Summary: With so many options out there, you might be thinking: what kind of facial should I choose? The answer to that will depend largely on your desired goals and outcomes. It will also depend on what, exactly, you’re trying to treat. The reason that there are so many options is simple: there’s a primary option out there for everyone. The trick is figuring out what the best option is for your particular facial needs.

What Kind of Facial Should I Choose for My Skin?

There are so many options out there when it comes to helping your face look more youthful and energized. And that’s a good thing… except that it makes it kind of tough to know what facial options you should employ at any given time. What’s going to be the best for you at this given moment? You’re probably thinking, I need a facial, but what kind of facial should I choose?

In general, facials are non invasive, non surgical procedures that are designed to rejuvenate the face in some way. Sometimes facials will diminish lines and wrinkles. In other cases facials might focus on restoring some radiance to the face and clearing out pores. In most cases, however, facials are relatively superficial treatments.

That said, facials are often confused with facelifts. A facelift is an actual surgical procedure designed to remove excess skin, lines, and wrinkles. Facelifts work at a deep and structural level. That’s not what facials do. Indeed, facials are designed to address only shallow and topical issues–but that’s the appeal. You can get near-instant results to that are apparent in your rejuvenation. But they do tend to specialize. That’s why asking what kind of facial should I choose isn’t necessarily a bad question. Let’s take a look at the options.

Dermabrasion Facials

The first category of facials we’ll take a look at are called dermabrasion facials. Essentially, a dermabrasion facial takes a hardcore approach to cleaning off your skin, in large part because many of those flaws and signs of aging that perturb patients are on the outermost surface of the skin.

Dermabrasion works like this: it uses friction (often some form of sand particular) to clean out the pores and loosen any detritus that might be hanging around your skin. It can be an uncomfortable process, but it’s one that usually yields some fantastic results.

If you’re not a big fan of that process, there is a new type of dermabrasion called hydradermabrasion. This is used by products such as HydraFacial, which uses a fluid as its abrasive of choice rather than any type of physical particles. This leaves the skin feeling refreshed rather ravaged. And the results tend to be more pronounced, thanks in large part to the special serums that HydraFacial deploys throughout its patented process.


One of the other most popular facial options is something called microneedling. A microneedling treatment, such as SkinPen, takes a similar–but distinctly different–approach as dermabrasion. Rather than letting the abrasion be the focus of the treatment, microneedling will poke the skin hundreds of thousands of times.

Each poke is microscopic (hence the name), but together they do two things:

  • Clear up the skin itself by encouraging the more youthful looking lower layers of the skin to become exposed.
  • Leverage the body’s own healing properties into helping the skin rejuvenate itself. Your body releases all kinds of compounds and collagens trying to heal all of these pokes. In other words, your body overestimates the damage, so all of that excess healing power is used to rejuvenate the skin instead.

Microneedling is especially popular when coupled with PRP injections. PRP, short for platelet-rich-plasma, is a solution derived from your own body (purified in a centrifuge). The extra PRP is usually used because it seems to amplify the results of the microneedling treatment.

How to Choose Your Facial

Choosing your facial can be difficult. There are so many options and all of them seem to be equally good. Much will depend on what specific issues you’re trying to address. If you want to eliminate acne scars, for example, a microneedling treatment might be the better way to go. If you’re trying to clear up your pores, on the other hand, then a HydraFacial procedure might be your preferred option.

There’s also nothing stopping patients from trying multiple options. You might not want them performed at the same time, granted, but there are many patients out there who have tried both HydraFacial and SkinPen. Once you try both, you can better develop a sense of which procedure might be better for you.

Your recovery time might also factor into your decision. SkinPen can require several days of recovery (mostly for redness to subside). HydraFacial won’t stop you from going back into work the next day. So if you need to show your face in public tomorrow, a HydraFacial might be a better choice (then again, you won’t be getting quite as bold a transformation).

Whatever you decide, determining what kind of facial you should choose is going to come down to a conversation between you and your cosmetic surgeon. The sooner you start that conversation, the sooner you’ll know which procedure to select.


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About the Author: Dan Voltz has been writing about plastic and cosmetic surgery procedures for nearly five years. He loves taking complex techniques and procedures and breaking them down into easy-to-understand concepts.

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