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BBL Is the Latest Advancement in Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

Step into the luminous, rejuvenating light of BBL! Broad Band Light (BBL) is a versatile, light-based therapy representing the gold standard in intense pulsed light (IPL) FotoFacial technology. The FotoFacial procedure is a full face, neck and chest treatment using intense pulses of visible light that effectively improves 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 FotoFacial. He was the first to introduce this innovative, noninvasive 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 Broad Band Light. 

To learn more about this remarkable procedure, contact Dr. Bitter and schedule a consultation. Call (408) 358-5757.

Broad Band Light Therapy: A California Innovation  

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 Broad Band 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 Sciton Fotofacial BBL. 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

Before and After Photos

Benefits of FotoFacial

The Broad Band Light used in FotoFacial offers a low-impact alternative to ablative laser treatments. The versatile BBL device is virtually painless and requires no post-procedural downtime.   

The Boons of BBL

  • Reduces redness and flushing of rosacea
  • Clears acne on the face and back
  • Improves sun damage
  • Reduces fine lines, wrinkles, and freckling
  • Smooths skin
  • Reduces pores
  • Improves irregular pigmentation and even skin tone

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 FotoFacial with BBL at your personal consultation.  

The best candidates for FotoFacial 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 world-renowned FotoFacial procedure, Dr. Patrick Bitter is dedicated to helping his patients rejuvenate their appearance and achieve healthier, clearer and younger-looking skin.

FotoFacial Procedure

FotoFacial 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.  


FotoFacial Procedure

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


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


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 FotoFacial 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]


FotoFacial treatments are non-invasive and require no downtime to recover. Immediately following a FotoFacial 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 FotoFacial With BBL

Following your FotoFacial 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 FotoFacial 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 brighten your appearance, HydraFacial provides superficial rejuvenation to the skin’s uppermost layers so fine lines and wrinkles fade away.  

How Much Does a FotoFacial Cost in Silicon Valley?

The exact cost of a FotoFacial 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 Broad Band Light! 

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


What is Broad Band 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 Broad Band 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 Broad Band 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). Broad Band 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