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BBL vs. IPL Photorejuvenation – What is the Verdict?

Sun damage, aging, and other skin conditions can negatively affect our skin health and overall self-esteem. With limited to no downtime, noninvasive light-based treatments like BBL or IPL can alleviate many skin conditions and help restore and rejuvenate your skin, allowing you to reclaim your natural, youthful glow. They are especially good for rosacea, redness, acne, and brown spots.

With BBL or IPL photorejuvenation treatments, Dr. Ellen Marmur, Dr. Rachel Maiman, Jennifer Schloth PA, and Lena Ladenheim RN at Marmur Medical can help revitalize your skin and refresh your natural appearance.

What is IPL?

IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) treatments deliver pulses of light deep into the skin. Using different settings with various wavelength filters, our team personalizes each treatment for you. IPL can reduce redness by targeting blood vessels of different sizes; from birthmarks to angiomas to rosacea. For freckles and melasma in women and men  IPL fragments unwanted pigment cells without damaging surrounding tissue. The body absorbs these particles, so that little or no trace remains visible.

IPL effectively treats:

  • Acne
  • Birthmarks
  • Stretch marks
  • Liver or age spots
  • Broken blood vessels
  • Melasma
  • Discolored skin
  • Fine wrinkles
  • Freckles
  • Redness from rosacea
  • Scars
  • Spider veins
  • Unwanted hair

What is BBL?

Innovative Forever Young BBL (BroadBand Light) also directs light deeply into the skin. Both BBL and our IPL feature a high tech handle equipped with specialized cooling glass tip. The heat and light energy created during BBL can target blood vessels and a range of  pigmentation in the skin.. BBL technology offers an extensive range of settings that allow precision control and personalization. BBL has the pedigree of scientific studies showing improved mRNA for new collagen and elastin, hence the name Forever Young.

BBL HERO (High Energy Rapid Output) combines the power of traditional BBL lasers with a faster speed, more power, and greater cooling effects. We love the BBL HERO for full body sunspots such as the arms, legs, hands, chest, and back. With the rapid speed, the HERO is the best way to treat these larger areas.

BBL effectively treats:

  • Pigmented lesions such as ephelides and dyschromia
  • Vascular lesions such as telangiectasia, cherry angiomas, and rosacea
  • Deeper lesions on darker skin types
  • Acne
  • Skin Firmness
  • Uneven Skin Tone
  • Unwanted Hair

BBL vs. IPL Photorejuvenation — the Verdict

Our verdict from our panel of providers says…IPL and BBL are so similar they are virtually the same.  With less downtime, both treatments use noninvasive light waves to improve the appearance of the skin and stimulate collagen production for further improvement.

Both pre and post IPL and BBL treatments it is critical to avoid exposure to direct sunlight by using an SPF 30 or higher sunscreen like Sasha Suncare tinted lotion for spray (make this clickable to purchase), and to wear a wide-brimmed hat.

BBL, however, is the only treatment with several published studies suggesting that it helps restore the genes associated with aging and reversing skin damage. As we age, the DNA within our skin cells becomes damaged and less effective at self-renewal. When this happens, our skin can look dull and aged. BBL works to boost cell renewal, restoring the genetic pattern of aging. Try it and you will see!

Am I a Candidate for BBL or IPL?

During your consultation, you will learn whether IPL or BBL will help you reach your aesthetic goals and about the recommended number of necessary treatments during your consultation. Typically, we recommend a series of 4-6 treatments for the best results.

Candidates for IPL or BBL in New York should:

  • Be non-smokers
  • Not be pregnant or nursing
  • Have realistic expectations and a positive outlook
  • Be prepared to follow instructions

Marmur Medical—Your BBL and IPL Experts in NYC

At Marmur Medical, we continually seek out the newest, most effective skincare treatments and technologies. When you are ready to enhance the appearance of your skin, New York City’s leader in IPL and BBL is your best choice!

Learn more about New York City’s best IPL and BBL provider by contacting us online or calling 212-996-6900 today!