When you want to address specific skin concerns, a targeted approach is better. Broadband Light™ (BBL) laser therapy is a highly effective skin treatment that can effectively target the signs of aging, pigmentation issues, unwanted hair, acne, and more—all with minimal downtime. BBL treatments use advanced technology to deliver light energy to the skin, reducing the appearance of various skin imperfections and rejuvenating the complexion.
To help you choose the right treatment for your needs, this post will discuss how BBL treatments work, what they can treat, what a typical treatment session is like, and how BBL laser treatments differ from laser skin resurfacing.
How Do BBL Treatments Work?
During a BBL treatment, intense pulses of light are delivered to the skin using a specialized handpiece. This light penetrates the skin and targets areas of hyperpigmentation, broken blood vessels, and other imperfections, stimulating the production of new collagen and elastin fibers.
As a result, BBL treatments can even out skin pigmentation, improve the texture and tone of the skin, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Additionally, BBL laser treatments can remove unwanted hair and improve acne, making it a versatile treatment option for many skin concerns.
BBL treatments generally require a series of sessions spaced several weeks apart to achieve optimal results. The number of sessions needed will vary depending on your skin concerns and desired results. Your provider can tell you how many sessions you’ll likely need to achieve your goals.
What Skin Concerns Can I Improve With BBL Therapy?
These are common skin concerns that can be improved with BBL therapy:
- Sun damage
- Age spots
- Uneven skin texture and tone
- Dark spots
- Skin redness
- Fine lines and wrinkles
What Are Some Other Popular BBL Treatment Options?
Our practice offers BBL treatment options to improve acne and safely remove unwanted hair.
Forever Bare BBL®
Forever Bare BBL uses a specialized handpiece that emits pulses of light energy into the skin, targeting the hair follicles beneath the surface. The light energy damages the hair follicles and inhibits future hair growth. Most people experience little to no discomfort during the procedure.
Because hair grows in different cycles and the treatment works during the active growth phase, a series of treatments will be needed. Most patients notice a significant reduction in hair growth after just a few treatments, with permanent hair reduction achieved over time. Some patients may need occasional touch-up treatments to maintain optimal results.
Forever Bare BBL can address unwanted hair in these areas:
- Under arms
- Bikini area
Forever Clear BBL®
With Forever Clear BBL, you can reduce acne breakouts and improve skin texture without downtime.
BBL therapy is an effective treatment to target and improve cystic, inflammatory, and hormonal acne. Forever Clear BBL uses light therapy to kill bacteria—the root cause of acne—while also reducing inflammation and redness. The treatment reduces active acne and helps improve the appearance of acne scars. The number of treatments needed depends on the severity of your acne.
Although this treatment can address acne on any part of the body, the most commonly treated areas include:
What To Expect During Your BBL Treatment
A topical anesthetic may be applied to the skin before BBL laser treatment to help keep you comfortable, and you’ll be given goggles to protect your eyes. A handheld device will deliver the BBL energy to your skin. You may feel a warming or snapping sensation during the treatment, but it’s well-tolerated by most patients.
Treatment length will vary depending on the size of the treatment area and the specific concerns being addressed. BBL treatments typically take 30 to 60 minutes, and most people return to normal activities immediately after the treatment. Some mild redness or swelling may occur, but this should subside within a few hours to a few days.
What Is the Difference Between Laser Skin Resurfacing and BBL?
Laser skin resurfacing and BBL therapy use different technologies to improve the appearance of the skin.
Laser skin resurfacing involves the use of a focused beam of light to remove the top layer of damaged skin and stimulate the production of new collagen fibers. This treatment typically addresses deep wrinkles, scars, and other forms of significant skin damage. Laser skin resurfacing can be more invasive than BBL therapy and often requires a longer recovery time.
BBL therapy uses broad-spectrum light energy to penetrate the skin and stimulate collagen production, targeting specific skin concerns such as sun damage, age spots, acne, and fine lines and wrinkles. BBL therapy is typically less invasive than laser skin resurfacing and requires little to no downtime, making it a more convenient treatment option for many people.
BBL laser treatments are an effective way to improve a variety of skin concerns, including age-related damage and pigment issues. If you want to learn more about the benefits of BBL therapy or our other nonsurgical services, request a consultation or call us at (843) 722-5904 to schedule an appointment.