Best Procedures To Brighten Your Complexion Fast

best procedures to get young looking skinRight now is the best time of year to work on fixing your complexion problems.

You’re out of the sun after summer, and you’re going to continue to be for a number of months more. This means that it’s the best time to get treatments done that brighten your complexion, fight wrinkles and treat unwanted complexion pigment and color problems.

Even if you don’t want a lot of down time, and don’t have “a stomach” for the deeper laser procedures, there are treatments you can do that will work wonders to make your skin look younger fast.

My absolute favorite rejuvenation procedure is Intensed Pulsed Light (IPL), also called Broad Band Light (BBL),  In fact, BBL is  becoming a “Fountain of Youth Treatment”. 

When it comes to reversing sun damage and skin aging there are some really exciting new scientific results for BBL treatments.  In a new study just published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, IPL treatments done with the Sciton BBL machine (which is what we have in my office) were shown to actually reverse the genetic expression pattern of aged human skin!  Stated another way, after the BBL treatment regimen, the skin’s genes were actually “rejuvenated” for both intrinsic (normal skin aging) and photoaging (accelerated sun damage induced aging) changes.  It’s astounding, and frankly, it’s a “fountain of youth” miracle!

These “genetic rejuvenation” results correlate with a second study done by one of the paper’s authors, Dr. Bitter.  In that study, he showed that the appearance of treated skin was also remarkably “rejuvenated” after regular BBL treatments.  Following 8 years on a regular BBL treatment regimen, photographs of the study subjects’ skin was rated as 9 years younger than their actual age.  Yep, trained dermatologists who did not know if the subjects’ photos were taken pre or post treatment, how old they were, or anything about the subjects, rated their skin as having not aged over at least 8 year period!  Another “fountain of youth” miracle for BBL treatments!

Here’s a screen shot from the results page of the second study by Dr. Bitter:

procedures to get younger looking skin fast


What’s the key to getting these results for your skin?

It’s that this non-invasive Intense Pulsed Light treatment regimen includes both the initial treatment series and then annual maintenance treatments. 

The initial series typically involves 3 to 5 monthly treatments, done when you’re out of the sun, such as now

The annual treatment regimen involves 1 to 3 treatments to maintain and continue the visual and gene “rejuvenation”, again when you’re out of the sun, such as now.

What exactly are Broad Band Light (IPL) Treatments?

BBL, also called IPL involves pulsing intense flashes of light into your skin where they target color problems such as brown and red complexion flaws.  Thus, it treats age spots from sun damage and broken capillaries from rosacea and sun damage.  In my experience it also helps to quiet inflamed skin from the rashes of rosacea and facial dandruff too.  Treated skin has a finer appearance that’s, creamer and brighter, and less encumbered with pigment or color flaws.

What can be done to also treat fine lines and wrinkles at the same time to up what you accomplish in your treatment session?

To tackle textural skin problems such as fine lines and wrinkles, you can easily add a Micro Laser Peel (MLP) to your BBL treatment because our Sciton  MLP Laser is attached to the same machine as our BBL – it’s just a “flick of the switch” for us. It’s so easy that we pass the efficiency on to you in terms of cost savings on your combination treatment. Your MLP treatment can be done to match your available “down time” ranging anywhere from one day to 3 days or more.

We’ve created some really cost effective treatment packages for fall and winter.  If you’ve never had one of these treatments before schedule a Cosmetic Consultation with one of our doctors to see if the treatments will help fix your skin problems.  If you’ve already had BBL treatments with us then, call and get on the books for your annual maintenance treatments.

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You want the gene “rejuvenation” and the “I look 9 years younger than my real age” results that come from keeping up with your BBL regimen.  It takes an average of 2 annual treatments for the “fountain of youth” results that are so astounding with BBL.  Ask us about adding a MLP treatment when you call to schedule your BBL, it doesn’t cost a whole lot more and the results are additive.

Chang AL, Bitter PH Jr, Qu K, Lin M, Rapicavoli NA, Chang HY., Rejuvenation of Gene Expression Pattern of Aged Human Skin by Broadband Light Treatment: A Pilot Study.
J Invest Dermatol. 2012 Aug 30. doi: 10.1038/jid.2012.287. [Epub ahead of print]

Photo: Thanks and Gratitude to Tommerton2010

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14 Responses to “Best Procedures To Brighten Your Complexion Fast”

  1. Lisa Myers October 15, 2012 at 12:20 pm #

    Fascinating article. I think what impresses me the most is that the radiation that does damage to our skin can be reversed by using more radiation!

  2. Devra October 15, 2012 at 3:35 pm #

    Aloha Ladies,
    I can really vouch for what Dr Bailey is saying about BBL/IPL treatments I have done at least one treatment per year in combination with a Fraxel and or Thermage type treatments and the double punch is amazing. I will be turning 58 in December this year and get compliments on my skin always. Even though summer is behind us I never never go out in the fall winter when on the mainland with out my sunscreen and a good sun hat no matter what!-Defiantly worth the time and monies.

  3. george October 15, 2012 at 10:46 pm #

    Thanks for sharing fantastic blog post !!!

  4. Cynthia Bailey MD October 18, 2012 at 9:20 am #

    IPL is photons of light, not UV light nor ionizing radiation. There is no DNA damage from exposure to IPL photons so it’s very different.

  5. S.B. October 18, 2012 at 7:16 pm #

    Dear Dr. Bailey,

    I have a question on your Redness Relief Kit. I see there is a kit with CF cream and another one that has your name on it. I see the difference with the one under your name has Resveretrol added and paraben free. So, which one would be best for someone with the works: rosacea, clogged pores, and skin prone to breakouts and blackheads? I want to make the right choice!

  6. Cynthia Bailey MD October 19, 2012 at 7:51 am #

    Hello S.B.,
    Both work beautifully for rosacea for skin with clogged pores and prone to breakouts and blackheads. Most people are using the one with the added resveretrol that’s paraben free. Refpenix CF was the first generation of high concentration polyphenol/caffeine product made. The Green Tea Antioxidant Therapy/Replenix Power of Three is the second generation. Both contain the same concentration of polyphenol antioxidants and caffeine. It’s the base that is different plus the added resveretrol. The consistency and the non-comedogenicity are the same so the products are interchangeable.

  7. S.B. October 19, 2012 at 8:36 am #

    Thanks for the help. Your site is great….very informative! Hope you have a great weekend!

  8. S.B. October 19, 2012 at 10:01 am #

    Oh my….sorry….I forgot to ask you something! How long does a bottle of the replenix cream last? If I use it once a day. Due to the price plus the shipping cost I’m wondering how often I will need to purchase. Thanks

  9. Irena October 20, 2012 at 3:59 am #

    Dr Bailey,

    What would you say sunscreen needs are after such procedures now that summer is over?

    I see many products: moisturizers, primers, foundations with sunscreen ingredients in them. I think they’re all chemical. If standalone sunscreen is physical (with titanium and zinc), can it be used in conjunction with these other products? I use tretinoin, acids and have done some of the above mentioned procedures (will do them in the future too), so wonder if it’s safe enough to combine different sun protection ingredients, and if they don’t interfere with each other as far as sun protection goes.

    Thank you.

  10. Cynthia Bailey MD October 22, 2012 at 7:56 am #

    Most people can cover their face with 1/2 a pump so it can last months.

  11. Cynthia Bailey MD October 22, 2012 at 7:59 am #

    All year there is UVA out at equal intensity so the zinc oxide is a year round sun screen must! I have a post from last fall about that,

  12. S.B. October 22, 2012 at 9:02 am #

    Thank you so very much for the help!!!!

  13. Indigo Rees December 6, 2012 at 6:53 pm #

    Hello Dr Bailey,
    Whenever I have a skin care question I always come hunting on your website to find out your opinion. Thank you for all your knowledgeable information. I’m looking at purchasing a handheld LED device (brand: Omnilux new-U) for home to get rid of some acne/ whiteheads that have appeared after trying the “oil cleansing method” (it was a big mistake!) and to heal my skin from previous acne scars (hyper pigmentation and shallow indents). I’m really worried that in 10 years time new research will come out saying that blue and red light is actually bad for the skin. Im 34 now and I have been layering on sunscreen since I’ve been 12. My mum gave me some really good advice about sun protection when I was young! Do you trust these home LED devices? Apparently they have the same strength as the salon devices.

    Thanks again.

  14. Cynthia Bailey MD December 7, 2012 at 7:42 am #

    Hello Indigo,
    I have not had any firsthand experience with the device but I trust that the wavelength has been studied well and there is no UV-like/ionizing/free radical forming energy coming from these wavelengths. I will be curious to see what you think about the results, keep me informed. In my office we use IPL, erbium laser and Juvederm injections to lessen post acne marks and scarring.
    Happy Holidays,
    Cynthia Bailey MD