BBL Laser Specialist

Zand Dermatology

Dermatologists located in Mill Valley, CA

BBL Laser Q & A

What is BBL?

Using the power of photothermal energy, a broadband light laser (BBL) will
reduce the appearance of sun damaged and pigmented lesions. BBL can help
with sunspots, pigmentation, brightening, and overall skin tone. Your skin
will feel smoother, pores will be less noticeable, and uneven pigmentation
will fade.

Is BBL right for me?

BBL Laser is an extremely safe and minimally invasive procedure that
requires little to no downtime. Patients who would like to target
pigmentation, uneven skin tone, and brown spots/sun damage are great
candidates! We are here to walk you through a comprehensive consultation
and create an individualized treatment plan for you with your goals in

BBL (broad-band light) vs IPL (intense pulsed light):

BBL is the highly advanced version of IPL. Compared to IPL, BBL
is more specific and efficient, equipped with new cooling technology and
adjustable settings, allowing the treatment to be specialized to your skin
type and tone. BBL targets pigment deeper within the skin, clinically
proven to generate better results.

What to expect after your treatment:

BBL requires little to no downtime -- most people consider it a “lunchtime
laser.” You may look like you have a mild sunburn for 1-2 days. Your
freckles will darken and look like coffee grounds or pepper flakes. These
typically fall off within a week, or rise to the surface to be even more
effectively treated next time. More rarely, blistering can occur during the
first three days following the laser procedure. The total procedure takes
about 15-30 minutes. Cold compresses or acetaminophen (tylenol) following
the laser treatment can help with healing.

How often do you recommend BBL?

For the best results, we recommend a series of 2-3 treatments, one month
apart. For more sun-damaged skin, 4-5 more treatments may be necessary for
best results.