is different. The broad wavelengths of light delivered in our BBL sessions at Naples Cosmetic Surgery gently heat the upper layers of your skin. Once the body senses the heat under the skin, it initiates a healing response, which is to produce new collagen in the area to “heal” the perceived injury (even though there isn’t one). Since collagen provides the skin’s underlying structure, new collagen helps firm and rejuvenate the skin. Also, the photothermal energy has a second effect — it causes the fine blood vessels that cause redness to coagulate and close. BBL also reduces the excess melanin that causes pigmented lesions.

What skin conditions can be improved with BBL?

  • Pigmented lesions (age spots, freckles, etc.)
  • Vascular lesions (small blood vessels, spider veins)
  • Acne
  • Skin laxity
  • Uneven skin texture
  • Unwanted hair

What happens during a BBL session?

Our BBL sessions at Naples Cosmetic Surgery usually take 30 minutes or less, depending on the size of the area you are treating. We give you protective eyewear, and we can apply topical numbing cream if you prefer. Then we deliver the BBL energy. Patients feel a warm sensation and a feeling similar to a small rubber band being plucked against the skin. That is the sensation when the BBL energy is delivered.

Afterwards

After your BBL session at Naples Cosmetic Surgery, your skin will look like it is slightly sunburned for a few hours. Pigmented lesions will darken for a few days. This is a sign that the melanin in these spots has absorbed the energy and will subsequently flake off and fade. There isn’t any downtime or recovery, but you will need to be diligent about protecting your skin from the sun, as it will be more sensitive to UV light for a few weeks.

Interested in broadband beyond your Internet connection? Call Dr. Turk and the team at Naples Cosmetic Surgery, (239) 348-4357, to schedule an appointment.

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