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BBL® Laser Treatment

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Dr Darren McKeown offers cutting-edge treatments in Glasgow using the world’s most powerful IPL laser — the BBL® HERO™ from Sciton. Our BBL treatment is an advanced version of IPL that is designed to address a multitude of skin concerns.

McKeown Medical offers an advanced alternative to IPL in Glasgow using the cutting-edge BBL laser.

Dr. Darren McKeown

Medical Director


Our founder, Dr Darren McKeown, is renowned for his expertise in minimally invasive aesthetic medicine. As a peer-reviewed medical author, he is passionate about treatments that stand up to scientific scrutiny. His team at McKeown Medical have all been personally mentored in the unique McKeown Method.

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In our practice, we believe that results matter. That’s why we’ve invested in the BBL® HERO™ (Broadband Light; High Energy Rapid Output) device from Sciton, the Rolls Royce of laser manufacturers. Skin rejuvenation using this laser device offers a far more advanced treatment than traditional IPL therapy.

The BBL Hero offers some of the most sophisticated IPL photorejuvenation technology available. It works by pulsing high energy light into the skin, breaking down pigments and blood vessels whilst simultaneously stimulating collagen production. It is an excellent treatment to simultaneously target age spots, blood vessels, facial redness and enlarged pores, as well as for creating a smoother, more even skin texture.

The best part of the treatment is that it has virtually no downtime — and it can be used on any part of the body. Along with reducing the signs of sun damage on the face, we can also use BBL to treat the chest, arms and legs. Anywhere you have ageing or sun damaged skin, BBL can help.

Speak to one of the McKeown Medical team about our options for IPL treatments using this new and improved BBL technology.

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Watch How We Perform a BBL (BroadBand Light) Treatment


How many treatments do I need?

Most patients will have a course of 3 treatments, each spaced about a month apart. When you have completed your initial course of treatment, we typically recommend maintenance treatments.

A single maintenance session every 6-12 months can help you maintain the results and keep up the collagen stimulation.

This patient underwent a course of BBL to improve her skin quality, and reduce the appearance of her adult acne.
This patient underwent BBL to clear her complexion, improving skin tone and reducing the appearance of broken veins and capillaries.

How does the treatment feel?

Each pulse of light feels like a mild snap against the skin. Sometimes when we are targeting specific blood vessels or patches of pigmentation, the energy level can feel a little hotter, but overall most patients describe the discomfort level as 2 or 3 out of 10.

It takes about 15-20 minutes to treat a full face and a little more if we are also treating the neck and chest.

What should I expect after my BBL treatment?

Following treatment, your skin will typically be a little red and you may have some swelling. These are usually very mild and resolve within a few hours, so most people can get back to work and normal activities straight after their treatment.

Occasionally — particularly for patients who have a lot of sun damage on their skin — the swelling can be a little more intense after the BBL treatment, in which case a couple of days of downtime might be better. If we think you might fall into this category, we will let you know at the time of your consultation so you can plan ahead for your recovery.

This patient underwent BBL treatment to reduce sun damage, pigmentation, and brighten her complexion.

The Benefits of a
BBL Skin Treatment

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As a highly advanced version of intense pulsed light (IPL), BBL® is a more powerful treatment that allows us to be more specific in the skin problems and the issues we want to target. With this newer, more sophisticated version of IPL, we can create a more significant improvement in skin quality — regardless of whether you want to target pigment, rosacea or thread veins.

BBL® uses a wider range of light filters and the energy can be adjusted creatively during a treatment, which means it is a more adaptable and customisable tool that can treat more skin conditions accurately and precisely.

We can do multiple passes on the skin with the BBL device, which allows us to treat multiple issues in a single session. A typical session will involve 3 or 4 passes that target different issues.

The BBL® HERO™ device also offers a treatment that is less painful than a traditional IPL skin treatment. It is popular because — whether you want to reduce signs of ageing or sun damage — BBL provides rapid, comfortable treatment.

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BBL is ideal for patients who are at the earlier stages of the ageing process, as well as for more mature patients who want a gentle treatment with no downtime.

A BBL face treatment can be used to address many skin problems caused by ageing and sun damage, including:

How Does BBL Work?

To understand how BBL treatments work, we need to first address how an IPL laser treatment works. Intense pulsed light therapy uses light energy through pulsed light units to promote skin rejuvenation. The wavelengths of light convert to heat, which decreases or destroys unwanted structures in the skin to create an even skin tone. A skin rejuvenation IPL treatment also induces the skin’s healing response, promoting collagen formation.

A BBL facial treatment at our aesthetic clinic in Glasgow differs in that the handpiece contains a special filter that allows us to alter the wavelength of the light throughout the treatment session.

The BBL device delivers high energy intense pulses of light into the skin, which then disperses into energy within the skin. Because of the level of control this device gives us, a BBL treatment can address different skin concerns depending on the wavelength of the light used.

For this exciting and versatile treatment, we typically treat the skin with 4 or 5 different passes of the BBL device, each time changing the filters and settings to target different issues within the skin. The final pass is usually the SkinTyte pass, which uses higher wavelengths to penetrate deeper into the skin, stimulating collagen production. This is what helps, over time, to improve the texture of the skin.

Got questions about our treatments with BBL Glasgow clinic? Ask our friendly team at McKeown Medical.

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How Does BBL Compare?

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BBL provides a more advanced alternative to traditional IPL face treatment.

BBL Hero vs Traditional Laser

A traditional laser has only one wavelength of light, so it typically only treats one issue per laser.

What makes BBL treatments so popular is that they can provide many wavelengths for more a comprehensive skin rejuvenation that covers a larger skin area.

BBL Hero vs IPL

BBL (BroadBand Light) therapy is a more advanced version of IPL. We used to make use of IPL devices in the clinic, but we upgraded to BBL because it is more powerful and more customisable than standard IPL. We now use the Sciton BBL device for each and every IPL treatment at our Glasgow clinic.

While an IPL skin rejuvenation treatment can also be effective at targeting age spots, broken veins and other skin concerns, it is also often associated with more painful sessions compared to the BBL device.

BBL Hero as an Acne Treatment

To treat acne, we begin with a pass of blue light, which is effective at reducing p.acnes, the bacteria associated with acne. Next, a pass is performed to reduce the redness in the skin associated with the inflammation of acne. Finally, a SkinTyte pass is performed to help repair the texture of skin suffering from acne.

Book a BBL Treatment at McKeown Medical

McKeown Medical offers advanced laser treatments, including the BBL laser treatment.

McKeown Medical is a leading aesthetic clinic in Scotland led by Dr Darren Mckeown, a renowned aesthetic doctor. The clinic is known for using the latest technology and techniques to help patients achieve their aesthetic goals and regain their confidence.

Fill in our pre-consultation enquiry from and upload some photos and one of patient relationship managers will call you back to discuss your needs and help you start your journey with us today.

Book a callback with McKeown Medical to discuss our alternative treatments for IPL using Sciton’s advanced BBL device.

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See for yourself, just what the clinic can do


Justine, aged 31

Tear Trough Fillers

The tear trough is the groove that runs between the lower eyelid and the cheek, contributing to dark hollows below the eyes. This can be improved with precise volume restoration. Hear how this treatment turned out for our patient Justine.
Catherine, aged 50

Treatment of Lines Around the Lips with Injectables

Lines around the lips are one of the most common complaints that women come to us with. These can be treated permanently with aggressive resurfacing, although a much less invasive option is to simply restore some volume around the area. Hear how Catherine got on with filler injections around the mouth.
Michelle, aged 35

Treatment of Deep Frown Lines

When the frown muscles are strong, and frown lines well established, sometimes we need to employ a combination approach to achieve the best result. Hear how this worked out for Michelle. 
Lorraine, aged 50

Treatment of Jowls with Dermal Filler

The jowls are one of the most commonly complains about parts of the face. For patients who do not wish to undergo surgery, fillers in the cheek, chin and jawline and offer an effective non-surgical solution. Listen to how this approach worked for Lorraine.
Lisa, aged 45

Combination Treatment of Advanced Crow's Feet

Sometimes when the crows feet get stronger, simply relaxing the muscle around the eye is not enough and we need to do combination treatments to achieve the best result. Listen to how this turned out for our patient Lisa.
Marie, aged 46

Treatment of Downturned Mouth Corners

Downturned mouth corners can make us look sad, even when we feel happy inside. Hear how treatment with filler injections corrected this problem for our patient. 
Claire-Louise, aged 28

Augmentation of the Chin

Deficiency of the chin and jawline is a common problem that leads to facial disharmony and can lead to early jowl formation. Hear how correcting the chin improved our patients profile, and her self confidence. 
Deana, aged 57

Treatment of Eye Bags and Jowls with Injectables

Bags under the eyes and jowls along the jawline are some of the most common concerns patients have as they age. For patients who do not wish to have surgery, these can be significantly improved by restoring volume to the facial anatomy. Hear how this treatment approach worked out for Deana.
Jennifer, aged 27

Nose & Chin Contouring

A prominent nose can be one of the most distressing features for some people. Often, the problem is exacerbated by a weak or recessed chin and contouring the nose and chin with filler injections can help to re-balance to profile, achieving facial harmony. Hear how this treatment turned out for Jennifer, and the impact it had on her life.
Grant, aged 32

Male Wrinkle Reduction

Most people – men and women – begin to notice wrinkles appearing in the upper face in their early to mid 30s. This is the optimal time to start considering aesthetic dermatology to reduce the wrinkles and prevent them getting worse as the years progress. Listen to how the treatment turned out for Grant.
Tony, aged 38

Male Facial Volume Restoration

Tony had lost of a lot of weight, and the effects were showing on his face. As we age, we all lose volume from our face but in Tony’s case it was accelerated by significant weight loss. Listen to how treatment with facial fillers restored Tony’s facial volume, and his self confidence.