IPL Photofacial vs BBL Photofacial – Which Should I Choose? 

IPL Photofacial vs BBL Photofacial - Which Should I Choose?

If you are looking to treat sun spots, discoloration, scarring, or transform your skin in general, let’s talk about the options you have! Revive Med Spa offers a variety of laser skin treatments that will have your skin feeling revived and looking refreshed. Keep reading to learn more about our laser treatment options. 

What is the difference between an IPL & a BBL laser treatment?

By now, you may have heard the acronyms IPL & BBL when speaking about laser treatments – but what do these do?  In short, they both use non-invasive light waves that rejuvenate the skin surface and treat a number of skin concerns. Both can also be used on any area of the body and do require multiple treatments for maximum results which can last up to 12 months with proper upkeep. 

Although these lasers do have some similarities, they also have many differences which allows us to provide a customized treatment for each individual. 


IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light – and that is exactly what it is! During the treatment, a bright light will be dragged over the area of concern while flashing a very bright light (goggles required). When the light flashes, it targets the hemoglobin and melanin in the skin by picking up the contrast in skin vs the discoloration and heats it up to encourage new growth. As your skin is repairing itself, the outer layer will gradually shed revealing smooth, vibrant skin. Here are the main concerns it treats:

  • Sun spots
  • Acne scarring
  • Enlarged pores
  • Visible blood vessels 
  • Rosacea

BBL – BroadBand Light – IPL on Steroids

Revive offers the latest and greatest in BBL (BroadBand Light) technology. This next generation IPL, unlike the traditional IPL, offers a state of the art cooling feature which allows for a more comfortable treatment even though it is penetrating deeper underneath the skin’s surface. Another factor that makes the BBL different is that each pass over the skin is for a different reason. BBL is more effective with fewer treatments necessary than traditional IPL.  

This innovation enables the use of high-powered energy while causing only minimal pain, side effects and post-treatment downtime. It also has a range of settings that puts more control into the hands of the practitioner. BBL can address the same issues as an IPL but is much more effective and powerful, requiring fewer treatments with better results. Revive offers the BBL technology because this technology is much more effective than the original IPL technology.

Forever Young BBL – The Next Level IPL/BBL 

The Forever Young BBL is the latest and greatest in BBL technology. This device is the only device that has been shown to change the expression of genes associated with aging, longevity, and increased lifespan. 

With regular Forever Young BBL treatments, patients’ skin looks clear, smooth, and much younger.

Here’s how it works:

  • Step 1: Base Pass – addresses the overall appearance of the skin
  • Step 2: corrective Pigment pass – corrects pigmented lesions and other pigmentation issues
  • Step 3: corrective vascular pass – addresses any small visible vessels, telangiectasias or flushing
  • Step 4: SkinTyte pass – provides deep bulk heating to stimulate the tissue at a deep level.

Treat the following issues with Forever Young BBL:

  • Sun damage
  • Irregular skin texture
  • Acne and acne scarring
  • Age spots
  • Birthmarks
  • Fine lines
  • Freckles
  • Rosacea
  • Sagging skin
  • Visible, broken blood vessels beneath the skin


The Downtime

Now that we have broken down the differences of each treatment, we can take a look at the downtime that follows. Both treatments are fairly quick and do not require much downtime. Most patients return to their daily activities right after their treatments. It is important to stay out of the sun and always wear sun protection while your skin is healing and beyond. You will notice with both treatments that over the following week or two you will begin to shed the dead skin, revealing bright, beautiful and fresh skin. 

So which one do I choose? 

It is always important to do your research with any laser treatment that you receive. With every laser journey, we require a complimentary consultation with one of our highly educated and talented consultants to determine the absolute best treatment plan for you. We are always here to answer your questions and can’t wait to see what beauty journey is in store for you at Revive Med Spa! 

Give us a call or text at 619.293.7233 to schedule your appointment today or book online below!