BBL® HERO™ Treatments In Houston - Institute Of Anti-Aging Medicine & Skin Spa

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Many people dream of having youthful-looking skin. Luckily, since technology is constantly evolving, it is no longer difficult to look young, even as you pass a certain age. For example, BBL® HERO™ (also known as IPL/Photofacial) is only one of the advanced treatments that can beautifully rejuvenate your face. Patients looking for a non-invasive facial rejuvenation procedure can choose a BBL® HERO™ treatment at the Institute of Anti-Aging Medicine and Skin Spa.

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BBL® HERO™ has numerous aesthetic advantages, which means that anyone looking for facial rejuvenation can enjoy its benefits. You could be considered a candidate if you have acne scars, excess pigmentation spots, or want to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. The BBL® HERO™ treatment can also minimize the size of your pores, making you less prone to acne breakouts.

BBL® HERO™ is also a good option for patients who have spider veins and redness, as the laser closes off the veins. If you have rosacea, BBL® HERO™ eliminates the broken blood vessels, offering you an even and smoother complexion. Those individuals who have freckles and want to have them removed can also benefit from this treatment.

Women and men with visible aging signs like wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging skin can take advantage of the thermal effect of the BBL® HERO™ laser. The heat delivered by the laser helps tighten the skin, reducing minor imperfections and offering a more rejuvenated look. This treatment is the best choice for patients with lighter skin tones but can also be effective on some patients with darker skin complexion. We recommend a consultation first, to determine whether you are a good candidate for BBL® HERO™ or not.

How BBL® HERO™ Works

BBL® HERO™ works by delivering intense light pulses to the surface of your skin, creating small and controlled injuries to your epidermis. These pulses will go deep inside your skin, heating the surrounding tissue and triggering your body’s natural healing response. Once this happens, the damaged cells will be gradually removed by your body’s lymphatic system.

When the healing process starts, your body will not only eliminate what’s been damaged by the laser, but it will also trigger the production of more cells. As the dead cells are taken out, the skin will begin producing new, healthy cells to replace them. These healthy cells will gradually work their way toward the surface, where they will form the new epidermis.

The action of the laser also creates micro-wounds in your body, starting a new production of collagen and elastin. This helps replenish your age-related collagen loss, reducing the look of wrinkles and tightening the skin.


BBL® HERO™ is a non-invasive treatment, which means that the potential for downtime is minimal. Patients should expect to see some redness and swelling in the treated area, which is a normal response to your healing system doing its job. Most women and men undergoing this treatment often compare it with a mild sunburn, with the effects going away within a few days at most.

During the recovery period, your skin is particularly sensitive to UV rays, so it’s recommended to stay out of direct sunlight. If you cannot avoid going outside, ensure that you are wearing sunblock to protect your skin. Ice packs can offer comfort if you are bothered by redness and swelling.

Avoid intense exercising for at least three days after the procedure, as this can lead to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. You should also stay away from skincare treatments like shaving and exfoliating because they irritate your skin. Last, but not least, refrain from taking showers that are too hot or too cold, and don’t go to swimming pools for at least a few days since the chemicals within the pool can lead to further irritation.


The first results often appear once your skin has finished its healing process. You may see the first signs of improvement within two to four weeks, once the first stages of skin turnover have been finalized. These results will improve with time, as your body produces more collagen. Patients typically see their final results within three or four months after receiving the treatment.

Depending on the severity of your skin imperfections, you might need more than one BBL® HERO™ procedure. To maintain your radiant skin and obtain optimal results, you should consider receiving one to three BBL® HERO™ treatments every year.

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