Remove Sun Damage with BBL


Between the sun, harsh cleansers, pollution, and aging, our skin can become dull and wrinkled (two of our least favorite words). Thankfully, with BroadBand Light™ Therapy, you don’t have to be stuck with skin issues. Think of BBL as a multi-tasker—from age spots to sun damage—it can pretty much tackle it all.

BBL is the next generation of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) photofacial therapy in Dubuque. The treatment uses short blasts of high-intensity light to produce younger-looking skin that’s firmer and more even in tone and texture. With little recovery time and no surgery, you’re going to start wondering if this anti-aging, skin rejuvenating, sun damage-reversing treatment is magic. (It’s not, it’s just science.)

You will see immediate results for multiple conditions, including sun damage, age spots, fine lines, redness, rosacea, acne, and visible improvements in skin firmness and elasticity. If you have one or two BBL treatments, your results will last for a few months. Three treatments or more each year have shown to result in smoother, brighter, and more even skin - giving the impression of reversing the aging process.






BroadBand Light™ therapy is a skin treatment that can reduce the appearance of damage and subtract years from your complexion. BBL, also known as Intense Pulsed Light therapy or the photo facial, uses cutting-edge technology to produce younger-looking skin that’s firmer and more even in tone and texture. With little recovery time and no surgery, BBL offers a safe, FDA-cleared option for sun damage, anti-aging, and skin rejuvenation.

Your face is one of the main areas of your body that immediately gives away your age. Years of unprotected sun exposure, harsh cleansers, and the process of aging can do a number on your skin, making it look dull and wrinkled. BBL helps reverse the signs of aging by minimizing sun spots, sun damage, and more!


BBL gently heats the upper layers of the skin. As light energy is absorbed, it stimulates skin cells to generate new collagen.  This helps to restore the skin to a youthful state, safely, with virtually no downtime. Pigmentation issues associated with the skin, such as facial redness, sun/age spots, small facial vessels and hyperpigmentation will gradually fade away after 2-5 treatments. Popular treatment areas include the face, neck, décolletage, arms and hands. 

The treatment itself will take between a few minutes and a half an hour. During the procedure, your eyes will be protected with safety shields or glasses. You may feel a warm sensation as the light is absorbed into your skin, but this is generally not uncomfortable.  A topical anesthetic is sometimes used to be able to perform more aggressive treatments comfortably. 

Your Faces Medspa laser specialist will provide you with information and advice on how to care for your skin following your treatment. You might experience redness for the first few hours. You may also see an initial darkening of some treated areas. These areas will fade and flake off, revealing fresh, rejuvenated new skin beneath. After any BBL treatment, it is important to avoid direct sunlight until the treated areas are healed. You should be able to go back to work and your regular activities immediately.

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What is the difference between BBL and BBL Hero?

The BBL Hero helps turn back the visible signs of aging, anywhere on the body. What makes this laser so special is it combines the BBL Forever Young technology with the BBL Forever Body technology into one laser that delivers results with 4x the speed and can even be used on tanned skin. With BBL treatments, your skin will look clearer, smoother, and more youthful. HERO stands for High Energy Rapid Output. This is the latest generation of sciton technology, and is 4x faster, 3x the power, and 2x the cooling compared to previous generations of BBL technology. This means that larger areas including the body can be easily and more comfortably treated, and we can safely deliver more energy to the treatment areas for more dramatic results.

What are the results of a BBL treatment?

An improvement in your complexion becomes visible after just one visit, and there’s NO downtime. Patients are able to wear makeup, wash their face and there’s NO peeling after. The main thing to plan for is some mild discoloration of any brown spots being treated, and to plan to follow careful sun protection for two weeks following treatment. Our laser technicians recommend1-3 initial treatment sessions and maintenance two times per year. Results should become visible in 1-2 weeks after a BBL HERO session.

Is BBL Hero a good treatment for sun damage?

Yes! BBL Hero is a non-invasive, non-surgical, and highly safe treatment delivers pulses of light to sun-damaged skin, effectively refreshing and rejuvenating it, and dramatically improving its appearance. The procedure helps reduce or eliminate hyperpigmentation, sun spots, age spots, freckles, redness, rosacea, wrinkles, small vessels, and much more.

Who is a good candidate for BBL?

BBL Hero is a great option for both men and women in search of non-invasive anti-aging treatments to erase the signs of sun damage and restore their skin’s youthful appearance. Treatments can be customized to suit specific skin types, meaning most people are candidates for this effective treatment.

What is Broadband Light Therapy?

Broadband Light (BBL) Therapy utilizes flash lamp technology (as opposed to laser technology) to eliminate uneven red and brown discoloration from the skin, reversing sundamage from your face, chest, and backs of the hands.

Why is BBL HERO an Antiaging Treatment?

BBL technology has been intensively studied as an antiaging treatment. While we cannot make any specific claims on delaying the aging process, the published "Forever Young" scientific studies speak for themselves: --Sundamaged skin with thinned and disorganized collagen reverses to healthy younger appearing skin when examined under the microscope. --The mRNA gene expression profile of aged skin pre-treatment changes into the expression profile of younger skin post treatment --Over an 11 year period of time with patients having just 2 BBL treatments per year, BBL treatments essentially "stopped the clock" with participants appearing to look 9 years younger than their actual age with treatment.


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One of the biggest concerns our Dubuque patients have when considering some of the more advanced treatments like Moxi and dermal filler is pain management. This fear is understandable; the human brain is hardwired to experience anxiety at the prospect of pain. At Faces Medspa, we make every effort to keep our patients completely comfortable before, during, and after their procedures. Fortunately, we have a powerful tool at our disposal: an innovative sedation system called Pro-Nox that’s designed to minimize both anxiety and pain.

If you're interested in learning more about how Pro-Nox can be incorporated into your comfortable treatment, call Faces Medspa today.  


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