Danielle Rossetti tested out the High Energy Rapid Output (HERO) BroadBand Light (BBL) a next generation IPL facial laser treatment at Eagle Eye Aesthetics. Here’s her take on it.
When I fill in forms at an aesthetic centre or salon, I usually tick ALL the boxes for skin concerns. Pigmentation on the face? Check! Wrinkles and fine lines? Check! Also, dull and uneven skin tone, rough and dry skin texture, ageing and sagging skin, sun damage and redness.
So, when I was told this BBL laser facial treatment can treat ALL of these skin conditions (and which also tightens skin and can be used for hair removal and acne scarring), I was very excited.
Eagle Eye Aesthetics is in King Albert Park Mall (KAP), and parking is easy. They had queues outside and looked very popular. When I got inside, I was told that Eagle Eye Aesthetics & Surgery is an arm of the Eagle Eye Group that owns seven eye centres around Singapore, and that Dr Stephanie Young, who was looking after my facial treatment, was the Director of Ophthalmic, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at EEAS. I immediately knew I was in good hands.
The Facial Treatment
BBL is a form of pulsed light therapy that spans a wider visible spectrum than normal IPL, and the Sciton BBL Hero is the only medical device with a proven study from a major medical university to demonstrate long-term change in the appearance and genetic expression of the skin. Depending on the need, the pulsed light can be adjusted to treat either the top layer (pigmentation on the face, which will darken and then fade or “drop off”) or deeper for anti-ageing and tightening effects.
There are studies that show that with repeated treatment, the BBL Hero is able to alter DNA in your skin cells to represent a younger DNA profile, and claims to reverse the ageing process in the treated area. This is why one of the handpieces is called “Forever Young” BBL! The treatments also are applicable to the body area.
The BBL Hero is able to treat different types of skin conditions by operating in different modes, and their protocols are named and designed for different conditions, such as:
|Forever Young||Ageing prevention|
|Forever Flawless||Pigmentation, rosacea, vascular conditions|
|Skintyte||Instant skin-tightening, collagen boosting|
Notably, the BBL Hero is also able to treat a variety of skin tones, ranging from Fitzpatrick skin types 1 – 5.
After doing a skin review, Dr Stephanie checked me carefully to make sure I would react well, as I have sensitive skin. She also asked if I wanted numbing cream – apparently, not many people need it, so I said I was okay! Then I lay on the bed and gritted my teeth for the expected stinging “zaps” of the light pulses on my skin. However, it didn’t hurt at all. I couldn’t even feel it on the bony parts of my face as I’ve experienced in the past with other laser and light facial treatments. Dr Stephanie described what was happening as we went along and I could feel when she was focusing on my open pores and areas where I have broken capillaries (Forever Young & Forever Flawless).
The skin tightening (SkinTyte) performed at the end was like a warm roller treatment without any intermittent flashes to distract me, so I nearly fell asleep!
After the 30-minute facial treatment, my skin wasn’t red or inflamed. The pigmentation on the face looked slightly darker – as predicted, but was expected to scab off in a couple of days. Around my jawline, above my eyes along the eyebrow line and also the cheekbone area definitely looked more lifted, plump and firm.
Clients can experience this treatment every one to three months at $426.93 per session, and $214 for a first-time trial. I think it’s a great alternative to a simple facial. You could also add on a Hydrafacial at $99 for enhanced results!
PS. Six weeks later and my skin feels good – plumped and firm and possibly a bit more “glowy.” I will definitely be integrating this into my skincare calendar moving forward!