BBL Photofacial

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BBL Photofacial Overview

BBL Photofacial, also known as IPL or just Photofacial, is a non-invasive cosmetic technique that uses pulses of light that target the hues associated with sun-damaged skin and aging. It is used with specific light filters that target browns in pigmented lesions and reds in unwanted surface vessels. BBL Photofacials are popularly performed on areas like the face, neck, décolleté, shoulders, arms and hands.

This is a technique that utilizes intense beams of pulsed light generated from a Xenon flash lamp.

It works by targeting specific skin areas with pulses of intense light. Different filters are used to select the frequency of light that pulses from the flash lamp onto the targeted skin areas. BBL utilizes the process of photo thermolysis, which heats specific tissue components with light energy based on their color and light absorption profile. So, for example, brown-pigmented lesions are targeted with a 515nm filter, whereas red vessels are targeted with a 560nm filter.


BBL Photofacial is a safe and effective way to get rid of unwanted pigmentation and surface vessels. Some common side effects include pigmentary changes, redness, swelling, itching, peeling, scabbing, and mild discomfort. There are ways to minimize the side effects of the BBL Photofacial protocol.

If you follow the proper precautions, your odds of having a successful procedure without side effects can be greatly increased.

First, patients need to avoid sun exposure to the treatment area for several weeks prior to BBL treatment. Second, patients need to carefully adhere to all the pre- and post-BBL Photofacial guidelines. Third, patients need to make sure their BBL procedure is done by a qualified skin care professional with extensive experience in doing the procedure.

Good Candidates

Patients who take oral isotretinoin (Accutane) have an increased sensitivity to intense pulsed light therapy. They should stop the medication at least six months before doing the BBL Photofacial procedure. We encourage you to consult with our cosmetic surgeon to determine if you are a suitable candidate for reaping the benefits of a BBL Photofacial procedure.