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Intense Pulse Light in Pittsburgh and Wexford, PA

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The one thing that is as constant as time is the fact that our skin will change as we age. Wrinkles, spots, and other blemishes can make anyone want to reverse time. Intense Pulse Light technology, also known as Photo Rejuvenation, sets a new standard for the treatment of skin conditions associated with aging, active lifestyles, and sun damage. The director of the Acqua Blu Medical Spa is Brian Vassar Heil, MD, who is highly trained in the procedures of cosmetic surgery.

BBL treatments can rejuvenate not only the skin of the face, but also the neck, chest, arms, hands, back, and other skin of concern. Treatments have no significant downtime, and they only require a brief period of reduced sun exposure before and after treatments. Best results usually require a series of 3-5 treatments, depending on the degree of damage to be repaired. Treatments can also be combined with skin tightening modalities, Micro Laser Peels, Halo, or laser resurfacing treatments for even more dramatic results. Whether you have wrinkles, age spots, discoloration, acne, or scars, our methods will bring quality results.

Forever BBL Treatment

Skin issues, such as acne, redness, and hyperpigmentation, start below the skin’s surface, which is why topical products alone are often ineffective. Reaching the source of the problem requires an advanced treatment like the Sciton Forever Young BBL (broadband light).

How it Works

BBL treatments harness the same rays that are present in sunlight and ultraviolet rays at a lower level. Through a broadband focus, the energy and heat from the beam eliminate excessive pigmentation, redness, and unsightly capillaries visible through the skin, while also stimulating the underlying collagen to increase production of new skin cells. As a result, not only are the freckles, blemishes, and discolorations of the skin wiped clear, but the overall skin tone and health are improved through the production of new skin. You are left with skin that looks years younger and healthier.


Acqua Blu Medical Spa uses the Sciton BBL device exclusively because it is the safest on the market. Its versatile hand-piece enables us to treat any area of the skin that has been damaged, including shoulders, arms, neck, chest, and back. Treatment time varies depending on the area, but a full BBL treatment takes approximately 30 minutes on average.


Though one BBL treatment gives long-lasting effects, a series of treatments (three to six) within two to four-week intervals are recommended for optimal results, especially for more noticeable skin damage. To enhance the results even further, BBL can be supplemented with chemical peels, microdermabrasion, laser resurfacing modalities, or SkinTyte. Talk to your Acqua Blu medical aesthetician about your options and the potential benefits of these different procedures.


One month post 3 tx | courtesy of Brooke Bangart, National Laser Institute | BBL™ | Parameters: 1st pass 420 nm filter, 5 J/cm2, 150 ms, 50% overlap, 15 °C cooling, 2 passes | 2nd pass 560 nm filter,15 J/cm2, 180 ms, 50% overlap, 15 °C cooling, 3 passes

Five weeks post 5 tx | courtesy of Lori Haddad, DO | BBL™ | 1st Treatment: 515 nm filter, 12 J, 10 ms | 2nd Treatment: 515, 560 nm filter, 13 J, 10 ms | 3rd Treatment: 515, 560 nm filter, 13 J, 10 ms | 4th Treatment: 515, 560, 590 nm filter, 13 J, 10 ms | 5th Treatment: 560, 590 nm filter, 14 J, 10 ms
Nine months post 3 tx | courtesy of Jody Levine, MD | BBL™ | Parameters: 11 J/cm2, 20 ms, 20 °C cooling
Nine weeks post 3 tx | courtesy of Lori Haddad, DO | BBL™ | Parameters: 560 nm lter, 12 J, 10 ms, 10 ms
Two weeks post 1 tx | courtesy of Teresa Mann, MD | BBL™ | Parameters: 515 nm filter, 11 J, 15 ms, 25 °C cooling
Two months post 2 tx | courtesy of Cherie Fraser, MD | BBL™ | 1st Treatment: 560 nm filter, 13 J/cm2, 20 ms, 20 °C cooling | 2nd Treatment: 515 nm filter, 12 J/cm2, 15 ms, 20 °C cooling

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SkinTyte is one of the latest innovations in cosmetic treatments and can be performed at Acqua Blu Medical Spa in Pittsburgh and Wexford. This process can be used to correct a broad range of skin issues that tend to crop up from time to time. If you’re beginning to notice sagging skin, sun damage, wrinkles, or other skin pigmentation problems such as discoloration, splotches, or darkened scar areas left behind by acne, SkinTyte may be just the answer you’ve been searching for.

How it Works

This anti-aging procedure uses infrared energy to tighten and smooth skin comfortably with little to no side effects. The treatment works on the principle of targeted heating. As targeted heat is applied, it causes the contraction of collagen and the coagulation of soft tissues. This triggers the body’s natural healing response, resulting in your skin looking firmer, smoother, and more youthful.

The full effect of the treatments might not be seen instantly, but will begin to appear more prominently over the months directly following your treatment.


SkinTyte treatments at Acqua Blu Medical Spa are performed by one of Acqua Blu’s experienced physician assistants or medical aestheticians. The procedure can last for about 45-minutes. During the anti-aging treatment, infrared light is applied directly to the area that is being corrected through a specialized light beam. The light energy is delivered in a series of gentle, rapid pulses that penetrates several layers below the surface skin. As collected collagen proteins are stimulated, deposits begin to contract, and the skin starts to tighten from the inside out. It’s quite magical and best of all, there are few side effects and very little discomfort.


As you decide to move forward with a SkinTyte treatment from Acqua Blu Medical Spa, you’ll be able to say goodbye to wrinkled, sagging, discolored skin safely. It’s the perfect alternative to anti-aging creams, which may not achieve ultimate results and cause breakouts.

Since this treatment does not use chemicals, there is very little downtime and no need to test for allergic reactions before the procedure. The SkinTyte treatment requires less maintenance as compared to other skin tightening treatments, making it a very affordable and easy to correct a variety of skin problems.

Laser Genesis

Picture-perfect skin is what everyone desires. With Acqua Blu’s Laser Genesis treatment, you won’t have to settle for anything less than sheer perfection.

Laser Genesis is an innovative, technologically advanced way to promote vibrant and healthy looking skin in both men and women. You can have a youthful appearance by treating those conditions that are typically associated with premature signs of aging and sun damage, such as excessive redness, large pores, uneven texture, and fine-line wrinkles. The Laser Genesis procedure has been scientifically proven to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by producing new collagen. These results are not achieved through over-the-counter methods.

How it Works

The Laser Genesis procedure utilizes non-invasive laser technology to safely, discretely, and effectively treats fine-line wrinkles, diffuse and excessive redness. It also helps manage large pores, uneven skin texture, and scars. You can expect to see subtle yet consistent results after each treatment, without unwanted side effects such as bruising or excessive skin irritation. Treatments can be performed in a relaxed, comfortable manner without the use of topical anesthetics or gel.

By gently heating the upper dermis well below your skin’s surface, Laser Genesis stimulates collagen regrowth to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Additional heat is generated in dilated capillaries to reduce redness.


The treatment results are often subtle. On average, you may require five to six treatments to achieve optimal results. Every patient’s condition and needs vary, and it’s important to discuss your expectations with your provider. The most common is a slight redness that disappears within a few hours of treatment.


Over the course of five to six treatments, Laser Genesis can help restore the skin’s youthful glow and the appearance by smoothing out uneven texture caused by aging, sun damage, or scars. You will see a more even, healthy complexion as large pores are reduced in size, and minor imperfections are diminished. The individual treatment results are subtle, but the overall effect of multiple treatments can be quite dramatic.

Contact Acqua Blu Medical Spa today to setup a consultation and to discuss your questions regarding our Intense Pulse Light treatments. Get ready to reveal the true you.