The BBL HERO (High Energy Rapid Output) is not a laser but a high-intensity filtered pulsed light device, representing an advanced form of intense pulsed light (IPL) technology. It delivers broad-spectrum light in rapid, high-energy pulses that can be filtered to target specific chromophores (like pigment and redness) in the skin. This technology allows the BBL HERO to treat a wide range of skin concerns by stimulating collagen production and selective filters to minimize unwanted pigmentation/discoloration and redness.

When you notice changes in your skin, whether it’s dark spots, early fine lines or little blood vessels, you might start looking for a treatment to even out your skin tone. BroadBand Light (BBL) therapy stands out as a revolutionary approach, not just for its immediate impact on skin appearance but also for its potential to delay the visible signs of aging. Dr. Cohen was one of the first doctors in the country to use the “in motion” BBL (called HERO) and contribute to the settings. Because the HERO version of BBL is in constant motion, it can be more effective and cover more area in less time.

Understanding BBL™ and Its Unique Advantages

BroadBand Light rejuvenates the skin by emitting intense pulses of light that penetrate the skin to target and treat various skin conditions and signs of aging.

BBL uses a broad range of wavelengths and filters that can be adjusted and tailored to target specific skin concerns. Different filters are applied to the BBL device to isolate the wavelengths optimal for treating issues like pigmentation, redness, vessels and acne.

In addition, BBL’s rejuvenating effects come from its ability to stimulate the production of collagen, a protein crucial for skin elasticity and firmness. As the light energy is absorbed, it promotes collagen formation, leading to firmer, smoother skin over time.

What Does BroadBand Light™ Treat?

BBL’s versatility allows it to address a wide range of skin issues, including:

  • Freckles and sun spots
  • Visible blood vessels, including cherry angiomas and spider veins
  • Rosacea patches or redness (called Type I Rosacea)
  • Acne discoloration as well as some focal acne and inflammatory lesions
  • A dull complexion can be improved as well by enhancing overall luminosity

What Is “Forever Young BBL”?

This advanced form of BroadBand Light (BBL) therapy goes beyond the surface, penetrating the epidermis and dermis to stimulate molecular changes. Groundbreaking research, including studies from prestigious institutions like Stanford University, shows that BBL treatment can alter the gene expression of older, damaged skin cells to mirror those of younger, healthier ones. This involves genes linked to aging and longevity, revitalizing the skin’s cells — and, as a result, making skin appear firmer, more elastic and evenly pigmented.

Regular BBL treatments can help reverse damage and maintain your skin’s youthful radiance, slowing down the formation of lines, dark spots and redness typically associated with aging and sun exposure.

BBL treatments offer fast, effective treatments with almost no downtime. Their proven track record, backed by extensive research, demonstrates significant improvements in skin texture, tone and overall appearance, making them leaders in noninvasive aesthetic treatments.

How Many BBL™ Treatments Will I Need?

The recommended number of BroadBand Light treatments can vary depending on your skin condition, your specific concerns and how your skin responds to the treatment. For conditions like age spots and redness, a series of three to five treatments spaced about a month apart is often recommended for the best outcomes.

Who Are Good Candidates for BroadBand Light™?

Good candidates for BBL treatments are in good overall health without active skin infections or certain medical conditions that could affect the healing process. They should have realistic expectations about the outcomes of BBL therapy, understanding that while improvements can be significant, perfection is not achievable. Candidates must recognize that multiple treatments may be needed to achieve optimal results, as BBL often requires a series of sessions spaced over time for maximum effectiveness.

Individuals taking medications that increase light sensitivity, such as certain antibiotics or accutane, might need to delay treatment to avoid adverse reactions. Additionally, very dark skin tones may have a higher risk of pigmentation changes due to the way melanin-rich skin absorbs light energy, so a thorough consultation with one of our Board-Certified Dermatologists is essential to determine suitability. Pregnant women are typically advised to postpone BBL treatments until after delivery.

Preparing for BroadBand Light™

Preparation for a BBL treatment should include:

  • Avoiding sun exposure and tanning for a few weeks before your session.
  • Discussing any medications or skin products you’re using with our specialists, as some may need to be paused before treatment.

What to Expect During Your BroadBand Light™ Procedure

The BBL process is relatively quick and involves minimal discomfort. Here’s a brief rundown of what you can expect at your appointment:

  • Your skin will be cleansed, and protective eyewear will be provided.
  • The BBL device is passed over the target areas, emitting light pulses.
  • You may feel a warm sensation, akin to a soft snap with a rubber band.

BroadBand Light™ Recovery and Downtime

Recovery from BBL is minimal, and downtime is little to none, depending on your preferences. While you might want to refrain from treatment right before a big social event, most people return to their normal activities immediately or the next day after treatment. You might notice some darkening of treated spots as you heal, resembling coffee grounds, but this is temporary and typically resolves within a few days.

What Results Can I Expect From BroadBand Light™?

You can expect some improvements relatively quickly after just one BBL session, but optimal outcomes are typically observed after a series of treatments. With BBL, skin texture and tone improvements commonly seen include enhanced skin firmness and a reduction in the visibility of age spots, freckles and small blood vessels.

  • Immediate Effects: Right after the treatment, you might notice a slight improvement in your complexion. However, some treated areas, especially those targeting pigmentation or vascular lesions, may initially appear darker or more pronounced before they begin to fade.
  • Short-Term Results: Within two to four weeks after your first session, you should start to see clearer, more radiant skin as pigmentation begins to lighten and redness diminishes. Your skin might also appear more even-toned and luminous.
  • Long-Term Results: The cumulative effect of multiple sessions can significantly enhance your skin’s appearance in the long term. Results will be increasingly noticeable after each treatment, with full results visible within a few months of your final treatment.

How Can I Maintain My BBL™ Results?

After completing a series of BroadBand Light treatments, “maintenance sessions” every four to six months can further improve and extend your results.

Enhancing Your Results With Combined BBL™ and Hybrid Fractional Laser Treatments

Combining BroadBand Light with hybrid fractional laser treatments like HALO laser or other resurfacing lasers offers a comprehensive approach to skin rejuvenation that addresses a wide range of concerns simultaneously. While BBL focuses on correcting pigmentation, redness and other visible signs of aging at the skin’s surface, HALO goes deeper, targeting the dermal layer to improve texture, pore size and some fine lines through its hybrid fractional laser technology. This combination allows for a full-spectrum rejuvenation, providing both immediate and long-term improvements in skin quality and health.

Ready to Rejuvenate Your Skin With BroadBand Light™?

Whether you’re looking to refresh your appearance or address specific skin concerns, BBL offers a versatile, effective solution. Our team of Board-Certified Dermatologists at AboutSkin Dermatology and Aesthetics is dedicated to providing personalized care that aligns with your skin goals.

Call 303-756-7546 or complete our online contact form to schedule your consultation today!

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