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

Skin Pharm Nurse Practitioner using BBL laser device

What is BBL?

For our photofacials, we use broad band light (BBL).

BBL therapy is a non-invasive and non-ablative treatment that uses high-intensity pulses of visible light to improve the appearance of red and brown pigment- think vascular lesions such as broken facial veins, rosy cheeks, rosacea, freckles and age spots. Best results often require a series of BBL treatments.

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

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

Things to know

What does the procedure involve?

  • Avoid sun exposure 3 weeks before and after treatment.
  • A cold gel is applied to the area being treated.
  • The smooth, glass surface of the BBL treatment head is applied to the skin, delivering precise pulses of light 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.
  • Most patients can return to work immediately after treatment.
  • Throughout the treatment session, the patient must wear protective eyewear. BBL treatments are relatively painless compared to other facial rejuvenation echniques. The sensation has been compared to a light pinch or the snap of a rubber band, but some people find it distressing.

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