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IPL and BBL ™? Is there really a difference?

While light, at least sunlight, is vilified for causing many forms of skin damage, light can also be the cure. Light-based modalities such as BBL ™ and IPL are designed to address skin imperfections that are caused by sun exposure, environmental issues, and even genetic aging. 

Laser and light therapies comprise a significant portion of the aesthetic treatments performed at RG Plastic Surgery. One recurring question we encounter is confusion regarding the differences between BBL ™ (BroadBand Light) and IPL (Intense Pulsed Light). Both IPL and BBL ™ are part of the photorejuvenation category of light treatments. While they share similarities, they are very different in practice. 

What is IPL?

IPL is a technology that uses high-intensity light to produce firmer, younger-looking skin with improved tone and texture. It works by heating the upper layers of the skin, that in turn stimulates the skin cells to produce new collagen and restore the skin to its natural, youthful glow. The treatment has little to no downtime, yet it produces lasting improvements and can be performed on the body as well. It takes several treatments to notice the full impact and you have to stay out of the sun.

What is BBL ™?

BroadBand Light Therapy or BBL ™ is more than an enhanced version of IPL. BBL ™ is best described as the next generation of IPL. BBL ™ has increased safety and has improved the results of photorejuvenation. It is a safe, FDA-cleared option for repairing sun damage, reversing aging, and rejuvenating the complexion, all while maintaining no downtime. Because we can customize and control the treatments, BBL ™ can treat a wider range of skin issues, with increased firming and tightening of the skin. It is the safest, most results-driven form of IPL for photorejuvenation. Simply put, BBL ™ is IPL supercharged.

So why choose BBL ™ over IPL? 

The state- of- the- art technology in BroadBand Light Therapy sets the standard when it comes to skin rejuvenation. BBL ™ is the only treatment that can change the expression of genes associated with aging and longevity. This means BBL ™ restores the genetic aging pattern of the skin. If you want to change the way you age, you want BroadBand Light. The BBL ™ machine has multiple, high tech, skin- specific light filters for the most customizable treatment. BBL ™ handpieces are equipped with advanced cooling features for comfort and safety. It can use potent, high-powered energy with minimal pain, side effects, or post-treatment recovery. Forever Young BBL ™ treatments are fast, require no downtime, and have both lasting and ongoing results. Patients especially love it for their face, neck, upper chest and hands.

How does it work?

BBL ™ targets imperfections where they start, far below the surface of the skin. The BBL ™ dual-light system uses heat and light energy to penetrate the skin and target darker pigment in damaged cells. BBL ™ stimulates new cell growth deep in the skin which forces the skin to repair itself. The repair process fades discolorations while stimulating collagen growth for smoother, firmer skin, a more even tone, and a decreased appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

BBL ™  can stop the clock on the appearance of aging skin.


Skin cells with aged DNA create dull, parched looking skin. Studies on BBL ™ treatments has shown that it reverts skin cells to a younger state by rejuvenating the genes and genetic code in the cells. Cells with the rejuvenated DNA behave younger. If that’s too much science, simply understand that skin looks younger, because it becomes younger on a genetic level. 

BBL ™ or IPL? 

At RG Plastic Surgery we love BBL ™ because it is one of the most predictable and effective treatments available to reduce sun spots, age spots, rosacea, hyperpigmentation, acne, and redness. Let us help you fall back in love with your skin. Intense pulsed light or IPL is a standard and effective treatment for photorejuvenation. Those looking for better results should consider the premium solution, BroadBand Light Therapy.

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