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A TurboFacial is a versatile, light-based therapy representing the gold standard in intense pulsed light (IPL) technology. The Turbo Facial procedure is a full face, neck, and chest treatment using high energy rapid output pulses of visible light that effectively improve facial redness and flushing, acne, and the visible signs of sun damage and aging.[1]

World-renowned, board-certified cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Patrick Bitter, Jr., is the pioneer and inventor of the TurboFacial. He was the first to introduce this innovative, non-invasive method to rejuvenate and improve the skin without any downtime. Today, his Los Gatos and Beverly Hills-based practice, Advanced Aesthetic Dermatology, elucidates the citizens of Silicon Valley and Southern California with revivifying rays of BroadBand Light (BBL) and IPL technology. 

To learn more about this remarkable procedure, contact Dr. Bitter and schedule a consultation. To speak with our front office, please call (408) 358-5757.

Before and After Photos

About TurboFacial

With 20 years of pioneering research and extensive experience in treating the skin with light, Dr. Bitter is the world’s expert and premier authority on using intense pulsed light (IPL) and BroadBand Light (BBL). There is no one more knowledgeable or experienced in treating the skin with light than Dr. Bitter. His true passion is to give his patients the healthiest, clearest, and youngest-looking skin at any age.

Dr. Bitter is a sought-out teacher of the Turbo Facial approach. He’s taught Fotofacial BBL Preceptorships across the country—from Seattle to New York City and beyond!

Dr. Patrick Bitter, Jr., M.D., on FotoFacial

“FotoFacial is the real Hollywood anti-aging beauty secret. It is the closest we have come to the fountain of youth.”

For the past two decades, Dr. Bitter has lectured extensively around the world regarding his breakthrough treatment. He has trained over 6,000 doctors on how to use light therapy to make skin healthier, clearer, brighter, and younger-looking.

Discover more of Dr. Bitter’s amazing work by reading our blog

Benefits of TurboFacial

FotoFacial Procedure

The BroadBand Light used in TurboFacial offers a low-impact alternative to ablative laser treatments. The versatile BBL device is virtually painless and requires no post-procedural downtime. When applied to the target areas on your skin, the technology provides high energy rapid output that diminishes the site of many age-related skin irregularities. Conditions TurboFacial can treat are:

Sun Damage and Age Spots

The sun’s rays are among the most harmful contributors to aging. Sun damage often leaves spots, fine lines, irregular pigmentation, and an uneven skin tone. Significant sun exposure can also lead to skin cancer. FotoFacial treatments improve sun-damaged skin on the face and body.

Sagging Skin

As you age, your skin loses elasticity and begins to sag to some extent—no matter how well you take care of it. FotoFacial treatments boost collagen levels to tighten the skin, add plumpness and improve sagging. The results are smoother, healthier, and younger-looking skin.


Those who suffer from rosacea understand how embarrassing this chronic facial condition can be. FotoFacial treatments dramatically reduce the overall redness, flushing, and dilated capillaries. 

Broken Capillaries

Over time, capillaries beneath the skin become raised and may even burst. FotoFacial treatments effectively get rid of these damaged capillaries without harming the surrounding tissue.


Dr. Bitter will assess your candidacy for a TurboFacial at your personal consultation. The best candidates for TurboFacial treatments are:

  • People who suffer from rosacea and experience flushing and redness of their skin
  • Individuals with sun-damaged skin, including fine lines and wrinkles, poor skin tone and texture
  • People with aged, sagging skin who want a smoother, tighter appearance
  • Individuals who suffer from acne that desire clearer, smoother skin
  • People who do not want to take time off to heal from laser resurfacing or chemical peels
  • Individuals who want to improve their skin but do not want treatments to interfere with their active lifestyle

Your Personal Consultation With Dr. Bitter

To schedule your personal consultation at Advanced Aesthetic Dermatology, we encourage you to call (408) 358-5757 and contact us today. As a board-certified dermatologist and innovator of the original world-renowned FotoFacial procedure, Dr. Patrick Bitter is dedicated to helping his patients rejuvenate their appearance and achieve healthier, clearer, and younger-looking skin.

TurboFacial Procedure

TurboFacial with BBL is a fast, easy and effective procedure. Perhaps it is because of this that we get so many questions about how it works. We address our most common procedural inquiries below.  

What Areas Can TurboFacial Treat?

Dr. Bitter can use TurboFacial treatments on any area of the skin. This innovative treatment is especially effective for improving the appearance of the face, neck, chest and hands.

How Long Do the TurboFacial Treatments Take?

Each TurboFacial treatment takes approximately 15 to 30 minutes to complete.

Is There Any Pain With the FotoFacial Treatment?

There is minimal discomfort during the FotoFacial treatment. For those who have more sensitive skin, Dr. Bitter can use a topical anesthetic cream 30 to 60 minutes before treatment. There is no discomfort after the treatment. 

Dr. Bitter recommends multiple TurboFacial treatments to ensure the best results. The number of treatments needed will vary based on your skin type and your desired results. Most patients receive a series of five treatments at three-week intervals to impart optimal improvement.[2]


TurboFacial treatments are non-invasive and require no downtime to recover. Immediately following a TurboFacial treatment, the skin may appear red and flushed. Tiny capillaries may appear more visible. Brown spots may appear darker. However, all of these changes gradually fade over a period of a few days. Most patients can return to work and resume normal activities as soon as the treatment is complete

Results of TurboFacial With BBL

Following your TurboFacial treatment, you can expect to see a gradual decrease in overall redness, flushing, and dilated capillaries. People with visible aging and sun damage can expect to see a decrease in fine lines and wrinkles. Patients report smoother skin, smaller pores, and reduced sunspots. Many people with rosacea see an improvement in breakouts, allowing them to decrease or discontinue their medications.

These improvements are gradual and will be more visible after each treatment. Dr. Bitter recommends four to five treatments for the best outcome. Some patients may find they benefit from an ongoing series of TurboFacial treatments.

FotoFacial with BBL produces satisfying results that last anywhere from one and two years. Patients who undergo regular FotoFacial treatments can expect to see continuous age-defying results.

Complementary Procedures

HydraFacial MD

HydraFacial MD is commonly paired with FotoFacial to enhance its results. HydraFacial is an exfoliating procedure to clear away dead skin cells and replenish vital nutrients. As BBL’s light energy penetrates the skin’s surface to even your tone and brightens your appearance, HydraFacial provides superficial rejuvenation to the skin’s uppermost layers so fine lines and wrinkles fade away.  

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers are a great addition to your TurboFacial procedure because they help enhance your rejuvenated, youthful facial features. The gradual loss of collagen in our skin causes the rise of wrinkles and fine lines in our complexion. Using our suite of dermal fillers, Dr. Bitter and his team can erase those trouble spots from your visage. Whether around your cheeks or under your eyes, age-related volume loss can make you appear older than your years. Fillers are exceptional at restoring this lost volume in your face by adding organic solutions that add contour and definition to your facial profile. 

If you would like to see how HydraFacial MD and dermal fillers can enhance your results from a TurboFacial, please don’t hesitate to schedule a personal consultation at our Los Gatos offices today!

How Much Does a TurboFacial Cost in Silicon Valley?

The exact cost of a TurboFacial treatment depends on the number of areas that need improvement and the amount of skin damage that needs to be repaired. During your personalized consultation, Dr. Bitter will evaluate your skin and determine the total price for your FotoFacial treatment.

Watch our specials page for the latest package deals!  

Your Future Looks Bright

Many of us fear aging. The years are hard on our skin. But you can fight back against time with the power of BroadBand Light! 

Rejuvenate your skin with FotoFacial at Advanced Aesthetic Dermatology. Your future looks bright.  


What is BroadBand Light (BBL)? 

BBL is a light-based skin therapy that utilizes multiple bands of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) to achieve its rejuvenating results. This is quite unlike laser light therapy, which sprays narrowly focused electromagnetic energy at a single wavelength. BBL is more like pure white sunlight, containing multiple wavelengths that we can all observe in the multicolored rainbow when its rays are refracted through falling water droplets. It is because BroadBand Light is polychromatic that it is such a versatile modality. BBL can effectively treat rosacea, acne, vascularity, fine lines, and uneven texture.   

Which is better Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) or BroadBand Light (BBL)?

BBL is an improvement on the traditional IPL FotoFacial. As the popularity of laser and light-based modalities have risen in recent years, many IPL devices of varying degrees of quality have come onto the market. BBL is the gold standard of pulsed light procedures. It is a one-of-a-kind flash lamp technology that is enhanced by interchangeable Smart Filters, Finesse Adapters, and precision thermoelectric cooling so that your physician can customize your treatment and tailor your results. 

How many BBL treatments are needed?

A series of no fewer than three to four BBL treatments are needed to derive maximum benefit from the procedure. Many patients have found that ongoing treatments lead to healthier-looking skin. Your experienced cosmetic dermatologist will make the best recommendation.  


  1. Bitter, P. (2020). BroadBand Light and Skin Rejuvenation. Facial Plastic Surgery Clinics of North America, 28(1), 29–36. doi: 10.1016/j.fsc.2019.09.014
  2. Chang, A. L. S., Bitter, P. H., Qu, K., Lin, M., Rapicavoli, N. A., & Chang, H. Y. (2013). Rejuvenation of Gene Expression Pattern of Aged Human Skin by Broadband Light Treatment: A Pilot Study. Journal of Investigative Dermatology, 133(2), 394–402. doi: 10.1038/jid.2012.287