Short Summary

Sciton’s BBL® (Broadband Light) is a pulsed light device used to treat multiple skin types and skin conditions, such as hyperpigmentation, acne, vascular issues while also having anti-ageing benefits by stimulating collagen and elastin production. 

Key Information

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From 15 minutes
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24-48 hours
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Face, Neck, Décolleté and Body
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Number of treatments will depend on severity of your concerns. A typical Patient requires two treatments

Additional Information

What are the benefits of BBL®?
  • Initial results visible within 1 to 2 treatments, with further improvements over treatment course
  • Treats: sun damage; fine lines/wrinkles; acne; rosacea; hyperpigmentation; and vascular spots
  • Minimal downtime
  • Can be combined with other laser treatments, for best results with Halo
  • Non invasive
  • Advanced cooling technology to optimise comfort
  • Improves tone, texture and elasticity
How does BBL® work?

BBL® (Broadband Light) was developed exclusively for Sciton and is a patent protected treatment modality that treats sun damage, age spots, red veins and skin texture. BBL® penetrates the deeper layers of the skin, targeting melanin and blood vessels and acne causing bacteria.

BBL® typically requires minimal downtime, producing long term results while being a safe and successful procedure. Those presenting with freckles or sunspots that are being treated, may notice an initial darkening of spots prior to fading in the next 5-7 days post treatment.

What complementary treatments are available?

All Patients benefit from a comprehensive skincare regimen, tailored for their skin type and to tackle any history of sun and pollutant exposure. Our experienced Aestheticians can devise a bespoke regimen following a skin analysis using our Observ 520X which provides 10 different metrics for analysis of the current skin condition.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the post treatment advice?
  • Avoid touching or massaging the treated areas for 24 hours
  • Do not apply Retinoids or Vitamin C for 14 days after the procedure
  • For the first 24 hours keep the area dry and clean, wash with lukewarm water and allow to air dry (avoid using towels)
  • Do not apply makeup in the treated area for 24 hours
  • Avoid saunas, hot baths and jacuzzis for 24 hours
  • Avoid exercise or sweat inducing activities for 24 hours
  • Avoid sunlight for 48 hours
  • As part of your skin health regimen, from 24 hours post procedure, avoid direct sunlight on the treated area, using a hat where possible and with broad spectrum physical SPF 50 and 5 star UVA protection such as the Forelle’d Hyalogy UV protector or ZO Sheer Fluid B-road Spectrum Sunscreen.
What are the risks?

Redness immediately post procedure for some. This should clear within a few hours though some cases may last slightly longer

What can I expect?

Prior to arrival at Montrose

From 4 weeks prior to treatment avoid any aggressive treatments such as ablative laser.

From 2 weeks prior to treatment avoid abrasive treatments, including; laser, micro needling, prolonged or recent UV exposure, aggressive facials, irritant topical products (Acids, Retinol, Vitamin C or mechanical scrubs).

If you are taking blood thinners, including NSAIDS such as Asprin or Ibuprofen, you should discuss with your doctor whether it is possible to discontinue their use throughout the course of your treatment.

On arrival at Montrose

Your Practitioner will remove any makeup and discuss any concerns and review your medical history, after which the treatment area will be photographed.

During the treatment a cool gel will be applied to the skin for protection as well as helping the device glide smoothly. The appropriate settings will be selected by your Practitioner depending on your main concerns and skin type already discussed. You may feel a mild heat or snapping sensation though generally the treatment is comfortable. Timings of treatment will depend on the concern and how many areas are being treated, typically a treatment can last from 15 minutes up to an hour and so on. Post treatment there may be some erythema (local skin redness) that may last a couple of hours, although in some cases it can last longer.


The number of sessions needed to address your concerns will be decided in your initial consultation. Multiple appointments are usually needed to reach optimal results.

Who is this treatment unsuitable for?
  • Skin type VI/sun tanned skin/Fake Tan
  • Patients who are pregnant
  • Patients who are breastfeeding

*It is especially important to discuss recent sun exposure or use of fake tanner with your practitioner as this may lead to burns