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For the longest time, BBL® HERO™ and IPL treatments have been confused with one another, due to the technology they employ. Both use non-invasive waves of light delivered in short bursts, and both are used for facial rejuvenation.

However, while they might be similar in some respects, there are a few significant differences between the two. Depending on the results you’re looking for, you might be a more suitable candidate for one or another. In this blog, you will learn more about BBL® HERO™ and IPL treatments so that you can make your choice.

What Is BBL® HERO™?

BBL® (BroadBand Light) is an innovative technology that sends light directly into the deepest layers of your skin. The energy and heat delivered during the BBL® treatment can address a variety of pigments along with broken blood vessels, offering a smooth skin surface.

BBL® treatments can be personalized for each patient, offering numerous settings that allow for precise treatments. The procedure can be used for different purposes, including facial rejuvenation. This is all thanks to its ability to trigger the production of elastin and collagen, along with the breakdown of excess pigment in the skin.

BBL® HERO™ (or High Energy Rapid Output) is a more innovative technology, combining traditional BBL® with more power and a faster speed. The cooling power of the technology is also stronger, making it an effective choice for different areas of your body. Aside from your face, it can treat the hands, chest, back, and more.

Besides pigmentation concerns, BBL® HERO™ can also be used to treat fine lines and wrinkles, while improving the elasticity of your skin. If you have large pores, the technology can also reduce their size, taking away the rough texture they often bring along. This also helps reduce the chances of getting acne breakouts.

What Is IPL?

Similar to BBL® HERO™, IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) also delivers light pulses into the skin at different settings. The treatment targets the melanin and hemoglobin bound at the surface of the skin, reducing the appearance of hyperpigmentation and eliminating broken blood vessels. This also makes it a good treatment for rosacea and other conditions that cause excessive redness.

When sent into the skin, IPL causes the blood vessels and the collagen to constrict, tightening the skin and leading to a much smoother appearance. It can also address scarring and other various imperfections, helping your body in the cell turnover process. When used in specific settings, IPL can also help with permanent hair removal. Most patients can see results within a few weeks after their treatment.

How Are They Different?

At first glance, both technologies look the same, using light pulses to reduce a variety of imperfections. However, the main difference stands in how that energy is delivered. While IPL mostly focuses its energies on the surface of the skin, BBL® HERO™ goes deeper. In other words, IPL targets melanin and hemoglobin, whereas BBL® HERO™ reaches deep enough to trigger collagen production.

While the technology is essentially the same, BBL® HERO™ sends out three times the energy offered by IPL. This makes the treatment faster and more effective, a suitable choice for patients who do not have a lot of time on their hands. The ability of BBL® HERO™ to go deeper into the skin also provides more versatility, making it easily combined with other treatments.

Which One Should I Choose?

Both BBL® HERO™ and IPL share a few basic principles, but their delivery is different when put in comparison. A consultation is needed to determine which one is best for your skin. Contact the Institute of Anti-Aging Medicine and Skin Spa and set up an appointment!


For more information about BBL® HERO™ and IPL, please contact the Institute of Anti-Aging Medicine and Skin Spa at 713-807-1000. We can help you determine which option works best for your skin condition. Alternatively, you can fill out our online contact form and we will get in touch with you shortly!

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