If brown spots and sun damage are preventing you from looking as young and radiant as you feel, photorejuvenation may be your best option for revealing refreshed, more evenly pigmented skin. MI Skin Dermatology Center is proud to offer BroadBand Light (BBL) therapy, a light-based treatment performed by board-certified dermatologist Dr. Melda Isaac in Washington, D.C.
What Is BroadBand Light Therapy?
BBL therapy is a nonsurgical skin rejuvenation treatment that uses high-intensity light to address pigmentation-based concerns. This light is absorbed by melanin and blood vessels in the skin, which diminishes the appearance of discolored lesions, including:
- Age spots
- Sun damage
- Broken blood vessels
The heat generated by the light may also stimulate collagen and elastin production over time, which will boost your skin’s youthful glow. This can also improve uneven or rough skin texture caused by sun damage.
While the treatment can be used on multiple areas of the body, it is most commonly used to rejuvenate the face, neck, chest, and hands.
BBL therapy is an advanced approach to the IPL photofacial, which may also be beneficial for men and women struggling with less severe brown spots and redness. Dr. Isaac will work closely with you to determine the best laser treatment for your aesthetic goals. Chemical peels may also be effective for reducing sun damage.
What Is a BBL Treatment Like?
BBL therapy is noninvasive and typically only takes about 30 minutes. At the beginning of your session, you will be asked to wear eye protection, and a member of Dr Isaac’s team will apply a cooling gel to your freshly cleaned skin. Using the device, bright pulses of high intensity light are delivered to your skin. While discomfort tolerances vary, most patients say the treatment feels like a warming sensation or a rubber band snap. The treatment is so tolerable that topical anesthetic is not needed.
How Long Is the Recovery Process?
Recovery is fairly quick after BBL treatments, and most people are able to return to their daily activities quickly. Initially, you may experience some redness similar to a sunburn, but this can be covered by makeup and should dissipate after a few hours. Your skin will be especially sensitive to the sun for the next couple of weeks, so you’ll need to wear sunscreen diligently and avoid prolonged exposure.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
You may need between 1 and 3 treatments, depending on your concerns. These appointments are usually spaced about 3 to 4 weeks apart.
When Will I See Results?
You may notice treated spots darkening initially, but over the next couple of weeks, you should see healthier, more rejuvenated and even skin. Results may include reduction of brown spots, improved skin texture, and a visible decrease in sun damage. These results can last for several months. Some people choose to have touch-up treatments 2 to 4 times a year to extend their results.