Forever Young with Broad Band Light (BBL) in Minneapolis

What if there was a way to stay younger looking without surgery or down time? Now you can. Research has proven that using Broad Band Light (BBL) treatments on a regular basis, not only seems to halt the aging process; it tends to help the skin look up to ten years younger. BBL is visible and infrared light from 400-1400 nm delivered for phototherapy. It is a gentle approach for treating sun damage that gives impressive results. The treatments actually change the histology of skin causing it to become like younger skin.

Over the years, exposure to UV radiation results in photo damage which shows up in the skin as reduced epidermal and dermal thickness, wrinkles, spider veins, rough skin texture, actinic keratosis and malignancies. Photo damage starts showing as early as the 30’s and 40’s.

In a recent study done by Dr. Patrick Bitter Jr and Dr. Jason Pozner, 15 people were evaluated to see if regular treatments done with BBL over a period of years would help them to look younger than their actual age. The age range of the participants was 39-69 years old. Each participant received at least one BBL full face treatment per year. Over a 5-11 year time frame. The result of the study was that the patients who maintained a regular annual or biannual regimen of BBL treatments did have reduced signs of photo damage and aging in a way that looked very natural.

Shu Cosmetic Surgery Medspa offers full lines of BBL treatments to rejuvenate your facial skin in Edina, MN. Please contact us if you have any questions on Forever Young BBL therapy or any other laser treatments.

BroadBand Light (BBL) Laser Treatment For Sun Damage and Brown Spots in Minnesota

BBL is an innovative laser technology that sets standards for skin conditions associated with aging, active life-styles, and sun damage. The treatment is tailored to match your skin type and your desired results. The light energy delivered by 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. In addition, the photothermal energy will eliminate unwanted melanin that produces pigmented lesions.

Any area of the body for Minnesotans can be treated. The most common areas are those most exposed to damaging effects of sunlight. The most popular treatments are on the face, neck, back of hands, chest and shoulders for those living in Minneapolis. The number of treatments one will need varies from patient to patient and your laser professional will personalize a treatment plan based on the level of improvement you desire.
The treatment is noninvasive and safe with virtually no downtime. You should be able to return to work, apply makeup if needed, and resume most of your activities immediately. Generally, there is no need for a topical anesthetic because it is very fast and feels similar to a small rubber band hitting the skin. Your eyes will be protected with safety shields and you may briefly feel a warm sensation as the light is absorbed by the targeted areas. The whole procedure may take a few minutes to a half an hour depending on the size of the area that will be treated.

After the 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 following 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. You will be sensitive to ultraviolent light and must avoid direct sun exposure for a few days following the treatment and it is always a good idea to wear sunscreen in MN whenever you go outdoors.

Shu Cosmetic Surgery Medspa Announces a Non-surgical Lifetime Facelift

Shu Cosmetic Surgery Medspa has established an affordable non-surgical laser package for those wanting a tighter and lifted face and or neck,without the surgery downtime. This is a preventative treatment to help those who are starting to see sagging skin or for those whom surgery is not an option.

Edina, MN (May 2012) – Broad Band Light (BBL) offers the most advanced IPL (intense pulsed light) technology. BBL SkinTyte™ is a module using infrared light energy to deeply heat dermal collagen leading to a renewed collagen foundation for skin firming. Over the next few months, those receiving the treatment will see a tighter and uplifted appearance along with a younger fresher look to the skin from the stimulation of collagen.

Shu Cosmetic Surgery Institute Medpsa offers the ‘Lifetime Facelift’ in two types of laser packages; one package being a short term program consisting of 5 treatments every 4 weeks apart and the other being a lifetime (or yearly) program having a treatment every month. Both programs are can be executed in conjunction with chemical peels, microdermabrasion, additional laser treatments, and at home medical grade skincare products to achieve more dramatic and long-term results.

“One special advantage of the BBL SkinTyte™ laser treatments are that the treatments are done using non-ablative laser, so there is no peeling of the top layer of skin and has a lower risk of pigmentation changes. Since this procedure is non-invasive (no cutting) there is no need to take time off work,” said Katie, PA-C and medspa director.

For most patients there is no downtime at all and pain management is hardly an issue.  It is possible a few people may have excessive swelling and or redness immediately following the treatment. More serious complications could include bumps, skin burn, blistering, permanent pigmentation changes, or skin depressions, although these are very rare.

Another advantage to the ‘Lifetime Facelift’ is the cost is considerably less than a surgical facelift, which is especially nice for younger patients who may not need a surgical facelift yet, or for those that want to prevent or prolong a surgical facelift in the future. It also works great for those who don’t want to consider a surgical facelift at all. Best candidates for skin-tightening laser procedures are for those who don’t quite need a surgical facelift yet or if the skin is just mildly sagging.

It is important to have realistic expectation when considering the ‘Lifetime Facelift’ in that this procedure is not meant to deliver the same results as a surgical face lift because there is no cutting of excess skin, but instead, it is firming the skin already there. It is not possible to erase 10-15 years with a non-invasive laser for tissue tightening. Results can vary from patient to patient due to differences in skin thickness, texture, healing response, and lifestyle variables. Dermal collagen remodeling takes place over time, so the final tightening and lifting result will be seen six months following your final session; however patients may be able to see some immediate results, with improvements continuing for up to six months following the procedure!

Dr. Steven Shu, MD, MBA, is a board certified laser surgeon and a pioneer of office cosmetic surgeries in the United States.  He has adopted countless revolutionary techniques to achieve ideal results with more efficiency and safety.  For more information on Shu Cosmetic Surgery Institute, please visit the center’s website at http://

Contact: Steven Shu, MD, MBA
Katie McClellan, PA-C
Phone #: 952-922-9999

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