Treating Skin Pigmentation

BroadBand Light (BBL™) is an innovative light-based technology that sets new standards for treating skin pigmentation associated with aging, active life-styles and sun damage. Adjustments to BBL light energy allows our clinician to design treatments personalized for your skin and precisely treat pigmentation like age and sun spots, small facial veins, and many other skin defects. Treating pigmentation with BBL photofacial is noninvasive so you can receive comfortable and effective treatments to fit your schedule, even on a lunch break.

Conditions treated

  • Small brown patches (lentigines)
  • Freckles (ephelides)
  • Birth marks (cafe-au-lait macules)
  • Dermal melanocytoses


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Procedure: BBL Photo Facial
Description: Single BBL photofacial to treat pigmentation on the face.
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Individual results may vary.

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FAQs about treating pigment

How does BBL work?

BBL deposits pulses of light energy that gently heats the upper layers of skin. Within the skin, the light energy is absorbed by targets of pigmentation, such as fine, broken vessels that cause redness and brown spots or pigmented lesions that are caused by an overproduction of melanin. This scientific and biological process treats the pigment, eliminating it from the skin and restoring it to its natural beauty, blending its natural tones, making it more vibrant and youthful in appearance and touch.

The BBL light energy is preferentially absorbed by a specific targeted chromophore during the selective photothermolysis used to destroy the targeted epidermal pigment. The choices of laser pulse duration, light wavelength, and the method of cooling combine to affect the outcome of the treatment.

What areas can be treated?

Any area of your body can be treated. The most popular photofacial treatment areas are on the face, neck, back of the hands, chest and shoulders.

Can tanned skin be treated?

An active tan from the sun or tanning beds is not appropriate for treating with BBL. Tanned skin has a lot of pigment or melanin that may also absorb the BBL light energy. It is recommended that a person does not have sun exposure in the area to be treated for a period of 3 weeks prior to treatment with BBL. Self tanners must be faded from the skin for at least a week to 10 days prior to treatment. Discuss with your clinician the possibility of tanning during your series so that a safe regimen can be created.

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments needed varies from patient to patient and our clinician will personalize a treatment plan based on your skin defects and the level of improvement you desire. Our clinician may also combine your treatment with other popular aesthetic procedures to further enhance the outcome.

What will happen during the procedure?

Your eyes will be protected with safety shields or glasses. You may briefly feel a warm or "rubber band snap" sensation as the light is absorbed by the targeted areas. Your procedure may take a few minutes to a half an hour depending on the size of the area to be treated and the type of procedure performed. Our clinician will discuss all of your options with you.

Will it be uncomfortable?

The procedure is gentle, noninvasive and safe. Generally, there is no need for a topical anesthetic but our clinician may choose to use it on more sensitive areas.

What should I expect after the treatment?

You may experience some redness that should resolve within a few hours. Pigmented lesions will darken and gradually flake off and fade over the next 7-10 days. Often your treated skin will feel smoother, fine lines and pores begin to be less noticeable, and sunspots or uneven pigmentation will fade. Results depend on your skin's condition, the number of treatments, and the area treated. Our clinician will provide you with complete information about the post treatment care and results.

How long will it take to recover?

This is a noninvasive and gentle procedure with virtually no downtime. In most cases, you are able to return to work, apply makeup, and resume most of your activities immediately.

What aftercare do I need?

It is important to follow the clinician's instructions. You may be given some skin care products and instructions on how to use them. If you must go outdoors, it is recommended that you cover your treated skin and use sun block of SPF 30.

Will insurance cover this procedure?

Phototherapy treatments, like other cosmetic procedures, are not usually covered by your insurance company. If you have any questions, it is best to talk with your provider.

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