Is BBL an Effective Melasma Treatment?

Is BBL (broadband light) an effective treatment for melasma and other brown spots?

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IPL and BBL do not cure melasma

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Skin hyperpigmentation, known as melasma, occurs most commonly from a combination of genetics, hormonal influence, sun exposure, and exogenous hormones such as birth control pills.

Although IPL and BBL are commonly employed to treat melasma, they are not curative. A long term regimen of retinoids and hydroquinone based creams, coupled with aggressive sun avoidance, should help in the treatment of melasma.


Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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BBL or IPL can help with melasma

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BBL or IPL can be effective against melasma. Melasma can be affected by sun exposure, hormones, and certain medications. BBL or IPL can be helpful in most cases. Sometimes, skin care products as well incorporating hydroquinone and Retin-a are beneficial as well.

Steven Wallach, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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