HydraFacials have been in the spotlight for some time, and rightfully so. They deliver a catalog of benefits ranging from overall healthier skin to a reduction in fine lines. They also work immediately, delivering a rosy, luminescent glow to help you look and feel younger. And the highly-trained staff at Dr. Renee Moran Medical Aesthetics in Newton Centre, MA, can customize this treatment so it works specifically for you.
What Are the Benefits of a HydraFacial?
This facial is one of the most powerful, non-invasive, and rejuvenating treatments available today. It combines the skin-loving techniques of cleansing, exfoliating, extracting, and hydrating with deep antioxidant protection. Thanks to this multi-faceted nature, the facial removes dead skin cells and impurities while nourishing skin every step of the way.
The word “hydra” is part of the HydraFacial (HF) label for a reason. This refers to the treatment’s remarkable hydrating effects, making it ideal for all skin types and tones. Perhaps the best benefit of all, however, is that results are instantly noticeable with no recovery time necessary. The hand-held wand gently vacuums pores and then drenches the skin with lush moisturizing serums. This unique approach gives the HFs its soothing and refreshing nature.
Smoother, Healthier Skin
From dry and flaky skin to oily, acne-prone tissues, this facial works to restore balance and promote healthier skin from the inside out. This makes it ideal for improving the appearance of:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Uneven skin tone
- Age spots
- Sun damage
- Enlarged and clogged pores
There’s no shortage of treatments that resurface and revive skin. The trouble is that some, like microdermabrasion, blast the skin’s surface and are suitable for only very specific skin types. They also require some downtime that can take you away from the activities you love.
The HF, on the other hand, is painless and non-irritating. You might find this hard to believe because it involves both exfoliation and extraction, but the secret is in the handheld wand. It glides smoothly across the contours of your face, constantly delivering a stream of skin-loving serums as it sucks all the gunk out of fatigued pores. Even patients with sensitive skin can safely schedule multiple treatments to enjoy a smooth, radiant, and glowy complexion.
Feels Surprisingly Pleasant
This brings us to our next point, and that is the HF feels surprisingly pleasant. Many patients liken it to a soft face massage – without the pulling, pinching, and scraping so many other facial treatments yield. Even better is the feeling of your skin afterward: clean and refreshed in a way you’ve likely never experienced. You can instantly tell your pores are no longer clogged.
Meets Your Schedule
A HydraFacial can be completed in about 30 minutes from start to finish. This means you can schedule it at a time convenient for you, whether that’s on a lunch hour or between errands.
Equally important, you don’t need to wait for redness to disappear. You can simply apply your favorite makeup, although you may want to go bare-faced to enjoy that new glow and resume your regular activities. This makes it the perfect choice for when you have an important event to attend, such as a family get-together or party. And to maintain your results, you can simply schedule regular HF treatments.
Partners Perfectly With Other Treatments
Because HFs are non-invasive, they can be easily paired with other skincare treatments. Whether you want fuller lips or to lift and sculpt cheeks, dermal fillers work especially well with HydraFacials. This allows you to achieve your complete beauty goals on one visit rather than returning to the office multiple times.
Few patients realize this, but an HF boasts a high level of customization. To illustrate, the suction power of the vortex wand can be adjusted so it’s more gentle in fragile areas, such as around the eye. Skin boosters can similarly be added to the formula to address specific concerns. Among the most popular are:
- Brightalive Boost to revive and even skin tone
- Growth Factor Boost to reduce wrinkles and fine lines
- Dermabuilder Boost to improve texture and tone
- Britenol Boost to correct sun damage and brown spots
An In-Depth Look at Specific Skin Concerns
Many patients believe the only effective way to treat age spots and dark patches is with laser therapies or photofacials. While these options do provide terrific results, they also have drawbacks. Sensitive skin, for example, needs a gentler treatment that doesn’t disrupt tissues and strip away natural oils.
The HF uses pressurized water to thoroughly cleanse the skin. This is much more effective than the washing you perform at home. We’re not saying you should stop washing your face, but that sometimes your home techniques need a boost. An HF energizes blood vessels while eradicating skin impurities. It can likewise reduce the appearance of sunspots without the side effects or downtime associated with laser therapies.
Reduce Wrinkles and Fine Lines
The HF works similarly to a chemical peel by resurfacing the skin and pulling out impurities. But instead of acids to produce dewy results, the HydraFacial achieves the same effects using only water. This milder process carefully removes wrinkles without causing skin irritation or harsh peeling. Dead skin cells are also whisked away to allow the growth of younger, healthier-looking skin.
Clears Acne and Reduces Breakouts
Acne is common, afflicting patients of all ages and all walks. The most common treatments employ harsh chemicals that strip dirt and disturb the skin’s natural pH levels. The HF clears acne by opening clogged pores and allowing them to finally breathe properly. The vortex suction extracts more efficiently and comfortably than manual extractions, and the chemicals applied to the skin during an HF are hydrating – not dehydrating.
Provides Predictable Results
If a professional is new or having an “off” day, your results may be less than ideal with a traditional facial. But an HF is different. The handheld wand is used to perform the entire treatment. This means outstanding, reliable results every time you come into the office.
The experience is consistent as well. You can count on enjoying a pain-free and effective treatment time and again. And after, you’ll leave with silky smooth skin and a radiant glow.
Preparing for Treatment
This process starts by telling us about the products and medications you currently use. If we feel that any will interfere with the effects of your treatment, we may recommend you temporarily stop using some. We’ll also discuss your goals for treatment and develop a personalized plan that meets your needs. This may include discussing the proper skincare routine for your skin type.
Likewise, we might recommend you use new products that work with your body to nourish tissues. Last but not least, we’ll discuss the importance of protecting your skin from damaging UV rays – meaning you’ll need to refrain from prolonged and unprotected sun exposure in the days before your facial. You’ll also need to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, an activity you should incorporate into your daily beauty routine.
The Weeks and Days Before
Two weeks before your scheduled treatment, it’s important you avoid any form of laser therapy. Chemical peels should also be delayed. You want your skin to be in normal condition for your facial.
A few days before, you should stop using over-the-counter acne treatments like benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. Also avoid using any topical products made with tretinoin, including Retin-A. You can, however, use wax or epilators to remove some facial hair.
One Day Before and the Day Of
It’s best to avoid shaving facial hair on the day of your treatment. When the big day is finally here, we’ll ask once more about your current medications to ensure the treatment is still safe and compatible. Once we’ve made that determination, we can begin treatment – and put you on the path to deeply hydrated and beautifully dewy skin.
Are You a Candidate?
The HF is unique because it addresses a variety of skin concerns. Although safe for most patients, you’ll first need to consult with our office to ensure it’s the best choice for you and your skin. Patients with the following conditions will require additional consideration:
- An active rash
- Pregnancy or breastfeeding
- Use of prescription topical ointments
A Luxurious and Customizable Treatment
Whether you’re struggling with acne, combatting dry skin, or hoping to restore your natural glow, the HF is versatile enough to meet almost any skincare need. Its benefits are many, and thanks to the treatment’s gentle nature, it’s safe enough to use on a variety of skin types and tones. Schedule your consultation today by contacting Dr. Renee Moran Medical Aesthetics in Newton Centre, MA.