IPL | BBL | BBL Hero | Photofacial in Birmingham



Face & Body


5-15 minutes


Up to 2 years


Swelling, redness


From £299


Advanced Skin Therapist or GMC Registered Doctor


Pigmentation, redness, rosacea, broken capillaries,freckles,sun damage


Free Complimentary Mailbox Parking
Additional privacy facility available upon request
24/7 access to Royal College of Emergency Medicine doctor for all post care emergencies

Add Ons

Halo Hybrid Fractional Ablative Laser
Secret RF Radiofrequency Microneedling


This means in one session, a multitude of skin concerns can be addressed simultaneously making this a truly bespoke treatment.

Common skin conditions treated include:

  • Hyperpigmented lesions including sun spots and freckles
  • Redness
  • Bruising
  • Rosacea & Broken Capillaries


The duration (milliseconds) and energy (fluence) of the light pulse are adjusted for your specific skin characteristics to achieve maximum benefit. The target is usually abnormal pigmentation or small, unsightly blood vessels. Your care will be provided by a qualified BBL operator that has been trained in laser science, use of equipment, laser safety, skin care and other necessary areas of knowledge.

Why BBL Hero and not IPL?

…which means the power being delivered in just 1 treatment with the same settings as other standard IPL devices is much greater and because of the faster output, the procedure can be done 3x faster than other devices on the market hence it is considered the Lamborghini of photofacials!

Why does this matter? Well, if you have ever had an IPL or BBL treatment, you will know they are uncomfortable. Standard devices not only require more treatment sessions, but each session takes longer. Most people see a marked improvement with just 1 session of BBL HERO. What might take 6-8 sessions with other IPL devices such as the Stellar M22 or Lynton Lumina usually takes 1-3 sessions with the Sciton BBL HERO.

We cannot stress enough that not all IPL/BBL devices are built to the same standard. It is extremely important that you ask your practitioner what device they actually use.The best way to appreciate this is by comparing these devices to cars. All cars aim to do the same thing, they have different horse power, speed and comfort. A 10 year research study from Stanford clearly documented that aging can be altered in human skin using BBL technology to provide a functional change, rather than just a cosmetic mimic of youthful appearance. This study reveals that the appearance of younger skin may be due to the differences observed in gene expression patterns of aged skin becoming more like young skin. (See link to Stanford Study). Longitudinal studies have also shown a general improvement in skin tightening and fine lines and elasticity as a by-product of the skin treatments. It is our skin doctor’s view, Dr Zoya, that photofacials should be integrated in to a skin treatment plan where applicable due to its holistic benefits on the skin. Often 1-3 sessions are required initially then it should be maintained as a photofacial 2-3x a year to reap the greatest benefit.

Procedure at Secret Aesthetics:

You will begin with a consultation, facial analysis and evaluation of your medical history and personal expectations by our doctor or skin therapist. A treatment plan will be created for you in advance. Baseline photos and sometimes videos are taken to monitor changes.

On the day of the treatment, the area will be cleansed with antiseptic and the targeted areas marked out as needed. The procedure itself usually takes no more than 15 minutes but depends on number of areas being treated. Once the treatment is finished, it is then cleaned again with an antiseptic and any appropriate creams and balms are applied. It is imperative to follow the strict aftercare advice given. You may have this treatment in combination with other treatments such as  HALO, Secret RF radiofrequency microneedling or laser genesis.


Results are not immediate and can take a few weeks to appreciate.

Results should be maintained in the long-run with regular photofacials. This is best when done 2-3x a year but at a minimum once a year. A longitudinal study showed that patients who were just receiving BBL photofacials for a decade had improved quality of skin including less lines and wrinkles as well as a healthy glow. Biopsies from these patients were studied at Stanford University and demonstrated that BBL has collagen stimulating properties too and can cause skin tightening as a side effect. On a genetic and molecular level, the study showed these patients had more anti-ageing genes switched on than their test group counterparts.


You must not have tanned or had direct sun exposure in area being treated for at least 3-4 weeks  before.

Stop all topical steroids, actives, acids, retinoids, AHAS, BHAS 5 days before and just use a gentle cleanser, moisturiser and SPF in the 5 days before treatment.

All reflective objects such as jewelry and watches must be removed if near the treatment area.

Arrive for treatment with clean, dry skin without any products or makeup on.


  • History of abnormal response to sunlight
  • Using photo-sensitizing medications
  • Pregnant or breast feeding
  • History of seizures or epilepsy
  • Active infections
  • Skin cancer in treated area or history of skin cancer especially malignant melanoma
  • Isotretinoin used (Roaccutane) within previous 6-12 months
  • Active tan


  • Photosensitizers
  • Keloid or hypertrophic scars
  • Poor wound healing ie) diabetes or on long-term steroids
  • Medical conditions that may effect wound healing
  • Medical conditions or medications that thin the blood
  • Medical conditions or medications that effect the immune system

It is your responsibility to ensure you disclose all medications, prescription and over the counter, herbal or recreational drugs in advance in our pre-treatment medical questionnaire.


  • Immediately post-treatment, appropriate creams/balms and/or soaks will be applied
  • Wait at least 4 hours before touching the area treated, washing face or applying any other products discussed in advance with your practitioner
  • Only use a gentle cleanser, gentle moisturiser and sun screen for at least 5 days post-treatment or until the skin has healed
  • Avoid sun exposure and tanning beds and use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen to prevent further sun damage – this should be done ideally for the whole healing period but for at least the first 48 hours
  • Avoid heat and exercise – hot tubs, saunas, steam rooms, jacuzzis and hot showers etc. for 48hrs
  • Stop skin irritants (examples below) 5 days before and after treatment
    • Products containing tretinoin, retinol, benzoyl peroxide, glycolic/salicylic acids, vitamin C/ascorbic acid, astringents, etc. 
  • It is important that you not pick or scratch the sites whilst it is healing as this may lead to permanent scars or promote an infection.
  • No alcohol, ibuprofen or aspirin or any blood thinning medication for 48hrs as this increases the risk of prolonged bruising and swelling– please ensure you disclose all medications prescription and over the counter, herbal or recreational in advance
  • Any laser/lights/energy based devices/microneedling/electrolysis/surgical procedures should be discussed with the treating practitioner in advance and only booked after their advice on minimum interval

Visit our Acne Clinic in Birmingham:

  • Free Complimentary Mailbox Parking
  • A 5-minute walk from Birmingham New Street Train Station
  • Additional privacy facility available upon request

Our luxury skin clinic provides professional Acne Treatment in Birmingham, West Midlands as well as surrounding areas such as Solihull, Edgbaston, Wolverhampton, Walsall, Coventry, Dudley, Sutton Coldfield, Stourbridge, Bromsgrove, Redditch, Tamworth, Cannock and Lichfield. 


Your Beauty. Our Secret.

Based on 243 reviews
Alex M
Alex M
I’ve been using Secret Aesthetics for about 3 years now and in the last couple of months alone i’ve seen Dr’s Zoya, Haroon and Taran for various treatments. All are incredibly professional, as well as kind and welcoming and always explain procedures fully. It’s important to me to see practitioners that want to do the right thing for me, rather than just take my money, and that’s what you get here. It’s also a lovely experience going to such a beautiful clinic. I wouldn’t go anywhere else. Thank you Secret Aesthetics.
Melissa Jones
Melissa Jones
I have been seeing Dr Haroon for a few years now for my usual botox treatments, however today I decided to take the plunge and have my nose straightened with filler. My nose is something I have been self conscious about for a number of years and I was very anxious to have this done. The results have blown me away & I wish id of had this done many years ago! Dr Haroon is an amazing, highly skilled person who has an extremely calming aura about him that instantly makes you feel at ease! I would highly recommend him! I will continue to see him for many years to come. Dr Haroon thank you so much for giving me a fresh boost of confidence X
Ella Dooley
Ella Dooley
I had lip fillers done with Dr Humaira and I am beyond happy with the results. She took time to talk through exactly what I wanted, made me feel so comfortable and relxaed through out the whole procedure. The results are amazing! All the staff were welcoming with amazing customer service. Will be back soon
Hennah A
Hennah A
I am never disappointed with my visits to the clinic. I was unable to attend my original appointment due to childcare and Dr Zoya was very accommodating. I managed to get another appointment in the same week. This time I met Dr Haroon. He was a pleasure to work with & listened to all of my concerns. I left the clinic satisfied. I cant wait for my next appointment.
Lps Wild dreams
Lps Wild dreams
I am 48 years old and I’ve never had any aesthetic treatments done before. I have been keen to but too anxious to take the plunge mostly because of the fear of looking like someone else in the mirror! There’s a lot of horror stories out there!! However, after 2 years of colour correction under my eyes, buying endless products and nothing working, I felt quite defeated!! I booked myself in at Secret Aesthetics to have tear trough filler and mid face filler done. Dr Naqvi was exceptional and definitely lives up to his name as ‘the’ Industry expert. I was provided with not just all the essential information I needed to make my decision but I was given the respect, understanding and time to decide on what was best suited to me. After deciding on what I wanted, Dr Naqvi did a mid face filler and Botox on my forhead. I am blown away by the results!!! I looked at myself this morning and could not believe how much of an impact such a little tweek has made. I look rested and fresher faced overnight and I am the younger me. Thank you Dr Naqvi and all at Secret Aesthetics
Georgia Mae
Georgia Mae
Met with Dr Haroon and he is absolutely fantastic. He takes his time to explain everything first, which I really appreciated. It's clear he loves what he does as it shines through. I will definitely be back and will only ever see Dr Haroon from now on. :)
Paul Davies
Paul Davies
Highly recommended. I never write reviews but felt compelled to add to the positive comments that led me to Secret Aesthetics. The follow up service provided was excellent. Thanks to Haroon Ashraf and his team for their professionalism and friendly service.
Thank you Humaira for listening to my concerns and planning my aesthetics accordingly. Can’t wait for my next session !!
Amy Hewitt
Amy Hewitt
Dr Humaira was amazing. She really went above and beyond in the consultation and you could tell she really skilled at what she does. I would definitely come back to see her again!
Claire Bull
Claire Bull
WOW.. An excellent experience from day one. An excellent experience from day one of visiting Secret Aesthetics. A beautiful relaxing and calming environment with the relaxation room and comfy chairs. Dr Zoya is the best in the Aesthetics business with a wide range of knowledge and expertise. There are a wide range of treatments available all tailored to suit your expectations. A tailor made plan especially for you with a skin care package to suit you. Nothing is too much trouble from the reception staff right through to the Dr's. I cant express just how nervous I was, but the calming environment with a warm welcome from everyone, has made me feel at ease on my visits. I can't thank everyone who as been with me on my journey enough, for all the information, reassurence and questions answered before during and after treatment. Dr Zoya, you and your team are all amazing and I would NEVER put my trust in anyone else. A***
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