Skin Cell Renewal with BBL™

Am I A Candidate for Forever Young BBL™?

Would you like to decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, brown sun spots, blotchy redness, large pores, dilated capillaries, skin laxity? If you have any combination, slight or severe, of these very typical signs of aging, and you would much prefer to keep your skin forever young…then you may be an excellent candidate for Dr. Macdonald’s San Francisco Fountain of Youth BBL™. This particular application of BBL™ phototherapy laser treatment has been clinically proven to provide results now and results forever.

If you are a candidate, the benefits you enjoy are many:

  • Zero downtime – literally...most patients experience perhaps 30 minutes of redness which is a great benefit when you compare this to an ablative procedure such as MicroLaserPeel that requires up to three days.
  • Quick treatment – takes generally 15 minutes for a full face treatment.
  • Minor discomfort – like nothing compared to an ablative treatment.
  • Effective on all body parts – face, neck, chest, hands, arms, legs.
  • Long-lasting results – patients were studied in clinical trials for 10+ years.


Skin Renewal Results are Real and Lasting

Only the Sciton Joule™ device using the patented Forever Young BBL™ technique has been shown in clinical trials to change the expression of genes associated with aging, longevity, and increased lifespan. Dr. Macdonald is one of just a few leading San Francisco Bay Area cosmetic surgeons and aesthetic dermatologists that currently provide these skin cell renewal treatments to their patients. You can learn more about the details of a recent first-of-its-kind study conducted by Dr. Patrick Bitter, Jr and Stanford University as published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology.

In essence, the study results indicated that BBL™ phototherapy treatments performed with the Sciton laser device and a specifically customized technique were found to not only make the skin appear younger on a surface cosmetic level, but it also reversed the gene expression patterns of aged skin so that it actually became more like young skin. This Stanford study, deemed Forever Young, is the first of its kind to provide evidence that BBL™ technology results in a sustained and structural, molecular change of the skin.

In a follow-up study, results demonstrated that patients who maintained a regular annual or biannual regimen of BBL™ treatments over a period of 5 to 11 years both reduced and delayed the long-term signs of skin aging in a natural-looking way. This included reduction of photodamage, dilated blood vessels (spider veins) near the skin's surface, fine lines and wrinkles, and skin laxity. In fact, patients observed at the end of their treatment period were found to look 2 years younger than when they started treatment, despite a median elapsed time of 9 years.


How Forever Young BBL™ Reverses Aging

The photothermal energy delivered by BBL gently heats up the upper layers (epidermis and dermis) of your skin. The heat absorbed by the targeted areas stimulates new collagen and restores your skin cells. The light energy targets and eliminates many of the fine blood vessels that cause redness and the unwanted melanin that causes pigmented lesions. Thus, your skin's natural color and beauty is revealed as fine lines and wrinkles are also made smoother and your skin becomes visibly more vibrant.



Forever Young BBL™ Treatment Overview

Forever Young BBL™ is a special technique using broadband technology and 3-4 separate filters, each of which has a different target in the skin. It has successfully improved patient results beyond what has previously been known as Fotofacial™ or phototherapy BBL™ alone which focuses primarily on treating discolorations of the skin.
In the first two passes of the treated area, filters 1 and 2 target unwanted pigment (melanin) and redness, improving skin color and tone. In the final 1-2 passes of the treated area, a Wrinklelite™ filter stimulates collagen and elastin which is naturally lost over time, and/or a SkinTyte™ filter may be added to minimize any sagging skin. Depending on your skin's condition, benefits are usually visible after 3-5 initial monthly treatments.


Maintenance treatments are recommended every 4-6 months. Regular ongoing treatment effectively combats the environmental impact on your skin (i.e. – sun, toxins in food, pollutant in the air) and slows down the natural collagen and elastin breakdown that creates volume loss and sagging skin representative of the aging process. This has been scientifically proven by pathology, blinded studies and scientific data evaluated by respected, internationally-recognized dermatologist Patrick Bitter, Jr, MD.

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Michael Macdonald, M.D.
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San Francisco, CA 94102