Laser Treatments in Southlake: Which is Best For You?
At Southlake Plastic Surgery & Medspa, we offer numerous aesthetic treatments and therapies to treat a wide range of skin concerns, from wrinkles to uneven skin texture and tone. Many of these procedures treat the same or similar issues, but vary in method, technology, recovery time, and more.
When it comes to knowing which laser treatment in Southlake is right for you, the experienced team at Southlake Plastic Surgery & Medspa have the training and knowledge to help you weigh your options and determine what will best meet your unique goals.
Laser Treatments versus Light Therapy
There are a variety of lasers that can help resurface the skin by repairing damage caused by the sun, aging, or scars. Laser treatments are great for people who have skin concerns that go deep underneath the surface.
Light treatments, such as broadband light (BBL), offer similar resurfacing results, but with less downtime and other subtle differences that may make it a better option for some patients.
Keep reading to learn about the differences between our Halo™ laser treatments in Southlake versus BBL™ treatments.
What does light do to the skin?
There is a wide spectrum of light wavelengths – some of which are extremely beneficial and others that can be harmful to skin.
Light energy with a shorter wavelength, like X-rays and UV rays penetrate the skin with ionizing radiation, altering your DNA and causing serious damage.
These rays, including UVA and UVB, are emitted by the sun and are to blame for premature aging, wrinkles, sagging, brown spots, and even skin cancer.
Other wavelengths, on the other hand, like infrared light or LED light, have therapeutic effects on the skin, selectively targeting and removing impurities when focused on a particular area. This light energy can even reverse some of the visible damage done to the skin by UV rays!
How do Halo laser treatments work?
The Halo laser by Sciton combines two wavelengths of light (lasers) to give you the best of both worlds: skin resurfacing plus deep collagen stimulation. With Halo laser treatments, we can deliver precisely the wavelengths you need to eliminate signs of aging and damage on your skin.
When you come to Southlake Plastic Surgery for this laser treatment in Southlake, we will begin by giving you a full consultation with one of our laser specialists to thoroughly analyze your skin, understand your goals for treatment, and make a recommendation for which procedure(s) will produce the results you are seeking.
What does the Halo laser treat?
As the world’s first hybrid fractional laser, Halo’s technology breaks the laser light into many tiny beams. This allows us to keep some skin intact and drastically decreases the healing time when compared with other laser resurfacing treatments.
After just one treatment with our Halo laser, patients can expect to see significant improvement in:
• Wrinkles & fine lines
• Sun damage & brown spots
• Enlarged pores
• Sagging skin
• Skin texture & tone
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Who benefits the most from Halo laser treatments?
If you want a laser treatment that can be entirely customized to you, and involves minimal downtime, the Halo laser is an amazing option.
Depending on the extent of your skin damage and the recovery time you have available, we can make your Halo treatment more or less aggressive to suit your needs.
Even if you don’t have more than 3 days of downtime available, our specialists can provide incredible skin rejuvenating results with Halo! We can also provide a series of Halo treatments to give you the same dramatic results as a deeper treatment, but spaced out over several weeks.
Does Southlake Plastic Surgery offer any other laser treatments in Southlake?
This laser device by Sciton uses an Erbium-YAG laser beam to “aerate” your skin tissues. Using the ProFractional laser, we can offer patients deep collagen stimulation while also removing imperfections in the skin.
There is a slightly longer downtime associated with ProFractional laser treatments. Depending on the depth of treatment, most patients need to take 5 to 10 days off work and social activities to recover.
This state-of-the-art erbium laser removes the outer layers of skin with an ablative wavelength in an extremely safe & precise manner. Much like the healing response Halo and ProFractional triggers, your body goes to work repairing these wounds to the skin with healthy, radiant new skin cells.
Depending on the extent of your skin damage and your goals for treatment, we can customize the depth of treatment for even better visible results. Most patients require 1 to 7 days of downtime to allow the skin to properly reduce swelling, peel, and heal.
How does BBL work?
Similar to Halo, our Forever Young BBL™ IPL device by Sciton also emits focused light energy to treat a range of skin concerns. The key difference between BBL & Halo laser treatments in Southlake is how and what wavelengths each device uses to treat the skin.
A laser is a focused, concentrated beam of light, while broadband light is multiple wavelengths of light. Lasers treat small areas and are ideal for extremely precise treatment. BBL, on the other hand, shines diffused light over larger surface areas.
BBL delivers less energy than a laser, making it a more gentle treatment option. But don’t let that fool you—our BBL device offers incredible results to our patients.
With Forever Young BBL treatments, we can dramatically improve the appearance of:
- Active acne & acne scars
- Age spots & sun damage
- Fine lines & wrinkles
- Redness & rosacea
- Small facial vessels
- Enlarged pores
- Sagging skin
- Unwanted face or body hair
Who is an ideal candidate for Forever Young BBL?
If you are looking to treat the signs of aging and damage in your skin, but you do not want to take any downtime, BBL could be the treatment you have been seeking.
Some patients may experience redness or discoloration after a BBL treatment, but this can easily be covered with makeup. Many of our patients return to work right away without anyone guessing that they’ve had any aesthetic procedure!
In addition to aging and sun damage, we can use our BBL device to provide a gentler form of laser hair removal.
Types of BBL treatments in Southlake
As we mentioned, we can use BBL to treat multiple concerns for our patients. Learn more about each type of BBL treatment below.
Patients who want to achieve dramatically more youthful-looking skin come to our experts for Forever Young BBL treatments.
If you have recently noticed an increase in fine lines and wrinkles on your face, neck, or décolleté, as well as sagging skin and brown spots, we can use the power of IPL to both smooth skin and even the complexion on the surface while also deeply stimulating collagen production in the skin to give you back the firm, plump skin of your youth.
Most of our patients find that having an initial series of 3 to 5 BBL treatments produces the most satisfying results. We also recommend scheduling 1 or 2 maintenance treatments per year to continually slow down the aging process.
BBL also makes for an amazing hair reduction treatment for excess hair on your face and body.
Using our Forever Bare BBL™ device, we perform a procedure that is very similar to other laser hair removal treatments, but is much more effective thanks to IPL technology. Rather than treat very small, precise areas with a laser, we can treat a larger surface area more evenly.
When we focus low fluency pulses of light at a high repetition rate, the light wavelengths target pigment in hair in order to destroy hair follicles at the root. It is important to note that we can only treat hairs in the active growth phase, so a series of 3 to 7 sessions is required to see significant hair reduction.
When is the best time to have a BBL or Halo laser treatment in Southlake?
After any light-based treatment, your skin will be extra sensitive to the sun’s UV rays, and we will require you to avoid direct sun exposure for a period of time both before and after your BBL or laser treatments.
Because of this, we generally recommend our patients undergo BBL or laser treatments in Southlake in the late fall and winter months when they do not have a tan and can easily avoid UV exposure.
Combine BBL with Halo laser treatments in Southlake for maximum results
On their own, both Halo laser and BBL treatments offer amazing results for our patients. However, these procedures can also be combined as part of a long-term skin care plan to completely rejuvenate and renew your skin on multiple levels.
For patients who want to tackle multiple skin concerns, we can begin with a series of BBL treatments to most effectively treat brown spots and turn back the clock on the surface of your skin. Then, we can continue treating you with the Halo laser to smooth skin texture and more aggressively treat wrinkles, fine lines, scars, and other, deeper concerns underneath the surface.
Come to Southlake Plastic Surgery & Medspa for both BBL & Halo laser treatments in Southlake
At Southlake Plastic Surgery, we employ highly trained laser specialists with years of experience to perform our procedures. We also invest our time and money in ensuring we use the most current protocols and the latest technology to most effectively treat our patients.
If you are looking for a way to reverse the signs of damage in your skin, as well as minimize fine lines & wrinkles, treat acne or acne scars, even your skin tone, and more, a light treatment with BBL device or Halo laser in Southlake may be perfect for you.