Years of unprotected sun exposure along with unhealthy lifestyle habits can really take a toll on your skin. Fortunately, treatments like BroadBand Light (BBL) can help. This cosmetic treatment targets sun damage and unwanted pigment such as brown spots, redness/rosacea, and broken facial capillaries.

If you are considering BBL treatment for sun damage or any other concern, APT Medical Aesthetics can help. Keep reading to find out if BBL is the right treatment for you.

What is BBL?

BroadBand Light emits high-intensity pulses of light, in order to reduce unwanted red and/or brown pigment in the skin.  It does this by targeting melanin (which comprises brown spots or freckles) as well as hemoglobin (within superficial blood vessels). Eliminating this unwanted pigment results in clear, even skin that emits a radiant glow from within.

Close up of a woman receiving BBL treatment for sun damage on her face

What Areas Can Be Treated with BBL?

BBL can be used on any area of the skin that has sun damage or redness. The most commonly treated areas are those that are exposed to the sun’s damaging UV rays most often: face, neck, hands and chest. However, any part of the body that has been affected by sun damage can be treated, as long as the skin is not tanned.

What Is Recovery Like?

BBL is a non-invasive laser light treatment which means that there is no downtime. Most patients experience some temporary redness and the feeling of a sunburn immediately after the treatment, which resolves within an hour or two. Any brown spots that have responded to the treatment will darken, and then slough off the skin over the next 7-10 days.

It is recommended that you avoid deliberate sun exposure after your procedure, as well as tanning beds. There are some medications that can make you more sensitive to light that you should avoid as well. To ensure best results, apply sunscreen and/or other skincare products as directed by your APT Medical Aesthetician.

What Results Can I Expect?

Your Medical Aestheticican will discuss your goals and perform a complete skin analysis with you prior to your treatment. At this time they will determine the best treatment protocol that will help you achieve your desired results. Although you will see results (reduced redness and/or brown spots) after one treatment, maximum results are typically achieved with a series of 3-4 treatments, spaced one month apart.

A man receiving BBL treatment for sun damage on his back

How Long Does BBL Last?

Although there is no way to permanently prevent aging, BBL can remove years of visible sun damage, resulting in younger, healthier skin. Proper skin care and daily sun protection will enhance and prolong your results. While treated brown spots and broken blood vessels will not return, it is possible that new ones may appear in the future. Therefore it is likely you will require the occasional maintenance treatment to maintain your radiant skin.

Is BBL Right for Me?

If you’re looking to improve visible sun damage and/or skin redness, BBL might be the treatment you’ve been searching for.

At APT Medical Aesthetics, we will sit down with you in an initial consultation to discuss all aspects of the BBL treatment and determine if you are a suitable candidate. We will also be able to answer any questions you might have.

There’s no need to stress about sun-damaged skin. Discover how to achieve even, radiant skin all year round. Contact us today to book your consultation,.