BBL Hair Removal (Also referred to as IPL)
Hair removal with BBL is another method of reducing and eliminating unwanted hair. This treatment uses the science of light to significantly reduce hair by targeting and injuring hair follicles without harming the surrounding skin.
How it works
BBL is short for Broad Band Light. It is a treatment that removes hair through a process called photoepilation. This is based on the principle of selective photothermolysis. This means that the light energy is absorbed in the target hair follicles while sparing the surrounding, healthy tissue. While it is still a light source, BBL works differently than conventional laser systems. Instead, BBL systems use a broad light spectrum of light with wavelengths ranging from 590 to 1200 nm (green, yellow, orange, red and infrared). The wavelengths emit light energy in carefully timed pulses to maximize the effectiveness of the treatment. At the same time decreases the risk of skin damage and minimize pain.
During the treatment, a gel is applied to the treatment area in order to focus the light energy and cool the top skin layer. A handheld device is then placed on the skin and the treatment begins. The light energy heats and damages the hair follicle, typically causing follicle to stop functioning. BBL technology allows your technician to provide a procedure that is gentle and non-invasive.
BBL systems can also be customized to your specific skin color, hair color and hair density. It can be used on a wide range of hair colors, from light brown to dark black hair. It also removes hair from all skin types. Complexions from porcelain white through olive to dark brown. Hair on most parts of the body can be treated, no matter how deep the follicles reside. Sensitive areas like the lips, ears, nose, underarms, and bikini line can usually be easily tolerated.
BBL can also treat very large areas at one time. Approximately 100 to 200 hairs can be treated with each flash of the light. Larger patches of hair on the legs, back and chest can be treated quickly in a single session. It can also be used for small delicate areas as well. Because of the length of time associated with other hair removal treatments, BBL may be a fast way to achieve a hair-free look.
As with other laser procedures, multiple treatment sessions are typically required for long-lasting hair removal.
Other than keeping the treated area protected from sunlight for a few weeks, you can return to your full, normal routines immediately. Slight redness similar to a mild sunburn may occur. This usually disappears over a few days.
When using BBL for laser hair removal it is very important to be out of the sun for a minimum of 1 month. During the summer months when being exposed to sunshine, our 1064 NdYag would be the appropriate choice of systems to be used.
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Sciton Profile utilizes not one but two Long Pulse 1064 nm lasers for laser hair removal. Combined with the Large Area Scanner, treatment times can be up to six times faster on darker skinned clients than other systems. This is especially beneficial on large tedious areas such as backs and legs. The treatment chill plate on the Sciton ranges up to 3.1cm by 3.1cm with a small spot size of 5mm. This is important when treating fine hairs. You need to have a combination of high energy and quick exit from the hair shaft to reduce the risk of burning the skin. This can only be done utilizing a small spot size.
Light Sheer Duet:
This updated version of the ET has a larger treatment area so is much quicker than the ET. It has a vacuum assisted system pulling the target closer to the surface of the skin, therefore using less energy and essentially making the treatments more comfortable.
BBL can also treat very large areas at one time. Due to its larger spot size, thousands of hairs can be treated with each flash of the light. Larger patches of hair on the legs, back and chest can be treated quickly in a single session.