What’s the difference between BBL, IPL & Laser treatments?

Everyone has concerns with how their skin appears. Unfortunately, it is nearly impossible to keep your skin always glowing and looking youthful. However, to improve your skin’s quality and take care of your concerns, there are many options available. Thanks to advancements in the medical aesthetic field, treatments have become more effective and more affordable. So more and more people can get the skin they desire. Laser and light therapies are among your choices if you are looking to improve skin concerns. Do some research before choosing a treatment. It is important to know the differences between laser, BroadBand Light or BBL, and Intense Pulsed Light or IPL therapies. 

Light from Laser Therapy

Light from a laser is different than light from BBL and IPL therapies. Generally speaking, the light from a laser is collimated, which means its size remains the same at all times. Unlike other types of light treatments, the amount of light does not spread out the further away it is, and instead, the light remains in one even beam. The beam does not expand with distance.

Laser light is also monochromatic. In other words, it is only one color and is also one wavelength. No other types of light fall under these categories. Additionally, light from a laser is invisible, but it only reacts with water and nothing else. Skin cells are comprised of 99 percent water, which means a laser’s light can vaporize them. When you choose laser therapy to improve the quality of your skin, the laser will remove the layers of skin cells to be targeted to change the texture of the skin.

In general, if the main concern with your skin is wrinkles and fine lines, laser light treatment is the best option for you.

Intense Pulse Light Therapy

IPL therapy is a popular type of rejuvenation treatment that corrects a variety of skin problems. Issues include rosacea, large pores, age spots, sun spots, scars, and redness. IPL photo facial therapy concentrates intense pulsed light directly and deeply into the skin, which allows the blood vessels to constrict and promotes collagen. This results in taut, firmer skin. At the same time, it also leaves the skin clearer while reducing redness.

This is the type of therapy that relies on various ranges of light waves that target melanin and hemoglobin beneath the skin’s surface. It allows for the elimination of dark spots, sun spots, and other discoloration issues, making the skin tone even. Overall, most patients get three-to-five treatments over a month for optimal results.

BroadBand Light Therapy

Essentially, BBL therapy is considered to be a modernized version of IPL. Overall, it’s easier to customize treatments for each patient and can be used to treat a variety of skin problems. Issues that can be corrected include age spots, freckles, redness, sagging skin, and acne scarring.

BBL targets the imperfections deep below the surface of the skin and includes cooling mechanisms to ensure the patient’s comfort. It is safe, effective, and leaves minimal side effects and pain. 

BBL therapy can also be used for permanent hair removal. Just like it does with skin treatments, the dual light technology it uses can easily be customized based on the skin’s pigmentation, the density of the hair, and the sensitivity of the area to be treated.

Schedule a Consultation

Light and laser therapies have been clinically proven to be safe and effective at treating skin concerns. If you live in Florida and are interested in getting one of these skin treatments, contact Lorraine Golosow, M.D. at your earliest convenience. Dr. Golosow will help to recommend the best treatment for you based on your concerns. lifestyle, and goals. Schedule a consultation at our office today.