Although both treatments utilize carefully controlled light-therapy to achieve a similar outcome, the treatments themselves are each slightly different. Performed with different devices, the IPL and BBL treatments all reach different layers of the skin, and target unique attributes. Upon evaluation, your About Face treatment provider will help you determine which treatment option will be the best for your needs.
IPL in Philadelphia
Eliminate Spots and Blotches
IPL at a Glance:
15 - 30 minutes
Number of Sessions:
2 - 5
Duration of Results:
4 - 5 months
Where it Treats:
Face, Chest, Hands, Shoulders, & More
Intense Pulsed Light
It’s time to see the light
Are you one of the millions of people who are tired of dealing with brown spots, sun damage, age spots, an uneven skin tone, or other unwanted skin conditions? About Face Aesthetics may have the solution!
IPL photorejuvenation is a light-based skin treatment that is used to improve sun-damaged and ruddy skin.
About IPL Photorejuvenation
What It Treats
Uneven Skin Tone
Intense Pulsed Light About Face
Bringing You Results
How does IPL photorejuvenation work?
Photorejuvenation works by exposing damaged skin to a form of carefully controlled, intense pulsed light. This lights stimulates collagen and elastin fibers, which result in the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles, brown spots and freckles.
Following an IPL treatment in Philadelphia, you should see a smoother skin texture, and a more even skin tone!
Making things more comfortable
Topical numbing creams provide effective pain relief for moderately uncomfortable skin treatments.
Pronox is a 50/50 mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen. Often called “laughing gas,” it relieves anxiety and pain.
For a deeper level of numbing, we can utilize lidocaine injections.
About Face Skin care
Philly’s Premier Med Spa Destination
For a med spa that you can feel confident trusting, About Face Aesthetics is the best in the Philadelphia area, serving Main Line, Delaware County, and surrounding suburbs for more than a decade.
We offer a wide variety of laser treatments, microneedling, chemical peels, facials, acne options, and cosmetic injections with personalized care others cannot match.
Our happy clients
Helpful, informative consultation with knowledgeable and friendly staff. It’s one thing to receive treatment and advice but what sets your team apart is the CARE provided.
- Clara M.
Beth Hayward is the best provider I’ve ever had for aesthetics. She listens to what I want and explains what she recommends in a clear manner!
- Colleen S.
Raelle was so nice and knowledgeable, she answered all of my questions and didn’t make me feel rushed at all! She’s the best!
- Alexandra T.
The injections were painless and I didn’t have any bruising, migrating, or any other adverse reactions. The results were visible a couple of days later — and they are impressive!
- Kathryn Wheeler
- Kathryn Wheeler
Frequently Asked Questions About IPL
Men and women of all skin types and colors can be treated safely and effectively with photorejuvenation laser skin treatments!
What to Do
- If you are taking an antibiotic, you may want to wait 2 weeks before having a laser treatment. (Certain medications can make you more susceptible to burning.)
- Please tell us if you’ve used Accutane in the past 6 months! Although it’s a wonderful medication, it does not work well with any kind of laser treatment. It is advised to wait at least 6 months between the completion of your Accutane cycle and laser treatments.
- Please make sure to tell your About Face provider about any additional medication or prescription strength products you may have used in the near past. Items such as retinols and antibiotics can affect your skin’s response to laser treatments, and compromise your safety and results. On average, antibiotics should be finished a week before a service.
What to Avoid
- Do NOT get sunburned. IPL treatments are harnessing heat and light energy, it is not safe to have any laser or light treatment on skin that is already burned.
- Do not get IPL treatments if you are pregnant. There are no studies on this, but it’s not worth possibly harming your baby to undergo an IPL treatment. If you are pregnant? Congrats! We’ll be here when the baby is born.
- Do NOT use retinols on any area you’d like treated. Retinols sensitize your skin, and make you more susceptible to burns.
Patients report that the treatment feels like a series of rubber-band snaps all over the treated areas. Although the treatment does not hurt, the feeling can be startling. We advise patients to take Aleve (or any preferred OTC anti-inflammatory) an hour before treatment to help alleviate any possible discomfort.
IPL photorejuvenation treatments are relatively quick, and the size of the area being treated will dictate how long the session will take. (For a basis point, a full-face treatment takes about 15 to 30 minutes.)
Immediately after your IPL treatment, your face may feel warm and look a bit pink—this passes in an hour or 2. This means you can get right back to your normal day. Treated sun spots will start to darken immediately, though in a few days they will slough themselves off.
Your skin type, color, and condition will determine how many skin treatments you will need. You will notice a significant amount of clearance after just one treatment, however subsequent treatments may be needed to remove older, deeper sun damage.
Technically, IPL results are permanent. The discolored areas they treat are gone forever! However, we can’t stop future damage from occurring. That’s why we recommend our patients invest in medical-grade skincare products and sunscreens to prevent additional sun damage and protect their IPL results.