What is BBL?
For our photofacials, we use BBL therapy, a non-invasive treatment that uses high-intensity pulses of visible light to improve the appearance of red and brown pigment. The BroadBand Light gently heats the top layers of the skin and targets areas of extra red and brown pigmentation, stimulating skin cell regeneration and collagen production. Excess pigment rises to the surface and subsequently sloughs off (about 1-2 weeks after the treatment).
Unlike a traditional laser, the BBL operates on a large range of wavelengths, allowing your Skin Pharm provider to give you a precise, customizable treatment that addresses your unique skin concerns. Due to its customizable properties, BLL is one of the best ways to improve hyperpigmentation because it specifically targets skin cells that contain excess pigment, which will rise to the surface and slough off in one to two weeks.
In addition to hyperpigmentation, BBL treats vascular lesions such as broken facial veins, rosy cheeks, rosacea, poikiloderma, freckles and age spots. BBL photofacials can also improve overall skin tone, smoothness, elasticity and firmness. Any area of the body can be treated with BBL, and common areas of treatment include the face, neck, backs of hands, chest and shoulders/upper arms, or areas that typically experience the most sun damage.
Best results often require a series of BBL treatments. This treatment is trending for red carpet prep because the results are fabulous and the downtime is nearly nonexistent.
Blue Light Acne Therapy
What’s blue light all about? By using the same BBL device we use for photofacials to fight pigment, we can use a different filter to target acne-causing bacteria. Pretty neat, right?
We specifically calibrate the device to emit a blue light wavelength, a research-backed treatment that has antibacterial effects on the specific microbe called “P acnes,” which collects in your pores and causes breakouts. In addition to fighting acne where it starts, Blue light acne therapy has anti-inflammatory benefits, reducing redness and evening out your skin tone.
Typical BBL Treatment
To prep for your BBL photofacial or blue light acne therapy, you’ll need to avoid sun exposure for three weeks. At your appointment, we’ll prep your skin by applying a cold gel to minimize discomfort, and we’ll give you protective eyewear to wear for the duration of the treatment session. The smooth, glass surface of the BBL device is then applied to the skin, delivering precise pulses of light to the area being treated.
BBL treatments are relatively painless compared to other facial rejuvenation techniques. You’ll likely feel a slight warming sensation when the BBL device is applied to the skin. The sensation has been compared to a light pinch or the snap of a rubber band.
Treatment sessions usually last about 20 minutes. A course of 1-3 sessions every 2-3 weeks may be needed to achieve desired results.
Recovery and Results
Most patients can return to work immediately after treatment. Your Skin Pharm provider will apply moisturizer and SPF after your session, and most patients can apply makeup and resume normal activities. Your skin may be a little sensitive and pink post-treatment, but this shouldn’t last more than 24-48 hours. You may experience darkening of the targeted areas, but these spots will fade or slough off in the next 1-2 weeks.
Avoid sun exposure 3 weeks before and after treatment.