What is Broadband Light (BBL™)?
BBL™ BroadBand Light is the world’s most powerful IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) device on the market. It sets new standards in treating skin conditions associated with aging, active lifestyles, and sun damage. BBL™ has the ability to provide dermal renewal, permanent hair reduction, and the treatment of pigmented lesions, vascular lesions, and acne.
We can achieve significant skin improvements non-invasively with BBL™. It uses broad-spectrum visible and infrared light to selectively heat layers of skin, getting rid of undesired pigmentation, redness, and other unwanted conditions. The system delivers a combination of flexibility, speed, patient comfort, and efficiency.
What can Broadband Light treat?
BBL™ BroadBand Light enables the treatment of multiple skin conditions. Such as:
- Pigmented Lesions, such as freckles & age spots
- Vascular Lesions, such as cherry angiomas, telangiectasias, and rosacea
- Deeper Lesions / Darker Skin Types
- Hair Removal
With the broadest range of wavelengths, we can personalize treatments to fit each patient’s needs. BBL™ requires fewer treatments to achieve visible and superior results than other IPL systems.
Your treatment will be tailored to match your skin’s condition and your desired results. Often, one treatment will achieve amazing results, however, up to 3-5 treatments may be necessary for certain skin types and conditions. Your procedure may take a few minutes to half an hour depending on the size of the area to be treated and the type of the procedure performed. After your treatment, your skin may be dry and light sensitive and must be kept clean & moisturized and, of course, use sunscreen.
When Will I See the Results from My BBL™ Broadband Light Treatment?
Each person may differ slightly in the speed at which they see results. This is due in part to the nature of the problem we're addressing and in part to the body's natural responses. If you choose to have this treatment done to eliminate unwanted hair, you can expect to see a noticeable difference in the smoothness of your skin within a day or two as old, vaporized hairs fall out. If you receive BBL™ treatment to reduce sun damage or the signs of aging, you can expect the overall condition of your skin in the treatment area to improve over the course of several weeks. In this scenario, we anticipate that you'll see appreciative results one to two weeks after your procedure.
Are My Treatment Results Permanent?
Once you've completed your recommended treatment regimen, you can expect to enjoy smoother, firmer, younger-looking skin for an extended period of time. You may have fewer age spots and signs of sun damage. Visible blood vessels may have disappeared completely or be much lighter, and you may notice far fewer fine lines in problem areas. These effects can last for months without any further treatment. That said, it is advantageous to follow up BBL™ Broadband Light Treatment with periodic touch-ups or with other services, like injectable wrinkle-reducers, PRP facial rejuvenation, or chemical peels that promote ongoing collagen production.
Is There Anything I Must Avoid after my BBL™ Broadband Light Treatment?
To get the best possible results from your BBL™ Broadband Light Treatment, it's important that you follow your aftercare instructions to the letter. These will spell out what to do and also what to avoid. Some of the common precautions to take after BBL™ Broadband Light Treatment include avoiding sun exposure and tanning of any kind. This should continue for at least two weeks after the treatment is done. If you're receiving a series of treatments, you should maintain strict avoidance and protection using SPF 30 sunscreen until and even after you've had your last session.
As your skin is healing from your BBL™ treatment, you might experience some redness or peeling. To avoid unnecessary irritation and potential scarring, refrain from using scented skincare products on the treated skin, as well as other potential irritants. Also, avoid exfoliation for a week or two. Wash the treated area gently with mild soap and lukewarm water.
How Can I Prepare for My BBL™ Broadband Light Treatment?
Adequate preparation for your BBL™ treatment will yield the best cosmetic outcome. The primary precaution that you need to take before beginning these treatments is to avoid sun exposure. Every morning, apply a broad-spectrum, SPF 30 sunscreen to the skin we'll treat. If you're out in the sunshine for longer than two hours, reapply sunscreen as needed, and don't skimp. Starting two weeks before your BBL™ treatment, avoid using sunless tanning products. Starting about seven days before your appointment, stop using retinol products and chemical exfoliants like glycolic acid and salicylic acid. Don't schedule waxing or a chemical peel in the week before your BBL™ treatment. Doing so can increase your chances of experiencing skin irritation. Your doctor may also recommend avoiding certain medications, supplements, and even essential oils that increase your sensitivity to UV light.
Does The BBL™ Broadband Light Procedure Hurt?
The BBL™ treatment can be mildly uncomfortable but it isn't painful. Your provider may apply a topical numbing agent to help lessen the slight snapping sensation that can occur as light touches the skin. Generally, the BBL™ process is well-tolerated even without an anesthetic.
What is the Recovery from BroadBand Light Treatment?
You may experience some redness that should resolve within a few hours. Consult your clinician if it does not. For some spots, you will see a darkening of the treated areas followed by fading and flaking off at a later stage. Results depend on your skin type, the number of treatments, and the area treated.
This is a non-invasive and typically gentle procedure with virtually no downtime. In most cases, you are able to return to work and resume most of your activities immediately.
Frequently Asked Questions
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The number of treatments needed will vary from patient to patient and your clinician will personalize a treatment plan based on your needs and desired outcome.
Your clinician will provide you with more information on what to expect as well as give you an aftercare plan to follow that will involve avoiding direct sun exposure and using sunscreen.
Talk to the skilled clinicians at ReDerm MD Medical Spa about a personalized BBL™ BroadBand Light treatment plan.