BBL stands for Broad Band Light and is the most powerful IPL (intense pulsed light) photofacial device on the market made by the laser company Sciton.

How does BBL work?

BBL uses light energy to heat the upper layers of your skin, which stimulates regeneration of skin cells. This results in more vibrant and younger-looking skin. BBL also specifically targets redness and pigment, such as broken blood vessels, freckles, and sun spots, resulting in a clearer, more flawless complexion after treatment.

Who is a candidate?

BBL is a great treatment for Fitzpatrick skin types I-V. BBL is an excellent treatment for rosacea and clearing up sun damage. However, it can make certain types of pigment worse; namely, melasma. Melasma is a hormonal pigment frequently associated with pregnancy, hormone replacement therapy, or hormone changes. It can be diagnosed by a dermatologist or recognized with Wood’s lamp photography, such as with a VISIA camera system. In addition, it is important to take into consideration that the darker the pigment of a person’s skin, the higher the chances of hyper- or hypopigmentation with BBL. Talk to your aesthetic provider to determine if BBL is right for you.

What types of photofacials does BBL offer?

BBL Forever Young: BBL Forever Young delivers visible light that penetrates through the epidermis and dermis, which stimulates changes at the molecular level, as well as visible changes in the dermis. Simply put, BBL makes your skin’s genes younger. Over time and with consistent treatments, the skin will look younger. The Forever Young treatment stimulates collagen and elastin, and also targets redness and brown spots.

BBL Forever Clear: Forever Clear is a BBL treatment that specifically targets acne. The 3-step photofacial includes blue light to kill acne-causing bacteria in the pores, yellow light to reduce inflammation and redness, and infrared light using SkinTyte to stimulate the skin’s natural healing process.

BBL HERO: BBL HERO, which stands for High Energy Rapid Output, is the newest advancement in BBL technology and allows for BBL treatments with 4 times the speed, 3 times the peak power, and 2 times the cooling. In summary, BBL HERO offers the same advantages of traditional BBL in a fraction of the time. For example, it can treat large areas such as the arms, chest, or back in minutes. BBL HERO works anywhere on the body where there is sun damage, pigment, redness, or for general skin rejuvenation and collagen stimulation.

BBL Skin Tyte: SkinTyte uses infrared light energy to deeply heat dermal collagen, resulting in increased skin firmness.

What are the different BBL filters?

The BBL handpiece has interchangeable filters that allow different wavelengths of light to target specific problem areas of the skin. These are the available filters for BBL treatments:

· 420 nm: targets acne

· 515 nm: targets pigment and age spots

· 560 nm: targets vascular lesions, such as telangiectasias (broken blood vessels) and rosacea

· 590 nm: targets deeper lesions or used for darker skin types

· 590, 640, 695 nm: can be used for hair removal

What is the difference between IPL and BBL?

BBL is the most powerful IPL device on the market. It uses two flashlamps in the handpiece instead of one, and has the ability to treat darker skin types and to reverse tissue aging.

How many treatments do I need?

Typically, a corrective series of 3-5 is recommended at first, separated a month apart. Once the patient is at his or her baseline, quarterly treatments are recommended for maintenance. Start young! BBL is not something you need to wait until you have severe redness or sun damage to be worth is. Starting younger with Forever Young BBLs in your 20’s will ultimately delay the aging process with consistent treatments.

Are you ready to BBL your way to a new you?  Call Aesthetic Specialists at (817)-912-1200 for a complimentary consultation by one our highly trained providers who will help you decide if BBL is right for you! 

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