As far as I know, virtually all photorejuvenation laser systems use some form of intense pulsed light. Intense pulsed light has been around for many years, but they have made some significant improvements in the technology, specifically the BBL System by Sciton, which stands for broadband light, seems to be distinctly superior over our previous technology of intense pulsed light in that it has a significant amount of “punch.” In essence, the broadband light seems to be much more efficient at treating vascular and pigmented lesions and we therefore tend to turn down the power setting quite a bit compared to our prior intense pulsed light technology. This allows us to treat in a much safer and more comfortable manner and yet we end up getting superior results when compared to intense pulsed light. We have had several employees that have extensive experience with intense pulsed light in the past and now have been trained on our new broadband light or BBL technology. These employees have been extremely impressed with the BBL therapy as it seems to provide a more efficacious treatment with less discomfort and less risk of any complications. At Quintessa Medical Spa we will frequently combine BBL technology with other laser systems such as the ProFractional laser and/or micro laser peels to not only rid our patients of unwanted pigment and vascularity, but also to improve their overall skin texture and provide for wrinkle reduction.
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Historically speaking, IPL was less effective than other modalities such as the diode laser, specifically the LightSheer, or the Alexandrite laser that is essentially considered the gold standard in hair removal technology. Today, with the advent of broadband light by Sciton, which is a more advanced and more powerful form of intense pulsed light, laser hair removal can be accomplished quite successfully using this modality. At Quintessa Medial Spa we not only have the broadband light by Sciton, but we also have the new laser hair removal system by Lumenis called the Duet, which combines six diode laser heads in a single device in association with a suction that performs laser hair removal in one-sixth of the time and with virtually no discomfort and no need for messy gels. We are very excited about this new technology as I think it has taken another revolutionary step for hair reduction.
The Lux 2940 is a fractionated erbium laser similar to the Sciton ProFractional laser that we have at Quintessa Medical Spa. This laser can provide excellent improvement in wrinkling in virtually any area of the face. It can also provide significant improvements in acne scarring, surgical scarring, and scarring from chicken pox or other infections. The laugh lines or lines around the mouth also called the melolabial folds can be improved with this type of a laser in that the skin crease can be improved, but the fold or depression itself is really not going to be changed by laser resurfacing. Options for the fold would include fillers such as Radiesse, Restylane, and Juvéderm or for a more permanent solution, surgical treatments such as deep plane facelift or placement of SMAS tissue in the fold can be a longer lasting answer to this problem.