Broad Band Light, known as BBL, has been used commercially for aesthetic purposes since the 1990s. It was the fabulous results that my friend received from BBL that peaked my interest in what later became the “Med Spa” concept.
Over the past 20 years, BBL has been used for many purposes, but it has been found to be most effective for skin rejuvenation. Broad Band Light is also known by other names such as Photofacial, Intense Pulsed Light and IPL. All of these devices use a powerful flash lamp to produce a pulse of photos from the low visible blue light thru the spectrum of visible light into the invisible infrared spectrum. Because BBL provides all these different spectrums of phototherapy, it provides multiple benefits. BBL treatments improve sunspots, poikiloderma, blotchy pigmentation, redness rosacea, broken blood vessels and poor skin texture. The most unique benefit of BBL is that studies have shown it can cause slow aging of the skin at the DNA level. No other treatment has shown this benefit. For this reason, I consider regular BBL treatments to be basic skincare, just as regular teeth cleaning is basic oral hygiene.