BBL Photorejuvenation

BBL Photorejuvenation

BBL or IPL therapy is a safe and effective treatment for uneven skin texture and pigmentation, as well as redness and flushing. The procedure takes 15 minutes to perform and patients can return to normal activities the day after treatment.


Dermatologists usually combine several different treatment modalities to achieve optimal results.  This includes TCA Cross,  Fraxel (1550nm), fully ablative lasers (erbium, CO2) and fractional lasers (erbium, CO2).

There are also new non-laser treatments for early acne scarring which include Infini (radiofrequency needling), Dermapen needling, and eMatrix (radiofrequency).

  • BBL/IPL is used to treat pigmentation and sundamage
  • By modifying the treatment filters on the laser, blood vessels, capillaries and rosacea can also be treated
  • BBL is an updated version of older generation IPL treatments
  • BBL can be combined with other laser to address wrinkles and improve skin tone
  • This treatment is ideal for patients seeking results without the downtime of laser treatment

BBL is an innovative light-based technology that sets new standards for treating skin conditions associated with aging, active life-styles and sun damage. BBL light energy allows your clinician to design treatments personalized for your skin andprecisely treat age and sun spots, small facial veins, and many other skin defects. BBL phototherapy is noninvasive so you can receive comfortable and effective treatments to fit your schedule, even on a lunch break.

The term BBL is often used interchangeably with lPL- BBL is essentially an updated version of IPL. At Westside Dermatology we have replaced the older generation IPL treatments (Quantum), with BBL (Scition). We believe that BBL is a more accurate and specific treatment method compared to IPL.

BBL deposits pulses of light energy that gently heats the upper layers of skin. Within the skin, the light energy is absorbed by targets, such as fine, broken vessels that cause redness and brown spots or pigmented lesions that are caused by an overproduction of melanin.

This process destroys the target, eliminating it from the skin and restoring it to its natural beauty, blending its natural tones, making it more vibrant and youthful in appearance and touch.

  • Pigmented Lesions (e.g., freckles, age spots, )
  • Vascular Lesions (e.g., small blood vessels, rosacea and other micro-capillary flushing conditions)
  • Skin laxity
  • Uneven Skin Texture
  • Unwanted Hair
  • Acne scarring and wrinkles are best treated with Fractional Laser Therapy

Any area of your body can be treated. The most popular treatments are on the face, neck, back of the hands, chest and shoulders.

An active tan from the sun or tanning beds is not appropriate for treating with BBL. Tanned skin has a lot of pigment or melanin that may also absorb the BBL light energy. It is recommended that a person does not have sun exposure in the area to be treated for a period of 3 weeks prior to treatment with BBL. Self tanners must be faded from the skin for at least a week to 10 days prior to treatment. Discuss with your clinician the possibility of tanning during your series so that a safe regimen can be created.

The number of treatments needed varies from patient to patient and your clinician will personalize a treatment plan based on your skin defects and the level of improvement you desire. Your clinician may also combine your treatment with other popular aesthetic procedures to further enhance the outcome.

Your eyes will be protected with safety shields or glasses. You may briefly feel a warm or “rubber band snap” sensation as the light is absorbed by the targeted areas. Your procedure may take a few minutes to a half an hour depending on the size of the area to be treated and the type of procedure performed. Your dermatologist will discuss all of your options with you.

The procedure is gentle, noninvasive and safe. Generally, there is no need for a topical anesthetic but your clinician may choose to use it on more sensitive areas.

You may experience some redness that should resolve within a few hours. Pigmented lesions will darken and gradually flake off and fade over the next 7-10 days. Often your treated skin will feel smoother, fine lines and pores begin to be less noticeable, and sunspots or uneven pigmentation will fade. Results depend on your skin’s condition, the number of treatments, and the area treated.

Your clinician will provide you with complete information about the post treatment care and results.

This is a noninvasive and gentle procedure with virtually no downtime. In most cases, you are able to return to work, apply makeup, and resume most of your activities immediately.

It is important to follow your dermatologist’s instructions. You may be given some skin care products and instructions on how to use them. If you must go outdoors, it is recommended that you cover your treated skin and use sun block of SPF 30.

Please contact us for pricing.

This treatment is considered cosmetic and NOT covered under Medicare / Health insurance funds.

Before any treatments are conducted, every patient is assessed by a Specialist Dermatologist.  Assessment of the patient’s skin condition is made at the time of the consultation, and your Dermatologist will then make recommendations as to which treatment will be the best suited.

BBL is an updated version of IPL. Compared to IPL more specific filters are used to fine tune treatments aimed at improving conditions such as uneven skin tone, pigmentation and even broken capillaries.

The procedure is well tolerated in the majority of patients, and forms the basis of photorejuvenation in patients with mild to moderate signs of ageing caused by the sun. BBL or IPL is an ideal first step in patients seeking results, without the downtime of more powerful lasers.

My facial redness and rosacea flare ups have improved out of sight after only 3 treatments…I don’t need to use make up anymore.”  Louise T, Rosacea patient.

Freckles gone after 2 treatments. Very happy with the results.”  Jackie P, Bardon.

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