BBL Treatment to Face – Description and Recovery

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

Posted: August 29, 2020
Authored by:

Fast Facts:

  • BBL (broadband light) is a photorejuvenation technology that is used to treat sun damage including age spots and sun spots on the face.
  • BBL treatment to the face is a non-invasive, non-ablative treatment with no downtime.

Broadband light (BBL) treatment to the face involves using a very bright light with different filters to treat unwanted red spots and brown spots on the face. It is a non-ablative laser, meaning it doesn’t burn the skin. There is no downtime from this treatment.

How does BBL treatment to the face work?

What BBL does is it selectively injures the underlying red spots and brown spots. The top layer of that pigment, whether it’s red or brown, is charred on the inside. Your body then clears that pigment away over the next 3-4 weeks. This then exposes the pigment underneath. So, people who have not been getting broadband light treatments, they need to have a treatment done every 3-4 weeks initially to catch up and get rid of those red and brown spots.

How many BBL treatments to the face will I need?

Maybe it takes 2,3,4 treatments, and then another treatment every 3-4 months for maintenance to keep the red and brown spots at bay. The reason that you require multiple treatments 3 or 4 weeks apart is because only the top layer of pigment is exposed to the light and gets injured each time. It takes a little while for your body to clear that away and expose the underlying pigment, before we can hit it again with the bright light.

With broadband light, BBL or IPL to the face, the goal is to treat red and brown spots. It’s non-ablative. There’s no downtime. The only thing to keep in mind is that it oftentimes requires multiple treatments to clear those red and brown spots away.

Recovery from BBL Treatment to the Face

After broadband light treatment to the face, there’s really not much you need to do. It’s a non-ablative treatment, i.e., it doesn’t burn the skin. I would recommend following a good (medical-grade) skin care regimen as well as wearing sunblock every day. Also, I recommend wearing hats and sunglasses whenever you can to protect yourself from ultraviolet rays. Make sure the sunblock has broad-spectrum UVA and UVB coverage. And that’s pretty much all you need to do following a broadband light or BBL treatment to your face.

Results from BBL Treatment to the Face

Keep in mind that sometimes your red spots and brown spots will look worse immediately following the treatment because the light turns those red spots and brown spots black. So, it can look like faint or dark pepper under your skin temporarily. And then your body will clear that pigment away and expose whatever pigment is underneath (if there is any additional pigment underneath). So, don’t be alarmed if your spots look worse temporarily following the treatment.

 

More About Us

To learn more, check out our website RestorePlasticSurgery.com where you can upload your photos and concerns as a virtual consult. You can also check out our price estimator to get pricing information for all the various procedures we offer. And finally, if you’d like to have your questions answered on a future podcast or Q&A video session, please leave a message on our SpeakPipe. You can go to our blog page and our SpeakPipe is located there.