What would you do with an extra 30 – 40 days? That’s an extra 960 HOURS, which most people are wasting shaving, waxing, sugaring, and performing other forms of very short-term hair removal throughout their lifetime. VIDA offers BBL (broadband light therapy) for laser hair reduction, also known as photo-epilation. Here, we’re much more than a medical day spa. Led by Medical Director Dr. Glen, who personally trains the staff, we’re committed to helping you achieve smoother skin—and save you time in the process.

When it comes to getting rid of unwanted hair, you can waste a lot of time and money on processes that either don’t work or only work for a short time. It’s estimated that men and women alike spend over a month of their entire lives taking care of this grooming task, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Laser hair reduction can drastically reduce unwanted hair, and today’s technology is suitable for all hair and skin types. Lasers still work best on those with fairer skin and dark hair, but they are safe for other skin and hair tones and can still help you achieve smoother skin.

How BBL Works for Hair Reduction

BBL is a type of intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy and it works by targeting and damaging hair follicles, all without hurting the nearby skin. This is different than older hair reduction devices that treated the entire area (which could cause damage and discomfort). BBL lights can only “see” darker areas, which is why BBL is effective not only for laser hair reduction but also as a treatment of hyperpigmentation. Comfort is further increased during the treatment with a sapphire plate that provides non-stop cooling.

This laser also features a large “spot size,” so it’s faster and safer than other options. Hair follicles are evenly heated, and the bigger size eliminates missed spots that are so common with other lasers. Once your optimal results are achieved, you can continue with Forever BBL treatments to maintain smooth skin in any area thanks to adapters for various treatment sites.

Is BBL for You?

“Selective photothermolysis” is the technical term for light energy being absorbed into hair follicles while leaving the nearby skin intact. The broadband facet of the technology means that a broad spectrum of light with various wavelengths (ranging from 590 – 1200 nm) are used including green, infrared, orange, red, and yellow lights for maximum hair reduction. Pulses are timed so that you get the best results with every pass.

When preparing for treatment, a gel is applied so that light energy is focused and the superficial layer of the skin keeps cool. Your provider then uses a handheld device to commence treatment. Non-invasive, gentle, and with virtually no downtime, BBL for laser hair reduction easily fits into busy schedules. Plus, BBL can be individualized for your unique hair color, skin color, and hair thickness. You can treat most body and facial parts, even sensitive areas like the ears, nose, and underarms.

What to Expect with BBL

On average, 100 – 200 hairs are treated with every BBL light flash. This means larger areas like the back will only require one pass per session. All clients will need more than one session to get the best results, with about six total sessions needed on average. Similar to any other laser treatment, avoiding sunlight for about one month after each treatment is recommended.

It is important to understand how laser hair reduction works in order to plan your sessions. Only actively present hairs can be lasered (damaged), and hair grows in cycles. Some people have multiple hairs per follicle, which means it’s necessary to treat each hair while it’s in an active growth stage. This is why you might notice hair growing in previously treated follicles. It is impossible to fully eliminate all hairs with any laser treatment, but you can reduce growth to such a degree that shaving can be reduced or even eliminated. To learn more about BBL for laser hair reduction at VIDA, contact the office today to schedule a consultation. Give us a call or complete the online form.