How BBL BroadBand Light Can Turn Back the Clock on Your Skin

How BBL BroadBand Light Can Turn Back the Clock on Your Skin

People judge people by appearance, so it makes sense to want clear, healthy skin. Many creams and lotions claim to make the skin look better, but they can’t reach the deeper layers. 

The aging process happens in these deeper layers of skin, so a more targeted approach is needed to stop the clock on aging. 

Our staff at Sheperd Integrative Dermatology can tell you everything you need to know about BroadBand Light skin treatments and how they can make your skin feel clean.

Check out this post to learn more details about this matter. 

The Trend About BBL

BroadBand Light skin treatment has been getting more and more popular. But what is it, and how does it work? For those new to the therapy, BBL is a gentle, non-invasive treatment that uses pulsed light to give you skin that looks younger. 

Light rays are sent into the deepest layers of your skin during treatments. This helps reduce the look of hyperpigmentation, wakes up your skin, and boosts your body’s natural ability to fight signs of aging. 

At your first appointment with our medical aesthetician and the rest of the team at Sheperd Integrative Dermatology, we’ll look at your skin and develop a unique treatment plan to help you reach your skin goals! Let’s see how BBL works precisely below. 

How Does BBL Work?

First, it’s essential to know that BBL is not a laser treatment. Instead, it uses intense pulses of light that can be changed in many ways to treat many skin problems. Acne, rosacea, age spots, sun spots, fine lines and wrinkles, uneven tone and texture, and so much more can all be treated with BBL.

The device gives off photothermal energy with a broad spectrum. This makes the skin red because it absorbs the skin’s brown pigment (melanin). As the top layers of skin absorb the light’s heat and energy, pigmented skin cells are killed, and blood vessels in the area close up. 

The energy and heat from the light also start a natural wound-healing process that makes new cells and more collagen.

What To Expect From This Treatment?

We start by taking pictures of your skin. Then, we clean your skin, protect your eyes, and put a clear gel on the area that will be treated.

Once your skin is ready, experts move the BBL device over your skin several times while it flashes light on your skin. The light gets into your skin and hurts the pigment, the tissue, or the blood vessels. 

Your body will try to fix the damage, making the spots or wrinkles look less harmful. BBL treatment is not done with a laser. Instead of the more focused light of a laser, it uses short bursts of very bright light. 

Laser treatments use only one wavelength of light. Still, BBL uses a wide range of light that you can filter in different ways to treat other conditions. It can also treat more skin than a laser can.

After the treatment, we put sunscreen on the skin to keep it from getting too hot.

How Long Does it Take To Get a BBL Treatment?

It takes about 15 minutes to do a BBL treatment.

What Do BBL Treats?

BBL treats age spots (liver spots), sun damage, redness, broken facial blood vessels, wrinkles, and dull skin. You can treat these conditions and the effects of rosacea. It can also make freckles and birthmarks look better. The treatment can be done on the face, neck, chest, arms, and hands, among other places.

Who’s Ideal for BBL Therapy?

BBL works best on lighter skin tones. People with darker skin should stay away from BBL because their darker pigment absorbs too much light, which can cause dark spots (hyperpigmentation) to show up. 

Most people in Wisconsin don’t get treatment in the summer because their skin is tanned. They usually get three treatments yearly, in October, January, and right before summer.

Our experts will discuss your treatment goals and look at your skin during your first appointment. We help you develop the best treatment plan for your skin tone and way of life.

What Else To Know About BBL?

This skin care treatment approved by the FDA is still relatively new, so you have some questions! We’re here to help at Sheperd Integrative Dermatology. Here are some of the most common questions about BroadBand Light treatment for the skin.

Does BBL Only Needs One Session?

BBL is NOT just a one-time treatment. Even though your treatment plan will be made just for you based on your needs, most people need four treatments a year.

What Can BBL Help With?

Anywhere! The best thing about BBL is that it can improve any part of your body.

How About The Treatment Downtime?

After treatment, the treated area and the area around it may be red. There may also be some mild swelling for a day or two. But once your appointment is over, you can put on makeup, go to work, and return to your everyday life.

Will Insurance Cover This Method?

Insurance does NOT pay for this treatment. But if you look at how happy our patients are after treatment, it’s well worth the money!

Is BBL Safe For All?

The procedure is safe for people whose skin is light and hasn’t been tanned. Since melanin absorbs light, people with olive or brown skin are more likely to get burned, lose or gain color, or get scars. 

Chemical peels and some types of laser treatment are safer ways for people with more melanin to improve the look of their skin.

Side Effects & Aftercare Suggestions

As was already said, the BBL treatment doesn’t hurt you, so there are no dangerous side effects. But it is common for patients to get red right after the treatment, but this will go away in just a few hours. 

Even though it’s unnecessary, some people find it more comfortable to put ice packs on the treated area. If you got BBL to treat hyperpigmentation (brown spots), you could expect the places to get darker before peeling after a few days. 

In rare cases, there could be a bit of swelling, especially if the procedure was done near the eyes. Remember that you don’t need to worry because this is a normal part of the process and will stop in a few days.

Also, it is best to avoid drinking alcohol, staying in the sun for a long time, and doing hard work for the first few days after the treatment. This is done to reduce the chance of getting a bruise or having too much swelling.

As soon as the slight redness and swelling disappear, you’ll notice that your skin is firmer, tighter, and smoother, and the pores are smaller.

Most importantly, patients should do what their doctors tell them to do since the results can vary based on each person’s needs.

Schedule a BBL Laser Treatment

Do you want to turn back the clock on your skin and make it look healthy and young again? Then give us a call to set up a consultation, and you can stop worrying about your skin. 

Suppose you’ve already had an initial consultation or know this is the treatment you want. In that case, you can buy your BBL laser treatment through our secure online portal.

We also have treatments for fillers, body contouring and facials that may help you achieve your best aesthetic goals! 

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Rebecca Repaire


Becky is a board- certified Physician Assistant and has practiced Dermatology for over 18 years. She graduated magna cum laude from her undergraduate degree at the University of Georgia, then completed her Physician Assistant studies at the Medical University of South Carolina. She now practices medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. She has done extensive training in the use of a dermatoscope and equally extensive training in surgical techniques for the removal of skin cancers. As her practice and skill have continued to grow, cosmetic dermatology has become a passion of hers and she devotes herself enthusiastically to continuing training to ensure she remains at the forefront of innovations with Botox, fillers, threads, and other techniques. She believes that our skin is a reflection of our overall emotional and physical well-being, and she delights in helping patients find their inner beauty.

Amy Jetter


Amy brings her whole heart to her role on the Sheperd cosmetic team.  A graduate of Elon College and the Medical College of Virginia, Amy has been a board-certified nurse for over 30 years.  Bringing her skills as an ICU nurse into her role in cosmetic patient care, Amy provides a warm, reassuring presence to all her clients, listening to their concerns and collaborating with them in a plan to bring forth and enhance their natural beauty.  A standing member of the American Association of Plastic Surgery Nurses and a past RN trainer in cosmetic and aesthetic procedures, Amy offers all types of laser treatments, botox and dermal filler injections, and chemical peels.

Melissa Mancuso

Body Contouring Specialist

Melissa has six years of experience in body contouring, beginning with her role as the CoolSculpting representative for Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Since joining the Sheperd team, she has received additional training and now offers chemical peels, Vivace micro-needling, and Diamond Glow dermal infusion. She loves helping patients feel good about their bodies and teaching them about how the various cosmetic procedures can help them achieve the results they are seeking.

Margaret Gierhart


Margaret, a South Carolina native, is a Licensed Esthetician and makeup artist with over 20 years of experience in the beauty industry. She earned a BA in Psychology from the University of South Carolina. She began her career in beauty as the resident makeup artist for Bobbie Brown cosmetics at Saks Fifth Avenue in Charleston. In order to expand her knowledge, she earned her degree in esthetics from Trident Technical College, graduating with honors. She joined the Sheperd Integrative Dermatology staff in 2014 and is certified in a wide array of cosmetic procedures and skin care products. Her offerings include laser skin resurfacing, IPL, micro-needling, chemical peels, radio frequency, laser hair removal, and body contouring. Her background in both psychology and artistry gives her a deep capacity to care for patients and understand what makes them feel beautiful. A mother of two daughters, Margaret understands beauty as not only external appearance, but also as a manifestation of the inner qualities of kindness, generosity, and well-being.

Madeline Anderson


Maddie is a board-certified Physician Assistant and a Lowcountry native. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Clemson University and then went on to earn a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from the Medical University of South Carolina, graduating with highest honors. While in PA school, Maddie served as a Student Representative for the SC Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants. After graduation, she completed a six-month advanced dermatology internship here at Sheperd Integrative Dermatology. She also completed the Diplomate Fellowship with the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants. Maddie has a heart for medical missions and is passionate about patient education. Her free time is shared with her family, her friends, and her two fur babies!

AnnaKathryn Keiper


AnnaKathryn completed her Doctorate degree at the Medical University of South Carolina and has seven years of experience in dermatology. She has completed additional training in medical dermatology, cosmetic dermatology, and functional medicine. She provides skin cancer screenings, surgical removal of skin cancers, treatment of precancerous lesions, extractions of cysts, and the treatment of acne. In the cosmetic domain, she provides laser, filler, and neurotoxin treatments. Certified through the Institute of Functional Medicine, AnnaKathryn has a special focus on wellness, including weight loss and diet consulting. She uses her expertise in this field to create an individualized program to help each of her patients achieve optimal wellness supporting them in maintaining vibrancy and vitality throughout their lifespan.

Allyson Harrell-Garrison


Ally is a board-certified Physician Assistant and a Diplomate of the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants, their highest rating. She is a graduate of Clemson University and earned her Master’s degree in Physicians Assistant studies at the University of Alabama; additionally, she completed a dermatology fellowship at Charlotte Dermatology in North Carolina. For more than ten years, her focus on both medical and surgical dermatology has included identifying and treating skin cancers as well as managing biologic medications for psoriasis and atopic dermatitis. Ally has a strong love of surgical dermatology and she performs surgeries every day in the clinic, including excisions of cysts and skin cancers. She also loves the challenge of a difficult case! On the cosmetic side, Ally is a skilled injector of both Botox and Dysport. She sees compassion and empathy as vital qualities that she brings to all her patient interactions. She is mindful that skin cancer screenings can be frightening or overwhelming; her warm, calm manner and her focus on patient education throughout each appointment make her an outstanding clinician.
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