Are IPL and BBL the Same Thing?

Board-Certified Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons Serving Pensacola, FL & Mobile, AL

Posted: August 29, 2020
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Fast Facts:

  • IPL (intense pulsed light) and BBL (broadband light) are photorejuvenation or photofacial technologies.
  • These technologies use bright light to rejuvenate the skin.
  • IPL and BBL are used to treat a variety of skin problems such as sun damage, age spots, sun spots, rosacea, redness, acne scarring, uneven skin tone, fine lines, broken blood vessels visible beneath the skin, large pores, freckles, and sagging skin.

IPL (intense pulsed light) is a type of light that penetrates deep into the skin. The energy of the light pulse causes blood vessels under the skin surface to constrict, thereby reducing redness. It also smooths out wrinkles and fine lines by stimulating collagen production. In addition, the light waves target the melanin (pigment) below the skin and destroy the darker particles, making the skin less patchy, giving you a more even skin texture.

That’s what makes IPL is a useful technology for photofacials. It takes 3-5 treatments to get the best results from IPL facial rejuvenation.

BBL (broadband light) was developed from IPL and is considered to be a next generation photorejuvenation treatment. BBL is easier to customize and control. It’s also useful for a wider range of skin issues, such as skin tightening and firming.

Are IPL and BBL the same thing?

The answer is yes. Both of them are essentially bright lights that have filters. We can use these devices for any number of things. The most common uses are to treat red spots and brown spots in the skin as well as laser hair removal. You can think of IPL and BBL as really, really bright lights where we can adjust the pulse duration as well as the pulse energy and apply different filters to the light to achieve different effects.

Both IPL and BBL are non-invasive treatments that can be performed safely with minimal pain, side effects, downtime, and post-treatment recovery.

 

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