BroadBand Light Therapy – Top 5 FAQs

Fact: sun, pollution, lifestyle choices and your skin’s natural ageing process impact how your skin matures. There is no way to avoid it.

The good news, however, is there are many effective treatments available to address your anti-ageing concerns. At Kaya Cosmedica, we utilise the most advanced technologies in non-invasive and minimally invasive skin rejuvenation to help our patients fall back in love with their skin.

The BroadBand Light Photofacial is one of our go-to treatments for reducing sun damage and age spots, correcting redness and vascular blemishes, and providing a revitalised appearance for a range of skin types. If you are considering a BroadBand Light treatment in South Melbourne, you’ll find answers to some of our most frequently asked questions below.

Fast Facts About BroadBand Light Therapy

  • Indications: pigmentation, vascular lesions, redness, fine lines, acne

  • Anaesthesia: none

  • Downtime: none

  • Treatment Areas: face, neck, chest, shoulders, backs of the hands

  • Treatment Time: 30-40 minutes

  • Typical Package: 3-4 sessions

Is BroadBand Light Therapy Safe?

Our BBL device delivers the most powerful IPL (intense pulsed light) treatments available. But just because it’s powerful doesn’t mean it’s a high-risk procedure. A Photofacial is gentle, non-invasive and safe for many skin tones.

Like other IPL treatments, BroadBand Light Therapy works by heating specific layers of the skin. The device emits broad-spectrum light energy that is absorbed by the haemoglobin in blood vessels that cause redness and the excess pigment (melanin) that causes patches of discolouration. No surrounding tissues are harmed, so side effects are minimal and there is no required downtime.

Because melanin absorbs the light, tanned and dark skin can be at risk of burning, hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation and scarring. Safer skin rejuvenation options for those with more melanin in their skin include chemical peels and microneedling.

Does BroadBand Light Therapy hurt?

BBL treatments are not particularly painful, though you may feel some discomfort. Patients typically experience warmth and tingling while the light energy penetrates the skin, a sensation sometimes likened to the flick of a hot rubber band. The surprise of the pulses, rather than the physical sensation itself, can be what is most uncomfortable. We generally do not find that a topical anaesthetic is needed.

The BBL procedure includes steps that help to minimise discomfort. Your provider may apply a cooling gel to your skin before the treatment and/or use an integrated cooling mechanism that comes with the device.

Immediately after your Photofacial, you can expect to see mild redness, and it may feel like you have a sunburn in the treated area. This usually dissipates within a few hours. An ice pack or cool compress can help.

How Long Does BroadBand Light Therapy Last?

BroadBand Light Therapy is not a one-and-done treatment. The optimal number of BBL treatments varies from person to person, but most people benefit from undergoing an initial series of three to four sessions, scheduled two to four weeks apart.

Once your recommended treatment regimen is complete, you can expect younger-looking skin and improvements in skin tone and texture. You may see results for multiple conditions, including age spots, sun damage, redness, rosacea, visible blood vessels, fine lines and acne. Benefits typically last for a few months.

To enjoy your results indefinitely, we recommended scheduling follow-up sessions at least once annually. Three to four sessions per year is a popular treatment schedule. Your provider may suggest combining your BBL therapy with other aesthetic procedures available at our South Melbourne skin clinic, such as anti-wrinkle injections or dermal fillers, to further personalise your treatment and help you achieve the look you desire.

Does BroadBand Light Therapy Tighten The Skin?

The BBL device emits pulses of light in a range of wavelengths. Some of those wavelengths heat the skin’s deeper layers, where they stimulate the production of collagen and other proteins responsible for maintaining skin elasticity.

As we age, our bodies no longer produce these proteins in sufficient quantities. Our skin loses firmness and tightness, and we develop an array of fine lines and deeper creases. Increasing collagen production with a BroadBand Light treatment rebuilds the skin’s inner support structure, improving tautness and smoothing out wrinkles.

One of the best things about BBL is that it works by harnessing your body’s natural processes. It will never leave you with the overly tight, frozen face that is sometimes the result of plastic surgery. The results look and feel 100% natural, because they are.

How Much Does BroadBand Light Therapy Cost?

The main factors that go into a BBL treatment’s cost are the size of the area being treated, the number of areas being treated in a single session and whether there are multiple sessions.

These other factors can affect the cost of any aesthetic treatment:

  • What type of provider performs the treatment — a treatment from a nurse, for example, typically costs less than a treatment from a clinical doctor
  • Your provider’s level of experience — more expertise usually comes with a higher price
  • The location of the cosmetic practice — treatments are likely to cost more in high cost of living areas
  • Special offers or discounts — some providers offer discounted rates for multiple sessions booked together in a package

Scheduling a consultation with a local provider is the best way to get a personalised estimate of what BroadBand Light Therapy would cost you. For an appointment with a provider at Kaya Cosmedica, please use our convenient online booking tool.

See a Brighter Side of Your Skin With BroadBand Light Therapy in South Melbourne

Even tone and colour are hallmarks of youthful, healthy skin. A BroadBand Light Photofacial is one of our most powerful tools to fight pigmentation problems and redness. With little to no downtime, and a procedure that’s gentle enough for most skin types, BBL treatments can help you achieve the beautiful skin you’ve been dreaming of.

Ready to begin? Let’s get connected! Contact the South Melbourne office of Kaya Cosmedica to schedule an appointment. We look forward to introducing you to our curated selection of anti-ageing treatments and getting to know your skin.