By: Michelle Mernah, Master Aesthetician
Now, more than ever, there is a higher demand for “corrective treatments” in the aesthetics industry, causing lasers to become the “golden standard” in every Medspa. Lasers have been popular since the early 00’s but since the past 20 years, technology has advanced leading laser treatments to require less downtime with optimal results. With a countless number of options to choose from, there seems to be a laser to treat every possible skin concern – the most common are resurfacing and targeting pigment. From my own personal experience, the most efficient laser combines both the ability to improve texture, tone and unwanted pigment. Its called the BBL/Moxi!
Let’s break it down by first talking about BBL (Broad Band Light). BBL utilizes the power of pulsed light to target signs of aging in the skin such as fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, hyper-pigmentation and PIH (post inflammatory hyper-pigmentation). BBL technology targets the damaged pigment (browns) as well as inflammation (reds) in the skin. Oftentimes there is underlying inflammation underneath the surface of pigmentation, most commonly being the “root” of unwanted pigmentation. By being able to target the redness/inflammation in the skin, it is more successful at correcting pigmentation than the traditional IPL which only targets the pigmententation. There are many clinical studies showing that BBL not only “erases” unwanted pigmentation but also aids in reducing redness caused by rosacea.
Moving on to its “better-half”, Moxi! Moxi is a non-ablative, fractionated resurfacing laser. Moxi delivers non-ablative energy below the skin’s surface to create thousands of micro-channels which stimulate collagen for firmer, tighter skin. Moxi also provides fractionated energy which means it targets smaller, deeper areas of the skin without harming the outer layers, promoting new cell growth and reducing unwanted pigment. With the ability to control how deep the energy goes, Moxi has the ability to be totally resurfacing, treating deep wrinkles and scars or a lighter depth to promote collagen and prevent signs of aging. At a lower depth, Moxi is also referred to as the “lunch time” facial due to its minimal downtime. In result, Moxi is a very versatile laser that is suitable to all skin types and concerns.
What’s the difference between BBL and Moxi? In general, BBL is focused on targeting the pigment and redness in the skin, whereas Moxi is focused on improving the skin texture. However, they are beautifully synergistic (chef’s kiss)! Treating the skin with both BBL and Moxi at the same time is considered “combo therapy” which helps to address and correct almost any skin concern one may have. Due to the vast range of concerns it is able to correct and prevent, BBL/Moxi is one of my most trusted and favorite lasers I have ever worked with. Since knowing there is such amazing technology in a single laser, I’m not left wondering how everyone in Hollywood has immaculate, smooth, not a spot to be found, sun damage-free skin. Don’t be fooled either, they most likely have the BBL/Moxi done once a month!