BBL (BroadBand Light), also known as Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), is a laser light treatment that targets pigment issues, such as brown spots, sun damage and red spots, and Rosacea. The bright light passes through the epidermis, drawing out the pigment producing cells and dispersing the uneven pigment. BBL/IPL can be used on the face, neck, chest, shoulders, back arms, legs and just about anywhere else. This is also an effective treatment for broken veins and spider veins.
At Capizzi MD, we use the BroadBand Light device from Sciton, which is the world’s most powerful IPL device on the market. It can treat pigmented spots such as freckles or age spots, acne scarring, vascular lesions, and offers skin tightening treatments as well. Our Licensed Aestheticians are specially trained to administer IPL treatments for our patients.
Where Treatment Areas Are Best For BBL/IPL?
What Does BBL/IPL Treat?
- Brown and Red Spots
- Sun Damage
- Spider Veins
- Rosacea (enlarged facial blood vessels)
- Pigment Imperfections
How Does it Work?
BBL (also called IPL) is Intense Pulsed Light that effectively targets pigment producing cells below the surface of the skin. The light energy is converted to heat energy and destroys the hyperactive melanin producing cells in the layers of your skin, eventually dispersing pigmented areas. The spots are pulled to the surface, eventually turning into a coffee-ground-like texture that eventually flakes off revealing beautiful, radiant skin beneath.
Who Is Not a Good Candidate for a BBL/IPL treatment?
Those with dark skin or a tan and those with melasma are not good candidates. Because the light rays are attracted to pigment, treating these patients might have an adverse effect.
How Many Treatments Do I need?
For best results, 3-5 treatments are typically recommended, about four weeks apart.
Is the treatment painful?
Any laser treatment can be a little uncomfortable. Patients liken the feeling to a rubber band snapping on their skin. We offer Pronox, an inhalable self-administered analgesic, in the event you would like additional pain relief.
How long is an appointment?
The length of treatment is dependent on the number of areas being treated. To be safe, plan for 30 minutes to an hour for your appointment time.
How long will my results last?
Results perpetually improve over time, with best results being seen three months after the last treatment. Sun protection and skin care maintenance are essential to the longevity of the results. Sunburns and over-exposure will bring back old spots and freckles and dullness will return if proper exfoliation during daily routines are neglected. Our Aestheticians can recommend a skincare regimen that would help to protect your IPL investment and keep your skin youthful and radiant for years to come.
During Your Appointment
Your aesthetician will thoroughly cleanse your skin, so you can either come with or without makeup. After the skin is clean, the aesthetician will apply a cool gel to your skin, which enhances the effect of the light waves. The aesthetician moves the laser over the skin in a grid-like pattern, flashing the light about every centimeter. Depending on your need, the aesthetician may go over the area multiple times.
After the treatment, your aesthetician will clean your skin. You will likely be slightly red and puffy, but there is no significant down time. Be sure to stay out of the sun for at least the next week and be consistent in sunscreen application.
Not sure if BBL/IPL is right for you?
Not sure if BBL/IPL is right for you? Have any questions on pricing, post-operative results, or anything else? Call our office at 704-655-8988 to speak with a patient care coordinator, start an online chat, or fill out our consultation form to get more information!