About Broadband Light Therapy
If you are bothered by how your skin appears because of fine lines, dark spots, or sun damage, Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery, offers Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) as a potential treatment option. Also known as BroadBand Light or BBL, this photofacial treatment uses a laser to rejuvenate aging skin, specifically targeting dark areas resulting from skin damage.
As the effects of Broadband Light Therapy treatment happen, you should begin to see a healthier complexion with an improved skin tone and decreased pigmentation spots.
An IPL photofacial reaches the deeper layers of your skin to treat many complexion blemishes (particularly brown lesions and sun spots) with minimal or no recovery needed. Ideal candidates for an IPL photofacial at Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery can have several problems with their skin, such as rosacea, sun damage, brown spots (hyperpigmentation), rough texture, wrinkles, visible pores, redness, freckles, sun and age spots, or spider veins. The procedure is performed by one of our licensed estheticians. No anesthesia is required and patients can go home the same day.
Broadband Light Therapy Reviews
"Wonderful treatment with Shima for BBL! I am very pleased with results. She’s very knowledgeable about the products and treatments, made me feel at ease during the procedure. I would highly recommend Shima and look forward to future treatments!"- S.M. / Google / Feb 11, 2021
"Had a great experience with Shima, an experienced, gentle licensed medical esthetician. Shima carefully explains why she is completing every step of her procedure, which is so comforting when I’m a bit nervous with anything having to do with my face. I’m really happy that I’ve discovered Austin-Weston and all of the services they offer. Right now I’m sticking with BBL and Diamond (microdermabrasion) facials, which seem like a great combination for my sensitive skin. Thank you Shima!"- K.P. / Google / Mar 11, 2021
"I had a breast lift with augmentation and a tummy tuck, minus the muscle repair, with Dr. Poindexter and it was honestly one of the very best decisions of my life. I was left with extra skin after weight loss, was tired of seeing the loose skin and exercising was uncomfortable. I went to multiple consultations before going to Austin-Weston and meeting Dr. Poindexter. During my consult I knew without a doubt he was the one to perform my surgery. Other Dr’s hadn’t made the surgical plan sound unique to my needs and he did! Also, I’m mildly OCD and particular about how things look so, if I think my results are unbelievable then you know he’s stellar. Also, every single staff member there has been nothing but a delight on all occasions."- J.C. / Google / Apr 02, 2021
"Update 4/29/2021: Just adding to this as I was back with Emily for more filler and Botox. She continues to do an amazing job every time! She has done an incredible job on my lips over the last couple years and has really shaped them out and created a look I never thought I would achieve (being that my natural lips are so thin they are almost nonexistent). This time she also did some cheek filler -- my first time doing this -- and I'm absolutely thrilled with the results. She's got such an eye for this stuff. It's to the point where I don't even necessarily need to say what I want -- I simply let her look at my face, and I go with her recommendations, as they are always spot-on. I'm almost 40 and people tell me I look 25.... it's all thanks to this girl. I have posted a review for AWC and Dr. Sigal before -- but this one is specifically for Emily Taylor, the nurse practitioner who does much of the injectables (Botox, filler, etc). Emily is so amazing! I saw her yesterday for Botox and also filler in my lips. Botox is pretty straighforward -- I appreciate her quickness with it, because it's multiple shots and she's fast and accurate and it's over in a second (I don't mind needles but for those who do, go to her! It will be over before you know it's happening). And her expertise and perfectionism gave me the most amazing lips EVER! She offered a dental block if I thought I needed it, but I did not elect to do that -- even without it, she's gentle and was always checking to see how I was doing and if I needed a break. You can tell how much of a perfectionist she is, as she works to get every millimeter just right. I am so super happy with the results. This was probably the easiest experience I have had with lip filler without a dental block. Also, she is just such a sweet and kind person. She is a pleasure to be around and makes you feel as if you've known her forever. Emily gets my highest recommendation!"- R.L. / Google / Apr 29, 2021
"I had a very small procedure done by Dr Weston and it didn’t turn out as expected. No fault of his really, you just never know how your body will respond. He did his best to remedy the situation and had me follow up with Shima for BBL treatment. She is very kind and patient and was lovely to work with. I’m still trying to get the results I’m hoping for, but Shima let me know that she’d work with me as much as she can. I would definitely recommend her and the office in general as I think they do the best they can for their patients."- C.Z. / Yelp / May 31, 2021
A photofacial is done at our Reston, VA office in around 20 – 30 minutes in one of our Skin Care Center rooms. To prepare for the treatment, your esthetician will wash and dry your skin before protecting your eyes with shields. The photofacial is performed with a handheld wand that will pass over the skin while emitting light energy pulses. While many patients may have mild discomfort throughout the photofacial, it's usually bearable given the quick treatment length. After the treatment, your complexion may be slightly pink and swollen but this resolves in a few hours.
What to Expect
The recovery period is usually short with a photofacial. You may leave our office with your complexion a little swollen and pink and a sunburned sensation. This will go away naturally in about a day — it may be masked with cosmetics if you prefer. Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery recommends you use a healing cream on the skin to minimize any irritation and promote healing. It may also help to use an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicine to reduce swelling. After 2 – 5 days, the irregularities under the skin will rise to the surface and then start to flake away. It is important to protect your skin with sunscreen all the time after getting a photofacial and to not pick at your skin while it heals. While you will have visible improvements after your first treatment, your complexion will get ideal results with multiple photofacial treatments. We suggest most patients get 3 – 6 sessions scheduled every four weeks. Once that regimen is completed, most patients get a freshening treatment once or twice a year afterward.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- From $150
- Recovery Time
- 1-3 Days
Get Back your Glow
You probably didn't think much about your skin health when you had clear skin, but once damage, including wrinkles, brown spots, and other issues are developing, you now may be interested in treatments that correct your appearance. We encourage you to find out more about IPL photofacial treatments by contacting our Reston, VA office and making an appointment for a skin examination with one of our plastic surgeons. With photofacial treatments at Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery, we can reach the deeper layers of damaged skin to help create a youthful glow and a smooth complexion.