BroadBand Light (BBL)

BBL is an noninvasive modern laser device used to treat reds, browns, and oranges in the skin. BBL Hero, in particular, is the fastest light-based technology for younger looking skin. It is the most powerful Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) device on the market and follows an advanced protocol to tackle multiple skin concerns all in one treatment.

What are the benefits of BBL? 

BBL uses heat energy to treat skin concerns including acne, rosacea, age spots, fine lines and wrinkles, spider veins, broken capillaries, unwanted hair, and uneven texture. It also stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, which plumps up the skin and gives you a fresher and younger look. This procedure can be performed virtually anywhere on the body!

How does BBL work?

BroadBand Light treatments send light energy into the deepest layers of your skin. This invigorates the skin in the targeted area and boosts your body's ability to fight aging. In addition, the photothermal energy helps to eliminate broken capillaries and reduce unwanted melanin that results in brown spots.

What are the pre-procedure instructions?

  • Please try to arrive with a clean face. No makeup, lotions, sunscreens, etc. if possible.
  • Avoid sun exposure/burns 4 weeks prior to procedure. BBL can't be performed with any color changes to the skin such as a suntan or burn. This could result in a burn, hyperpigmentation, or hypopigmentation to the skin.
  • Avoid all spray tanning and sunless tanning lotions prior to BBL procedure. This treatment can't be performed with any skin discolorations still left on the skin from sunless tanning or lotions. This could result in a burn, hyperpigmentation, or hypopigmentation of the skin.
  • Inform your practitioner if you have taken the medication Accutane in the last 6 months.
  • Discontinue use of retinoids 3 days prior to procedure.

What can I expect during a BBL treatment?

There is no need for a topical anesthetic. Your eyes will be protected with safety shields or glasses. You will briefly feel a warm rubber band snap sensation as the light is absorbed.

What can I expect in the days following my BBL treatment?

During healing, pigmentation will darken and some swelling and redness may persist then slowly lighten over the next week. In areas where red tones or capillaries are present there may be slight bruising. In the days following treatment, your body's natural healing process of replacing damaged cells with new cells results in revitalized, youthful skin with improved tone, texture and coloration.

How do I care for my skin after a BBL treatiment?

  • Use sunscreen and physical sun protection after the procedure.
  • You may wear makeup 24 hours after your procedure.
  • Avoid heat to the skin such as exercising or saunas for the next 24 hours.
  • Avoid sun exposure (Going to the beach, traveling to sunny locations, sunbathing, outdoor sports, etc.)
  • Inform your doctor of any medical conditions or medications you are taking that might sensitize you to light, affect wound healing, or affect coagulation.
  • You may experience some redness in the treatment area that should resolve within a day.
  • You will notice darkening of your pigmented spots (“coffee grounds” look to the skin), followed by fading and flaking off at a later stage. Any red spots or capillaries on the skin may expel slight blood which can lead to possible bruising in some areas.
  • Follow your aftercare plan until skin is completely healed which is typically one week after the treatment. The skin on your body might take longer to heal, compared to your face. Wear sunscreen and avoid direct sun exposure after treatment.

How often should I have a BBL treatment?

We recommend 1-3 treatments with annual maintenance for optimal results!

Who is a good candidate for a BBL treatment?

Patients with light to medium skin tones. *no active tan or spray tan at the time of treatment*

What is the downtime after a BBL treatment?

Minimal, skin may feel red and flushed up to an hour after treatment. Brown pigments will get darker like “coffee grounds” and red tones/capillaries may bruise slightly.