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15 Oct 2021

What is a HydraFacial, and is it worth the hype?

Simply, HydraFacial deeply cleanses, exfoliates and infuses the skin with active ingredients. The treatment has also been described like a medical-grade ‘hydradermabrasion’ device that carries out that three-part regimen — cleansing, exfoliating, and infusing.

To explain further, rather than manually exfoliating the skin, like traditional dermabrasion, this gentler approach vacuums out pores while simultaneously pushing in potent actives, which moisturize, brighten, plump, and protect. The machine’s handpiece holds patented spiralized treatment tips equipped with “vortex technology” which provides a whirling force for all these skin benefits. Beyond the standard three steps, there are targeted add-ons, or boosters, which take aim at unique skin concerns, like brown spots or stubborn lines.

Who is HydraFacial for?

Basically, nearly all skin types and concerns can benefit from Hydra Facial; “teenagers with acne, adults with pimples, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation, and for patients with sun damage” says Dr Zamani.

There are some who should abstain — namely those with active rashes, sunburns, or rosacea, along with pregnant patients, as “some of the ingredients used during the HydraFacial haven’t been tested and proven safe during pregnancy, such as Salicylic Acid” explains Zamani.

Is HydraFacial customisable?

The aforementioned boosters can be added to really target a skincare concern such as hyperpigmentation or deeper lines.

During step one of the HydraFacial (“cleanse + peel”), three different strength glycolic-salicylic acid peels can be chosen based on previous experience with peels, your skin type, and your desired outcome,” says Zamani, noting that the strongest 30-percent acid option is available only to physicians. You could also add a round of LED light therapy following the facial; shining blue light on acne, or red light to build collagen and calm the skin.

The tool’s suction power can be reduced or heightened depending on the area being treated. Typically, it would be toned down to tackle more delicate areas, like under the eyes, to treat millia or boost circulation to clear dark circles,” says Zamani.

Is HydraFacial painful?

HydraFacial has a strict no-torture policy: “It’s one of the most popular procedures in our office, not only because it combines elements of treatments, like microdermabrasion and chemical peels, but also because it truly is a relaxing experience and offers consistent results,” says Zamani. “It’s never painful — in fact, patients have compared the sensation to a light massage.” By combining vortex pressure with a clog-purging solution of salicylic acid, willow bark extract, and anti-inflammatories, “the device suctions gunk from pores — no squeezing or pressing required — and, at the end, you can actually see all that was removed, which people seem to like.”

How long does HydraFacial take?

More than a typical facial but less than a laser treatment which also means no-downtime and results are immediately apparent. “We can quickly improve texture and tone, and even help conditions like acne, without any residual irritation or peeling. For optimum results 2-4 treatments, 2 weeks apart are recommended” Zamani adds. In addition, HydraFacial imparts radiance too, which is what makes it highly requested before red-carpet events and weddings — “it really delivers that extra glow,” says Zamani.

Can I have HydraFacial and Botox?

The HydraFacial can be done the very same day as injectables and non-ablative light and laser treatments. It’s also very beneficial about one-week post-Fraxel as it speeds up the shedding process that resurfacing devices inevitably induce while also deeply hydrating the skin.

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As a leading Oculoplastic Surgeon with special interest in Facial Aesthetics, Dr. Maryam Zamani has garnered a global reputation - both in the US and UK - for her meticulous attention to detail and sought-after techniques for eyes and facial aesthetics.

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