Broadband Light (BBL) is the latest trend in laser skincare treatments and for good reason — this rockstar treatment has the ability to treat a wide array of skin concerns, including acne, rosacea, age spots, sun spots, fine lines, wrinkles, uneven texture, spider veins, broken capillaries, and vascular lesions. Yep, all of it.
Here are five things you need to know about how BBL works.
BBL relies on Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
IPL works by producing high-intensity light delivering pulses of broad-spectrum light to the deep layers of the skin. Tongue-tied? We got you. In simpler terms, this means it delivers pulses of broad-spectrum light that emit a specific color that targets the damaged discolored skin while leaving the surrounding tissue unharmed. When light is absorbed by tissue, it heats up the cells and destroys the unwanted pigments. The result is improved skin texture and tone.
BBL is non-invasive and gentle
The process itself is gradual and therefore, more gentle than traditional laser therapies. Light therapy also has the added bonus of triggering new collagen growth. By destroying the damaged skin cells, the deeper layers of skin respond by producing new collagen to replace the destroyed cells. The results are firmer, tighter, smoother skin in addition to treating the concerns you started with.
BBL requires multiple sessions
Because of its gentle nature, you won’t see results after just one thirty-minute treatment. The medically proven procedure typically takes 3-5 sessions four weeks apart in order to see full results. However, the BBL device delivers four times the speed and three times the power of traditional IPL devices for quicker, more effective treatments.
BBL is perfect for the cooler months
BBL requires that you have absolutely no suntan during the treatment time. This is necessary because IPL is attracted to darker pigments, which means the greater the contrast between the skin and the damaged cells, the more efficient the BBL wavelengths will be.
BBL downtime is minimal (but important)
Following the treatment, it’s imperative to stay out of the sun and ramp skin protections: hats, sunscreen, the works. The skin will be particularly sensitive as it returns to normal and sun exposure can further irritate and damage the skin causing redness and inflammation. Expect redness and peeling for up to four days after having your BBL procedure. Some patients may even look sunburned for about a week.