WHAT IS IT?

The Hydrafacial is one of the most popular in-office facial treatments right now. One is performed every 15 seconds around the world. That stat alone is impressive, but the treatment's become the go-to facial for celebs, your co-worker, and Facebook friend from high school because it targets many of the most common skincare concerns like dryness and signs of aging with little to no side effects.

For those unfamiliar, the HydraFacial is a medical-grade resurfacing treatment that clears your pores out, plus hydrates your skin. It's offered across the country at licensed medical professional facilities, or where a certified HydraFacial esthetician is present. The four-step treatment includes cleansing, exfoliating, extracting, and hydrating the skin with serums that are infused into pores with the HydraPeel Tip, pen-like device.

It removes dead skin cells via suction, and at the same time, infuses the skin with hydrating and moisturizing serums.The serums have anti-aging and antioxidant properties and are tailored to address the specific needs of the patients.

HOW IT WORKS

A Hydrafacial in Four Steps:

 

  1. Cleansing

Hydrafacials start with a quick manual cleanse by the esthetician, followed by the VortexFusion treatment with Activ4. This combines exfoliating lactic acid and glucosamine HCI with antioxidant-rich algae, softens and conditions skin.

 

  1. Deeper Exfoliation

To give the skin a deeper exfoliation, two different tips are available -- one more aggressive than the other -- delivering one of three different levels of glycolic acid (7.5%, 15% or 30%) combined with 1.5% - 2% salicylic acid. The combination of physical exfoliation from the tip and chemical exfoliation from the peels gives a good result quickly, without the wait and tingling that you might experience with a traditional peel.

 

  1. Extractions

This step utilizes a different tip and Beta-HD to soften sebum with salicylic acid and suck away blackheads and sebum in open pores. At the same time, honey extract hydrates and spiraea ulmaria flower extract calms and soothes. If you have a milia, which is an overgrown whitehead, HydraFacial can't get that out.

 

  1. Serums

Your cleansed, extracted, exfoliated skin is now ready for an infusion of antioxidants (horse chestnut seed and green tea extracts), peptides (copper, magnesium, and zinc) and hyaluronic acid, which actually attracts water to the skin and helps keep it hydrated and plump. The proprietary blend called Antiox also has arnica flower extract to calm and soothe the skin, and red algae extract to brighten the skin. 

WHAT DOES THE TREATMENT DO FOR YOUR SKIN?

A HyraFacial treatment can improve your skin in a ton of ways. Its many benefits include a more hydrated, bright, plump, and clear complexion. It can also improve signs of aging. The treatment reduces fine lines and wrinkles, increases firmness, evens tone, texture, and brown spots, plus reduces enlarged pores.

HOW OFTEN DO YOU NEED TO GET A HYDRAFACIAL?

Although your skin looks dewy and glowy following a HydraFacial, the treatment isn't a quick fix. It's intended to improve skin's appearance over time. That being said, its effects do last longer than other facials. Doctors suggest getting a HydraFacial treatment every four to six weeks.

While you get a HydraFacial in conjunction with other non-invasive procedures like Botox or microblading, it's important to consider the side effects and downtime of these treatments before getting the facial.

You can absolutely also get the HydraFacial while getting Botox, microblading, fillers. However, this is not a replacement for these other procedures because they address different skincare needs. 

EXTRACTIONS WITHOUT SIDE EFFECTS

How many times have you told a facialist to skip the extractions for fear of redness or next-day eruptions (or simply because they hurt and...isn't this supposed to be relaxing?)? HydraFacial has a strict no-torture policy: It's one of the most popular procedures in our office, not only because it combines elements of workhorse treatments, like microdermabrasion and chemical peels, but also because it truly is a relaxing, feel-good experience. It's never painful — in fact, patients compare the sensation to a light massage. By combining vortex pressure with a clog-purging solution of salicylic acid, willow bark extract, and anti-inflammatory Tasmanian pepper, the device suctions gunk from pores — no squeezing or pressing required — and, at the end, you can actually see all that was removed, which people seem to like.

IT’S DEFINITELY CUSTOMIZABLE

The HydraFacial treatment boosters are just one way technicians can tailor this treatment to really focus on the patients priorities. Do you need vitamin C-caliber brightening, or an infusion of growth factors for fine lines? During step one of the HydraFacial ("cleanse + peel"), your doctor or aesthetician can also choose from three different strength glycolic-salicylic acid peels based on your previous experience with peels, your skin type, and your desired outcome, Some doctors add short round of LED light therapy following the facial, again personalizing it to the individual, shining blue light on acne, or red light to build collagen and calm the skin.

WHAT DOES IT ADDRESS?

We don’t have a type. HydraFacial

addresses all skincare needs.

  •     Fine lines + Wrinkles
  •     Elasticity + Firmness
  •     Even Tone + Vibrancy
  •     Skin Texture
  •     Brown Spots
  •     Oily + Congested Skin
  •     Enlarged Pores

WHO SHOULD GET THE HYDRAFACIAL?

Everyone! One of the HydraFacial's biggest draws is that the treatment is suitable for virtually any age and skin type — save for a few exceptions.  

This treatment is nice for teenagers with acne, adults with pimples, wrinkles, and hyper-pigmentation, and for older patients with sun damage and even flaky pre-cancerous spots (as part of more serious treatments). Although beneficial to many skin types, those with active rashes, sunburns, or rosacea, along with pregnant patients, should abstain from this treatment.

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