BBL is used to eliminate age spots, sunspots, seborrhoeic keratoses, freckles, birthmarks, hyperpigmentation and other unsightly discolourations of the skin. Treatment for pigmented lesions are based on the same technology as those used for veins, which successfully treat spider veins, Rosacea, port wine stains and other benign vascular lesions.
BBL treatments use pulsed light, which safely reduces melanin, the dark pigment in the skin, so that pigmented lesions fade, and slowly disappear. Treatment is applied by placing a hand held unit over some cold gel on the skin.
The pigmentation treated will darken after each treatment and can take 2 – 3 weeks to fade. The pigmentation should gradually wash off the skin during this period. Freckles, age spots and sunspots often clear after one treatment. Other blemishes may take 2 – 5 treatments. Each session normally lasts half an hour depending on the size of the area being treated. BBL treatments for pigmentation are usually done at 3 – 4 week intervals to ensure optimal results.
You may experience some short-term side effects. These can include a slight reddening of the skin and localised swelling. These side effects usually disappear within a few days. In rare instances blistering may occur. Very rarely, hypopigmentation and hyperpigmentation can occur, but are usually temporary.