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What's the difference between laser and light treatments? 

Many people often confuse light and laser. Why? Because some of the primary reasons a patient may seek Light therapy are often similar to those concerns that can also be addressed with laser therapy. One common example of this is sun damage. Both treatments can treat unwanted brown spots giving the skin a more rejuvenated appearance. Both Laser and light therapy can also be used to remove unwanted hair. >>


A Light treatment consists of a series of high-intensity pulses of broad-spectrum light; whereas a laser delivers a direct beam of energy to one specific target. With that being said, there are advantages to both procedures, and understanding the primary differences between the two is important when determining the best treatment plan to address your personal concerns.

What are the benefits of laser treatments?

Instead of delivering pulses of a broad spectrum light, a laser beam focuses on one specific wavelength, which allows for precise, targeted treatment of several different conditions. For example, tattoos can only be removed by lasers, not Light therapy. Also, while Light stimulates collagen, it is not as effective or efficient as laser resurfacing for collagen stimulation.

Common conditions treated by laser therapy:

  • Acne Scarring
  • Broken Capillaries
  • Brown Spots
  • Enlarged Pores
  • Rosacea
  • Melasma
  • Sun Damage
  • Scar Treatments
  • Spider Veins
  • Unwanted Hair
  • Tattoo Removal
  • Winkles and Fine Lines
  • Snoring Reduction
  • Vaginal Tightening
  • Stress Urinary Incontinence

Depending on the laser used, occasionally patients can expect some downtime following the procedure. This is especially true with laser resurfacing, which is indicated for the treatment of fine lines and wrinkles. Laser resurfacing is also often performed to reduce the appearance of scars, including acne scarring. With the advancements in fractional laser technology, the downtime that can be expected after laser resurfacing has significantly decreased.

So what are BBL advantages?

Intense pulsed light is an excellent treatment option for patients seeking overall facial rejuvenation with little to no downtime following treatment. Multiple treatments are often recommended for optimal results.

A Light treatment is specifically good for:

  • Diminishing redness in the face
  • Reducing brown spots
  • Rejuvenating visibly aging or damaged skin
  • Erasing broken capillaries
  • Minimizing pore size.


Although the difference between Light and lasers can often be confusing, the best way to discover which procedure best suits your needs is by consulting your health care provider or local cosmetic surgeon. Many factors such as skin types, allergies, and medical conditions should be taken into consideration by a medical professional prior to a treatment. 

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