The modern-day equivalent of the fabled fountain of youth for restored skin health? Sciton’s proprietary technology, BBL HERO—rooted in science and backed by thousands of reviews and incredible before and after results. This award-winning treatment improves the appearance of aging skin and reduces rosacea, acne, melasma, and sunspots comfortably and with little to no downtime. Esprit® Cosmetic Surgeons now offers this care in Portland.

The Sciton HERO Broad Band Light (BBL) system is excellent for treating sun damage, fine wrinkles, freckles, age spots, rosacea, and acne. BBL treatments are performed on the face, neck, chest, hands, and other areas that need improvement. This treatment gives a beautiful, healthy glow to the skin. You will see an improvement after just one treatment. The total number of treatments varies between one and six, depending on each patient’s individual needs.

How does BBL work?

The Sciton HERO Broad Band Light (BBL) system works like a laser as light energy is delivered to and absorbed into targeted cells in the skin. The light energy is converted to heat energy, which causes damage to the specific target area. This heat stimulates the cells and kickstarts the regeneration process resulting in some cell replacement and new collagen formation. Skin cell regeneration is essential for building a healthy new layer of skin, especially wherever damaged cells are present.

The Sciton HERO BBL system is different from lasers as BBL delivers many wavelengths (or a spectrum) of light to the skin, instead of just one wavelength as lasers do. BBL is gentler than lasers, causing minimal discomfort during treatment and essentially no down time. The HERO BBL has many interchangeable wavelength options. The many wavelengths available make the HERO BBL a very versatile treatment platform as different wavelength settings can be used to treat many different types of skin abnormalities.

A tremendous advantage of the HERO BBL system is that the pulses of light are applied by moving the handpiece over the skin, as opposed to the typical “stamping” delivery technique. With this innovation, HERO BBL treatments are faster and more uniform than similar treatments from other companies. Note: the term used by most device companies for this type of technology is Intense Pulse Light (IPL).

At Esprit® Cosmetic Surgeons, in Portland, we offer light-based treatments using the Sciton HERO Broad Band Light (BBL) system. Be aware that not all BBL/IPL devices are created equal. The Sciton HERO BBL is simply the most advanced BBL/IPL platform in the world.

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What does BBL treat?


Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun is the main cause of premature skin aging. Brown discoloration in the form of small irregular shaped spots appear on many areas of the body, including the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders, and hands. HERO BBL treatments are effective in reducing the appearance of sun damage on the face and body. 


Freckles are flat pigmented spots on the skin. They are harmless and usually appear on the sun-exposed areas of the body, like the cheeks, nose, chest, and shoulders. Freckles are more common in people with a fair complexion. They are more noticeable in the summer months and fade somewhat in the winter months. Sciton HERO BBL is effective at reducing the appearance of freckles.


Age spots are commonly called liver spots or solar lentigos. They appear as flat, light brown, or dark brown spots. They vary in size and usually appear on the face, hands, shoulders, and arms – the areas most exposed to the sun. HERO BBL treatments are effective in reducing the appearance of age spots.


Broken Capillaries are also referred to as facial telengectasias. They are caused when tiny vessels under the skin are damaged or broken, resulting in small, red or purple lines within the skin. The common locations for broken capillaries are the nose, cheeks, and chin. The Icon Max-G IPL is an excellent treatment choice for broken capillaries.


Sciton HERO BBL is effective at decreasing pore size and reducing fine lines and wrinkles- This treatment is often called a “photo facial” or “photo rejuvenation”. At Esprit® Cosmetic Surgeons, we often combine HERO BBL with the HALO laser system for patients needing wrinkle reduction. The HERO BBL shines at decreasing pigment and balancing color and the HALO laser excels at reducing wrinkles.

World-Renowned Treatment Patients Rave About

BBL Forever Young

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BBL Forever Young by Sciton stimulates skin rejuvenation, creating new skin cells and promoting new collagen production. This result is more youthful-looking skin with reduced fine lines, pore size, and age spots.

Forever Clear BBL

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Forever Clear BBL is an innovative treatment that uses a three-step process to target acne inducing bacteria beneath your skin. First, blue BBL light is used to treat deep within the pores. Second, yellow BBL light is applied to minimize the skin inflammation caused by acne breakouts. Third, infrared light stimulates your skin’s natural healing response for new cell growth and collagen production.

Forever Bare BBL

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Forever Bare BBL directly targets hair follicles in the active stage of their growth cycle. The energy heats the follicle, destroying it, and preventing further growth. This is a type of permanent laser hair removal.


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SkinTyte BBL heats mid-level skin cells and causes increased collagen deposition. Increased collagen results in tighter and more youthful skin.

Forever Body BBL

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The skin on our bodies can be a tell-tale sign of how well we care for our skin. Now you can achieve a head-to-toe youthful glow while saying goodbye to pigment, sun damage, age spots, and more with BBL HERO Body. Known as the fastest light-based technology for younger-looking skin, BBL HERO performs full body treatments on large areas like the back, legs, and arms in as little as three minutes.

Is Sciton BBL right for me?

Most people can benefit from BBL treatments. It is simply a great treatment for nearly anyone with skin imperfections or signs of skin aging. In addition, we often combine BBL with HALO laser treatment or Sciton vascular laser treatments. During a consultation, which includes a Canfield computerized VISIA skin analysis, we will design a custom treatment plan for you.

Usually, you will see improvement after just one treatment. But, in most patients a series of four to six BBL sessions (spaced about one month apart) are needed to get the best results.

BBL treatments are quick, usually lasting less than 30 minutes. BBL treatments usually require no anesthetic, though for some patients we apply a topical anesthetic cream. We use the Zimmer skin cooling device to decrease any discomfort that may occur during BBL.

After the treatment your skin may be mildly pink or red. You may have a sunburn-like sensation and mild swelling of the skin. You can return to your normal activities right after treatment. Sun block is needed after treatment and sun exposure should be avoided for several days.

We Are Here To Help

The best way to get your questions answered is to come in for an appointment.

Decrease the signs of skin aging with Sciton HERO Broad Band Light! Schedule a consultation at our office in Portland to find out if BBL skin rejuvenation is right for you. Call (503) 783-0544 to get started!