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If there were one statement that can be used to describe most (if not all) facial treatments available in aesthetic clinics, it would have to be “no pain, no gain.” As if the pain involved is not enough when getting the usual facials, the treatments would sometimes leave your face flushing with redness or prick marks, albeit temporarily.
Don’t throw in the towel just yet on facials, as a promising skincare treatment actually exists in Singapore that leaves out the use of pricking needles and the drying heat of lasers!
This is certainly not too good to be true if that is what you are thinking! Read on to learn more about this skin treatment, as this may just be the answer to the pain-free facial you have always been hoping for!
The secret to healthy and glowing skin is deep hydration from within. This is what HydraFacial™ offers, as its name is basically derived from the word hydrate.
HydraFacial™ is a non-invasive and non-surgical facial treatment that promotes revitalizing skin resurfacing with the use of a suction tool that gently unclogs pores from sebum and other impurities as the tip glides through the surface of the face’s skin. While the face is rid of dead skin cells, the treatment also cleanses the pores thoroughly and keeps the skin moisturized while it gets coated by serums that deeply penetrates the flesh.
HydraFacial™ produces instant improvements that are long lasting with recurring treatments. It offers a procedure that can be personalized in order to address the specific conditions of a patient’s skin, hence making it safe to use for both men and women with different types of skin.
What are the benefits of HydraFacial™?
One round of a HydraFacial™ treatment brings the following immediate results to the skin:
- Controlled facial oil production
- Enhanced skin elasticity
- Improved skin tone
- Lightened pigmentation
- Reduced blemishes and pimples
- Smoothened facial lines and wrinkles
- Tightened pores
How is HydraFacial™ administered?
Generally, HydraFacial™ has 3 basic steps. These are:
- Cleansing and Peeling
- Extraction and Hydration
- Infusion and Protection
During the treatment, a handheld device is used to treat the skin. This device has several patented tips that are specifically designed to perform a certain task effectively on the skin such as cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturizing.
HydraFacial™ also uses its patented Vortex technology for extractions and infusions. This type of system efficiently treats the skin without discomfort and at the same time provide the adequate amount of HydraFacial™ Skin Solutions needed by the skin.
What are the different solutions used in a HydraFacial™ treatment?
The treatment uses its very own set of HydraFacial™ Skin Solutions. The makers of HydraFacial™ clinically formulate these solutions. Below are the specific uses of each.
|TYPE OF SKIN SOLUTION||DESCRIPTION|
|Activ-4™||This solution aids in cleansing the skin intensely for easier extraction of dirt and sebum from clogged pores. It leaves the skin supple and radiant.|
|Beta-HD™||This solution is best for keeping oily skin under control.|
|Glysal™||This solution is a mix of Glycolic and Salicylic Acid that recommended for acne prone skin. Unlike chemical peels, Glysal™ does not cause dry peeling on the skin.|
|Dermabuilder™||This solution comprises of peptides formulated to promote collagen production.|
How is the procedure done?
A doctor’s consultation is done before the procedure. The aesthetic doctor may suggest a specific kind of serum or create a personalized treatment plan depending on the assessment of a patient’s skin. After which, a patient is ushered into the treatment area. The three steps of HydraFacial™ commence after.
- Cleanse and peel. During this phase, the skin is cleansed thoroughly. The sebum and other impurities from the pores are targeted and softened for easier extraction. The dead skin is exfoliated to improve the health of the skin.
- Extract and hydrate. In this phase, a suction device is used on the skin and vacuums out the clogged oil and dirt from the pores of the skin. Following this, the skin is boosted with moisturizing solutions that address various skin conditions.
- Infusion and protection. The final step of the HydraFacial™ treatment serum involves the infusion of skin solutions that are comprised of antioxidants, Hyaluronic Acid, and peptides.
How long will the HydraFacial™ take?
HydraFacial™ is also considered as “lunchtime facial.” The procedure is done quickly and will not take longer than 30 minutes.
Is there any pain involved during the treatment?
Being a non-invasive and non-surgical procedure, HydraFacial™ is a treatment that is recommended for everyone, even to people with low pain tolerance, as there is no pain involved during the administration of the facial treatment.
Unlike the traditional facials which use a stainless steel blackhead and pimple remover, HydraFacial™ is administered with a handpiece that is equipped with tips that are designed to treat the skin gently.
What are the expected results of HydraFacial™?
Patients can expect to see significant improvements on the skin, such as radiance and improved skin tone with just one session of HydraFacial™. The skin will feel lighter, softer, and smoother to the look and touch.
Makeup can be applied to the face immediately after the procedure.
Are there steps to be followed for aftercare?
For aftercare, the use of sunscreen is crucial to protect the skin from the harsh UV rays of the sun and keep the results. A proper skincare regimen is also suggested for healthier skin.
Is there any downtime needed after the treatment?
There is no downtime needed for the HydraFacial™ treatment. Patients can return to their work or other daily activities right after the treatment.
How long will the results from the treatment last?
The skin’s refined and moisturized texture can be enjoyed for approximately 5 to 7 days. If patients wish to see further skin improvements, regular maintenance of HydraFacial™ is needed monthly.
How many HydraFacial™ treatments will a patient need every month to keep healthy skin?
One HydraFacial™ treatment in a month is enough for continuous augmentation of skin flaws like hyperpigmentation, freckles, fine lines, wrinkles, as well as reduction of oil production and appearance of blemishes.
Are there specific skin types that are not safe for HydraFacial™?
Generally, HydraFacial™ is suitable for all kinds of skin. It is safe for highly sensitive skin as each stage of the treatment uses tools, liquid solutions, and serums that are formulated to be gentle and safe to use for any skin condition. In addition, this facial treatment is recommended for people with rosacea and extremely dry and peeling skin.
If there are still hesitations regarding the compatibility of the solutions and serums to be used for the treatment, a patient may request for a sensitivity test. Likewise, if the skin is prone to eczema, the patient should inform the doctor performing the treatment so that the settings of the HydraFacial™ device can be adjusted to suit the skin.
Are there certain skin conditions that HydraFacial™ is not able to address efficiently?
Although HydraFacial™ is effective in lightening pigmentations and improving skin tone when done regularly, it does not target acne scars and other facial scarrings that are deep and permanent.
How much does one HydraFacial™ treatment cost?
A treatment of HydraFacial™ is normally priced at $150, although costs may differ depending on the aesthetic service provider.