You’ve heard the hype about HydraFacials (HF) but have questions. Are they beneficial? Are they right for your skin? How many treatments should you get? At Texas Laser and Aesthetics in Austin, TX, we have answers. And we know that after you have one treatment – and experiencing the relaxing, therapeutic effects for yourself – you’ll want more.
How Often Should You Get a HydraFacial Treatment?
The quick answer to this is once every four weeks. With just one therapy, we provide the effects of microdermabrasion, a chemical peel, and a hydrating mask. Skin needs time to heal after. This treatment does not harm the skin – just the opposite, actually – but repeating it too often can cause irritation.
Having said this, it’s important to remember that every person’s skincare needs are unique. This will play into the treatment frequency we recommend for you. Upon first starting therapy, we may recommend you come in every two weeks if you have parched and dry skin; another patient with sensitive skin may be advised to come in monthly. The point is that we don’t craft the same regimen for all patients.
A Part of Your Regular Skincare Routine
A facial is often thought of as a luxury, a one-off treat when you want to pamper yourself. While this may be true of some therapies, the HF is different. We recommend making it a part of your normal skincare routine to help maintain results and ensure your largest organ, the skin, is properly hydrated and cared for.
However, this treatment does far more than restore moisture. When delivered consistently, it can address many concerns, including:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Congested pores
- Lackluster complexion
- Skin sagging
- Uneven tone
- Rought texture
- Enlarged pores
- Excessive oil
- Dry skin
Your Natural Skin Cycle
Skin is designed to renew itself with a process called cell turnover. This happens roughly every 28 days, as old cells are sloughed away and new ones revealed. But the exact rate at which your cells turnover differs from that of another person. This is therefore an important consideration in developing your treatment plan. Factors that impact cell turnover include your skin type, age, diet, stress levels, and sleep patterns.
At optimal levels, cell turnover helps prevent visible signs of aging. But it does not remain consistent throughout a lifetime. It can slow at any time because of the factors listed above. Exfoliation, however, improves cell turnover by manually removing dead skin cells. This forces new ones to the surface, which helps explain why HF treatment is so beneficial.
Your skin type will further influence treatment frequency. We’ll determine if you have natural, oily, dry, combination, or sensitive skin. Regardless of diagnosis, the HF is safe for most patients and poses little risk for side effects or adverse reactions. You can also depend on consistent results, which are soft and glowing complexions after every treatment.
We tend to recommend more frequent treatments for patients with oily or acne-prone skin. The steps involved with this therapy, which we’ll discuss later, help to treat and prevent breakouts. A likely recommendation might therefore be one facial every two to three weeks.
Unlike many cosmetic treatments, a HydraFacial is actually recommended during a breakout to heal skin and reduce scarring. Because results are cumulative, the more often you receive treatment, the more your skin will improve. As your skin stabilizes, we may then reduce the frequency of sessions to align with your evolving needs.
The Choice Is Yours
We understand that monthly or bi-weekly treatments aren’t possible for all patients. We also understand some patients want to rejuvenate their skin during seasonal transitions – such as from winter to spring – or before special events. All of these options are perfectly fine, as we can work with any schedule.
Whether you choose to have treatment once every six weeks or every six months, this facial will provide dramatic benefits. We recommend that patients who come in twice a year schedule their sessions in spring and fall, before the onset of intense heat and again before cold weather sets in. These conditions are the harshest for skin to endure.
What’s the Different Between This and a Traditional Facial?
There’s no denying that even traditional facials can enhance your natural beauty. They usually start with cleansing to remove dirt and makeup. Once this task is completed, the treatment moves onto exfoliation, which may be done manually or with chemicals to loosen debris and brighten your complexion.
Exfoliation done this way is often painful. Many patients opt out of this step altogether because of the discomfort; in addition, skin is often red and irritated after. Depending on your skin type, this step may be followed, or replaced, by a massage to stimulate blood flow. A mask comes next to address your particular concern, such as acne or flaking. The last step is to apply serums and/or a moisturizer to improve hydration.
Although a HydraFacial draws on the concept of multi-step treatment, it is vastly different from more traditional facials. To start, it is a comfortable treatment from the first step to the last. And the same results are delivered each time, so you never have to worry about your skin being over-rubbed or overstimulated as happens with traditional facials.
What is the difference? This treatment uses a hand-held wand with Vortex technology to simultaneously remove makeup, dirt, and debris while also delivering hydrating nutrients. These aren’t like the serums and moisturizers you buy in a store; instead, they contain potent levels of antioxidants, for example, that target fine lines and wrinkles. In short, these ingredients breathe new life into tired skin.
Most facials, which rely on technician abilities, don’t penetrate deep enough to stimulate cell regeneration. But the HF wand incorporates multiple attachments and gentle but effective technology to go below the skin’s surface. There, underlying tissues provide the supportive framework for facial skin. By restoring these tissues, we give you a fully rejuvenated appearance.
Going deep into the skin’s tissues also provides results that can last up to four weeks. A traditional facial, on the other hand, improves skin only for a few days. This is beneficial, yes, to temporarily revive your appearance. But to provide long-lasting healing, you need to get to the root of your concerns, and that’s in the fibers and proteins that exist below the surface.
How This Treatment Works
We start the treatment by applying a gentle cleanser to your face. Again, the handheld device provides a much more powerful cleanse than you can give yourself at home. The Vortex movement helps loosen debris and dirt that’s been accumulating for years. Regardless of how well you care for your skin on a daily basis, dirt can get lodged and contribute to a dull, dry complexion.
The patented tip used during cleansing also exfoliates skin. It acts like a vacuum to remove dead cells. Gently, the device glides across your face while steam is delivered. It is far more effective than manual exfoliation that relies on harsh chemicals, rather than power, to promote cell turnover.
Customization Is Key
The peel comes next, and it is this step that begins to reflect your skin’s special needs. We can customize the peel in a way that works with your skin type while still softening pores and preparing your face for the next step, extraction.
We perform extraction with the wand and a special attachment tip. The Vortex technology that moves through this tip pulls impurities that have likely been stuck there for a while. Once this step is completed, we stabilize your skin with water.
You are now ready for super hydration, delivered with a third nozzle that smooths carefully-selected serums into your skin. These penetrate below the surface to hydrate, correct brown spots, and tighten loose skin. Serums are customizable and can be a combination of hyaluronic acid (HA), collagen-boosting peptides, and antioxidants.
Each of these ingredients serves a different purpose, starting with HA. It relieves dryness and irritation, calms sensitive skin, and reduces redness. It also:
- Improves hydration retention
- Tightens skin’s surface
- Boosts healing
- Balances sebum secretion
An important task of these neutralizers is to treat acne. Regardless of age, breakouts can strike at any time and are often caused by a buildup of debris, oil, and dead cells. Antioxidants further improve skin health by:
- Easing skin irritations
- Boosting skin cell repair
- Clearing irritations
- Brightening skin tone
As implied, these peptides jumpstart the body’s natural production of collagen. This protein is the main component of your skin’s supportive structure, thereby giving it a smooth and plump appearance. Collagen can reduce fine lines and wrinkles, rebuild volume, and strengthen skin’s barrier to increase moisture. It is also key in:
- Minimizing pores
- Softening skin’s texture
- Skin cell repair
- Healing acne
- Eliminating skin irritants
If the improvement in how your skin looks and feels isn’t enough to convince you of this treatment’s benefits, the visible “gunk” we pull might be. A small container on the back of the wand collects all the impurities removed during your therapy. Many patients consider this the best part of treatment, in seeing the dead skin, oil, blackheads, and debris responsible for causing their skin concerns.
Preparing for Treatment
To reap the most benefit from a Hydrafacial, we will likely provide some guidelines prior to your session. Traditional facials usually require downtime so your skin can heal from inflammation This treatment, however, is gentle enough that you won’t experience unwanted side effects. Our guidelines, therefore, focus on helping prepare your skin for the deep cleanse.
One week before your session, it’s beneficial to stop exfoliating at home. You’ll also want to ramp up your sun protection by wearing a hat and using a stronger sunscreen. Two days before, you should stop using acidic products or those that contain retinol/retinoids. These contribute to skin sensitivity and may interfere with your treatment results.
The Day of and After Treatment
On the day of your session, arriving with a clean face is helpful but not necessary. If you’re interested in pairing your HydraFacial with another therapy, such as Botox, let us know. We can incorporate this into your treatment plan.
After treatment, you can wear makeup if you wish. We recommend letting the serums and moisturizers applied during treatment absorb overnight. This means skipping washing and, if possible, foregoing cosmetics. You can resume your normal skincare routine 24 hours after treatment, including any products you previously stopped.
A Treatment Unlike Any Other
People tend to believe that to improve the signs of aging, they need lengthy surgeries or more invasive therapies than facials. But the HF is a revolutionary treatment that easily and comfortably restores skin health. It addresses a variety of concerns, is safe for all skin types, and can be completed in about an hour. To learn how this treatment can help you, call Texas Laser and Aesthetics in Austin, TX, today.