What Can IPL and BBL Do for Sun-Damaged Skin ?

Do you have sun-damaged skin or a ruddy complexion? When it comes to reversing damage to the skin caused by the sun and other skin issues, IPL and BBL are the most popular laser services to consider.

IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light. An IPL device uses multiple wavelengths to treat sun damage, age spots, and visible veins to improve skin texture. There’s some confusion on the difference between IPL and BBL, which stands for Broadband Light. To simplify, BBL is a type of IPL. The term was coined by the Sciton company to differentiate it from other IPL devices.

What is BBL and How Does it Work?

BBL is touted as a highly advanced version of IPL. Compared to IPL, BBL boasts superior accuracy, safety, and efficacy. What also sets BBL apart from other photorejuvenation therapies is its ability to treat darker skin.
Often, topical products are not enough to penetrate the deeper layers of skin. For optimal results, it’s best to complement your regular skincare routine with proven, effective treatments like BBL that help restore skin.

BBL works by carefully directing controlled light energy over the treatment area. The visible light spectrum involves violet to red colors, and it does not include ultraviolet light, which is what causes sun damage and skin cancer. The completely safe light energy is converted to heat as it approaches the target. The upper layers of the skin are heated gently, stimulating skin cells in the target area to regenerate.

For age spots or brown spots, the BBL reaches the pigment by penetrating the skin, fading the dark spot so that it will eventually lighten to match the surrounding skin. BBL also stimulates the production of collagen and elastin fibers, which leads to smoother skin texture, more even skin tone, and a reduction in fine lines, wrinkles, freckles, and age spots.

Patients who have undergone BBL treatments for sun-damaged skin describe the procedure as bearable, claiming it feels like a series of tiny rubber-bands are snapping the treatment area. There is some discomfort, particularly in more sensitive areas. It boils down to individual pain tolerance. For this reason, a topical anesthetic is typically applied.

One of the best things about BBL is that there is no downtime associated with the treatment. You will, however, experience some redness similar to a sunburn. Expect the treated area to darken over the next 1-2 weeks. The skin will heal and slough off, revealing new, smoother skin. Because the skin is sensitive after treatment and the weeks following, it’s crucial to protect your skin from the sun. Sun exposure may result in severe sunburns.

At CüR Laser and Skin, we carry the Sciton Forever Young BBL. As a system that is widely regarded as the most powerful IPL device on the market today for improving color, tone, and texture of the skin, it can be used to treat a wide range of skin issues. Not only can it help with sun damage, but the system’s multiple settings allow us to treat age spots and even spider veins and other small, visible veins. It can also be used to reduce and correct acne, facial flushing, or rosacea.

When performed by a certified technician or practioner, Sciton BBL can offer long-lasting results and little-to-no downtime. The whole procedure will take about an hour or less, depending on the size of the treatment area. To get the best results, it’s ideal to do a series of treatments. It’s rare to get the desired or optimal effects after just one procedure. We will also recommend the best skin products that will help you maintain your new skin and investment for longer.

Treating Skin Pigmentation With BBL

Our skin is a big deal. It is your body’s largest and fastest-growing organ. If the body produces too much or too little melanin, it can cause brown spots, sun spots, moles, melasma or other skin patches that appear lighter or darker than normal. Some people address pigmentation concerns with medicines and creams, while others are seeking treatments for more dramatic results.

If you have any of the skin conditions below, BroadBand Light Therapy (BBL) could be the quickest and safest solution to take years off your skin:

  • Freckles
  • Age spots
  • Brown spots
  • Uneven skin texture
  • Small blood vessels and rosacea
  • Aging Skin
  • Loss of firmness

BBL sets a new standard in treating skin conditions associated with aging, acne, loss of firmness, unwanted hair, and sun damage.

Stop the clock on the appearance of aging skin.

What Is BBL?

BBL is the world’s most powerful IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) device on the market. It sets new standards in treating skin conditions associated with aging, active life-styles, and sun damage.

Forever Young BBL is an innovative technology that uniquely delivers light therapy targeting the signs of aging and sun damage and effectively provides a more refreshed, rejuvenated and youthful appearance.

Forever Young BBL treats a wide variety of conditions. For skin rejuvenation, Forever Young BBL removes age spots, freckles, redness, small vessels and more. Forever Young BBL can also be used to reduce unwanted hair and control active acne. All areas of the body can be treated.

How Does BBL Work?

The light energy delivered by BBL will gently heat the upper layers of your skin. The heat absorbed by the targeted areas will stimulate your skin cells to regenerate. This process will restore your skin to its natural beauty, making it clearer, smoother, vibrant and younger looking.

BBL energy allows your physician to treat age and sun spots, small facial veins, and many other skin conditions. Your physician’s treatment plan will be tailored to match your skin type and your desired results. BBL has a solutions for your skin concerns.

What Areas Can Be Treated?

The skin is our largest organ and any area can be treated with BBL.

Most commonly treated areas:

  1. Face
  2. Chest
  3. Hands
  4. Neck

Treating Acne with the Sciton ForeverYoung BBL

Acne is a skin disorder resulting from the action of hormones and other substances on
the skin’s oil glands, sebaceous glands and hair follicles. For some, the occasional pimple is annoyance, but for
others, acne is a serious problem that can wage war on one’s self-confidence.

Severe acne, if left untreated, can also lead to permanent scarring. So, what’s one to do?

From over-the-counter creams and scrubs to medication and dietary changes, there are numerous ways to wage war on acne.
Unfortunately, what works for one doesn’t necessarily prove effective for the next person.

A relatively new contender that is making waves, quite literally, is the Sciton ForeverYoung
 – a treatment that is touted for reducing acne, scarring and possibly
even turning back the hands of time.

Unsure of whether it’s the right fit for you? Here are 5 common questions asked about
Sciton ForeverYoung BBL.


1. How Exactly Does The Sciton ForeverYoung BBL Work?treating acne

Looking to improve the way your skin looks and feels? Laser technology and laser therapy
have evolved over the years and there are numerous ways in which they can be beneficial for your skin.

Broadband Light Treatments, or BBL for short,
are FDA-approved procedures intended to treat various skin conditions and irregularities –  yes, even problem

One of the newest Broadband Light Treatment is the Sciton ForeverYoung BBL. Technically
speaking, this is a machine that uses Intense Pulse Light, or IPL, for short.

With ForeverYoung BBL, pulsed infrared and visible light energy heat up the upper layers
of your skin. This heat gets absorbed by your skin and targets the irregularities. It eliminates the melanin that is
caused by sun damage. The heat also helps produce new collagen – critical in the reformation and rejuvenation of new


2. Will My Skin Look Younger?

A new study recently published in the Journal
of Investigative Dermatology 
shows that Sciton BroadBand Light (BBLTM)
treatments can change the expression of genes associated with the aging process to more closely resemble young skin.
The study supports the hypothesis that regulators of aging can be altered in human skin using BBL technology to
provide a functional change, rather than just a cosmetic mimic of youthful appearance.

“As an industry, to find a clinically sound solution for human anti-aging is critical,”
said Dr. Macrene Alexiades-Armenakas, board certified dermatologist, attending physician at Lenox Hill Hospital and
Yale/New Haven VA Hospital, and Assistant Clinical Professor at Yale University School of Medicine. “As a practicing
physician in the field of dermatology, it is exciting to know there is a safe, light based treatment with
ground-breaking clinical evidence supporting anti-aging and the reversal of skin damage available to our

Note: BBL is not FDA cleared for changing gene expression or anti-aging.

The Forever Young treatment is for anti-aging maintenance while the blue light filter
aspect of the treatment is for the treatment of active acne.


3. Just How Effective Is The Sciton BBL In Treating Acne?

With proper treatment, the procedure will lead to collagen remodeling, proliferation of
active fibroblasts, and treating over-acting sebaceous glands that result in the reduction of acne and improve acne
scarring non-ablatively.

If administered by the right hands, the BBL treatment is very safe and effective for a
number of skin conditions, according to Jaggi Rao, an associate clinical professor and the director of laser and
surgical teaching at the University of Alberta.

In a recent article in Best Health Magazine, Rao explains how the
process works:

“The energy (light, radio frequency or other) heats up the tissue. When the heat reaches
a certain temperature, this “injures” or destroys the target. If enough “injury” occurs, the skin will repair it,
creating rejuvenated skin that is tighter, thicker or smoother than before.”

The “look” of scarring improves over several treatments through collagen stimulation in
the dermis as a result of repeat treatments of ForeverYoungBBL.


4. What Can I Expect After Treatment?

The side effects are minimal. However, some experience mild redness lasting several
hours, and in some cases – 3-5 days. Makeup can easily be used to conceal the redness.

According to HealthPartners.com, one can expect the
following after treatment:

  • You may experience a mild sunburn-like sensation on the treated area for the first
    24-48 hours following the treatment. Apply cold compresses as needed to help relieve the sunburn-like sensation.
    These may be applied as often as ten minutes per hour on the day of the treatment. Gentle moisturizers or products
    containing aloe vera applied following the treatment can also have a soothing effect
  • An antibiotic ointment should be utilized if there is any blistering, crusting, or
    breaks in the skin.
  • Darkening of pigmented lesions is a normal response, and they may continue to
    gradually darken over the next 24-48 hours. Darkened lesions may progress to scabs or crusting, and will start
    flaking off in 2-3 days. The lesion is usually healed in 7-10 days, and will continue to fade over the next 2-4
    weeks. Do not pick, scratch or remove scabs or crusting.
  • Avoid aggressive scrubbing and the use of exfoliants, scrub brushes, and loofa
    sponges until the treatment area has returned to its pre-treated condition.

5. Is The Sciton ForeverYoung BBL for Me? 

Aging and acne aren’t something you can control – but it is possible to mitigate the
aesthetic effects of it.

The Sciton ForeverYoung Broadband Light treatment (with the 420 blue light filter) can
help you restore the effects of time, so that you can go back to having fresher, more rejuvenated-looking skin, minus
the spots.

About Dr. Kumar Shivdasani

Dr. Kumar Shivdasani, Medical Professional and CoolSculpting Vancouver

Dr. Kumar Shivdasani is a medical practitioner with 25 years
experience. He began his career in emergency at Vancouver General Hospital and addiction medicine – later branching into
cosmetic medicine. He is the owner of CuR Laser and
in Vancouver, BC. Education, good lifestyle and diet changes lay the foundation for developing overall health
and wellness, helping Kumar’s clients achieve and maintain their target goals. Dr. Kumar is also dedicated to helping
others as shown by his support for Summits of Hope and Turning Point Recovery.