Good hydration is what gives the skin a soft and dewy look. In fact, when the facial skin is properly hydrated, many people find that fine lines and superficial creases are instantly and naturally filled in. Easily one of the most popular cosmetic treatments available, the HydraFacial uses exfoliation and deep-cleaning, while infusing the skin with powerful serums that deliver essential nutrients and moisture right where it’s needed. By sloughing away damaged skin cells and priming the new and healthier skin that lies beneath, this treatment leaves the complexion looking brighter, smoother, younger, and far more even in texture and tone. Perfect for anyone dealing with dark spots, acne, acne scars, hyperpigmentation, enlarged pores, and the early signs of facial aging, the HydraFacial is an effective and incredibly soothing procedure that’s capable of producing ultra-rapid results.
This treatment is performed with a small, hand-held machine that’s passed over the skin to perform exfoliation and nutrient infusion. The first phase of this process is Vortex Exfoliation, which removes dead, dry, and damaged skin cells to clear pore blockages, facilitate rapid cell renewal, and brighten the complexion. A deplaning tool is then used to clear off the resulting debris and further open the pores. Deplaning is followed by a light acid peel in which salicylic and glycolic acids are applied to minimize dark spots, and infuse the open pores with skin-supporting nutrients. Despite its daunting name, the acid peel is what leaves the treated area looking revitalized and feeling significantly softer.
With HydraFacials, acid peels are followed by Vortex Extraction. During this step, the HydraFacial wand applies vacuum-like suction to clean out trapped pore debris. Various suction strengths are used to minimize discomfort and to address the unique needs of individual facial areas. Once the skin is clean and the pores are clear, a topical serum is put on. This antioxidant and collagen-rich serum promotes optimum levels of skin elasticity and hydration.
Although HydraFacials are completely non-invasive, there are still steps that people should take to minimize the risks of side effects and unpleasant aftereffects. With the right pre-treatment routine, it’s also possible to enhance the overall efficacy of this procedure. To start, patients should discontinue any Isotretinoin products that they’ve been using, including Accutane. These medications should be stopped approximately six months before a HydraFacial procedure unless the patient’s clinician has recommended otherwise. Topical Retin-A and generic tretinoin should be discontinued two days or more ahead of these procedures. Over-the-counter products like salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide should also be discontinued at this time.
Given that your skin will be fully exfoliated during a HydraFacial procedure, you should avoid exfoliating at home for several days, and should additionally discontinue any topical exfoliants that you’ve been using as part of your regular skincare routine. If you’re currently receiving laser treatments, chemical resurfacing treatments, or deep chemical peels, these should be stopped no fewer than 14 days before your HydraFacial.
There are also a number of injectable products that should people avoid using within the two weeks that precede their appointments. For instance, if you’ve been using BOTOX to prevent or minimize dynamic facial wrinkling, you’ll want to wait to have these injections done until after your facial. Before heading in for your facial, avoid shaving the targeted area and prolonged exposure to sunlight.
HydraFacials are soothing, rejuvenating, and well worth the investment of money and time. This procedure will leave your skin smoother, more youthful in appearance, and far healthier overall.
To learn more about HydraFacials or to set up a consultation appointment, get in touch with the dermatologists at Trillium Creek Dermatology in Medina, Wooster, Brunswick, and Wadsworth, Ohio.