What Is BBL?

BroadBand Light (BBL)™ is the world’s most powerful IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) device on the market. It has set a new standard in treating skin conditions linked to aging, active lifestyles, and sun damage. BBL is able to provide dermal renewal, permanent hair reduction, and treat pigmented lesions, vascular lesions, and acne.

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How Does BBL Work?

BBL uses broad-spectrum visible and infrared light to heat layers of skin, getting rid of undesired pigmentation, redness, and other unwanted conditions. This selective device heats the appropriate layers of skin to treat these conditions and avoid any damage. The system delivers a combination of flexibility, speed, patient comfort and efficiency, for exceptional results. With a broad range of wavelengths, physicians personalize treatments to fit each patient’s needs. BBL requires fewer treatments to achieve visible and superior results over other IPL systems.

Who can benefit from BBL?

BBL is the perfect treatment option for patients concerned about pigmentation issues or rosacea. This system helps patient’s skin look smoother, healthier, vibrant, and more even. The BBL uses photothermal energy to gently heat the upper layers of skin, stimulating the regeneration of cells. This can take years off the face, neck, hands, and various other areas on the body. Patients will notice a change in just one treatment.

BBL can help treat the following skin conditions:

  • Pigmented lesions such as dyschromia and sun damage
  • Vascular lesions such as rosacea, telangiectasia, and cherry angiomas
  • Deeper lesions on darker skin types
How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments needed varies between patients and it is based on individual needs. At your consultation, Dr. Kovanda will go over your concerns and goals to customize this treatment for you.

What will happen during the procedure?

The procedure is typically gentle and safe. Generally, there is no need for a topical anesthetic. Your eyes will be protected with a safety shield or glasses. You may briefly feel a warm or “rubber band snap” sensation as the light is absorbed by the targeted areas. Your procedure may take as little as a few minutes depending on the size of the area to be treated and the type of procedure that is performed.

What should I expect after the treatment?

You may experience some redness that should resolve within a few hours. For some spots, you will see a darkening of the treated areas followed by fading and flaking off at a larger stage. Results depend on your skin type, the number of treatments and the area treated.

How long will it take to recover and what aftercare procedures should I follow?

This is a non-invasice and typically gentle procedure with virtually no downtime. In most cases, you can return to work, and resume most of your activities immediately. Dr. Kovanda will provide you with more information on what to expect as well as give you an aftercare plan to follow that will involve avoiding direct sun exposure and using sunscreen.

Schedule A Consultation

To find out if BBL is the right treatment for you, schedule a consultation with Kovanda Plastic Surgery and Aesthetic Institute. Call our Edina office at (612) 324-1789 or request an appointment online.

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Dr. Christopher Kovanda is a plastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience. He is a member of several medical professional societies including the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, and the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. He has been honored with several awards including “Most Compassionate Doctor” on and has earned “Top Doctor” status on Finally, Dr. Kovanda is a Board-Certified plastic surgeon by the American Board of Surgery-General and the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

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