BBL Laser

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 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 mind.

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

BBL is the highly advanced version of IPL. Compared to IPL, BBLis 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.