Frequently Asked Questions about Photofacials (BBL)

Below we’ve answered some of the most common patient questions about BroadBand Light therapy, better known as BBL or a photofacial. Especially effective for treating sun damage and discoloration, BBL works a little differently than a laser, so read on to learn all about this popular procedure.

Q: Who is an ideal candidate for this procedure?

A: This treatment is ideal for patients who are looking for a quick, no downtime solution to improving pigment, sun damage, age spots, and redness of the face, neck, or chest. Darker skin patients will need evaluation to determine the best course of action for their needs.

Q: What does BBL Photo Rejuvenation treat?

A: BBL improves facial redness and broken capillaries, and improves the appearance of age spots and sun damage.

Q: What are the most common areas treated?

A: The most common areas we treat are the face, neck, arms, décolleté, and hands.

Q: How does it work?

A: The different spectrums of light energy in BBL are each attracted to the brown and red shades of pigment in the skin. During treatment, the beams of light hit this pigmentation and dismantle it. As the skin heals, the treated spots will slough off. The pulsed light also heats the skin and stimulates collagen production, which helps the skin restore some of its natural condition.

Since 1988, more than 32,000 patients have had safe, successful procedures at La Jolla Cosmetic Surgery Centre & Medical Spa.

Q: How long does the treatment take?

A: Although time varies depending upon the area being treated, the average treatment time is 30-45 minutes.

Q: How soon will I see results?

A: Immediately after the procedure, your skin will appear pink; this will last only a few hours and can be covered with makeup if needed. The sun damaged spots will darken slightly and will take a week to slough off. After 2 weeks, results should be evident. Optimal results will typically take 3-5 sessions spaced 4-6 weeks apart.

Registered nurse aesthetician Brittany Haley, RN talks about recovery after BBL treatments

Q: Who shouldn’t receive a BBL Photo Rejuvenation?

A: You should not have BBL Photo Rejuvenation treatment if you have been recently tanning or if you have a darker skin complexion. Alternative treatments such as chemical peels or topical lighteners may better benefit darker skin patients.

If you’d like to learn more about BBL and other options for skin resurfacing, contact us to schedule your free consultation!