BBL™ Photorejuvenation is the world’s most powerful IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) device available today. It is the gold standard in treating skin conditions associated with aging, sun damage, and active lifestyles. BBL™ harnesses the power of light to safely target and treat multiple skin concerns during a single treatment. Your Skin Artisans provider can customize the wavelength of light they use to selectively target pigmentation, facial redness, and even individual broken blood vessels. BBL™ can be used virtually anywhere on your face or body to improve your skin’s clarity, tone, and radiance!


How does BBL™ Photorejuvenation work?

During a BBL™ treatment, a broad range of light is directed onto your skin. This light can be adjusted to target pigmented areas, like brown spots and sun damage or facial redness and vessels. These areas then absorb the energy from the light and are broken down and destroyed. Pigmented areas will grow darker before flaking off over two weeks, facial vessels will eventually disappear, and facial redness will be dramatically reduced over time. The goal of BBL™ is to restore a clearer, more even, and brighter complexion on the face and entire body!

What does BBL™ treat?

BBL™ is a very versatile treatment that can be customized by your Skin Artisans provider to treat a broad range of skin concerns including:

  • Sun damage (dark spots / brown spots)
  • Age spots and unwanted pigmentation
  • Facial redness and chronic flushing
  • Broken blood vessels / capillaries
  • Fine Lines
  • Acne
  • Enlarged pores

Who is a good candidate for BBL™ Photorejuvenation?

BBL™ targets the pigmentation in skin.  Therefore, the best candidates for BBL™ are patients who have a naturally light to medium skin tone, ideally a Fitzpatrick score of III or less.  This allows your provider to safely target pigmented lesions without compromising the safety of the surrounding skin.  Outdoor tanning, indoor tanning, and the use of sunless tanning creams and lotions is prohibited while undergoing BBL™ treatments, as they may cause complications with your treatment.  The use of certain photosensitizing medications and skincare products may also need to be stopped before pursuing treatment with BBL™.  Your Skin Artisans provider will help discern if you are an appropriate candidate for BBL™ during your initial consultation.

What does a BBL™ treatment feel like?

Before your BBL™ treatment, your Skin Artisans provider will cleanse your skin and apply a clear, cooling gel. This gel helps the BBL™ handpiece glide over your skin and directs the light emitted from the laser. Because you’ll experience a series of bright flashes as the handpiece moves across your skin, your eyes will be protected by goggles or eye shields during treatment. The sensation of BBL™ is very tolerable, and many patients compare it to the light snap of a warm rubber band. Your provider will move across the treatment area in a series of passes and may pay special attention to areas with more prominent dark spots or vessels. A typical BBL™ treatment takes 45 minutes or less to perform, depending on the size of the treatment area(s).

Is there downtime associated with BBL™?

After a BBL™ treatment, your skin may be slightly flushed and feel almost like you have a sunburn. There may be small areas of swelling where your Skin Artisans provider applied extra pulses of energy to treat a specific dark spot or vessel. This swelling should subside within 24 – 48 hours, and cool packs may be used if there is any discomfort. An SPF of 30 or higher must be used daily (and the sun avoided) for at least a month after BBL™ to prevent fresh skin from becoming damaged.

In the days following your BBL™, treated dark spots will get darker and may even increase in number as damaged cells rise to the skin’s surface. This darkening is a good thing! It indicates that pigment on your skin’s surface (and in the deeper layers) has absorbed the energy from BBL™ and that damaged cells are beginning to break apart. Although tempting, it is essential not to pick at these dark spots as they dry and become flakey. Doing so may cause damage to new skin that is emerging. Let these areas slough off naturally, and within two weeks, a brighter, more even complexion will be revealed!

When do I see the results of a BBL™ treatment?

Expect to see your final BBL™ results 3-4 weeks after treatment. This period allows time for dark pigmentation to flake away and for treated blood vessels to be reabsorbed by the body. While most patients see significant improvement with only one BBL™ treatment, a series of at least three treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart is optimal. This is because sun damage runs into the deeper layers of skin and may require more than one treatment to pull damaged cells to the surface. There may also be prominent blood vessels contributing to a patient’s facial redness or flushing, which will require multiple treatments to address.

BBL™ can be combined with other treatment modalities, like HALO™, to intensify the level of correction and improvement you achieve and to enhance your overall result. Most patients schedule a yearly maintenance BBL™ treatment after completing a series to keep their skin clear and even throughout the year and enjoy the anti-aging benefits of photorejuvenation.

BBL™ Photorejuvenation treatments available at Skin Artisans

Forever Young BBL™ – Turn back the clock on aging skin! The powerful light energy delivered by Forever Young BBL™ stimulates cells to regenerate quickly, resulting in smoother, more even, and vibrant skin. The photothermal energy of BBL™ eliminates fine vessels that cause redness and reduces unwanted melanin that produces age and sunspots. Your skin will feel smoother, fine lines and pores will be less noticeable, and sunspots or uneven pigmentation will fade to reveal a more even skin tone and glowing complexion.

Forever Clear BBL™ – Banish breakout for good! Forever Clear BBL™ is a cutting-edge acne treatment that uses the power of light to comfortably and effectively clear acne without creams or medicine. Skin is first treated with BLUE BBL light to eliminate acne-causing bacteria at its source, deep down in the pores. Skin is then treated with YELLOW BBL light to reduce inflammation and acne-associated redness to give skin a healthy, luminous glow.

Forever Body BBL™Complement your face’s clear and youthful appearance with skin revitalization for your entire body. ForeverBody™ is the fastest way to treat pigment, sun damage and troublesome age spots across your body.  The ForeverBody™ treatment is a no-downtime, comfortable procedure that eliminates  the visible signs of aging such as, age spots, sun spots, redness or dull-looking skin.   Why stop at your face?  Get beautiful skin from head to toe!

BBL HERO® – Skin Artisans is proud to offer BBL HERO®, the most powerful and fastest photorejuvenation treatment available today! HERO® delivers 4X the speed, 3X the peak power, and 2X the cooling to increase efficacy and safety. These advancements allow your provider to treat large surface areas like the back and legs in a matter of minutes. See significant improvement in your skin’s luminosity and clarity in as little as one treatment!

If you are a resident of Minneapolis, MN, or surrounding communities and are interested in learning more about the BBL™ Photorejuvenation, please contact Skin Artisans at Edina Plastic Surgery at 952-234-8414 or visit our contact page.

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