BBL Photorejuvenation in Atlanta

Restoring a more youthful complexion means more than getting rid of wrinkles. Visible signs of aging such as brown spots, redness, and discoloration contribute just as much—and in some cases more—to a prematurely aged appearance. Broadband Light Therapy, or BBL, is one of our most powerful tools to fight sun damage and other pigmentation problems. Best of all, it can help restore a smoother, more even complexion without downtime.

What is BBL light therapy?

BBL, or Broadband Light Therapy, uses intense pulses of light (IPL) to reduce skin blemishes and help improve firmness and texture. It works in a similar fashion to a laser, but uses a different range of wavelengths. Instead of removing layers of skin, BBL sends light energy through your skin. This energy helps your skin in two ways:

  • Absorbs pigmentation irregularities to restore a more balanced, even skin tone
  • Heats the skin’s deeper layers to stimulate collagen production for firmer, more youthful skin

Because it’s noninvasive and leaves skin fully intact, Broadband Light Therapy requires little to no downtime and is safe for most skin types, even darker skin.

Before & after BBL therapy. Photos courtesy Sciton, inc.
Before & after BBL therapy. Photos courtesy Sciton, inc.

What can BBL treat?

Broadband Light’s unique properties make it excellent for treating skin flaws related to pigmentation or discoloration—we can adjust the light wavelength to absorb a range of pigments. It’s also a great way to improve overall skin tone and texture, and it’s safe and effective for the face, neck and body.

  • Brown spots, freckles and sun damage
  • Broken capillaries & spider veins
  • Vascular lesions
  • Rosacea & redness
  • Acne
  • Fine lines & wrinkles

Am I a good candidate for BBL?

Broadband Light Therapy is an excellent choice for patients bothered by pigmentation problems on their skin, as well as those who prefer a treatment with no downtime to improve skin tone and texture.

One thing we love about Broadband Light Therapy is that it is gentle and safe for almost every skin type. Because we can adjust the heat as well as the specific light wavelength, we can treat darker complexions with minimal risk of pigmentation-related side effects commonly associated with lasers.

What to expect with BBL treatments in Atlanta

Broadband Light Therapy is a quick, 30 to 45 minute treatment that involves little to no discomfort. We’ll first apply a cooling gel to your skin, and then use the handheld BBL device to deliver quick pulses of light to the targeted area. You will feel a sensation similar to a small rubber band snapping lightly against the skin, and see flashes of light, which are not harmful to your eyes.

Immediately following treatment, your skin may appear a little darker or bronzed—this is temporary. You can go right back to your normal activities; however, you’ll need to keep the treated area protected from sun exposure with broad spectrum SPF. Over a week or so following treatment, you may notice the damaged skin sloughs off, revealing your healthier, smoother skin beneath.

How many treatments will I need?

The number of BBL treatments needed to achieve optimal results varies depending on a few factors: your skin type, your treatment goals, and the severity and location of your skin concerns. Typically, lighter skinned patients will need fewer treatments to achieve their desired results than those with darker skin (this is due to using a less intense setting to ensure safe treatment on dark skin). On average, patients are happy with their results after 3 to 5 treatments, spaced about 3 weeks apart.

When will I see results?

Patients typically see results with BBL about 2 weeks following each treatment, depending on their goals. Results get better and better with follow-up treatments.

Is Broadband Light Therapy a treatment that interests you? We’ll be happy to help you learn more about it during a free consultation.