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What is HydraFacial: Is it worth the hype?

HydraFacial is a patented technology-driven skin reviving treatment that imparts instant results. According to allure, two million treatments were performed in 2017, which means HydraFacial is given in every 15 seconds somewhere in the world. 

HydraFacial does not just work on the surface; it penetrates deep within the skin, to provide a superior treatment which boosts skin health. Sameer Bashey, a clinical instructor in dermatology at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, explains HydraFacial as “a medical-grade hydradermabrasion device that conducts a patented three-part regimen — cleansing, exfoliating, and then infusing skin with intensive serums”, HydraFacial clears dead skin cells, loosens pores, plus prepares them for extraction using a mix of glycolic acid, salicylic acid, and botanical extracts. For the next step, it utilizes a unique vacuum-powered extraction method to remove dirt, oil, and debris from the skin in a painless procedure.

The three steps of HydraFacial

1. Cleanse & Peel

The facial begins with a skin resurfacing step. “Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells from the outer layer of the skin. It has long been known to have beneficial skin effects, including leaving the skin looking brighter, unclogging pores, and — with long-term use — increasing collagen production”. Everyday Health has quoted Glen Crawford, MD of Schweiger Dermatology Group in Philadelphia.

2. Extract and Hydrate

HydraFacial tip “generates a fluid vortex over the skin that gently dislodges impurities and dead skin cells,” further explains Crawford. It helps to remove gunk out of pores with painless suction and enrich with intense moisturizers that quench skin at the same time.

3. Fuse and Protect

The final step of the facial- serum application uses vortex fusion tool to saturate the skin’s surface with antioxidants and peptides that gear toward your skin goal.

Why do patients love HydraFacials worldwide? Here, dermatologists break down precisely what makes it such a phenomenon.

HydraFacial is appropriate for all ages, skin types and concerns.

HydraFacial promises to deliver long term skin health and can cater to the specific needs of all skin types. It appeals to address an array of skincare needs, including, fine lines and wrinkles, elasticity and firmness, even tone and vibrancy, skin texture, dark spots, oily and congested skin, enlarged pores. “What I love about HydraFacial is how customizable it is to each patient’s unique skin concerns,” says Deanne Robinson, M.D., the co-founder and president of Modern Dermatology in Westport, Connecticut, and member of The Women’s Dermatologic Society. “It’s a great treatment for all ages and skin types, from oily, acne-prone teenagers to more mature skin battling fine lines and pigmentation problems.” The only exceptions to this are an active rash, sunburn, or rosacea flare-up, she notes. (Source: GLAMOUR) Pregnant women should also skip HydraFacial. “Some of the ingredients used during the HydraFacial, such as salicylic acid, haven’t been tested and proven safe during pregnancy,” says Gretchen Frieling, MD, board certified dermatopathologist in Wellesley

HydraFacial is safe and effective

It is a safe and effective and gentler method for a majority of skin types and skin colours. HydraFacial, which is a high-tech facial, delivers consistent results because it does not depend on the technician. “Many dermatologists are wary of offering traditional facials in the office, as outcomes can vary, with some patients getting quite inflamed, or even scarring from overly aggressive techniques, but the HydraFacial is consistently safe and effective” Arash Akhavan, an assistant clinical professor in dermatology told allure magazine. 

HydraFacial has essentially no downtime post-treatment

The entire treatment lasts 30 minutes.” Following the treatment, you will want to let your skin rest and soak up all of the benefits of the facial for the rest of the day,” Dr Ellen Marmur, New York City-based dermatologist and founder of Marmur Metamorphosis “You can wear makeup the next morning and resume your normal routine.” She adds further. Dr Anna Guanche, a board-certified dermatologist based in Los Angeles, agrees that the risks are low; she noted that it is possible to experience irritation from the customized serums if you have reactive skin.

HydraFacial easily blends with other treatments.

Patients can getother non-invasive procedures like Botox or microblading in combination with HydraFacial. “You can absolutely also get the HydraFacial while getting Botox, microblading, fillers,” says Dr Guanche. “The HydraFacial should be performed before Botox, since patients should not lie down after Botox treatments.” she told InStyle magazine.

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