Recent beauty trends have seen the natural look become more popular, and it’s also true that having an even-toned complexion with a youthful, dewy glow is the goal of any woman regardless of her age. But the fact is that this beauty goal is not one that happens by magic. At Dr. Renée Moran’s Medical Aesthetics in Newton Centre, MA we believe that the key to a radiant complexion is a treatment that might as well be magic – the much-lauded HydraFacial.
What is a HydraFacial? In short, it’s an elevated cosmetic treatment that combines the best of light acid peels and peptide-rich serums to enrich skin from the outside in. This facial uses a blend of traditional steps with the advancements of science and technology to address the root cause of many skin concerns. The popularity of this treatment is rivaled only by its efficacy.
What it Treats
Because this treatment combines the best benefits of other classic facial treatments into one technique, it has the ability to treat multiple skin issues at one time. For many, this treatment is first and foremost an anti-aging facial that helps reverse mild-to-moderate age-related skin concerns. For others, this treatment is the answer to managing even the most severe acne and acne scarring. And for others still, this treatment is simply a way to deeply nourish skin and treat yourself to some well-deserved self-care.
The Hydrafacial is known to treat skin concerns such as:
- Sun damage, brown spots, and pigmentation
- Uneven skin texture and enlarged pores
- Acne and clogged pores
- Acne scarring and other scars
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Dry skin and mild skin laxity
Why it Works
Regardless of what your main skin concerns are, this treatment is essentially a universal answer to all of your skin-related problems. But why does it work? There are a few reasons why this particular treatment is so effective, and it all has to do with the science behind the engineering of the treatment systems and the formula of the serums.
First, this treatment uses a series of proprietary technologies to address key skincare points, such as dry skin and clogged pores. The devices used in this treatment are designed to treat skin gently while also removing impurities. However, unlike other treatments, where these devices might be part of separate systems, the combination of these devices means that each facial treatment is complete by itself.
Acids and Serums
Second, the acids and serums used in this facial are designed to deeply penetrate the skin and nourish the sub-dermal layers. While other treatments may do something similar, this treatment is unique because each step of the treatment prepares skin for subsequent steps. For example, the exfoliation makes way for the chemical peel, which then makes way for the serums. Science drives each step of this treatment, and that is why the treatment works so well.
Why it Might be Right for You
With a universal treatment like this one, you might feel silly wondering if the treatment is right for you. But the fact is that some patients know their skin well and know first-hand that even the friendliest treatments can sometimes do more harm than good. However, with this treatment, there’s no need to be concerned. This treatment is an ideal solution for everyone because it was designed to be gentle on even the most sensitive of skin and can be completely customized to your specific needs.
How Does the HydraFacial Treatment Work?
As with any facial, this treatment has a series of steps that are followed to treat the skin on every level, from the dermis to the epidermis. For the curiosity of our patients, here are the steps you can expect for this treatment.
Before you can schedule your treatment sessions, you will need to attend a consultation. While this may be a universal treatment, it is still important for us to speak with you about your expectations and your aesthetic goals as well as examine the condition of your skin to determine your eligibility. We may also gather some medical information about you, such as medications or supplements you are currently taking or any allergies you may have.
Depending on the type of serums that will be used in your facial, we may prescribe certain skincare products to use to prepare your skin for treatment. It is important to use these products and follow our recommended pre-treatment instructions to get the most benefits from your treatment. Some pre-treatment instructions may include:
- Use prescribed skincare products
- Avoid Retinols for 48 hours before treatment
- Avoid exfoliating for 48 hours before treatment
- Avoid acne-treating products for 48 hours before treatment
- Avoid waxing or hair removal treatments for 48 hours before treatment
- Avoid excessive sun exposure for 72 hours before treatment
We may provide you with additional advice to follow before your appointment, such as directions to temporarily stop taking certain supplements such as Vitamin A or E. You will not need to arrange for transportation on the day of your appointment.
If you’ve ever done an at-home facial, then you know that there are several steps involved in a complete facial. Each step of a facial is meant to help clear the way for the deeper layers of skin to be treated. For this treatment, the steps involved will include:
Step One: Cleansing and Exfoliating
The first step of treatment is the use of the Vortex cleanser, which is a combination of cleansing and exfoliating. This step prepares the skin by removing the dead, dry skin from the skin surface and deeply cleaning the skin to unclog pores.
Step Two: Peel
Next is a light chemical peel. A light chemical peel is one that uses acids to penetrate the top-most layers of skin in order to encourage cell renewal and correct superficial skin concerns, such as blemishes. A light chemical peel can also treat acne by eliminating bacteria. For this facial, citrus fruit acids are commonly used at this stage.
Step Three: Extraction
Using the Vortex extraction device, a light suction is applied to the skin that removes impurities from the skin. The extraction step uses a gentle vacuum to totally remove blackheads, whiteheads, and other debris that clogs pores. This step also opens pores for the next step.
Step Four: Infusion
During this step, an infusion of special serums and acids are applied to the skin for hydration and concentrated treatment. The infusion step is allowed to soak into the skin for several minutes to fully nourish the skin. This is the step that is most commonly customized with serums that are selected for your specific needs.
Step Five: Protection
The final step of this treatment is the application of skin protectants, such as sunscreen and additional moisturizers. After a facial, your skin is particularly vulnerable to pollutants and UV rays, so we apply high-grade skin protectants that should remain on your skin for 12 to 24 hours.
From start to finish, your treatment will take about 30 minutes to complete. Afterwards, we will provide you with a list of post-treatment instructions to help ensure that your treatment is as effective as possible. Post-treatment instructions may include:
- Using prescribed skincare products as directed
- Avoiding Retinol and certain other products for 48 hours
- Avoiding excessive sun exposure for 72 hours
- Avoiding excessive heat and sweating for 72 hours
- Using sunscreen for 3 to 5 days
After your treatment is complete, you are free to return to most normal daily activities. Most patients are recovered from treatment within one to three days, which is when the skin will no longer be as sensitive or vulnerable. During recovery, it is essential to only use the skincare products we recommend since some over-the-counter products may interact negatively with the serums and acids used in the treatment.
Most patients notice an immediate change in their skin, such as a brighter and more youthful appearance. Results from this treatment can last for seven to 10 days at a time, with results being the most noticeable after three days.
Frequently Asked Questions: Is the HydraFacial Effective?
This treatment is effective for the vast majority of patients. If your goal is to reverse mild age-related skin concerns, such as fine lines and expression lines, then this treatment will boost skin volume and correct skin laxity. If your goal is to treat acne and acne scarring, then this treatment will unclog pores and treat acne at the source. Even if your goal is merely to keep skin supple and hydrated, this treatment will do exactly that.
Why is Hyaluronic Acid iImportant?
The hydra part of this facial is credited to the use of hyaluronic acid during the infusion stage. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring compound in the skin that provides moisture and support to the cellular structures within the sub-dermal layers of skin. Hyaluronic acid is capable of holding an incredible amount of water, which is why it is important for keeping skin soft, supple, and smooth.
Are there Long-Term Benefits in this Treatment?
Regularly scheduled facials, such as twice-a-month appointments, will gradually improve skin over time. The more treatments you have, the better the results will be, as the effects of regular treatment will infuse the skin with the necessary nourishment to reverse the effects of aging and acne.
Is this Facial Safe for All Skin Types?
This treatment is safe for all skin types and all skin tones. It is often the case that those with sensitive skin or combination skin types cannot use certain facial treatments for fear of further irritating their skin. It is also sometimes true that those with darker complexions are not able to use treatments that involve chemical peeling because of the higher risk of hyperpigmentation. However, this treatment is designed specifically to be safe for all skin, regardless of age, type, or tone.
Can I Customize this Treatment?
The serums and acids used in this treatment are frequently customized to your exact needs. Common customization options include;
- Brightalive boost, for even skin complexion
- GrowthFactor boost, for reducing fine lines and scarring
- Dermabuilder boost, for improving skin tone and texture
- Britenol boost, for reducing skin damage
Can I Combine this Treatment?
This treatment is often combined with other types of cosmetic treatments, such as dermal fillers like Juvederm and Botox, dermaplaning, and radiofrequency.
Am I a Good Candidate?
A good candidate for this treatment is any woman who is not fully satisfied with her overall appearance. You may be a good candidate for this facial treatment if you want to correct age-related skin concerns, treat acne and acne scarring, and nourish your skin.
Get a Radiant Complexion with HydraFacial!
Who needs magic when you have a HydraFacial? If you think this treatment might be the key to a radiant complexion, contact us at Dr. Renée Moran Medical Aesthetics in Newton Centre, MA to schedule your consultation today!