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Broadband Light Therapy


Discover the Power of BroadBand Light Therapy at St. Petersburg Skin and Laser

Have you ever gazed into the mirror, scrutinizing every line, spot, or irregularity on your skin? Do you often find yourself yearning for the radiant, blemish-free skin of your youth, or hoping for a solution that could alleviate the insecurities stemming from your skin’s imperfections? At St. Petersburg Skin and Laser, we understand these concerns. We understand that your skin isn’t merely a protective barrier; it’s a canvas that reflects your life story, your health, and your confidence. We understand that hyperpigmentation, age spots, or freckles can sometimes eclipse your natural radiance, leaving you feeling self-conscious or less confident. That’s why we offer BroadBand Light Therapy. This innovative treatment harnesses the power of light, not just to treat, but to transform your skin. It promises a shift in your narrative, an opportunity to replace worry with confidence, and self-doubt with self-assurance. With BBL therapy, your journey towards skin revitalization is not merely skin-deep. It’s a journey towards a revitalized self-image, a radiant confidence that mirrors the beauty of your rejuvenated skin.

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I have had several procedures with Dr. Kesty and have always been very pleased. She gives customized recommendations and her expertise is evident in the results. I will be back for future treatments.

—Jenna G.

Advantages of BBL Treatments

Addressing the unwelcome changes that sun damage, aging, and other factors bring to your skin.
Boosts Collagen Production
Treats Multiple Issues
Rejuvenates DNA
Non-Surgical Rejuvenation
Fights Sun Damage
Erases Age Spots

Why Choose Us for Your Skin?

Unlock age-defying transformations with the tailored expertise of Dr. Kat Kesty, a pioneer in laser cosmetic dermatology

Double Board-Certified Dermatologist
Broadest selection of lasers in Florida (25+)
One of a handful of fellowship trained laser surgeons in the nation
Customized treatments merge science & artistry

Give Your Skin the Best

Don't settle. Choose confident, natural beauty.

Introduction to BroadBand Light (BBL) Therapy

BroadBand Light (BBL) therapy, a cutting-edge advancement in the field of Cosmetic Dermatology, leverages the power of light to restore the natural beauty of your skin. This groundbreaking technology is designed to cater to diverse skin issues, from the pesky presence of freckles and age spots to the deeper problem of hyperpigmentation. By delivering pulses of light energy, BBL stimulates cell biology, triggering changes at the molecular level and resulting in visible improvement in the skin’s appearance.

The history of BBL therapy is rooted in scientific discovery and technological innovation, with Physicians starting to use BroadBand Light only recently. It was developed from Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technology but with improvements that allow greater precision, control, and efficacy in treatments.

Benefits of Broadband Light Therapy

Broadband Light (BBL) therapy, an innovative, cutting-edge technology, offers a multitude of benefits aimed at enhancing your skin’s natural beauty and youthfulness.

Gets Rid of Red and Brown Spots

BBL energy can erase red and brown spots. By using specific filters targeted towards both red and brown skin lesions, our Physicians use BBL to erase the brown spots from sun damage, melasma, a birthmark, scars, and other hyperpigmentation. BBL can also treat the red spots which may be a result of sun damage, acne lesions, rosacea, vascular lesions, fine vessels, acne scarring, or other skin diseases.

Treat Acne and Rosacea

BBL is a superb treatment for both acne and rosacea. When used by a skilled Physician at the right settings and possibly in combination with other lasers, BBL can reverse acne and rosacea- all without oral medications! This acne treatment is extremely effective and painless. The pulsed-light therapy targets both the bacteria that causes acne as well as the red acne lesions themselves. The pimples disappear after a few treatments!

Lengthen DNA Telomeres to Restore Youthful Skin

BBL treatments have been shown in studies to lengthen the telomeres of your DNA- actually reversing the aging process. BBL can rejuvenate your skin down to the DNA- it is truly amazing technology. Pulsed-light technology, when combined with other lasers including skin resurfacing lasers, can decrease your chance of getting skin cancer.

Skin Tightening

BBL is a painless, non-invasive, and extremely effective way to tighten skin. This procedure can tighten the loose skin on the face (jowls), around the eye, the neck, the chest, the vulvar region, and on the arms and above the knees. This treatment targets the upper layers of the skin (with no anesthesia required) and the light energy delivered over multiple treatments is used to gently heat the collagen. This heat absorbed by the collagen during broadband light skin treatments leaves the desired outcome of tighter, younger looking skin.

Enhances Skin's Complexion and Radiance

BBL treatments contribute to overall skin health by improving the skin’s complexion and radiance. By targeting and eliminating various skin imperfections, broadband light skin treatment helps to foster healthier, more vibrant skin that not only looks good but also feels great.

Boosts Collagen Production and Improves Elasticity

Perhaps one of the most compelling benefits of BBL treatments is their positive impact on overall skin health. BBL stimulates the production of collagen, a protein that gives skin its firmness and elasticity. By boosting collagen production, BBL treatments help to combat the sagging and wrinkling that comes with age, leading to younger-looking, more radiant skin.

Non-Invasive and Minimally Uncomfortable

One of the primary advantages of BroadBand Light (BBL) treatments is their non-invasive nature. This means that you can reap the benefits of the minimally invasive procedure without any incisions or plastic surgery. The procedure typically involves only minimal discomfort, akin to the snap of a rubber band against the skin, making it a feasible option even for those with a low pain threshold.

Minimal Downtime

Furthermore, BBL treatments require minimal downtime. Most patients can return to their regular activities almost immediately after the procedure. The convenience offered by BBL treatments makes them a great choice for those with busy schedules who cannot fit in extensive recovery periods associated with invasive surgical procedures.

Versatility and Personalization

Versatility and personalization are other key benefits of BBL treatments. With the ability for the Laser Surgeon to adjust the wavelength and energy settings, BBL can be customized to address a wide variety of skin concerns, from superficial issues like freckles and age spots to deeper concerns like rosacea and pigmented lesions. This means that regardless of your skin type or the specific concerns you have, a BBL treatment can be tailored to suit your unique needs.


The cost-effectiveness of BBL treatments is another significant advantage. Unlike treatments that provide only temporary relief, BBL offers long-term results, particularly for chronic conditions such as rosacea or age spots. This means that you can enjoy prolonged periods of improved skin condition after a single series of treatments, saving you time and money in the long run.

All these advantages make BBL an attractive option for anyone seeking to enhance their skin’s appearance and health in a safe, effective, and minimally invasive way.

Detailed Exploration of BBL Treatments

Understanding the BBL Procedure

A BBL treatment begins with an in-depth consultation and thorough skin assessment by Dr. Kesty at St. Petersburg Skin and Laser. After an in-depth discussion of your cosmetic goals and the treatment plan, BBL may be one of the Lasers Dr. Kesty uses for you. A cooling gel is applied to the treatment area for your comfort, and safety shields are used to protect your eyes from the bright flashes of light. During the actual procedure, you may experience a sensation similar to a rubber band snapping against your skin as the BBL device delivers light energy. Post-treatment care is paramount to maximize results and ensure optimal skin health, with Dr. Kesty providing detailed instructions that include the need for sunscreen and avoiding direct sun exposure.

Differentiating BBL from Other Laser Treatments

BBL and traditional lasers both employ light energy to address skin conditions, yet there are significant differences between the two. BBL utilizes a wide spectrum of wavelengths, making it a more versatile tool for targeting various skin concerns. This broad-spectrum approach allows BBL to efficiently treat a diverse range of skin conditions from acne and rosacea to pigmented lesions, setting it apart from traditional lasers which utilize a single wavelength.

Common Applications of BBL in Cosmetic Dermatology

BBL therapy offers a multifaceted approach to skin rejuvenation. Not only does it effectively target pigment issues such as freckles and age spots, but it also addresses vascular issues including small blood vessels and rosacea. Further, it has proven successful in hair reduction, making it an all-rounder in the field of cosmetic dermatology.

Customizing BBL Treatments for Diverse Skin Issues

BBL treatments offer customization, enabling Dr. Kesty to adjust the wavelength and energy settings to suit your unique skin type and specific concerns. The broad range of wavelengths allows for targeted treatment of different layers of the skin, from superficial concerns like freckles to deeper pigment issues. Whether you are dealing with sun damage on your face or seeking to improve the overall complexion on your neck or chest, BBL treatments are tailored to ensure optimal results.

Technological Advancements in BBL Devices

Modern BBL devices, such as the Sciton BBL system, incorporate various technological advancements for improved patient comfort and superior results. These include features for real-time monitoring, controlling the delivery of light energy, and innovations that remove pain and boost results.

Potential Side Effects and How They are Managed

With any medical procedure, there are potential side effects, and BBL is no exception. Most common are temporary effects like redness or mild edema, which usually subside within a few hours. Dr. Kesty employs meticulous care, taking every precaution to minimize risks and ensure your safety throughout the procedure. Patients with darker skin tones or sunburn may require special considerations due to the higher melanin content in their skin and should only seek Laser treatments from a Board Certified Dermatologist, preferably with a Fellowship in Lasers.

Patient Experiences and Satisfaction with BBL

Patient experiences with BBL treatments are overwhelmingly positive, reflecting the high satisfaction rates and effective results of this innovative therapy. It’s essential to manage patient expectations and provide a comprehensive understanding of the procedure, recovery, and likely outcomes. At St. Petersburg Skin and Laser, we believe that our superior technology and Physician skill and knowledge, open communication, and thorough patient education are key to a successful treatment experience.

Your Journey to Skin Transformation Begins Here

At St. Petersburg Skin and Laser, we understand the profound impact that skin health can have on your life. Whether you are a busy professional striving for a youthful, vibrant appearance, or an individual seeking relief from persistent skin issues, our goal is to help you embrace your natural beauty and feel confident in your skin.

With BBL treatments, we offer a path to not just healthier, but also younger-looking skin. Led by Dr. Kesty, a seasoned laser professional with a keen eye for detail and a deep commitment to patient care, we are excited to guide you on your journey of skin transformation.

Take the first step towards revealing your skin’s true potential. Contact St. Petersburg Skin and Laser today to schedule your consultation and discover the transformative power of BBL. Your radiant, rejuvenated skin awaits.

Why Choose Us for Your Skin?

Unlock age-defying transformations with the tailored expertise of Dr. Kat Kesty, a pioneer in laser cosmetic dermatology

Double Board-Certified Dermatologist
Broadest selection of lasers in Florida (25+)
One of a handful of fellowship trained laser surgeons in the nation
Customized treatments merge science & artistry

FAQs About BroadBand Light Therapy

Can both light skin and dark skin benefit from Broadband Light Treatment?

Yes, BBL treatments can be beneficial for both light and dark skin. However, the settings might vary based on skin color to optimize results and ensure safety. It is always best to consult with your Physician to discuss suitability.

Can I use my broad-spectrum antibiotic medication with BBL therapy?

It is crucial to discuss all medications, including broad-spectrum antibiotics, with your physician prior to BBL treatment. Some medications might make your skin more sensitive to light, possibly affecting the results or causing side effects.

Does BBL therapy help with wrinkles and scars?

Absolutely! BBL therapy promotes skin regeneration, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and scars. This contributes to more youthful, smoother skin.

Can BBL treatment replace my regular skin care or cosmetics routine?

While BBL enhances your skin’s appearance and health, it does not replace regular skincare or cosmetics. It should be seen as a beneficial addition to your routine.

Does BBL therapy help with aging?

BBL is excellent for photorejuvenation, addressing signs of aging like wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots. It stimulates collagen production, improving skin elasticity and firmness.

Will my insurance cover BBL treatments?

Most insurance companies consider BBL treatments cosmetic, therefore they typically do not cover the costs. It is always wise to check with your specific provider.

Can BBL therapy help with visible veins and telangiectasia?

Yes, BBL treatments can target and reduce the appearance of small blood vessels and telangiectasia, offering a more even complexion.

How does BBL treatment compare to a chemical peel?

While both procedures aim to improve skin appearance and facial aesthetics, they work differently. BBL uses light energy to target specific skin layers, while chemical peels involve applying a chemical solution to exfoliate the skin. Both are not one and done treatments, and require several sessions for optimal results.

What temperature is the BBL device set to during the treatment?

The temperature varies based on the treatment parameters set by your physician. Although the device uses heat, a cooling system ensures patient comfort during the treatment.

Is BBL a non-invasive procedure?

Yes, BBL is a non-invasive procedure. It uses light energy to target skin issues, offering an improvement with minimal discomfort and virtually no downtime.

Can I get a BBL treatment on my face?

Absolutely. Facial BBL treatments are popular for addressing issues like sun damage, uneven pigmentation, and signs of aging. Always consult your physician.

Do I need to wear special glasses during the BBL procedure?

Yes, you will be required to wear safety glasses to protect your eyes from the intense light during the BBL treatment. Your doctor will provide these for you.

Will I need an anesthetic before the BBL treatment?

BBL treatments usually cause minimal discomfort, and most patients tolerate them well without anesthetic. However, a topical anesthetic may be used in some cases to enhance patient comfort.

Does BBL use ultraviolet light?

No, BBL does not utilize ultraviolet light. It uses a broad spectrum of visible and infrared light to treat various skin conditions safely and effectively.

Can BBL treat spider veins?

Absolutely. BBL technology can effectively target and minimize the appearance of spider veins, improving the overall aesthetics of your skin.

Is it okay to apply water or topical medication immediately after BBL treatment?

After treatment, your skin may be sensitive. While it is essential to keep it hydrated, it is best to discuss the use of water or any topical medication with your physician post-treatment. Always avoid direct sunlight after BBL treatments and only get a BBL done on untanned skin.

Does BBL affect gene expression in skin cells?

Emerging research suggests that BBL may influence gene expression in skin cells, potentially promoting more youthful-looking skin. However, more studies are needed to fully understand this process.

Is infrared light used in BBL treatments?

Yes, BBL treatments use a range of light wavelengths, including infrared. These broad-spectrum lights are utilized to target and treat various skin concerns effectively.

How does BBL treatment enhance the aesthetics of my skin?

BBL treatments work at the cellular level to eliminate skin imperfections, stimulate collagen production, and promote more youthful, radiant skin. This greatly enhances the aesthetics of your skin.

How does BBL affect tissue?

BBL technology precisely targets and treats the desired tissue without damaging the surrounding skin. This targeted approach ensures optimal results while maintaining skin health.

What does the evaluation before a BBL treatment involve?

Before undergoing BBL treatment, your physician will conduct a thorough evaluation of your skin type, condition, and overall health to ensure that the treatment is safe and effective for you.

How does BBL fit into the field of medicine?

BBL is a breakthrough in cosmetic dermatology, a subfield of medicine. It offers a non-invasive, effective solution to various skin conditions, often enhancing patient confidence and quality of life.

How does BBL treatment affect melanocytes?

BBL treatment can target melanocytes, the cells responsible for skin pigmentation. This makes it effective for treating conditions like hyperpigmentation, age spots, and freckles.

Will I sense anything during the BBL treatment?

During BBL treatment, you may experience a slight warming sensation or a feeling akin to a rubber band snap as the light energy is delivered. This feeling is typically brief and manageable.

Can BBL treatment be used on other parts of the human body, aside from the face?

Yes, BBL treatment can be used on various parts of the human body, such as the neck, chest (thorax), hands, and others. Always consult your physician to determine the best treatment areas for your specific needs.

Does BBL assist in wound healing?

While BBL is not typically used for wound healing, its ability to stimulate collagen production can support the skin’s natural healing process. Always consult with your physician for specific medical advice.

What is the role of radiant energy in BBL?

Radiant energy, or light energy, is key to BBL. It penetrates the skin and targets specific cells or tissues, effectively treating various skin conditions without damaging the surrounding skin.

Can BBL help with skin damaged by sun tanning, indoor tanning, or sunless tanning?

Yes, BBL can treat skin damage resulting from all types of tanning. It can help reduce the appearance of sun spots, freckles, and uneven skin tone caused by sun exposure or tanning.

What part of the electromagnetic spectrum does BBL utilize?

BBL utilizes a broad range of light from the visible and infrared parts of the electromagnetic spectrum. This broad-spectrum light is adjustable, enabling the treatment of various skin conditions.

How fast can I see results from BBL?

Results from BBL treatments can often be seen within a few days to a couple of weeks, depending on the individual and the condition being treated. Your physician will provide a more precise timeline during your consultation. You may see significant results to the human eye after the first treatment.

How does Broadband Light Treatment contribute to healthy skin?

BBL treatments target the deeper layers of the skin, encouraging the production of new collagen and eliminating skin imperfections. This results in healthier, revitalized skin.

Can BBL therapy help achieve beautiful skin?

BBL treatments can significantly enhance the appearance of your skin, reducing imperfections and promoting a more youthful, radiant complexion. As a result, many patients report feeling more confident in their beautiful skin.

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