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Anyone with experience with BBL laser?
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mountaingirl
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Mon Feb 05, 2007 6:37 am      Reply with quote
I just had my first BBL laser treatment last Friday to help me with a severe hormonal acne outbreak and some brown spots. My skin looks like S--T right now. Has anyone used this laser and had good results?
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Mon Feb 05, 2007 7:13 am      Reply with quote
I have never even heard of this one (and I have looked into most of them). What does the BBL stand for?

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Mon Feb 05, 2007 5:47 pm      Reply with quote
BBL stands for Photo Face Broad Band Light Therapy.
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Tue Feb 06, 2007 6:32 am      Reply with quote
is that like IPL fotofacial,that did nothing for me but for some fairskin people it helps.
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Tue Feb 06, 2007 3:47 pm      Reply with quote
I don't know what the heck the laser is. I walked in with my face broken out terribly and she said she had a laser that would help heal them and rid me of my brown spots too. I didn't get a chance to research the treatment first and just took a chance. The breakouts have been very red and visable. Looks like I still have the brown spots too. She said sometimes it takes 3 treatments, but thought I would do fine with just one. So far, I think I wasted $450.
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Tue Feb 06, 2007 3:55 pm      Reply with quote
If BBL works like IPL, it may take a few days for your brown spots to start to slough off.

When I've had IPL, it has greatly helped any breakouts that I had. I found that they healed very quickly after the laser -- some would be almost gone by the next day. Have any of your pimples started to heal?
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Tue Feb 06, 2007 4:30 pm      Reply with quote
Tam...no, my zits probably would have been long gone if hadn't had the laser, but there are red spots and some bumps where they were, and maybe I even have some new ones! My worse brown spot, didn't even get crusty so I doubt if it will peel off. I haven't used my Retin A for days, afraid to irritate and redden my skin more. Should I be using it? I had the treatment last Fri and its Mon. I am bummed.
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Tue Feb 06, 2007 4:37 pm      Reply with quote
mountaingirl wrote:
I am bummed.
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I don't blame you. Sad

What was the promised outcome with the BBL? I think that if I were you, I would call the salon/spa and over the phone, inquire about the treatment anonymously. Find out what the benefits are and what any possible side effects might be. Tell them that you are having a bad breakout and ask what will happen if you have the treatment.

Once you have all the information, you will be in a better position to question your results and possibly even ask for your money back if you had an abnormal reaction. You were promised something that you didn't get, so they will have to take responsibility for that.

I hope that you can get some answers.
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Tue Feb 06, 2007 6:26 pm      Reply with quote
mountain girl sometimes they try to dupe you into saying oh well you need a few more treatments! That happend to me to the tune of 4,000. Maybe Obagi would work a lot better;I have seen some amazing results from Obagi just as good if not better than from lasers and a hell of a lot cheaper...you can also buy the products on ebay.Before you spend a ton of $$$ go to wwwmakemeheal.com and www.spectacularskin.com. Also faceforum.com. They have message boards and you can do a lot of self educating on the different lasers and what might work for you. Lasers can work great for some people but there is no guarantee(thats why you have to sign all those papers)Be careful there are always people who try to talk you into a lot of new procedures that dont even work(like the Titan and thermage)
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Sat Sep 26, 2009 5:37 pm      Reply with quote
I wouldn't worry at all. It's completely normal with BBL to have a great deal of darkening as the pigment is forced to the surface. BBL is much more powerful than IPL and since this is your first treatment it will affect the underlying pigment quite strongly. Give it some more time and it should get dramatically better.
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Sun Aug 26, 2012 6:53 am      Reply with quote
We are in the same boat - I just had a BBL Photofacial on Friday. It's Sunday, and I know I'm impatient, but I really look like hell right now, and I'm wondering when I won't anymore! I had an IPL treatment about 2 months ago, and really saw no difference afterward. If I hadn't already bought the BBL treatment, I may not have done it at all. Anyway - the whole "no downtime" thing is a crock. Actually, I suppose it depends on your definition of downtime - I am absolutely physically capable of going about my normal life! But will I feel confident and comfortable doing that? Absolutely not today. So I'm with mountaingirl - tell me when I can expect to look normal again?
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