Stop the Clock on Aging Skin

Have you heard about the age-defying benefits of Forever Young BBL????

If you are looking for a non-invasive, minimal downtime procedure to rejuvenate your skin, this may be the treatment for you!

We know there are so many options for facial rejuvenation these days and it can be very confusing trying to figure out which ones are right for you. There are Photofacials, IPLs, laser treatments, Microneedling, PRP, Radiofrequency (RF) and BBL’s, oh my! With all these choices, where do I start? 

Glad you asked! Despite our cold winter weather, BBL Laser treatments are extremely popular in the Richmond area right now but inquiring minds want to know do they really live up to the hype, right?  The short answer to this is yes, they do. 

Sciton® BBL Laser Treatments may be new to Travis Shaw, MD but are quickly becoming the “go-to” treatment for many of our patients because nearly everyone is a candidate. 

But, before you jump in on the latest skin craze, make sure to do your research, ask the right questions and find a provider that is trained in laser AND skincare as it goes hand in hand. 

We spent a few months reviewing several options for non-surgical rejuvenation and finally decided to add the Sciton® Joule laser system to our menu of non-invasive services. The Joule laser is an impressive machine that can reliably perform various treatments from light photo facials to skin tightening, as well as deeper laser peels. Its versatility is truly phenomenal! More specifically, Sciton® offers a particular anti-aging treatment called Forever Young BBL™, which addresses our most common patient skin concerns, such as sagging skin and fine lines and wrinkles, without the need for surgery.

Let’s start with some basic information that will be helpful prior to booking your consultation.

What is BBL?

BBL stands for BroadBand Light. BBL is a controlled frequency of high intensity light that will gently heat upper layers of the skin. It is known for its ability to restore skin making it clearer, smoother, and more vibrant. It also encourages the growth of new cells which gives a more youthful overall look and feel.

BBL is the most powerful IPL device on the market. It treats the skin’s texture and tone as well as color pigmentation/redness.

Personally, we recommend Forever Young BBL™ for the following skin concerns:

  • Unsightly age spots
  • Broken capillaries
  • Reduction of pore size 
  • Rosacea 
  • Vascular
  • Sun Damage
  • Pigment
  • Angiomas
  • Acne (Forever Clear Acne)
  • Freckles
  • Loss of Firmness/aging skin/dullness

How It Works

During treatment, the Forever Young BBL™ system uses infrared invisible light technology to provide visible complexion improvements to the top layers of skin, while working below in the dermis to revitalize damaged skin at the molecular level. This laser treatment is the only device that accurately targets the expression of skin molecules associated with aging, stimulating your body’s natural ability to regenerate healthy, new skin.

Unlike older lasers, this technology can treat virtually any area on the body, including the face, neck, chest, arms, and hands. After a recommended series of treatments patients see significant age-defying results and a clearer, more even complexion. 

Forever Young BBL is the only clinically proven treatment that not only removes sun damage in the skin but can change the expression of genes associated with aging in your skin cells. The best part is minimal pain and almost zero downtime. The most important quality of Forever Young BBL™ is addressing the underlying layers of a patient’s skin where we see that the most aging occurs.

Most Patients are candidates

Many men and women come into our office looking for a clearer, smoother complexion and an improvement in skin firmness, elasticity, and pigmentation. This is especially true for special events as they want to look their best and have radiant, glowing skin.  Almost all individuals, except Melasma or darker skin patients, are candidates since the technology is customizable for all skin types and is safe for practically all patients.

Ideal Patients: 

  • Patients who want to look more youthful
  • Patients with pigmentation on their face, neck, and chest as a result of sun damage
  • Patients with spider veins and rosacea on the cheeks and nose
  • Patients with acne scars as a result of sun damage that have left pigmentation or redness

What to expect during Treatment

  • No numbing
  • Minimal Discomfort
  • Takes approximately 30-60 minutes depending on the area
  • Skin feels slightly warm
  • You may feel something like “short rubber band snaps”

Recovery after Forever Young BBL™

  • Mild red, flushed appearance, which resolves within 24 hours (feels like a mild sunburn)
  • Redness 
  • Swelling
  • Darkened Pigment Spots that fade and flake off over time (typically within 1 to 2 weeks)
  • Little to no downtime 
  • Makeup can be applied same day

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

You will see results with 1 treatment but a series of 4 treatments spread 4 weeks apart is recommended for best results.

 Maintaining your results

While researching the best available laser system, we also knew that medical grade skin care is a must for pre- and post-laser treatment. Our practice has included the ZO Skin Health line as some of the best skin care products available. Dr. Zein Obagi’s skin care line up is essential for maintaining the results from the Forever Young BBL™ and keeping your skin radiant and healthy. 

Seeking a professional provider

Although Forever Young BBL™ is a non-surgical procedure, be sure to understand your provider’s training and qualifications for this treatment. The advice from a board-certified plastic surgeon is important for optimal results. If you do not seek a professional, you may not receive the results you were hoping for. Always consult with your doctor and esthetic providers to determine the best treatment for your skincare goals.


Before we go, let’s talk about Moxi!

What is Moxi? 

It is a non-ablative laser energy that revitalizes skin by correcting initial signs of sun damage/aging skin. This treatment is great for patients starting their skincare journey and who may want light touch ups with little downtime.

It treats face, neck, chest, arms, and hands and can be combined with BBL Forever Young as combo therapy to enhance results.

Ideal Patients: 

  • Melasma or patients with skin of color
  • Uneven Pigmentation
  • Tone & Texture
  • Light Sun Damage 
  • Prejuvenation stage of aging skin
  • Long-term maintenance which also extends CO2 Laser results

What to expect during Treatment

  • Mostly Well Tolerated
  • Numbing in advance for 30 minutes
  • Patient’s report feeling “prickly heat”

Recovery after Moxi

  • Very warm (like mild sunburn) for 1-3 hours and can last up to 24 hours
  • Redness 3-7 days
  • Epidermal necrotic debris – You will have a “coffee grounds” feel @ day 2-3 for 5-7 days on face; Body can be 7-10 days 
  • Treated area feels a bit like sandpaper for 2-3 weeks
  • Possible swelling 2-3 days
  • No makeup for at least 24 hours
  • Series of 4 treatments spaced a month apart then annual touch up maintenance (this is dependent upon your skincare goals; sun damage and skincare regimen)
  • Moxi can be performed in the summer months on slightly tanned skin only! Remember no spray tans/self tanners can be used prior to BBL or Moxi

We recommend beginning with BBL Forever Young and enhancing at 2nd treatment by adding Moxi. However, Moxi can be done as a stand- alone treatment. 

Want to learn more about BBL Forever Young/Moxi treatments? Call our office at (804) 775-4559 to schedule a consultation and begin your journey to being” Forever Young.”