Summary: Does HydraFacial really work for all patients? As with any suddenly popular procedure, this question is going to take some time to really settle. But knowing more about how HydraFacial works–what its strengths and weaknesses truly are–can only make your decision to undergo this treatment easier. In fact, the more you know about HydraFacial and what separates it from other, similar procedures, the more you might be likely to hop on the HydraFacial bandwagon.
How Does HydraFacial Really Work?
One of the newest and most popular cosmetic procedures on the market today is HydraFacial. In fact, it’s one of those procedures that is second only to Botox in terms of name recognition (at least, according to some studies). But does HydraFacial really work? Will it give you the kind of noticeable results we’ve come to expect from cosmetic procedures?
Because it’s not as though the procedure is itself very inexpensive. Sure, it’s nothing compared to the cost of surgery, but the price of a HydraFacial can easily reach into the thousands of dollars over several treatments. And is that investment in your skin really worth it?
Advocates for HydraFacial would say that, yes, it’s worth it. HydraFacial not only makes you look more youthful but it makes you feel better, too. That feeling, that process, is part of what makes HydraFacial so compelling, especially when compared to other dermabrasion processes. Does HydraFacial really work as advertised, though? That’s what we’re going to spend some time answering.
Your Skin Has Layers
The whole reason that HydraFacial–or any similar dermabrasion technique–works is because your skin has layers. What you see on the surface is only the outermost layer. Beneath that are less weathered and more youthful looking layers of fresh skin.
Typically, dermabrasion techniques will use small particles to erode the outermost layer of your skin. Think of it like sandblasting your skin. This type of abrasion reveals the more youthful looking skin underneath. And the end result is that your skin looks smoother, clearer, and more radiant. But it doesn’t exactly make your skin feel good.
That’s one of the ways that HydraFacial really distinguishes itself. Because HydraFacial is a hydradermabrasion procedures, it uses fluids to cleanse your skin instead of harsher particles and grit. In other words, HydraFacial actually makes your skin feel good instead of feeling as though it was attacked by sandpaper. And the results do not suffer for it.
What Makes HydraFacial Special?
The hydradermabrasion is not the only technique that makes HydraFacial special. The developers of HydraFacial have also incorporated a three step process–and a special serum–that helps your skin respond to treatment.
The Hydrafacial process generally breaks down like this:
- Cleansing: The first step is to clean the skin of debris, dirt, and other material. That’s one of the things that the hydra in HydraFacial is particularly good at: cleaning away from your skin material that would otherwise stick around.
- Exfoliating: No matter how it may appear, your skin is not entirely smooth. Any skin tissue is composed of pores–tiny holes. And oil, debris, and dirt can become lodged in these pores. Exfoliating, the second step in the HydraFacial process, cleans out these pores. And this improves the way your skin feels and looks.
- Serum: The final step in the HydraFacial process is to apply a serum to the skin. This is performed by HydraFacial’s “vortex technology,” and it gives your skin a healthy dose of collagen and antioxidants designed to help your skin stay radiant and smooth.
The overall procedure itself takes something like 45 minutes to complete. That said, some patients will require several sessions in order to achieve the optimal results.
Final Verdict on HydraFacial?
The final verdict on HydraFacial will generally depend on what, precisely, you’re trying to achieve. Certainly, HydraFacial has achieved a level of popularity significantly greater than any other dermabrasion technique. And that popularity has to derive from somewhere.
Now, is HydraFacial going to be as potent when it comes to treating lines and wrinkles as, say, Botox or dermal filler injections? No, probably not. But that’s not really what HydraFacial is trying to be.
Instead, HydraFacial is a way to address minimal issues on the skin: age spots, discoloration, fine lines and wrinkles. It can make broad, subtle changes that will leave your skin looking radiant and refreshed. And it will do so in a way that is generally more gentle than other dermabrasion techniques. But your mileage may vary. Your best bet is to keep realistic expectations in mind throughout your experience.
The final verdict on this question, does HydraFacial really work, is difficult to gage. Yes, it works. But the transformation will be subtle–as long as that’s what you’re expecting, you’re probably going to love your HydraFacial results (although those results will vary). The best place to get answers is going to be your local medspa or cosmetic surgeon.
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- “HydraFacial | FAQ.” HydraFacial | About Us, hydrafacial.com/faq/.
About the Author: Nick Engebretson has been writing about plastic surgery for almost twenty years. He is an expert in plastic and cosmetic surgery marketing and is in constant communication with surgeons from around the world.