What is BBL Broad Band Light?
BBL Broad Band Light is a light-based procedure that treats brown spots and freckles, redness, uneven skin tone and acne.
How does it work?
BBL is Broad Band Light. Light therapies are similar to laser treatments, but are delivered as a wide flash of light rather than a concentrated laser beam. This allows the light energy to spread out across the surface area of the skin, and can be gentler and more efficient when treating the full face or other body areas. The light is emitted by the handpiece at a specific wavelength that targets redness, brown spots and freckles, or acne. Multiple concerns can be addressed in one session. BBL is similar to IPL, or Intense Pulsed Light.
What kind of results can I expect?
BBL treatment is often focused on the face, but may be used on most areas of the skin, including sensitive areas like the hands, neck and chest. It is possible to treat multiple areas of the skin in a single session, and can be performed the same day as most other procedures. BBL can produce a significant reduction in the appearance of red areas and vessels, as well as brown areas including age spots, sun spots and freckles. The result is a more even overall skin tone. It can also be used to treat active acne by targeting bacteria associated with acne, reducing inflammation and minimizing sebaceous oil production. It can also reduce unwanted hair.
How many treatments are necessary?
Your provider will discuss your goals and create a treatment plan to best achieve them. To target red and brown spots or areas, we typically recommend 1-3 sessions spaced 3-4 weeks apart. For acne treatment, we typically recommend up to 8 sessions. For optimal results, we recommend BBL acne treatment scheduled twice a week for 2 weeks, and then once a week for 4 weeks.
How long with results last?
Many factors influence duration of results, including sun exposure, skin care regimen, genetic predisposition and other lifestyle factors. At your appointment, we will discuss how long we expect your results to last, including a plan for maintenance treatment and how to best preserve and protect your results.
What can I expect during the procedure?
BBL is well tolerated treatment that typically lasts 30-45 minutes. Numbing is not required prior to treatment. We provide all patients with eye protection to block the eyes from light exposure. Your provider will then begin the BBL treatment, moving the light-delivering handpiece across the treatment area. Patients report a sensation of heat, accompanied by bright light, but do not typically describe the experience as painful.
How long does recovery take?
There is no real downtime associated with BBL treatment. Pinkness and mild swelling of the treated areas is possible. This typically improves significantly within hours of treatment, but may persist for up to 24 hours. Brown spots may appear darker for up to a week before fading to reveal a brighter, more even skin tone. It is possible to apply makeup immediately after treatment.
Is it safe?
The FDA has cleared BBL treatment to safely treat a number of issues related to skin redness. It has an excellent safety profile. Like any surgical or non-surgical procedure, there are risks associated. As a teacher and trainer of other physicians in laser procedures, Dr. Cox stresses the importance of finding an experienced physician who understands the finer points of laser treatment.
Who is a good candidate?
Redness, dark spots and acne are among the most common cosmetic dermatologic concerns. Many patients can benefit. It is especially effective in the treatment of rosacea. BBL can treat all skin types. As with any procedure, good candidates are those who understand the procedure and post-treatment care, and have a realistic understanding of the results of the treatment.
Why come to Aesthetic Solutions for treatment?
Since 1994, our team leader Dr. Cox has performed laser and light treatment almost every single day of her practice. Thanks to her extensive experience, Dr. Cox knows which laser and light treatments, including BBL, will produce optimal results for each individual patient in her care. Our Aestheticians, overseen and trained by Dr. Cox, perform this treatment.
You can feel confident that Dr. Cox our Aestheticians will provide the best possible results. Call us today at (919) 338 5007 to arrange a consultation.