BBL™: More Powerful Than Typical IPL
BroadBand Light Treats a Range of Conditions for Los Angeles-Area Patients
Doctors are able to treat numerous cosmetic skin concerns with intense pulsed light, known as IPL. The Los Angeles area's Cosmetic Surgery Institute uses a particularly powerful IPL technology known as BBL™. Short for BroadBand Light, BBL™ by Sciton allows for the application of various wavelengths for customized, effective treatments.
BBL™ can be used to reduce the appearance of freckles, age spots, and other pigmented lesions, as well as small red bumps known as cherry angiomas, visible veins known as telangiectasias, and a chronic skin redness known as rosacea. The BBL™ device can also treat acne by killing the bacteria that cause pimples and other flareups, then reducing existing inflammation and encouraging natural healing.
What to Expect from a BBL™ IPL Procedure
As with many light-based treatments, BBL™ works by sending energy into the skin in the form of light. This energy is converted into heat when it encounters certain cells, such as pigmented cells that are darker than the cells around them. BBL™ also prompts the creation of new collagen, which helps skin to be smooth and resilient. This can be especially effective on skin that features sun damage, shows signs of aging, or both.
A BBL™ treatment can be completed in as little as 10 to 15 minutes, but the length of the session will depend on how many areas are being treated and how large they are. Note that multiple treatment sessions may be necessary in order to achieve the best results.
Though the treatment involves light and heat, the BBL™ device is designed to minimize discomfort. Many patients find that they are comfortable throughout their BBL™ session. Anyone concerned about how it will feel can discuss their options during their initial consultation.
Cosmetic Surgery Institute
At Cosmetic Surgery Institute of Palm Desert, we approach each patient with imagination and artistry in mind.
Our team of board-certified plastic surgeons and health care professionals offer the latest treatments for beauty and aesthetic enhancements in a safe, welcoming atmosphere.
Expect the treated skin to look red for several hours after a BBL™ session, with the coloring and related sensations, similar to a sunburn, potentially lasting for one or two days. Once these effects clear naturally on their own, many patients notice a positive visible change—often within just a few days. Lesions treated with BBL™ should begin to clear after a week or two. Surface spots will flake away, while visible veins will collapse and be absorbed into the body, taking their distinctive redness with them.
More Light-Based Options
Learn more about laser vein treatments, laser hair removal, and laser skin resurfacing by clicking these links to visit pages dedicated to those treatments. Cosmetic Surgery Institute also pairs lasers with microneedling and offers other laser treatments.
Though not based on laser and light technology, Ultherapy is an effective treatment that makes use of sound waves to address skin laxity.