BBL (Broad Band Light)

Broad Band Light (BBL) technology is treatment that can correct a variety of benign skin conditions, such as facial skin imperfections, the signs of photo-aging, unsightly small veins, and other blemishes. It offers a safe, non-invasive solution that can be tailored to your individual condition and skin type, providing superior cosmetic results and outstanding satisfaction, through the process called photorejuvenation.

What is BBL and how does it work?

Photorejuvenation using BBL is a non-invasive treatment that uses high intensity pulses of lights (not laser) to treat skin damage without disruption of the skin’s surface, hence, no “down time”. Broad Band Light (BBL) can simultaneously treat a wide range of facial concerns safely and effectively. The light is changed to heat energy as it reaches to the level of the collagen beneath the skin surface. The skin will be stimulated to function more efficient, therefore improving skin tone, texture and color.

What conditions can Photorejuvenation treat?

  • Sun Damage
  • Age Spots (sun-induced freckles)
  • Benign Brown Pigment/Irregular Pigmentation
  • Redness caused by broken capillaries
  • Mottled Pigmentation

Treatment can be used effectively on the neck, chest, legs, arms and hands.

How is Photorejuvenation performed?

A cold gel is applied to the area to be treated, and you will be given dark glasses to protect your eyes from the bright light. The smooth glass surface of the BBL handpiece is applied to your skin and pulses of light are applied. You may feel a slight sting, like the snapping of a small rubber band.  Treatment is generally administered in a series of 4 to 6 sessions performed at three-week intervals. Each treatment takes about twenty to forty minutes.

Why are multiple treatments necessary?

Depending on the number of conditions you are treating, and the severity of the individual problem, a series of four to six treatment sessions may be recommended. You can return to work the same day and resume all your regular activities. By dividing the full program into several treatments, the procedure provides gradual improvement with very low risk — and, it preserves the wonderful “no down time” feature that people appreciate so much.

What precautions should be taken before BBL treatments?

It is recommended to avoid sun exposure to the sun and tanning (including self tanners) of the areas to be treated throughout the course of treatment. Should you be tan it is advisable to wait until you are back to your base color before undergoing treatment because treating tanned skin increases the possibility of unwanted side effects such as pigment (color) changes.

Kinerase Tretinoin, Retin A, Renova, Differin, Tazorac or any retinol based products are not recommended to be used at least two days prior to treatment. If you have a history of facial cold sores, you may need to be treated with an oral antiviral prescription. Be sure to discuss this with your practitioner prior to treatment.

What can I expect following my BBL treatment?

Immediately following a treatment, you may experience some temporary redness and mild swelling. Additionally, brown spots may appear darker before they begin to lighten and fade. A cool pack may be used to provide relief from a mild warm tingling sensation that may remain for an hour or more.

Care should be taken in the first few days following treatment. Avoid scrubbing or picking of the skin and we recommend daily use of an SPF of 30 or higher throughout the course of treatment.

 

BBL Photorejuvenation Treatment Before and After

BBL Photorejuvenation Treatment Before and After

BBL Photorejuvenation Treated Hands Before and After

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All our patients are seen by board certified dermatologists who have expertise in medical, surgical, cosmetic, and academic areas of dermatology. Our physicians treat men, women, and children of all ages in our two convenient locations in Edina and Eden Prairie.

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