Sun damage, red spots, and enlarged pores can be embarrassing and unsightly. When they occur on your face, they can be hard to hide. These effects of aging don't have to be permanent, though. A broadband light (BBL) photofacial could help alleviate these issues in a gentle, non-invasive outpatient procedure.
Dr. Rebecca Fitzgerald wants her Beverly Hills, Larchmont, and Los Angeles BBL photofacial patients to get the most out of their treatment, so they can once again have skin they're proud to show off. With that in mind, here's a guide to photofacial aftercare to help you maximize your results.
How Do BBL Photofacials Work?
BBL can treat many unpleasant cosmetic skin conditions, such as:
- Sun spots
- Spider veins
- Diffuse pigmentation
- Enlarged pores
Many of these issues are caused or exacerbated by ultraviolet light exposure. As more and more UV light hits your skin throughout your life, it causes cellular changes that can bring about those conditions over time.
BBL photofacials work by shining a light on the target areas of your face. Filters will block specific wavelengths of the light depending on the condition you're trying to address. This process will break down melanin in the areas you want to treat without damaging surrounding tissue. Spider veins will coagulate, shrink, and disappear. In the weeks after treatment, your body will naturally filter these broken-down particles out.
What to do After Your BBL Photofacial
Dr. Fitzgerald will provide you with specific aftercare instructions for your unique treatment. However, you should follow these guidelines to help take full advantage of your therapy:
- Consistently apply sunscreen of at least 30 SPF to the treated areas. This may be the most critical part of your aftercare.
- Keep your skin moist using a gentle moisturizer.
- Wash with a gentle cleanser and warm water twice per day.
What Not to do After Your BBL Photofacial
- Don't expose the treated areas to the sun without sunscreen for at least 30 days. Sun damage contributed to the issues your BBL photofacial addressed. Unprotected sun exposure so soon after your procedure could negate the effects of your treatment.
- Don't apply makeup for 12 hours after your treatment.
- Avoid hot baths or hot tubs for 48 hours. Warm showers are fine.
- Wait 48 hours before engaging in strenuous activities.
- Don't pick or scratch at your skin. Blemishes may surface as part of your BBL photofacial healing process. They will naturally flake off.
- Avoid products high in Vitamin A, such as Accutane, retinoic acid, or glycolic acid.
Schedule Your Los Angeles BBL Photofacial Consultation Today
Dr. Fitzgerald is dedicated to helping her patients achieve clearer, smoother, and more youthful-looking skin. A BBL photofacial from Dr. Fitzgerald could revitalize your face and make you excited to show yourself off again.
Dr. Fitzgerald serves Beverly Hills, Larchmont, and surrounding areas of Los Angeles. Call (323) 464-8046 today to set up a consultation.