Blu-U Boost (Blue Light Photofacial)

Serving Hamilton, Stoney Creek, Grimsby and surrounding areas

Blue-U Boost (Blue Light Photofacial)

  • Blu-U Boost light therapy is a treatment that is non-invasive and effective
  • It is used to treat acne, and other minor skin imperfections
  • This procedure is non-invasive and pain free, with full-face and neck treatments taking approximately 30 minutes
  • The BLU-U acne light works with all skin types (I-VI) (from pale Caucasian to dark African skin types) and it is just fine if you have a suntan!

How does Blue Light work for acne?

  • Blue light Boost therapy acts by killing acne causing bacteria, overactive oil glands

What is Blue Light?

  • Blue Light or Blu U is a state-of-the-art system and the latest technique in photofacial therapy
  • The blue light system delivers painless light of blue colour that greatly enhances the results of your skin rejuvenation

Can Blu U Boost therapy be used to treat acne?

  • Yes
  • This results in significant improvement in mild to moderately-severe acne
  • Acne can be treated with topical creams and lotions, birth control pills, antibiotic pills, retinoids, glycolic peels, photodynamic therapy and microdermabrasion
    • Now the Blu U boost is another safe and effective alternative available for acne treatment
  • Blu U acne treatment involves three mechanisms of action against acne
    • The Blue U Boost treatment inactivates the bacteria that trigger acne, exfoliates the skin to unclog pores, and shuts down the oil glands (sebaceous glands) in the skin
    • This can produce long-lasting improvement.
  • Blu U boost therapy can even work in patients who have failed prescription pills
  • Results with Blu U boost therapy are especially impressive when compared with conventional treatments, such as topical medicines and oral antibiotics

How safe is it? Are there any side-effects?

  • The BLU-U treatment is very safe
  • The blue-violet light penetrates just deep enough into the tissue to reach the acne target
  • It only affects the P. acnes bacteria, not the normal tissue
  • It contains NO radiation and does not damage the skin itself
  • It has NO risk of causing cancer
  • Even though there is no evidence of complications, we will not perform this treatment if you are pregnant or breastfeeding

How is the Blue Light Boost (Blu U Boost) different from Blue Light PDT Treatments?

  • Blue Light PDT uses an extra step – the application of Levulan to the skin, before exposure to the blue light
  • The Levulan makes the treatment even more effective, but also increases sun sensitivity after the treatment and may be associated with some down time
  • The Blu U boost is a more gentle version of Blue Light PDT with no down time.

How Do I select where I should go for Blue Light (Blu-U) treatment?

  • Unfortunately there are no government regulations as to who can own or operate a Blu-U machine
  • There is no minimal training required by regulatory agencies and virtually anyone who has the capital can purchase a machine and start doing treatments
  • For those reasons, you have to be very careful where you go

There are several questions you should ask:

  • Is the clinic a doctor’s office or a spa?
    • Blu-U can be potentially dangerous if not used by well trained technicians
  • How long have they been doing treatments?
  • Is there a doctor? Is the doctor someone who is specialized in skin care and Blue Light therapy such as a dermatologist?
    • Or is the doctor a family doctor? Dentist? Chiropractor?
  • What are the qualifications of the technician who is treating you?
  • What type of Blue Light machine are they using?
  • Who will manage any complications is they should happen to arise?
  • Does the technician do a full and in depth consultation with you to ensure that you understand the pros and cons of treatment, the risks and benefits?
  • Do they take photographs to help monitor improvement?
  • Does a dermatologist check you first to make sure that you are a good candidate for therapy?

How do I prepare for my treatment?

  • The face should be cleansed with soap and water and free of any oil. Ladies need to be make-up free during the treatment
  • Make-up may be re-applied immediately after the treatment

What is the procedure for Blue U boost therapy?

  • At your first visit a Blue Light technician will provide a free consultation
  • During the consultation she will discuss the benefits of Blue Light, explain the procedure and benefits to you and answer any questions that you may have
  • Furthermore she will explain how the procedure works and how many treatments you will need, and provide you with a price quote
  • She will also ask you a series of questions to determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure and to determine your skin type and sensitivity
  • After your FREE consultation the technician will call in Dr. Vignjevic
    • He will assess your skin type and whether Blue Light would be suitable for you
    • In addition, he will answer any further questions that you may have
    • You cannot be treated by the technician unless you have been assessed by Dr. Vignjevic first
  • If you decide to go ahead with a treatment, photographs will be taken of the treatment area
    • These photographs are strictly for your chart and will not be released or used without your permission
    • Your privacy is of the utmost importance to us
  • You will be asked to wash your face and to remove any makeup
    • It is not necessary to remove mascara, lip stick or lip liner
  • After this, the Blue Light Medical Aesthetic technician will initially cleanse the skin
    • She may use microdermabrasion (a fine spray of crystals) to remove dead skin cells and impurities
    • Microdermabrasion prior to treatment improves the penetration and effectiveness of the Blue Light
  • Patients sit comfortably in a chair or lie on an examination bed while the light is applied to the affected area for a period of 8 minutes; they can even listen to music while being treated
  • No anaesthetic topical cream is needed prior to the light exposure because the treatment is painless
  • Patients are given special goggles, which they may choose to wear to protect their eyes during the treatment
    • Wearing the goggles is not mandatory
  • During the treatment a patient may feel stinging, tingling, prickling, or burning of the lesions, but this should go away after the treatment
  • After treatment with the Blue U, a healing cream is applied to the skin, and then a layer of sunscreen is applied last prior to leaving the office
  • You will be provided with a booklet of after-care instructions and the technician will recommend specific products to take care of your skin after the treatment
  • You will be provided with Doctor Vignjevic’s personal cell phone number should you have any questions or concerns that arise after office hours

What should I expect after my treatment?

  • Normally there is minimal redness
  • Blistering, crusting, scabbing or bruising is extremely rare and there is usually no down time
  • There is usually no pain or discomfort.

Special precautions for 1 week after your treatment:

  • Wear sunscreen daily for the first 48 hours after treatment regardless of the time of year or if it is overcast or cloudy
  • Sun exposure may lead to the production of blotchy dark pigmentation which may take several months to fade
  • Avoid excessive heat exposure such as saunas, steam rooms, hot showers or baths, and strenuous exercising for 24 hours
    • This prevents the risk of blistering
  • You can return to normal activities immediately after treatment, as long as you avoid bright light and sunlight for 48 hours
  • Avoid any aggressive skin care products such as scrubs, exfoliants, alpha or beta hydroxy acid products
  • Keep clothing from rubbing the treated area and avoid other irritation to the area
  • Do not get hairspray on the treated area
  • Notify the office should you have any prolonged redness, excessive puffiness, or other unusual side effects

Skin Care Regimen – immediately after treatment and between your treatments

  • Specific instructions regarding cleansers, moisturizers and sunscreen use will be provided to you on the day of your treatment

What should a person do if they get significant redness, swelling, or pain after a treatment?

  • Avoid the sun or bright lights as much as possible
  • Call the office where you had your treatment
  • They should be happy to help you and to answer your questions
  • If you are concerned that you have had an abnormal reaction, have a cold sore, or an infection – call your doctor’s office immediately

Who should not have Blue Light (Blu U boost) treatments?

  • You should not be treated if you have:
    • Skin sensitivity to blue light
    • Porphyria (a disorder of the blood that can lead to sensitivity to light)
    • Allergies to chemicals called porphyrins
    • Lupus

Is the cost of Blue Light covered by drug insurance?

  • Sometimes
  • Treatment of acne MAY be PARTIALLY covered if you have PRIVATE drug insurance
  • OHIP and regular provincial drug plans do NOT cover the cost of Blue Light therapy

How many treatments are required?

  • Typically, treatment sessions are approximately 30 minutes long, every 2 to 6 weeks
  • Acne usually requires 4 to 8 treatments, with maintenance every 4 to 6 months
  • It is important to keep the treatment appointments recommended
  • By following the treatment plan, you’ll see maximum results and enjoy clearer skin

Which aesthetic products or procedures can be combined with Blu-U Boost Treatments?

  • Medical Facials
    • This is a clinical facial, using pharmaceutical grade products by our qualified staff
    • This is a relaxing, enjoyable treatment which leaves the skin silky and hydrated
    • Recommended for:
      • Dehydration
      • Photodamage (sun damage)
      • Aging Skin
      • Acne
      • Dull Skin
      • Skin that needs rejuvenation
      • To learn more about medical facials, please click here

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