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Top Benefits of Broadband Light Treatments

By February 27, 2017May 11th, 2023Dermatology, Skin Care

Broadband light (BBL) treatments involve lamps that emit wavelengths, which can target and help improve many skin conditions. BBL addresses issues of aging as well as skin damage from the sun or other causes.

Top Three Benefits of the Treatment

  1. It’s fast. It’s possible to complete the process within only about 30 minutes, depending on the amount of skin treated. The noninvasive nature of the treatment means no downtime for patients so that they can get back to their daily routine quickly.
  1. Patient discomfort is limited. Patients wear safety glasses to protect their eyes, but the lights do not produce discomfort. Most people experience just feelings of warmth, with some sharper sensations possible. No anesthetics are necessary, although some physicians may recommend a topical anesthetic for sensitive areas.
  1. Patients heal quickly. Patients usually notice superficial redness immediately after the procedure, but this will fade within a few hours. Pigmented lesions targeted with the lights may darken temporarily, but they will quickly fade and begin to flake. Skin feels and looks smoother within a few days, and pigmentations and pores will become less noticeable.

How BBL Works

The light targets melanin and hemoglobin in the skin, generating warmth. This heat destroys excess pigment and hemoglobin through minor thermal injuries that the skin will naturally work to repair. The heat also stimulates the production of new collagen in the dermis layer of the skin. The new collagen helps reduce sagging and wrinkles.

Who Will Benefit From BBL Treatments?

Patients experiencing freckles, sunspots, age spots, or other sun damage are excellent candidates for these procedures. Broadband light can also help resolve persistent redness, rosacea, poikiloderma, hemangiomas, acne, and minor burns. Anyone unhappy with coarse hair growth or facial veins may notice a marked improvement after undergoing this procedure.

Popular Treatment Areas

Virtually any area of the body is suitable for BBL. The areas of the body most exposed to sunlight are the most common areas for broadband light treatments. Most patients have the procedure on the face, neck, hands, shoulders, and chest. Our dermatologists can help determine if this is the right treatment.