With the number of skin treatments available today, such as chemical peels, injections, and microdermabrasion, it is often difficult to know which one is best for your skin type, skin tone, and overall skin condition. Fortunately, HydraFacial has emerged as an attractive option for improving skin because it is safe for all skin tones and types. At Ingrid E. Trenkle, MD, in Redlands, California, your skin can be thoroughly cleansed and rejuvenated with the use of HydraFacial.
What Is a HydraFacial?
Although this treatment is sometimes known as hydradermabrasion or a hydrating facial, since HydraFacial uses patented technology, only licensed and registered users are actually able to claim that they treat with this process.
This specific treatment is a safe and noninvasive multistep facial that cleanses, exfoliates, performs pore extractions, and injects customized serums. Importantly, the process is also customizable and can be adjusted based on a particular patient’s skincare needs.
What Does HydraFacial Do?
By boosting the growth of collagen, which is a protein that aids in skin resilience and elasticity, and increasing elastin, this facial performs a variety of beneficial functions. It can reduce fine lines and wrinkles and lessen hyperpigmentation.
Enlarged pores will be diminished and skin tone will appear more even. Because of its deep-cleaning properties, the facial also unclogs congested pores, kills acne bacteria, and helps prevent future breakouts. People of all ages can benefit from this cleansing, hydrating facial.
How Does It Work?
In addition to its deep-cleaning abilities, the facial works by combating free radicals and injecting antioxidants at various stages of the treatment. Basically, free radicals, such as pollution, stress, toxins, and sunlight, cause skin damage and aging, which can be seen in the form of wrinkles, spots, and uneven texture.
To the rescue are antioxidants. Antioxidants neutralize the free radicals, resulting in skin that is refreshed and protected. Antioxidants can be found in such things as Vitamin A, Vitamin E, white tea, rosemary, and horse chestnut seed.
Antioxidants are integral to healthy skin and, as such, comprise the serums in this facial. Essentially, the power of the facial lies in its ability to remove dead skin and impurities while adding healing antioxidants and other hydrating solutions.
Steps to Better Skin
As with nearly any skin treatment, the first step in the process is a deep clean. Using a mix of botanical cleansers and hydrating serums, makeup and dirt are first removed. With exfoliation, dead skin cells are removed in order to prepare the skin for the next phases of treatment and increase the benefit of the upcoming phases of treatment.
After the skin has been thoroughly cleansed and dead skin has been removed, it is time for the peel. At this stage, a combination of salicylic and glycolic acids are applied. Again, dead skin cells are removed, and skin will be better able to absorb additional serums that will be applied, thus enhancing the final result of the treatment. Patients often report a tingling sensation during this part of the process.
During this phase of the process, we will use the latest technology to clean your pores. With the patented suction device, blackheads are removed and any impurities are drawn out. Based on your skin’s sensitivity or general condition, we will choose from one of six different tips to use, ranging from gentle to more aggressive. Not only are pores cleaned here, but lymphatic drainage is also promoted, which increases circulation while it rids your skin of excess waste and fluids.
Now that the skin has been cleansed and prepped, it is ready for the application of boosters, which are a variety of solutions targeted to your specific skin. If, for example, your skin is acne-prone, your serums will be different from those applied to someone looking to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and even out skin tone. There are 11 different boosters from which to choose, and they may contain stem cells, growth factors, botanical extracts, peptides, or acids.
With the final stage of the treatment, a combination of hydrating ingredients is applied to your skin. These include hyaluronic acid, antioxidants, and peptides, which all serve to protect and rejuvenate the skin. This last phase is essential for reducing fine lines and wrinkles, firming, and for brightening your skin tone. Moisturizer and sunscreen are often applied at this juncture as well, in order to continually protect the skin. At this point, you should immediately notice glowing, more radiant skin.
What to Expect Afterwards
Unlike most other skin treatments, with this facial, you will have no downtime and can expect to resume all activities immediately following your appointment. This is just one of the many benefits of the facial. Moreover, instead of the discomfort that accompanies some other treatments, most patients report that this facial makes them feel relaxed and that their skin feels cleansed, nourished, and rejuvenated.
Moreover, patients generally report no irritated or red skin; instead, they notice a reduction in lines on the face, a reduction in enlarged pores, clearer, cleaner skin, and an overall brightening. Results for this facial typically last for about seven to ten days, and of course, if you schedule a series of treatments, you can expect even better results for a longer period of time.
Benefits of HydraFacial
Since this treatment can usually be performed in about half an hour and requires in no recuperation period afterward, the time element is particularly appealing. Also appealing is the idea that the facial is ideal for all skin tones and types and is suitable for teenagers, older patients, and anyone in between.
This type of adaptability is another attractive component of the HydraFacial. If someone’s skin is oily, we can focus more on the actual cleansing of the skin. On the other hand, for patients seeking to improve texture and reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, a more concentrated peel with glycolic acids would be indicated in order to achieve maximum results. Customization is key with this treatment.
Finally, comfort is a huge factor here. Since there is no steam involved that can dilate blood vessels or cause redness for those with sensitive skin, irritation and redness are nonfactors. Patients even report that the vacuum extraction process is painless and that it is satisfying to be able to actually see the impurities being removed from the skin.
Getting the Best Results
Although patients achieve excellent results from just one treatment, as with many skincare regimens, increased benefits are seen with a series of treatments over a period of time. Those patients who are being treated for sun damage or an improvement in texture may be examples of those who would likely need repeated treatment.
Supporting the case for a series of treatments, a recent study found that patients who had undergone six rounds of treatment showed increased and longer-lasting benefits. A reduction in fine lines and the size of pores was noted, and hyperpigmentation decreased.
Furthermore, evidence was shown of increased elastin, collagen, and even antioxidants, which serve to protect skin cells from damage caused by free radicals. In order to achieve these results, monthly facials are often recommended.
Combining With Other Treatments
Many patients require just the facial itself, but plenty of other patients opt for additional treatments done at the same time as the HydraFacial. For those patients interested in injectables such as Botox, these can be used at the same session, provided they are done in the proper order. The facial would be performed first, and then the injectable would be administered. In this way, benefits are seen without any downsides.
Interestingly, some treatments even complement the facial. LED light therapy, for example, uses a blue light to kill bacteria that causes breakouts, whereas a red light is employed to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. In addition, radiofrequency treatment or microneedling, which boost collagen growth and increase firmness, are also ideal components following this facial. Basically, the facial prepares the skin for these other treatments as it cleans out pores and removes dead skin.
Candidacy for Treatment
Unlike many other chemical treatments, this one is safe for people of all ages, skin types, and tones. There are, however, certain patients who might not meet the necessary requirements in order to be eligible for this type of facial. Anyone who suffers from cancer, active herpes, or severe cystic acid will probably not be eligible, just as those with active rashes, sunburns, or rosacea should not have this facial.
In addition, other potential candidates may need a waiting period prior to treatment. Accutane users, for example, must wait at least six months after finishing treatment before having this facial, just as anyone using retinoids, retinol, or tretinoin creams should stop two weeks prior. If you are pregnant or nursing, you should consult with us first, since some aspects of the facial could still be performed, but some may need to be put off.
Is This Treatment Right for Me?
If you are one of the many people who meets the criteria for treatment, this type of facial may be just the thing that you are looking for to improve your skin and overall appearance. Since people of all skin types, tones, and conditions can benefit from the facial, you may decide that half an hour or so in our office would be advantageous to you, especially since you will be able to resume normal activities upon leaving our facility.
Due to its multistep process of deep cleaning and exfoliation, chemical peel, and customizable serums, this treatment affords patients numerous benefits. Tone, texture, and elasticity can all be improved. Likewise, brown spots due to aging, hyperpigmentation, oily skin, enlarged pores, and wrinkling can all be reduced. In addition, other skin treatments can easily be combined with this facial, as it cleans and prepares the skin to more easily receive the complementary treatment, providing better results for your skin.
Contact Us Today!
Although the HydraFacial machinery does amazing work, only a trained professional such as Dr. Trenkle will be knowledgeable in determining the correct settings and serums for your skin. If you are ready to take the first step toward healthy, glowing skin, contact Ingrid E. Trenkle, MD, in Redlands, California, for your consultation and customized skincare program.