HydraFacial is a patented skincare technology that uses a device with an exfoliating tip to remove dead skin cells from the face. This process brightens and firms skin. The HydraFacial treatment also delivers hydrating serums to the skin. The device is a mechanized wand with a tip that creates a fluid vortex on the surface of the skin. The HydraFacial process occurs in three steps.
How HydraFacial Works
First, the aesthetician applies the wand to the skin of the face. Pressurized water generates a fluid vortex, which acts as a hydro-based form of microdermabrasion (sometimes termed hydradermabrasion).
The fluid vortex creates an exfoliating effect, breaking dead skin cells and impurities such as excess oil free from the skin and cleaning clogged pores. Next, a chemical peel solution is applied that further helps to resurface and exfoliate the skin surface.
In the second step, a suction attachment to the HydraFacial tip vacuums up the debris that has been dislodged from the face. Topical moisturizers are applied at the same time.
In the third step, hydrating, rejuvenating serums are applied to the skin with a pen-like attachment. These serums can be customized based on a patient’s skin type and particular skin goals (such as reduction of wrinkles or evening of skin tone).
The deep exfoliation completed earlier means the serums penetrate the skin more effectively.
Exfoliation is the cornerstone of good skincare, as it reveals the healthy, new skin lying beneath old, dead cells. The benefits of HydraFacial’s exfoliative action include:
• Brighter, firmer, more youthful skin
• Reduction of fine lines
• Reduction of wrinkles
• Unclogs pores, reducing size
• Increased rate of cellular regeneration
• Reduced appearance of acne
• Prevents future breakouts
• Treats acne scarring
• Evens out skin tone
• Alleviates hyperpigmentation
• Increased production of collagen (the structural protein of skin)
The effects of HydraFacial treatment are speedy as well. Most patients will enjoy brighter and firmer skin immediately after their first treatment. Further treatments will maintain and enhance these initial results. Treatments are typically scheduled twice monthly.
In addition, the HydraFacial procedure has no significant side effects or complications. In contrast to other forms of microdermabrasion, HydraFacial is gentler on the skin, minimizing the risk of irritation. This makes HydraFacial a particularly good option for people with sensitive skin.
However, HydraFacial is not appropriate for everyone. Patients who have the following conditions cannot undergo HydraFacial treatment:
• Active rash
• Active sunburn
• Moderate-to-severe rosacea
• Moderate-to-severe acne
In addition, pregnant women should consult with their obstetrician or dermatologist before getting a HydraFacial treatment. Some of the ingredients used in the procedure may not be safe during pregnancy.