Intense Pulse Light VS Broad Band Light

Which One Does It Better?

Our world is full of acronyms. We see them every day in text messages or WhatsApp.  Who among us hasn’t seen something that made us LOL? Or had an emergency that forced us to BRB?

In skin care, IPL and BBL™ are the letters you need to know. Each has its advantages, but currently BBL™ is widely recognized as the safer, more versatile option. And we know it’s effective because it is a direct descendant of IPL!

So which treatment is best IRL RN? Read our assessments then RSVP for a time TBD at your convenience. Have FAQs? Just give us a call!

Intense Pulsed Light

Intense Pulsed Light treatments (IPL) is one of the original photo rejuvenation technologies. It’s used to treat sun spots, age spots, rosacea, redness, dilated blood vessels, scarring and large pores.

An IPL photo facial uses intense pulsed light that penetrates deeply into the skin. This targeted energy causes collagen and blood vessels below the skin’s surface to constrict, reducing redness and smoothing wrinkles.

IPL uses a range of light waves that target hemoglobin and melanin below the surface. The heat destroys the darker particles, making redness and uneven patches less visible. Most people need three to five treatments spaced one month apart to see best results. Most benefits of a photo facial occur gradually in the weeks following treatment.

In the past IPL was also a popular option for permanent hair removal as well. Today there are safer, more effective options.

Broad Band Light 

BBL™ is considered to be the next generation of IPL.

It is even FDA cleared for repairing sun damage.

It’s easier to customize for each patient and to control the treatment. BBL™ can treat a wider range of skin issues, including firming and tightening skin. It was created to increase safety and improve results of photo rejuvenation treatments.

Broad Band Light treatment, or BBL™ treatment, is used to effectively treat:

BBL™ hand pieces are equipped with advanced cooling features for comfort and safety. It can use effective, high-powered energy with minimal pain, side effects or post-treatment recovery. 

How Does BBL™ Work?

BBL™ targets imperfections where they begin, far below the surface of the skin. BBL™ dual-light system uses heat and light energy to penetrate the skin and target darker pigment in damaged cells. BBL™ stimulates new cell growth deep in the skin which forces the skin to repair itself. As these deeper layers of cells rise to the surface, skin continues to improve.

The repair process fades discolorations and stimulates collagen growth for smoother, firmer skin with a more even tone and a decreased appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

More than just appearances, a recent study has shown that BBL™ has been proven in studies to have another component: it can stop the clock on the appearance of aging skin.

The Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) in our cells tells each cell what it is going to be and how to function. As we age, DNA becomes damaged, making cells less effective in their designated processes. Skin cells with aged DNA turn over less, meaning those older cells stay at the surface longer, creating dull, parched-looking skin.

A recent study found that BBL™ treatment reverts skin cells to a younger state by rejuvenating the genes and genetic code in the cells. Cells with the rejuvenated DNA act like younger cells. Your skin looks younger as the deeper layers rise to the surface.

BBL™ skin rejuvenation treatments can take just a few minutes in a provider's office depending on your specific issues, the treatment areas and the patient's expectations.

BBL™ is also safe and effective for permanent hair removal. Its dual light technology is customizable for variations of skin pigmentation, the thickness of hair growth and sensitivity of the treatment area.

Is BBL™ Right For You?

BBL™ is non-invasive and non-ablative, which means it won’t burn your skin or cause peeling. Its cutting-edge technology has made it a very safe and popular option for anti-aging treatments. 

BBL™ treatment can also give dramatic results comparable to more invasive procedures but is relatively painless with no recovery or downtime.

Our expert team can tell you more about BBL™ versus Intense Pulsed Light at your skincare consultation. Dermology customizes facial rejuvenation treatments to optimize results on your unique skin. Only a personal consultation and skin assessment can determine if a person is a good candidate for BBL™ treatment.

Schedule your consultation at Dermology with our trained BBL™ technicians. They can design a treatment plan to give you younger, more beautiful skin that lasts.

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