WHAT IS A HYDRAFACIAL?
A Hydrafacial, also known as Hydradermabrasion, is a patented three-step process that cleans, exfoliates, and hydrates the face. The procedure is offered by dermatologists and licensed aestheticians and may help treat acne, dry skin, and facial wrinkles.
Hyrdrafacials are noninvasive, utilizing a specially-designed wand to exfoliate and clean while applying serums custom-selected for your particular skin type. Similar to a traditional facial in principle, Hydrafacials are thought to produce more profound results.
THE BENEFITS OF HYDRAFACIALS
Hydrafacials are believed to improve skin texture, tone, and general appearance. The deep cleaning and exfoliating facilitate better absorption of custom-tailored skin serums.
Hydrafacials and Acne
Some microdermabrasion techniques are thought to be effective in treating acne and acne scars. This is likely a result of the deep exfoliation involved in the process. No clinical studies, as of yet, highlight the benefits of Hyrdafacials for acne.
Hydrafacials and Blackheads
Blackheads, a type of noninflammatory acne, are caused in part by an excess of dead skin cells. As Hydradermabrasion removes such debris and excess oils from the face, it stands to reason Hydrafacials would decrease the appearance of blackheads. More clinical research is needed, though, to back this claim.
Hydrafacials for Anti-Aging
Hydrafacials can also be used to limit the effects of aging on the face. According to a 2008 study of twenty women, those who chose Hydrafacial therapy reported decreased signs of aging, including:
- decrease in pore size
- decrease in fine lines
- less hyperpigmentation
Hydrafacials and Rosacea
Rosacea is an acute skin condition that often manifests itself in rashes. It can be challenging to find safe cosmetic treatments for people dealing with rosacea.
According to a 2006 study, certain types of microdermabrasion may help papulopustular rosacea.
HOW DOES THE HYDRAFACIAL TREATMENT WORK?
A Hydrafacial is administered in three parts. First, using a vortex-like wand, your aesthetician removes dirt and oil from deep within the facial pores. Sometimes a peel will also be used to exfoliate further.
Next, a vacuum attachment removes debris from even deeper within the pores. Finally, a pen-like attachment is used to apply a moisturizing serum custom blended for your skin type.
Often, Hydrafacials are coupled with other skin-care treatments, such as light therapy or derma-fillers. However, such treatments are add-ons and not part of the hydrafacial process.
HYDRAFACIAL RESULTS (BEFORE AND AFTER)
Many people who undergo Hydrafacial therapy report having more radiant, smoother skin. Some even report a noticeable difference in the evenness of skin tone.
The results of a Hydrafacial are evident immediately following the procedure, and there should be no visible indications of irritation.
SKIN CARE FOLLOWING A HYDRAFACIAL
Some skin-care treatments, like chemical peels, can require a period of recovery. This isn’t the case with a Hydrafacial. The entire procedure can be done in about an hour, and you can resume your everyday life immediately afterward.
While no downtime is necessary following a Hydrafacial, it’s best not to use other exfoliating treatments for the first few days after having the procedure.
HOW FREQUENTLY CAN I GET A HYDRAFACIAL?
Sources differ as to how often you should treat yourself to a Hydrafacial. Some experts suggest once a month is ideal, while others suggest two weeks is enough time to wait between treatments.
The truth is, how often you should get a Hydrafacial depends on you, or more specifically, on your skin. Consult a dermatologist or licensed aesthetician who can make a recommendation for you based on your desired outcome and skin condition.
HOW MUCH DOES A HYDRAFACIAL COST?
With an average cost of around two hundred dollars per session, hydrafacials are more expensive than a traditional facial. Given the reported benefits, this only makes sense. Depending on the skin-care treatments you regularly have, though, a Hydrafacial can wind up saving you money, as it combines the benefits of several treatments into one.
HYDRAFACIAL VERSUS DERMALINFUSION
If you’ve heard about dermalinfusion and wonder how it and Hydrafacials differ, you can be forgiven. In fact, the two procedures are highly similar in methodology and expected results. Both are three-stage processes that clean, exfoliate, and infuse custom-tailored, antioxidant-rich serums into the facial skin.
The only significant difference between a Hydrafacial and dermalinfusion is that following dermalinfusion, one can expect some facial redness and irritation.
HYDRAFACIALS VERSUS RADIOFREQUENCY THERAPY
Radiofrequency, or RF therapy, stimulates collagen production and cellular turnover using heat energy that penetrates deep into the skin tissue. Many who’ve undergone RF Therapy report smoother, tighter facial skin. The procedure may also be effective when dealing with acne scars.
While tighter, smoother, more even skin is the desired result of both RF therapy and a Hydrafacial, RF therapy doesn’t exfoliate or use skin serums. It may sometimes leave the face red and mildly irritated.
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