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About IPL

If you feel bothered by the look of your skin due to dark spots or sun damage, receive a skin consultation at our Philadelphia, or Radnor, PA offices, Body+Beauty Lab, to determine if you could benefit from IPL (intense pulsed light) therapy. A photofacial with IPL is a treatment that rejuvenates the skin for women and men who experience problems with hyperpigmentation on their neck and face. Although a photofacial is a noninvasive process, this treatment can be incredibly effective and lead to stunning outcomes. Our experienced team of estheticians uses intense pulses of light energy that warm the skin cells, which then sets off the natural healing process and increases your body's natural production of collagen. As the added nutrients take effect, you will begin to notice a healthier complexion and glow, as well as improved skin tone and fewer pigmentation spots. 

Ideal Candidates

An IPL photofacial reaches the deeper layers of your skin to treat several complexion issues, particularly brown lesions and sun spots. Because this treatment is noninvasive, minimal or no recovery time is needed. Ideal candidates for an IPL photofacial at Body+Beauty Lab are those who experience several problems with their complexion, such as rosacea, sun damage, brown spots (hyperpigmentation), rough texture, visible pores, redness, freckles, sun and age spots, or spider veins. At your consultation, your trained esthetician will examine your complexion to determine if your skin could benefit from an IPL photofacial.

I’m so happy we have a place like BBL in center city because I love the detailed care they take w/skin care needs. I’ve been seeing Judy since 2019 for various facials and haven’t wanted to go to anyone else since. She takes the time to listen to your concerns and assess your needs which puts me at ease. I like to try new facials and I appreciate how Judy honestly walks me thru pros/cons of new treatments for my skin goals. She truly enjoys her craft and caring for her clients and she’s felt more like a friend I go to visit rather than only an esthetician. My skin always looks great after working w/Judy and I appreciate all the compliments I’ve received on my skin glowing :) and I love to credit her w/results so anyone who has commented on my skin gets to learn her name.

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I’ve now had 3 BBL treatments and a Hydrofacial with Judy and my skin has never looked better! She took the time to explain my treatment options to improve my skin and has always been kind and professional. Also 5 stars for overall cleanliness of the entire office. Definitely recommend!

A.S. Google

I have been going here for a year and a half and could not be happier. The staff is so knowledgeable and they truly care for their clients. I did a lot of research before booking my first appointment because doing anything to your face that could change the appearance isn’t something to take lightly. They take the time to understand your skin and goals and will advise you on the best options. I always look forward to coming here! I’d highly recommend Sarah as an injector and Sandra for laser treatments.

J.R. Google

Im writing a review for body and beauty lab but more specifically for Lua Padova! I have been to likely 7 different dermatologists, have spent insane amounts of money on product both prescription and otherwise and nothing has fixed my skin. I’ve struggled with acne for my entire life and this is the first time that I’ve ever had consistently clear skin and that’s thanks to Lua!! Not only is she hilarious and a delight to see for my appointments but she really understood what my skin needed. The products she suggested have not only eliminated my acne but also evened my skin tone and helped with my fine lines! I had never really done much outside of traditional facials but she talked me into the Moxy laser facial and my gosh LIFE CHANGING! Acne scars eliminated! Trust this woman with your life… I mean skin! Hahaha Thanks Lua and body and beauty lab <3

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BBL is my go to for hydrafacials. It was recommended to me by a friend and since then I’ve referred my mom, husband, and several friends. Great medspa. Wide array of services. I have always been pleased with my services. I come here for hydrafacials only - no injectables - although I appreciate that the staff who perform injections like Botox are nurses so if I decide to get Botox, I am under competent care. Reception is nice. The space is small but luxurious clean and beautiful. Judy Kim is my favorite. She is kind, personable, knowledgeable, funny, and does a great job. I look forward to booking w her again soon!! I have deducted 1 star (debated deducting 2) because I’ve had a few less than perfect experiences and for the price point, I believe everything should be near-perfect here. One instance was when I booked hydrafacials over the phone for my mom and myself. Unfortunately, there was a miscommunication and my mom was charged for a deluxe hydrafacial even tho I booked her for a traditional hydrafacial (I didn’t even know there was such a thing as deluxe). My mom didn’t want to contest the extra $ but I called after the fact when we were confused why hers was more $ than mine. They maintained that this is what I scheduled and what she got and did not offer to reverse the added charge. The second thing (which has happened on several occasions, several times per session) is that I’ve been aggressively upsold many times (not by Judy, to be clear). When Judy was away from the office on leave, I saw another esthetician who was equally skilled BUT aggressively recommended a much more expensive treatment that was outside of my current budget. I’m sure this treatment is incredible - in fact, I want it - but I am not comfortable spending several thousands on my face right now, maybe ever. In an effort to get me to purchase a much more expensive facial procedure and get better results, I was told that the hydrafacials I was getting were essentially pointless and not worth the $ I was spending. I was told over and over again how great this other procedure was even though I said multiple times that it was too much $ for me at this time. The procedure, while probably amazing and something I might get someday, is several thousands of dollars after completing the recommended series, and I thought I made it painfully clear that it was something I wasn’t ready to invest in right now. During at least 2 hydrafacials, I was told over and over again how much I needed this other procedure, making me feel frustrated and disappointed that the hundreds I was spending on hydrafacials were a waste and that I needed to spend thousands in order to “fix all of my problems.” It got to the point that it was kind of embarrassing and exhausting. There’s only so many times I can politely laugh before I just feel kind of bummed out. I was also greeted once (by same employee) and told my skin looked “so bad.” Believe me, I was aware. I was going through a lot of stress and my skin was far from it’s best. But that’s why I was there. So! That warranted my one star deduction. Can’t wait to see Judy again for another hydrafacial.

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Procedure Technique

If no other treatments are being performed, our standard IPL photofacials are completed in one of the minor procedure rooms at our Philadelphia, PA office in around 20 – 30 minutes. To prepare for the IPL photofacial, your esthetician will wash and dry your skin before protecting your eyes with shields. The handheld wand of the Syneron Candela will be passed over your skin as it emits laser energy pulses. While many patients may experience mild discomfort throughout the photofacial, this is usually bearable given the short length of the session.

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What to Expect

There is typically no recovery period needed with an IPL photofacial treatment, but you may leave our office with your skin somewhat red and swollen. This will go away naturally in about a day and can be masked with cosmetics if you would like to conceal the effects. Body+Beauty Lab recommends that clients use a cream on the skin to minimize any irritation and promote quick, safe healing. It may also help to use an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicine to help decrease swelling. After 2 – 5 days, the irregularities under the skin will rise to the surface skin layers and then begin to flake away. It's necessary to protect your skin with sunscreen as often as possible after an IPL photofacial treatment and to not pick at your skin while it heals. Although you will have visible improvements after your first treatment, your complexion will achieve its ideal results after multiple photofacial treatment sessions. We usually suggest that clients get 3 – 6 sessions scheduled once monthly at Body+Beauty Lab to maintain their results.

Get Your Glow Back

Even if you didn't think much about the health of your complexion when you had clear skin, once skin damage (including hyperpigmentation and other irregularities) sets in, you may want to start receiving treatments to address these issues. We encourage you to learn more about photofacial treatments by contacting our Philadelphia, or Radnor, PA office and scheduling a skin assessment appointment with a member of our skilled team. With photofacial treatments at Body+Beauty Lab, we can reach even the deeper layers of your damaged skin to help create a youthful glow and a smooth complexion.

How much does IPL cost?

Your skin is entirely unique to you so your cost for IPL treatments will vary, depending on your goals. Body+Beauty Lab sometimes offers special deals, and we accept several payment methods. During your initial consultation, your esthetician will be able to estimate costs and recommend how many sessions are needed to suit your needs and goals. Ask about our VIP membership program and learn about all of the wonderful deals and discounts this exclusive membership can provide for you.

How quick are the results from IPL?

Visible improvements can be seen following one IPL treatment, but final results develop around one month after your last treatment. It is normal for you to see different responses following every session. You will notice fading of blotchiness, redness, and spots (age, brown, and sun spots).

What are the possible side effects of IPL?

It's common to experience mild, temporary side effects, like redness, swelling, bruising, blisters, or crusting. These should go away on their own in about 2 – 3 days following your treatment. Your skin will be extra sensitive to the sun and damaging UV rays can impact your results so we recommend using sunscreen to avoid damage, like spots and redness.

Do I need to prepare for IPL?

To prepare for an IPL treatment, patients are asked to cease sun exposure and self-tanners for 2 – 4 weeks before their appointment. You might need to stop using certain medications and topical creams (like Retin-A) a few days before your procedure. You may also want to take ibuprofen or aspirin 5 – 7 days before your appointment to reduce inflammation, which can lower your chance of bruising. It's also important to make use of sun protection, like a hat and sunscreen.

Why should I get multiple IPL sessions?

We recommend getting a series of IPL treatments to produce greater, natural-looking improvements to your complexion and maintain them over time. Every treatment will reduce the presence of spots and other surface irregularities, enhancing the skin you walked in with previously.

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