What Is a HydraFacial & Do I Need One?

August 26, 2021

Woman getting a hydrafacial

HydraFacials are easily one of the most popular trends in skincare. If you’re hearing about HydraFacials for the first time, you’re in luck! In this blog, you’ll learn more about this innovative skin treatment from our knowledgeable, board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Jennifer Holman, of the Center for Aesthetic and Laser Medicine in Tyler, Texas. According to Dr. Holman, “Most skincare treatments are only beneficial for people with certain skin types or specific skin health challenges, but I can recommend a HydraFacial for almost all of my patients. From overall improvement in skin health to addressing flareups and breakouts in chronic skin conditions, HydraFacials are an excellent resource to help people achieve healthy, beautiful skin.”

What Is a HydraFacial?

When it comes to non-invasive, no downtime skin treatments that still manage to deliver stunning results, the list is short. According to Dr. Holman, “Every dermatologist has a list of go-to treatments they recommend to improve the appearance and health of their patients’ skin, and since it was first introduced, the HydraFacial has been at the top of most dermatologist’s lists. It’s a simple and comfortable procedure, that achieves consistent and impactful results. Even more importantly, the results are the same for people of all skin types, so dermatologists can recommend the procedure for virtually any patient.”

HydraFacials are a cosmetic dermatology solution that utilizes a water-powered device to cleanse, exfoliate, extract, and hydrate. The facial device uses a vortex of swirling water to remove dead skin, impurities, and debris, leaving skin cleansed and soothed. The unique facial device actually provides a combination of several different skin treatments in the same session. During a HydraFacial, patients receive a deep cleaning, exfoliation, mild chemical peel, extraction via vacuum suction, and hydrating serum infusion.

This innovative combination of treatments means that patients see healthier skin in the short term. It also boosts collagen production and reduces inflammation and muscle tension. This means a youthful and healthy appearance for the long term as well.

Dermatologists may recommend a HydraFacial for general skin health or to address specific concerns, including:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Thinning skin
  • Acne breakouts
  • Flareups in chronic skin conditions like eczema
  • Enlarged pores
  • Hyperpigmentation and brown spots
  • Sun damage

While almost any patient can receive a HydraFacial, there are a few people who may not benefit from this procedure. Specifically, patients with active rashes, sunburns, or rosacea as well as pregnant or nursing mothers, may want to consider other treatment options.

What Are the Benefits of a HydraFacial?

According to Dr. Holman, “Many people ask me why HydraFacial is so popular. There are numerous reasons, but versatility is one of the main reasons I recommend this service. The HydraFacial is a unique facial treatment system that allows dermatologists to improve almost any patient’s skin health. Plus, it’s completely comfortable.”

Some of the many benefits of HydraFacials include:

  • Gentle – The treatment itself is very comfortable, even relaxing, for patients, and there is no downtime after the HydraFacial visit.
  • Consistency – The HydraFacial technology makes it possible to deliver the same treatment for every patient, every time.
  • For everyone – The HydraFacial treatment offers the same results for all skin types. From sensitive to oily or acne-prone skin, just about anyone will receive the same skin-enhancing results.
  • Results now and later – You’ll see great results right away with this no-downtime treatment, so you don’t have to worry about avoiding people or not looking your best after treatment. Additionally, the collagen-boosting procedure will keep your skin looking great.
  • Highly customizable – you can utilize almost any serums or skin boosters as part of the HydraFacial procedure, so whatever concerns bring the patient in for a HydraFacial can easily be addressed.

How Does the HydraFacial Work?

When it comes to the HydraFacial procedure itself, Dr. Holman, says, “If the many benefits of HydraFacial aren’t enough to sell you on this procedure, the treatment itself should be enough to convince you. Using innovative technology, a HydraFacial provides the results of several procedures that would typically be offered separately. This means patients quickly get a complete, rejuvenating facial treatment without any of the potentially negative effects like skin redness and inflammation after.”

While the HydraFacial offers a thorough, holistic skin treatment, the procedure itself only takes about half an hour.

Using the innovative HydraFacial device, your dermatologist provides the following treatments:

  • Deep cleaning – A vortex cleansing tip is used to remove all dead skin cells, sebum oils, and debris that can clog pores.
  • Exfoliation – This is performed simultaneously with the deep cleaning. Like dermabrasion that uses abrasive, gritty materials to remove the outer layers of skin, the exfoliant tool connected with the HydraFacial device uses high-pressure water to achieve the same results.
  • Mild chemical peel – Chemical peels break down and remove the outer layers of skin while loosening and dissolving debris in the deeper layers of skin. Unfortunately, some chemical peels can leave the skin feeling irritated and looking red and puffy. The chemical peel performed as part of the HydraFacial uses gentle salicylic and glycolic acids to offer dramatic results without unnecessarily irritating skin.
  • Extraction – All the debris and impurities that have been broken down and loosened up are vacuumed from the pores.
  • Hydration – Finally, the dermatologist will infuse the skin with soothing, moisturizing treatments. Depending on your unique skin care needs, the dermatologist can utilize a range of different products to deeply moisturize and provide treatment to address any skin health concerns.

How Frequently Should I Get a HydraFacial?

Depending on your individual skin health needs, your dermatologist will partner with you to create a HydraFacial retreatment routine. According to Dr. Holman, “I’ll usually schedule two or more HydraFacials in the first month to get the patient’s skin healthy. Once the skin is looking and feeling its best, you won’t need to visit us as often for retreatment. At most, people may want to schedule HydraFacials once a month, but many people retain their results with less frequent visits.”

Ready to Get Started?

If you’re interested in boosting your skin’s vitality, don’t hesitate to contact the U.S. Dermatology Partners location near you to schedule a consultation. One of our knowledgeable dermatologists will partner with you to achieve your skincare goals. You can get started working with us by completing our simple online scheduling request form. When our dermatology team receives your request, they’ll be in touch to finalize your appointment.

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