BBL (Broad Band Light) Laser Facial.

If you’re looking for a facial to fight sun damage, acne or red spots, this is the one! BBL Laser Photofacials are the secret to bright, even toned skin.

Skin Pharm Nurse Practitioner using BBL laser device

What is BBL?

For our photo-facials, we use broad band light (BBL). BBL laser therapy is a non-invasive treatment that uses high-intensity pulses of visible light to improve the appearance of red and brown pigment. Unlike a traditional laser, the BBL operates on a large range of wavelengths, making it more customizable and thus more successful in treating patients with different skin types. BBL is one of the best ways to improve hyper-pigmentation because it specifically targets skin cells that contain excess pigment, which will rise to the surface and slough off in one to two weeks.

The most common treatments include vascular lesions such as broken facial veins, rosy cheeks, rosacea, freckles and age spots. Best results often require a series of BBL treatments.

Blue Light Acne Therapy

What’s blue light all about? This is the same BBL laser we use for our photo facials to fight pigment, but we use a different filter to fight acne causing bacteria. Pretty neat, right?

The light is specifically calibrated to emit blue light wavelength, which has been shown to have anti-bacterial effects on the specific microbe called ‘P acnes,’ which causes breakouts. 

This treatment is trending for red carpet prep because the results are fabulous and the downtime is nearly nonexistent.

Typical BBL Laser Treatment

The smooth, glass surface of the BBL treatment head is applied to the skin, delivering precise pulses of light to the area being treated. 

Throughout the treatment session, the patient must wear protective eyewear. 

BBL treatments are relatively painless compared to other facial rejuvenation techniques. The sensation has been compared to a light pinch or the snap of a rubber band, but some people find it distressing. A cold gel is applied to the area being treated. 

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. Avoid sun exposure 3 weeks before and after treatment.

5 Conditions We Treat with the BBL Laser

  • Freckles

  • Acne Spots

  • Vascular Lesions

  • Loose Skin

  • Uneven Skin Texture

Common BBL Laser Questions

Are there any side effects?

Side effects are minor and include:

  • Discomfort during treatment
  • Skin turning pink and a little sore immediately after the procedure.
  • A sensation of a mild sunburn (redness, peeling, swelling) that may last a few days after treatment.
  • Rarely, skin pigment may absorb too much light energy and blistering can occur.
  • Sometimes the pigment cells (melanocytes) can be damaged leaving darker or paler patches of skin. White patches or scars are rarely permanent.
  • Hair loss may occur.
  • Bruising affects up to 10% of patients