The BBL Treatment Process at our Minneapolis Area Medspa Clinics
It is imperative you are not tan or using any prescriptions that cause sensitivity to sunlight. For at least a week before your treatment, it is important you refrain from using strong topicals such as retinol, hydroquinones, or glycolic acid. If you frequently suffer from cold sores, we will prescribe you a medication to take before, during, and after your treatment to prevent an outbreak.
A consultation is required before treatment to ensure you are a suitable candidate, you prep your skin properly, and you understand post care and downtime. Treatment is preformed by a licensed aesthetician or RN who is also a certified laser technician. First we cleanse your skin and apply a topical cooling gel. You will feel a series of small snaps and sense a bright flash of light as your provider moves the laser over your skin. The sensation of BBL is often compared to a quick snap of a rubber band. You may find the area around the nose will be more sensitive. Don't worry! Your provider will take their time and pay attention to your comfort level.
Immediately following treatment and for the next couple of days, it will seem like you have a sunburn. You may also notice that dark spots look darker. This is a good sign, and those spots will flake off within 10 days. Do not pick at these areas! If the focus was to treat redness/vessels, you may notice some slight welts and tenderness. These symptoms should subside in a few days, and the vessels that were once there should be drastically reduced or completely gone! (The Sciton Clearscan laser may also be used). Your skin will be sensitive so avoid direct sunlight until fully healed. Daily SPF is recommended to protect and enhance the longevity of the results.
Within two weeks you will have brighter, smoother skin! You may even notice a reduction in pore size, acne breakouts, and fine lines. Most patients see dramatic improvement in just one treatment. If your pigment or redness is significant, you may need a series of three treatments.
Treatments range from 5 to 45 minutes and can be scheduled as close as two weeks apart. BBL is a great procedure to do as a part of a yearly maintenance protocol. If you have an active outdoor lifestyle in the summer, it may be best to schedule a BBL treatment in the fall or winter.
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