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Everything You Wanted to Know About BroadBand Light (BBL) Treatments

May 8, 2023

As we age, our skin can begin to show signs of wear and tear. Sun damage, wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots can all contribute to an appearance that makes us look older than we feel. Fortunately, modern cosmetic technology offers a variety of solutions to help combat these issues and restore a youthful, radiant glow to our skin. One of the most effective of these treatments is BroadBand Light (BBL). In this blog post, we will explore everything you wanted to know about BBL treatments, including how they work, their benefits, and what to expect during the procedure.


What is BBL?

Broadband Light therapy (BBL) is a revolutionary cosmetic treatment that uses advanced light technology to improve the appearance of the skin. This non-invasive procedure utilizes intense pulses of light to target a range of skin concerns, including acne, hyperpigmentation, age spots, fine lines, and sun damage.

BBL therapy works by delivering controlled bursts of light energy to the deeper layers of the skin, stimulating collagen production and promoting skin cell regeneration. The result is smoother, firmer, and more youthful-looking skin.

BBL therapy was invented by Dr. Patrick Bitter Jr., a board-certified dermatologist based in Los Gatos, California. Dr. Bitter is a recognized pioneer in the field of non-invasive cosmetic procedures and has been at the forefront of developing innovative techniques and technologies for over two decades.

Dr. Bitter first developed the concept of using broadband light therapy to improve the appearance of aging skin in the late 1990s. Since then, BroadBand Light Treatments have become a popular and widely-used cosmetic treatment, with thousands of patients worldwide reaping the benefits of this cutting-edge technology.

Why is BBL therapy so popular?

There are several reasons why patients and practitioners alike love this innovative treatment.

First, BBL therapy is a non-invasive and quick procedure that requires no downtime. Patients can return to their normal activities immediately following treatment, making it a convenient option for those with busy schedules.

Secondly, BBL therapy is highly effective in improving the appearance of various skin concerns, from acne and rosacea to sun damage and age spots. Patients typically notice significant improvements in the texture, tone, and overall health of their skin after just a few treatments.

BBL therapy is a versatile treatment that can be customized to meet each patient’s unique needs. The treatment can be adjusted to target specific areas of concern, and practitioners can tailor the intensity of the light energy to suit each patient’s skin type and condition.

Side-by-side before and after BroadBand Light (BBL) treatment photos

What skin concerns can bbl treat?

At Atalo Aesthetics in Cincinnati, Ohio, we are proud to offer BroadBand Light Treatments as part of our comprehensive range of cosmetic treatments. Our experienced and knowledgeable team of professionals can help you achieve the radiant, youthful-looking skin you deserve,

BBL treatments can be customized to address a wide range of concerns, including:

  • Sun damage
  • Age spots
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Redness and rosacea
  • Acne and acne scars
  • Uneven skin tone

BBL treatments are minimally invasive and require no downtime. This makes them an excellent choice for anyone looking to improve the appearance of their skin without undergoing surgery or a lengthy recovery period.

How does BBL work?

BroadBand Light treatments work by using a special handpiece that emits high-intensity pulses of light energy. This energy is absorbed by the skin’s pigmented areas, such as age spots or sun damage, or by the hemoglobin in the blood vessels, which helps to reduce redness and improve the skin’s overall tone and texture.

During the procedure, your provider will first apply a clear ultrasound gel to the treatment area to help protect your skin and enhance the effectiveness of the light therapy. The handpiece will then be placed on your skin and activated, emitting short bursts of light energy. You may feel a slight warming or snapping sensation during the procedure, but this is typically well-tolerated and does not require anesthesia.

BBL treatments usually take between 15 and 40 minutes to complete, depending on the size and location of the treatment area. After the procedure, you can immediately return to your normal activities, although you may experience some minor redness or swelling that typically subsides within a few hours.

Click here to see BBL in action over on our YouTube channel!

Side-by-side before and after photos of BroadBand Light treatments

What are the benefits of BBL treatments?

BBL treatments offer a variety of benefits for anyone looking to improve the appearance and health of their skin. Some of the key benefits of BBL treatments include:

  • Reduced sun damage: BBL treatments can help to reduce the appearance of sun damage, including age spots and freckles, and can help to improve the overall tone and texture of the skin.
  • Improved skin texture: BBL treatments can stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, two essential proteins that help to keep the skin smooth, supple, and youthful-looking.
  • Reduced redness: BBL treatments can help to reduce the appearance of facial vessels, redness, and rosacea, helping to give the skin a more even and consistent tone.
  • Minimally invasive: BBL treatments are minimally invasive and require no downtime, making them an excellent choice for anyone looking to improve the appearance of their skin without undergoing surgery or a lengthy recovery period.
  • Customizable: BBL treatments can be customized to address a wide range of skin concerns, making them an excellent choice for anyone looking to improve the appearance of their skin in a specific area or for a specific concern.

One of our providers, Kristin, breaks down all of the skin concerns BBL can help treat in this video here!

Who is a Good Candidate for BBL Treatment?

BBL is a safe and effective treatment for a wide range of skin types and conditions. If you’re looking to improve the overall appearance of your skin, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, or eliminate pigmentation issues, then you may be an ideal candidate for BBL treatment. However, there are some factors to consider to ensure that BBL is the right choice for you.

For example, if you’re currently pregnant or have recently had a baby, you should wait until after you’ve given birth and have stopped breastfeeding before scheduling BBL treatment. Additionally, if you have a history of skin cancer, you should consult with us before undergoing BBL treatment.

It’s important to note that BBL is not a one-size-fits-all treatment. Your skin type, the condition of your skin, and your desired results will all factor into the number of sessions you’ll need to achieve optimal results. During your initial consultation, our trained professionals will assess your skin, discuss your skincare goals, and create a personalized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.

What to Expect During BBL Treatment

BBL treatment is a non-invasive, virtually painless procedure that typically takes less than an hour to complete. During the treatment, a handheld device is used to deliver pulses of light energy to your skin. This energy is absorbed by the targeted areas, stimulating collagen production, and promoting skin rejuvenation.

Most clients report minimal discomfort during the procedure. Following the treatment, you may experience mild redness, swelling, or sensitivity, but these symptoms typically subside within a few hours to a few days.

To achieve optimal results, most clients require a series of BBL treatments spaced several weeks apart. Our team will work with you to create a personalized treatment plan based on your skincare goals and the condition of your skin. BBL can also be combined with other skin treatments such as Halo, microneedling, or chemical peels for more dramatic results, please enquire with our team for more information on this.


BBL treatments are a safe and effective way to improve the appearance of your skin, reduce the signs of aging, and achieve a more youthful, glowing complexion. At Atalo Aesthetics, our team of trained professionals will work with you to create a personalized treatment plan tailored to your specific skincare goals. Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation and learn more about the benefits of BBL treatment.

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