BBL® Specialist

Refined Image -  - Medical Spa

Refined Image

Medical Spa located in Naples, FL

The effects of aging on your skin, the appearance of blemishes, unwanted hair, and increased skin laxity can affect your self-esteem, but Andrea Bickerton, MD, of Refined Image in Naples, Florida, offers a solution in the form of BBL™ therapy. BBL (broad band light) is the most powerful intense pulsed light (IPL) platform on the market. It is a revolutionary device that uses the power of light energy to reduce blemishes and rejuvenate your skin, giving you a fresh look and boosting your confidence. Find out more about the benefits of BBL treatment by calling Refined Image today or booking an appointment online.


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What is BBL?

BBL is a state-of-the-art intense pulsed light (IPL) platform that offers powerful treatment for skin blemishes, acne, skin laxity, unwanted hair, and the signs of aging resulting in clearer skin with more even tone and texture and increased firmness.

The light energy BBL uses heats the top layers of your skin, where it triggers a natural regeneration process. This process restores your skin, revealing a smooth, clear complexion and revitalizing your appearance.

Photothermal energy reduces the appearance of spider veins and pigmented blemishes such as sunspots, while the light energy BBL produces kick-starts your body into producing more collagen, a protein essential to your firm, elastic skin that diminishes with age.

As the collagen levels increase, you see a continued improvement in the elasticity and smoothness of your skin over the months following your treatment.

What skin conditions can BBL treat?

Dr. Bickerton can adapt BBL to treat a range of skin blemishes and signs of aging, including:

  • Sunspots
  • Spider veins
  • Freckles
  • Age spots
  • Rosacea
  • Acne
  • Lines and wrinkles
  • Loss of firmness

There are also specific skin treatments through the BBL system depending on desired treatment. They include:

  • Forever Young – only device that has been shown to change the expression of genes associated with aging, longevity, and increased lifespan.
  • Forever Clear – Uses a unique 2 step process to leave you with clear, radiant skin after just a few short treatments.
    • Step 1 – Blue BBL light treatment eliminates acne causing bacteria deep in the pores
    • Step 2 – Yellow BBL light is used to reduce inflammation and acne associated redness to give you healthy, luminous skin
    • Bonus Step – Skin is treated with SkinTyte II™ using infra-red light in rapid, gentle pulses to initiate the body’s natural healing process
  • SkinTyte- Infra-red light technology used in deep dermal tissue to stimulate collagen production through the body’s natural healing process resulting in the appearance of  increased firmness/decreased laxity.

BBL also uses magnetic spot size adapters that enable Dr. Bickerton to target the smallest areas for treatment.

Can BBL remove unwanted hair like other laser therapies?

In addition to skin rejuvenation, BBL Forever Bare treatments are an effective way to remove unwanted hair. The light energy heats and kills the hair follicles in the target area while thermoelectrically cooled sapphire plates allow for continuous cooling on the skin surface. This allows the procedure to be more comfortable and safer for your skin. Multiple spot size adapters allow precise treatment of small areas and more rapid treatment of large areas.  

That means you no longer have to worry about shaving, waxing, or using depilatory creams, saving you time and money and giving you the confidence knowing your skin is permanently hair-free.

What does treatment with BBL feel like?

BBL treatment is noninvasive, which means there’s no injections or incisions, and you won’t need an anesthetic. If you have particularly sensitive skin, you can have a topical anesthetic cream to make sure the procedure is completely painless, but most patients report little or no discomfort during treatment.

The BBL unit has an integrated thermoelectric monitor, so the handpiece continually receives information about the temperature of your skin. This technology enables Dr. Bickerton to keep the heat at a comfortable level — no higher than 86º Fahrenheit.

You may feel warmth on your skin, but it won’t be so hot as to hurt you. People who’ve had hair removal treatment liken the feeling to having a hot stone massage.

To find out more about the benefits of BBL and arrange a consultation with Dr. Bickerton, call Refined Image today or book an appointment online.