Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the most commonly asked questions regarding our BBL and Medical Grade Peels.  Please note we do offer a complimentary 30 minute consultation to answer any other questions you may have.

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BBL

How does BBL work?
A. How does BBL work?
The light energy delivered by the BBL will gently heat the upper layers of your skin.  The heat absorbed by the targeted areas will stimulate your skin cells to regenerate new collagen.  This process will restore your skin to its natural beauty, blending its natural colors and making it smoother, vibrant and younger looking.  In addition, the photothermal energy will eliminate fine vessels that cause redness and reduce unwanted melanin that produces pigmented lesions.
How long will it take to recover?
A. How long will it take to recover?
This is a noninvasive and gentle procedure with virtually no downtime.  In most cases, you are able to return to work, apply makeup, and resume most of your activities immediately.
How many treatments will I need?
A. How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments needed will vary from patient to patient and your clinician will personalize a treatment plan based on the level of improvement you desire.  Your clinician may also combine your treatment with other popular aesthetic procedures to further personalize your treatment.
What aftercare do I need?
A. What aftercare do I need?
It is important to follow your clinician’s instructions.  You may be given some skin care products and instructions on how to use them.  You will be sensitive to ultra-violet light and you must avoid direct sun exposure until completely healed.  Fully cover your skin or use a good sunscreen whenever you go outdoors.
What areas can be treated with BBL
A. What areas can be treated with BBL?
Pigmented Lesions (e.g., freckles, age spots), Vascular Lesions (e.g., small blood vessels), Acne, Skin Firmness, Uneven Skin Texture, Unwanted Hair.
What areas can be treated?
A. What areas can be treated?
Any area of your body can be treated.  The most common areas are those most exposed to the damaging effects of sunlight.  The most popular treatments are on the face, neck, back of the hands, chest and shoulders.
What is BBL BroadBand Light
A. What is BBL BroadBand Light?
BBL Is an Innovative technology that sets news standards for skin conditions associated with aging, active life-styles and sun damage. BBL energy allows your clinician to precisely treat age and sun spots, small facial veins, and many other skin conditions. Your treatment will be tailored to match your skin type and your desired results.
What should I expect after treatment?
A. What should I expect after treatment?
You may experience some redness that should resolve within a few hours.  For some pigmented lesions, you will see a darkening of the treated areas followed by fading and flaking off at a later stage.  Your treated skin will feel smoother, fine lines and pores will be less noticeable, and sunspots or uneven pigmentation will fade.  Results depend on your condition, the number of treatments, and the area treated.  Your clinician will provide you with complete information about the post treatment care and results.
What will happen during the procedure?
A. What will happen during the procedure?
Your eyes will be protected with safety shields or glasses.  You may briefly feel a warm or “rubber band snap” sensation as the light is absorbed by the targeted areas.  Your procedure may take a few minutes to half an hour depending on the size of the area to be treated and the type of procedure performed.  Your clinician will discuss all of your options with you.

BBL Hair Removal

How is BBL different from laser hair removal?
A. How is BBL different from laser hair removal?
Both BBL and laser use high-energy light to target skin structures such as hair follicles.  Laser uses light of a single wavelength, whereas BBL uses light with a range of wavelengths.  The end result is similar – light energy gets converted into heat and destroys the fair follicle target.  Early versions of IPL were often inferior to laser but the new generation BBL can achieve similar results with the advantage of being faster, less painful and more effective on lighter coloured hair.
How many treatments will I need?
A. How many treatments will I need?
You may need need anywhere from 4 – 8 treatments, at approximately 4 – 12 week intervals.  There are three phases of hair growth – anagen, catagen, and telogen.  Only hairs in the active growth or anagen phase can be successfully treated.  Usually only 20% of the hair is in anagen phase, which is why several treatments are necessary.
Is it permanent?
A. Is it permanent?
On average, each BBL treatment will be associated with some permanent hair loss.  So in most cases hair removal can only be achieved after several treatments.  The number of treatments will depend on each patient’s individual response to BBL therapy, and the amount of hair to be removed.  BBL can permanently reduce hair growth by 50 – 95% after 4 – 8 treatments.  Also, know that the hair that remains is often lighter in colour and thinner than the original hair.
What does the treatment feel like?
A. What does the treatment feel like?
You may briefly feel a warm or “rubber band snap” sensation as the light is absorbed by the pigment in the hair follicles.
What happens during the treatment?
A. What happens during the treatment?
The area of your skin to be treated will be scanned with BBL.  The treatment time will depend on the area being treated.  A system for cooling your skin will be used to remove heat is as it leaves the follicles, so your treatment is as comfortable as possible.
What should I expect after the treatment?
A. What should I expect after the treatment?
Some redness and slight swelling may be present in the area that has been treated.  This area may feel like a mild sunburn.  For many patients, this sensation along with the redness disappears within a few hours.  For some, however, it may take a couple of days.  Also, it is crucial that you avoid exposing the treated are to sunlight.
What should I know before I have a treatment
A. What should I know before I have a treatment?
Please avoid the sun/tanning beds and do not wax, tweeze, thread or receive electrolysis 4 weeks prior to your treatment.

Medical Grade Peels

Do I need to prepare before beginning a treatment?
A. Do I need to prepare before beginning a treatment?
It is strongly recommended to use the home care prescribed by your clinician to prepare your skin.  You will need to start care at least 2 weeks before your first peel.
Is it painful?
A. Is it painful?
During the application of the peeling agent, you will feel tingling, a perfectly bearable feeling of heat and then everything will settle down.
What are the after effects?
A. What are the after effects?
A few hours after the session, a slight redness to a sunburn effect will appear, depending on the type of treatment you have received.
What happens during a session?
A. What happens during a session?
A session generally lasts 15-30 minutes and is made up of several steps: the cleansing of the area to be treated, the application of the peel.  For most peels, you need to do at least 4 sessions a couple of weeks apart.
What is a peel?
A. What is a peel?
What we call a peel is an exfoliation stimulated by a chemical solution.  It is a safe and common practice.  Dermaceutic has been working with dermatologists for several decades and has extensive experience in this area.
What is the benefit of a peel?
A. What is the benefit of a peel?
A peel in no way alters the shape of your face.  It is an entirely natural and effective procedure performed by a professional.  It is discreet, so those around you will find you radiant without knowing why!
What molecules do you use?
A. What molecules do you use?
Our superficial peels contain Alpha-hydroxy acids and Beta-hydroxy acids, particularly glycolic acid, which is the smallest molecule in fruit acid.
What safety precautions should I take?
A. What safety precautions should I take?
Tell your clinician if you are pregnant, have had any allergic reactions, or are undergoing any beauty (hair removal, tanning, micro-dermabrasion) or medical treatment.  You must be sure to protect yourself from the sun for at least a month after treatment.