Last June 26, I was invited to a “spampering” session at a newly opened medical spa in the city. I went on to attend only expecting to get a regular facial, but boy was I wrong.
Bodyworx Medical Spa is a medical couple’s venture into the emerging medi-spa industry in Cebu. Whether we admit it or not, the dominance of social media in our lives has made us more conscious of our beauty and wellness. Doctors Andy and Sugar Mantilla, both certified aesthetic medical practitioners, recognize the need to raise the level of beauty and aesthetic services in Cebu, a market which is still influenced by Manila-based brands.
From their humble beginnings carrying out treatments at their apartment, they recently opened a 141 square meter spa at the Retail Level of Solinea Tower 1, just beside Rustan’s Ayala. When I stepped inside, I was awed by the elegant interiors (I recently learned that the space was designed by Kathrynn Dawn Sy.), it felt like I was in a hotel and I knew right away that my experience will be extraordinary.
Bodyworx is not a fastfood of facials, where you walk in and choose from a menu of services. First, I filled out a patient information sheet (it is 3-pages long!) to detail my health condition, medical history, skin products I use, and past skin procedures/treatments I tried.
The next step is to proceed to the assessment room (every patient will undergo a complimentary and mandatory assessment before any procedure is performed or prescription is made) using the VISIA Skin Analysis.
Key takeaways from my skin analysis are:
– I have a good score on spots, texture, pores and red areas.
– I have an average score for brown spots and UV spots. (Docs asked if I use sunblock. I don’t. They recommended sunblock application every four hours, even when there is no sunlight. I do now, and I noticed that my skin is clearer, no char)
– I have a low score on wrinkles (gosh, my eyebags are huge), and porphyrins (which means, there’s bacteria on my skin, ewww. It was surprising because I just came from home, fresh from the shower, and rode a car to the spa. Doc Sugar asked if I use oil clear sheets. OMG she got it. She recommended that I wash my face instead of using sheets because they only remove oil, not the bacteria, which may actually spread when I drag the sheet across my face. Yuck, haha.)
We proceeded with the facial, which lasted for at least two hours. Thorough cleansing, exfoliation, steaming, and my most dreaded part, extraction. Quite painful, yes, but as they say, #TiisGanda. Here, things are never rushed, so when you decide to visit, clear your whole afternoon. Doctors Andy and Sugar are very hands-on and passionate in what they do, taking time to educate their patients about their current skin condition and what needs to be done to improve it. Bodyworx Medical Spa, is like their mirror, as the husband and wife tandem build their reputation in the competitive industry.
Based on the skin analysis on my first visit, Docs Andy and Sugar noticed that I have deep acne scars on both sides of my forehead. You actually won’t notice them if you don’t have a keen eye, but I got them during high school when I had breakouts and I would aggressively and carelessly prick them myself. Doc Sugar recommended that I come back for a non-surgical treatment for my acne scars.
Last July 9, I revisited Bodyworx for this procedure called Air Dissector.
You cannot imagine how happy I was when I saw the instant results. (I’ll be updating this post soon to add a before and after photo) The procedure was pain-free because topical anesthesia was applied before the treatment.
I’d personally like to thank Doctors Andy and Sugar for giving me a renewed confidence! The two of them are probably some of the most genuine people you’ll ever meet, and I love how amiable, honest, and transparent they are when it comes to our skin concerns. I cannot wait for my next visit!
BODYWORX MEDICAL SPA is located at the Retail Level, Solinea Tower 1, Cardinal Rosales Avenue, Cebu City (just beside/across Rustan’s Ayala).
They are open daily:
Monday-Saturday: 10 am-9 pm
Sunday: 10 am-6 pm
Doctor’s Clinic Hours:
Consultation and patients for laser: 1:00-5:00 pm
While they accept walk-ins, it’s best to book your appointment. You may call or text +639663778935 or (032) 4792081.