BBL vs IPL: What’s the Difference?

As with any industry, medical aesthetics loves acronyms! IPL and BBL are two forms of light energy commonly discussed and sometimes used interchangeably. Let’s go a little more in-depth about each 👇


What is IPL?

IPL is an acronym for Intense Pulsed Light. There are two major forms of energy used to rejuvenate your skin: lasers and light. You can think of light like the flash from photography on a grander scale. Skin can absorb this light energy (like how it can absorb sunlight), and it’s converted into heat. This heat can help clear pigment like age spots and kick starts your body’s natural collagen production, improving your skin from within!

Is IPL a laser?

This is a common misconception! IPL is not a laser. IPL and laser are two separate forms of energy used to improve skin. Light energy uses multiple wavelengths to thermally heat the skin and improve concerns, and lasers use one wavelength to heat the skin and achieve resurfacing. 

One of the biggest advantages of IPL over lasers is that IPL requires little to no downtime for recovery!

So what’s the difference between BBL and IPL?

BBL is a form of IPL. You can think of IPL as the grandmother of BBL. It came first, and BBL built on this technology to make it even more powerful, falling under the IPL family tree. BBL is more advanced, achieving greater results faster!

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