Broadband Light High Energy Rapid Output – BBL HERO – A Simple Guide

Aug 24, 2023 | News

A Comprehensive Guide To BBL HERO

In this guide, we will discuss everything you need to know about BroadBand Light Hero Therapy (BBL HERO) before visiting us at the clinic. Within this guide, you will find:

What is Broadband Light Therapy and BBL HERO?

What are the risks and side effects of BBL HERO Treatment?

How Effective is BBL HERO Therapy?

Preparation and Aftercare for a BBL HERO Procedure

The Cost and Coverage of BBL HERO Therapy

What is Broadband Light Therapy and BBL HERO?

Broadband Light Therapy (BBL) is a type of non-invasive medical treatment that utilizes advanced light technology to address various skin concerns. Also known as Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy, BBL uses high-intensity light pulses across a broad range of wavelengths to target specific skin issues and stimulate skin rejuvenation.

The treatment is commonly used for:

Skin Rejuvenation: BBL can improve skin tone and texture, reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots, and promote collagen production for smoother, younger-looking skin.

Hyperpigmentation: BBL can target and reduce areas of hyperpigmentation, such as sunspots, freckles, and melasma, by breaking down excessive melanin in the skin.

Vascular Lesions: BBL can help reduce the appearance of vascular issues like broken capillaries, spider veins, and redness associated with conditions like rosacea.

Acne Treatment: BBL’s light energy can kill acne-causing bacteria and reduce inflammation, making it effective for managing mild to moderate acne.

During the procedure, the BBL device emits controlled pulses of light that are absorbed by the target areas in the skin. The light energy is converted into heat, which selectively destroys the targeted skin cells or triggers the body’s natural healing response. BBL is a relatively quick and comfortable procedure with minimal downtime, making it a popular choice for those seeking non-surgical skin rejuvenation.

It’s essential to undergo BBL treatments under the supervision of a trained and experienced healthcare professional to ensure safety and effectiveness, as the treatment parameters need to be adjusted based on individual skin types and concerns.

What is the Difference Between IPL and BBL Therapy? 

IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) and BBL (Broadband Light) therapy are both light-based treatments used for various skin concerns, but there are some key differences between the two:


  • IPL (Intense Pulsed Light): IPL uses a broad spectrum of light wavelengths to target specific chromophores (target molecules that absorb light) in the skin. The light emitted consists of multiple wavelengths, but it is not as precise or specific as BBL.
  • BBL (Broadband Light): BBL also uses a broad spectrum of light, but it can be more targeted and selective than IPL. BBL technology filters the light to deliver specific wavelengths, allowing for more precise treatment customization and better results.

Precision and Targeting:

  • IPL: Since IPL emits a range of wavelengths, it may not be as precise in targeting specific skin concerns. It can be less effective for certain conditions or may require more sessions to achieve results.
  • BBL: BBL can be more precise and selective in its targeting of various skin concerns. By adjusting the filters, BBL can deliver light at specific wavelengths optimized for treating different skin conditions, such as pigmentation issues, vascular lesions, and hair removal.


  • BBL: Due to its more targeted approach, BBL is generally considered to be more effective than IPL for many skin concerns. BBL treatments often require fewer sessions to achieve significant results.
  • IPL: While IPL can still be effective for certain conditions, its broader range of wavelengths may make it less efficient for specific or stubborn skin issues.


Both IPL and BBL are considered safe when performed by trained professionals. However, because BBL can be more precisely customized to the patient’s needs, it may reduce the risk of unwanted side effects.

Treatment Options:

  • IPL: Often used for hair removal, superficial pigmentation issues, and general skin rejuvenation.
  • BBL: Widely used for various skin concerns, including hyperpigmentation problems, vascular lesions, acne treatment, sun damage, and skin aging. 

In summary, BBL therapy is considered a more advanced and effective version of IPL due to its ability to deliver more targeted and customized light wavelengths. Both treatments can be effective, but BBL is often preferred for specific skin concerns and may require fewer sessions to achieve the desired results. It is crucial to consult with a qualified skincare professional to determine the most suitable treatment option for your individual needs.

What is BBL HERO?

BBL Hero is a more powerful version of traditional BBL, with three times the peak power and twice the cooling effect. This means that BBL Hero can deliver more effective results and more comfortable treatments.

BBL Hero is designed to be used on large areas of the chest and body to shorten treatment time and improve results. It can quickly treat large areas, such as the back, legs, and arms, in minutes with visible, lasting results.

BBL Hero is a type of pulsed light therapy that can penetrate to a variety of skin levels. It aims to improve skin quality and health overall and can be used anywhere on the body. Depending on your skin type and condition, your BBL Hero results can last up to a year.

What are the risks and side effects of BBL HERO Treatment?

Here are some possible risks and side effects of BBL HERO treatment:

  • Intense redness, warmth, and stinging or burning: You may feel like you have a sunburn after treatment
  • Brown spots or patches: These typically darken and dry up over a few days
  • Swelling, itching, and bruising: These are temporary side effects
  • Bruising or swelling around the eyes: This can be especially noticeable in sensitive areas
  • Burning, pigmentation issues, and scarring: These can occur in rare cases
  • Risk of burning for olive or brown skin: Because melanin absorbs the light, people with olive or brown skin are at risk for burning, hypopigmentation, hyperpigmentation, or scarring

Depending on your skin type and condition, BBL HERO results can last up to a year. Annual treatments are recommended to maintain results and continue stimulating collagen production.

How Effective is BroadBand Light HERO Therapy?

Here are some insights into the effectiveness of BBL HERO therapy:

The BBL Hero is:

  • 4x the speed as the original BBL treatment
  • 3x the peak power as the original BBL treatment;
  • 2x the cooling as the original BBL treatment

Many patients report an improvement in skin clarity, tone, and texture 3 to 4 weeks after treatment

The redness should subside within an hour or two, but the pigmented lesions will continue to darken and then disappear in the following 7-14 days

The most dramatic improvements occur after a series of several treatments spaced a few months apart

Results from one or two BBL treatments will last for a few months

Three treatments or more each year have been shown to result in smoother, brighter, and more even skin

The rich thermal energy that is emitted from BBL Hero targets the melanin in unwanted pigmentation and the fine facial vessels responsible for the reddening or flushing of the skin

Broadband light therapy can make skin look clearer, firmer, more even, and more youthful

It can also minimize acne, rosacea, and unwanted hair growth

After treatment, most patients will have some redness and a sensation similar to a mild sunburn in the treatment area

Preparation and Aftercare for a BBL HERO Procedure

Because BBL HERO is a light-based treatment, there may be a few activity restrictions before your appointment, as well as after. 

How to prepare for your BBL HERO procedure

Avoid sun exposure beginning 4 weeks before BBL treatment: no tanning. no tanning beds. No sunless tanning lotions and no self-tanning. Stop the use of retinol skincare as it causes the skin to become more sensitive to light and increases the risk of discoloration.

What to expect during your BBL HERO procedure

BBL Hero is a completely noninvasive treatment and includes built-in cooling mechanisms to prevent overheating.  A topical numbing cream is applied before the session for the best comfort. 

What to expect after your BBL HERO treatment

After a BBL Hero session, you may experience some redness and intense warmth in the treatment area that should resolve within a few hours to a day post-treatment. And you will see improvements in your skin within one to two weeks after a BBL™ treatment. The skin looks smoother, and fine lines and wrinkles appear reduced

The Cost and Coverage of BBL HERO Therapy

How much does BBL HERO cost?

BBL Hero Face costs $695 per session, and Forever Body BBL for body costs $995 per session 

Does insurance cover BBL HERO treatments?

Personal Insurance does not currently cover BBL Hero treatments.

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