How long does it take to see results from a BBL Laser?

Woman with BBL Laser

Broadband light (BBL) laser therapy, sometimes called a “photofacial,” is a type of cosmetic skin treatment becoming increasingly popular among those who prefer to improve their appearance without surgery and incisions. A BBL in Miami can be used to:

  • Even out skin tone and improve texture
  • Treat common skin problems like spider veins, acne, and rosacea.
  • Improve the appearance of skin conditions like fine lines, wrinkles, and sun damage

Areas of Treatment

BPL is a skin treatment utilizing a laser to brighten and enhance your complexion by stimulating your body’s natural collagen production. Collagen is an essential protein that provides bulk and structure in the skin.

BBL treatment is used for the face, neck, arms, chest, and hands in most cases, although it can also be used for other areas. 

How It Works

BBL skin treatments utilize many different wavelengths of light to target your skin’s underlying layers. During the treatment, your skin will be absorbing the light energy from the laser, stimulating the production of new collagen and eliminating darkly pigmented skin cells.

It should only take a few days or weeks to begin noticing the first changes to your skin after your treatment. With continued treatment sessions, your results will continue to build over time.

BBL Laser Consultation

To determine if BBL laser treatment would benefit you, you will need to consult with your provider. After you are cleared for this treatment, they will examine your skin to determine what areas will be targeted. They will work with you to create an individual treatment plan just for you and your unique needs.

Treatment Preparations

To achieve the best possible results, adhere to the following recommendations:

  • Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight and UV radiation, including tanning beds.
  • Avoid the use of topical skincare products like Retin-A and Tretinoin for at least two days before and after your treatment.
  • If you have cold sores, you may need to have them treated before undergoing BBL treatment. Please talk with your provider to receive their recommendations.

Your Procedure

The great thing about BBL treatments is that they are quick and painless. As mentioned earlier, each patient receives an individualized treatment based on their provider’s plan. Your treatment may involve several “filters,” targeting different skin problems. So each treatment helps with multiple skin conditions.

Your provider will first apply a cold gel to the area to be treated. You’ll be provided with dark glasses to shield your eyes while the laser is in use.

Your provider will use a special handpiece emitting light pulses and apply it to your skin. The applicator has a smooth glass finish. It is normal to experience a slight sting during BBL treatment. Patients commonly report this sensation as similar to that of a small rubber band snapping against the skin.

Most patients benefit from multiple treatments – usually four to six treatment sessions to achieve optimal results.

How long after my BBL laser treatment until I see results?

Within a few days after your procedure, you should begin noticing positive changes to your skin. Conditions like spider veins and blemishes should start clearing up within a few weeks.

Within two weeks of your initial BBL treatment, you’ll likely notice that your skin feels smoother and your skin tone is brighter. You may also see smaller skin pores, diminishing fine lines and wrinkles, and more minor skin discoloration.

Your provider will let you know how many BBL treatments you will need to achieve the results that you are looking for. The number of sessions that you will need is based upon factors like your:

  • Skin type
  • Skin condition
  • Treatment goals

Most people respond best to undergoing three to six treatment sessions spaced a few weeks apart. You would likely only need around two treatments a year to maintain your results when you have achieved your treatment goals.

Should I expect any side effects after my BBL laser treatment?

In the days after your initial BBL laser treatment, you may experience pigment rising to the surface of your skin. You may notice some temporary darkening of areas of skin like freckles and dark spots before they eventually fade and flake off over time, generally within three weeks. You will also likely experience temporary skin redness, swelling, and peeling. This is a normal healing response to laser treatment.

For the next couple of weeks after your BBL laser treatment, you’ll need to baby your skin. Some things that you should avoid during this time are the application of:

  • Exfoliants
  • Perfumed skincare products
  • Topical treatments for acne

In general, the less you put on your skin during the first two weeks, the better. Don’t experiment with new skincare products. Stick to what you know and what works best for your skin while in a sensitive state.

The Takeaway

BBL laser treatments are generally considered safe and effective for correcting numerous skin conditions, particularly those involving the appearance of the skin.

You should start noticing positive changes to your skin very soon after your first BBL laser treatment. However, you will likely require multiple treatment sessions to achieve your final aesthetic results.

To maximize the results of your BBL laser treatments, take good care of your skin after each treatment and carefully follow all of the instructions left by your provider.

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