Your Complete Guide to Hydrafacials: Steps, Cost, and Benefits
A Hydrafacial is a medical-grade skin treatment that has been gaining popularity in recent years. Hydrafacials offer a variety of benefits to the skin, including improved complexion, diminished wrinkles and fine lines, and a reduction in the appearance of pores. If you are considering getting a Hydrafacial, this guide will answer all your questions about the procedure.
What is a Hydrafacial?
The Hydrafacial is a multistep facial treatment that uses a unique, patented technology (Hydrafacial MD) manufactured by Edge Systems. "In one session, aestheticians can use the HydraFacial [device] to cleanse, exfoliate, extract, and deliver a variety of rejuvenating serums,” explains Glen Crawford, MD, of Schweiger Dermatology Group in Philadelphia. The Hydrafacial treatment can be customized to address specific skin concerns, such as fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage, dryness, or uneven skin tone.
According to the Hydrafacial website, a Hydrafacial is performed every 15 seconds, and it is currently available in more than 80 countries, including the United States. It’s become an in-demand service because it creates an instant “wow factor” in terms of brightening and firming skin, says Sarah Akram, master aesthetician at Sarah Akram Skincare in Alexandria, Virginia.
How does a Hydrafacial work?
The Hydrafacial is a lot like another treatment called microdermabrasion. Microdermabrasion uses a mildly abrasive instrument to gently sand your skin, removing the thicker, uneven outer layer.
However, it’s not exactly microdermabrasion and some people say it’s much better. It’s sometimes called “hydradermabrasion” because it involves microdermabrasion-like exfoliation paired with hydrating serums.
“The [Hydrafacial] device uses an exfoliating tip paired with suction to remove dead skin cells from the surface of your face,” says Akram. After the skin is exfoliated, serums are infused into the skin, she says. That last step is the key reason patients say it’s so effective.
Hydrafacials use a unique vortex technology to exfoliate and extract impurities from the skin while simultaneously delivering serums that nourish and hydrate the skin. This treatment can treat any skin condition and be used on a variety of skin types.
Do Hydrafacials hurt?
Hydrafacials are less invasive than more serious treatments such as chemical peels and laser resurfacing, which can be painful and have a downtime after the treatment.
Patients compare the feeling of getting a Hydrafacial to a light massage. Some patients do report feeling a little bit of discomfort during the extraction step. If you have sensitive skin, be sure to tell your aesthetician beforehand so they can take extra care with you and use a gentler hand.
What happens during the HydraFacial?
The entire Hydrafacial treatment takes about 75 minutes, and it is completely painless. First, we cleanse and exfoliate the skin with our patented tool. This gets rid of any dead skin cells that might be lingering on the surface of your skin. Next, we use the tool to extract impurities from your pores. This step is important because it helps to clear out any congestion that might be causing acne. Finally, we infuse the skin with nourishing serums that are designed to hydrate and protect the skin.
What are the benefits?
It deeply cleanses the skin
One of the best things about Hydrafacials is that they thoroughly cleanse the skin without stripping it and leaving it dry and irritated. The first step of this facial is to cleanse and peel the skin with a gentle glycolic and salicylic acid solution. This helps to loosen dirt and debris from the surface of the skin so that it can be more easily removed.
It exfoliates dead skin cells
After the skin has been cleansed, an exfoliating tip is used to remove dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. This leaves your face feeling smooth and looking bright. Exfoliation is important because it helps to unclog pores, remove blackheads and prevents acne. It also allows for better penetration of the nourishing serums.
It extracts impurities from pores and prevents acne
The third step in a Hydrafacial is extraction. During this phase, any remaining impurities such as blackheads or whiteheads are removed from the pores using suction. This helps to prevent future acne and ensures that your complexion stays clear. Enlarged pores will appear smaller and the skin will be noticeably smoother.
It hydrates and protects the skin
Finally, serums are applied to the face in order to hydrate and protect the skin. These serums are packed with antioxidants and other nourishing ingredients that help to improve the overall appearance of your complexion.
It brightens and evens out the skin tone
One of the most noticeable benefits of a Hydrafacial is that it leaves the skin looking bright with a radiant skin tone and less brown spots. This is because the treatment helps give a more even skin tone by reducing hyperpigmentation.
It reduces fine lines and wrinkles
Another great benefit of the Hydrafacial treatment is that they can help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This is due to the fact that Hydrafacials help to stimulate collagen production. Collagen is a protein that helps to keep the skin looking firm and youthful.
It improves skin texture
If you suffer from rough, dry skin, you'll be happy to know that Hydrafacials can help improve your skin's texture and even reduce pore size. The exfoliation step and hydration boost from the serums give the skin a smooth texture with visible skin refinement.
What kind of results can you expect?
Hydrafacials are a great way to achieve long-lasting, beautiful skin but you can enjoy a bit of instant gratification when it comes to skin care. Many patients see immediate results after just one treatment. However, in order to maintain optimal results, it's recommended to get a this treatment regularly.
What are the side effects of Hydrafacial?
A Hydrafacial is generally very well tolerated with minimal side effects. The most common side effect is mild redness, but this typically goes away within a couple of hours. This treatment has been proven safe for all skin types, including sensitive skin.
Who should get a Hydrafacial?
Hydrafacials are appropriate for any skin type. Whether you have dry, oily, or combination skin, you can benefit from a Hydrafacial. It appeals to nearly all ages, complexions, and concerns. "This treatment is nice for teenagers with acne; adults with pimples, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation; and for older patients with sun damage and even flaky pre-cancerous spots (as part of more serious treatments)," says Dr. Marmur, an associate clinical professor in both the department of dermatology and the department of genetics and genomic research at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.
Is it safe for all skin types?
Hydrafacials are recommended for most types of skin including extremely sensitive ones. However, people who suffer active skin rashes, sunburns, and rosacea must avoid Hydrafacial treatments. The same goes for a wound that is opened. This area already has an increased inflammatory response and this treatment can only aggravate the wound.
Can pregnant women get a Hydrafacial?
Generally, the Hydrafacial is safe for pregnant patients. Because it uses different serums and exfoliants, it might be necessary to modify your Hydrafacial, but don't worry. You'll still get the same glowing results!
How often should you get a Hydrafacial?
The frequency of your Hydrafacials will vary depending on your individual skin concerns. For best results, it's recommended to get a Hydrafacial every four to six weeks. This will help to ensure that your skin stays looking its best.
How much does a Hydrafacial cost?
At Mysa Day Spa, our Hydrafacial lasts for 75 minutes and costs $298.
If you are looking for an anti-aging treatment that will improve the appearance of your skin and treat specific concerns, Hydrafacials are a great option. With regular treatments, you can expect to see long-lasting and consistent results that will leave you feeling confident about your appearance. Hydrafacials are also great to do before a big event to give you glowing skin. We also offer facial add ons to boost your results including dermaplaning, gua sha, and facial massage.
Get the best skin of your life with a Hydrafacial! Book your facial on our website or call us at 415-742-5491.