How to Get Glowing Skin Through the Power of Light Therapy

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Something we commonly hear from our patients is the wishful dreaming of, “I wish I could just go foundation free and still feel like I was putting my best face forward.”

From sun and age spots to redness, there are a multitude of factors that can affect the appearance of our skin’s tone and texture.

Thankfully, there is a way to turn back the hands of time, whether that’s due to aging or poor sun protection choices in our younger years, and reclaim a youthful glow that will leave your skin feeling flawless and you feeling confident to step out foundation free.

(And if foundation isn’t your thing, don’t worry, BBL is for the guys, too!)

What is BBL?

 BBL stands for BroadBand Light therapy, which is one of the most effective ways of treating common skin concerns such as hyperpigmentation and redness with minimal downtime and fantastic results, both immediately and long-term.

Many of the patients we see who are a good fit for BBL are those who are specifically looking to:

  • Minimize hyperpigmentation such as age spots, sun spots, and freckles

  • Reduce redness caused by broken capillaries, rosacea, and acne

  • Improve the overall firmness and tone of the skin, which naturally diminishes due to loss of elasticity with age, exposure to environmental pollutants, and years of inadequate sun protection


At Potomac Medical Aesthetics, we offer BBL through two treatments: the BBL™ and Forever Young BBL™, which is the world’s most powerful IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) device on the market and allows us a wide range of customizable settings so we can effectively zone in on your unique skin conditions to fine-tune your treatment and address specific concerns.

How does it work?

Using dual-lamp technology, which allows for the aforementioned level of customization for your skin, we use the BBL device to deliver light energy that gently heats the upper layers of your skin.

This heat is then absorbed by the targeted brown or red areas of pigment, which stimulates the skin to regenerate new cells and collagen, helping to the restore the skin to a brighter, smoother, and more vibrant state.

Furthermore, the BBL device features a cooling mechanism that counteracts with the heat delivered through the light energy to ensure a comfortable treatment experience, which when complete, will leave the skin feeling stimulated similar to that of a slight sunburn.

Post-treatment, patients can expect that feeling to dissipate within a day and see the minimization of pigmentation and redness within one to two weeks.

After the initial corrective BBL™ treatment, we suggest patients receive a future series of Forever Young BBL™ treatments to maintain and optimize results as well as proactively prevent aging.

Would BBL work for me?

While we conduct consultations for all of our patients prior to performing a treatment to ensure that we can achieve your desired results safely and effectively, the BBL™ and Forever Young BBL™  treatments work for a wide variety of patients due to the array of skin concerns we can address and the level of customization we can achieve non-invasively.

In addition to the facial skin concerns we can address, BBL can also treat hyperpigmentation and redness that appears on other common areas of the body, including the neck/chest and hands.

If you’re interested in getting a BBL™ or Forever Young BBL™ treatment to solve your skin’s hyperpigmentation or redness and get glowing results with a renewed vibrancy, get in touch with us by calling 301-417-8372 to book your consultation.



“Dr. Petropoulos is engaging and personable. I really appreciate his low-pressure approach to improving my skin. He is up-to-date on all the latest technology. I loved my Forever Young BBL and Halo results. People compliment me all the time on how good my skin looks after these treatments.” - Emily Porter