Tired of dull-looking or damaged skin? BBL™ photofacial from Gainesville Dermatology Aesthetic Center is a fast-acting light therapy treatment that provides immediate results and little-to-no downtime. This therapy is an FDA-approved treatment that uses short surges of high-intensity light to restore dull and damaged skin to a firmer, more even, and more youthful condition. BBL™ light therapy comprises the most powerful cosmetic light technology available and offers many benefits to patients of many skin types and stages of life.
Contact our Gainesville dermatologists to learn more about our available skin treatments and to schedule an appointment for BBL™ photofacial treatments.
What Is BBL™ Photofacial?
BroadBand Light (BBL™) therapy is a safe, non-invasive, FDA-cleared treatment used to transform the appearance of the skin through the treatment of sun damage, uneven skin texture, skin tone issues, fine lines, wrinkles, and a number of other apparent skin conditions that can make the skin appear tired, dull, and aged. The non-invasive nature of each BBL skin treatment makes this procedure a relatively quick experience for optimal skin rejuvenation results. Photodamage, or sun damage, results from accumulated exposure to ultraviolet light. This causes negative cellular changes in the body, which encourage further negative cell changes. BBL™ is designed to target and combat the effects of external aging and help patients maintain all the essential properties of younger-looking skin. BBL™ photofacial treatments can treat several skin conditions, including the following.
- Sun damage
- Broken facial vessels
- Rosy Cheeks
- Fine lines
- Acne scars
- Surgical scars
- Stretch marks
- Loose skin
- Pigmented lesions
- Vascular lesions
- Uneven skin texture
How Does BBL™ Photofacial Work?
BroadBand Light therapy uses the power of light energy to heat the uppermost skin layers gently. This heating process encourages collagen production and cell regeneration, which produces a more youthful, radiant, and glowing appearance to the skin. Following treatments with BBL™, the skin is restored to a firmer, fuller, and smoother state. The same non-invasive light wave energy used to help the body generate new collagen can help shrink fine blood vessels causing facial redness and reduce pigmented skin lesions associated with sun damage. Each BBL™ treatment typically takes just 15 minutes to perform.
BBL™ Vs. IPL
Often confused with other laser and light-energy therapies, BBL™ photofacials use non-invasive light waves in a broad light spectrum to target and treat skin problems. In contrast with other treatments, BBL™ can target and treat a larger skin area than lasers. IPL, or intense pulsed light therapy, is light therapy used to treat wrinkles, pigmented skin spots, and remove unwanted hair from the skin. IPL and BBL™ use non-invasive light waves to treat the skin and remove certain imperfections.
Neither type of treatment requires the use of injections or incisions to complete. Instead, IPL treatments use a handheld device that is passed over the skin and delivers pulses of broad-spectrum light deep into the skin’s layers. IPL uses different light waves to stimulate collagen. BBL™ offers specialized, high-intensity light to heat the skin, stimulating collagen production, and is the only treatment that can change the expression of cells and genetic factors associated with extrinsic (external) aging. As such, BBL™ offers practitioners greater control over each patient’s treatment and allows them to easily personalize the treatment.
Does BBL™ Photofacial Hurt?
In addition to being non-invasive, treatments with Broadband Light technology create a comfortable experience for the patient. The majority of patients express the cooling features of the BBL™ machine allow for minimal discomfort. For patients with sensitive skin, your skin specialist may apply a topical numbing cream to the treatment area before the start of the procedure.