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What’s the Difference Between a Facial and a HydraFacial? September 2023

Updated: October 3, 2022

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When it comes to facial treatments, there are many options to choose from. If you’re looking for a way to improve your skin’s appearance, you may be wondering what the difference is between a facial and a HydraFacial. While both treatments can help to improve your skin’s health, they offer different benefits. Here’s a look at the key differences between facials and HydraFacials.

HydraFacial VS Regular Facial

First of all, traditional facials can cause some discomfort. Extractions, which is when the technician gets into your pores deeper, are generally the most painful part. At the same time, traditional facials can be useful for long-term treatment; they can also cause skin inflammations and reddening.

HydraFacials feel like a light massage, which sounds quite relaxing. HydraFacials don’t involve the same extraction as traditional facials. HydraFacials may still help with skin conditions and improve overall skin tone. This treatment is safe for you to go outside immediately following the procedure.

What Happens During a HydraFacial

HydraFacials have a different approach, but the benefits you get will be the same as a traditional facial. HydraFacials are three-step treatments that use HydraFacials. Steps include exfoliating, cleansing, and infusing your skin with a serum specifically for your skin type. This will ensure that you receive the right treatment.

Your skin type will determine the treatment that you receive. Naturally, each person will have a different treatment. Your technician will perform a skin test to assess your skin’s health, determine your skin’s sensitivity, then recommend the best serum combination for you.

Most likely, you will notice similarities between HydraFacial and other facials. Your skin will first be cleansed and exfoliated to open pores. Your technician will apply a light acid peel to your skin, which breaks down dead and damaged cells. Next, your technician will use an extraction tool called a nozzle, which vacuums out any dirt, oil, or other “gunk” that might be clogging up your pores.

Your technician will now infuse serum with the “vortex-infusion tool.” It may sound crazy, but we promise it’s not! Your skin will be treated with the serum by your technician. The serum will solve your skin’s problems and improve its elasticity, hydration, and overall health. It sounds like a win-win situation to us.

The procedure takes between 30 and 45 minutes, depending on what treatment you choose. It is so quick that you can finish it on your lunch break!

What Happens after a HydraFacial

HydraFacial can be intimidating for those who have experienced a traditional facial. Surprise! We love that this treatment is completely non-invasive. Most people can immediately return to their normal life.

It is possible for some people to feel tightness or a reddish hue on their skin. However, these symptoms should disappear in a matter of hours. Redness or swelling may occur if you have sensitive skin.

It’s non-invasive, but you should be aware that if you experience redness and swelling from a traditional facelift, it may be a good idea to schedule your initial treatment after you have a clear schedule for the next day. This will let you see your skin’s reaction to the treatment and help you decide when to schedule future appointments.

HydraFacials are very popular because the results can be seen immediately! Your skin will look healthier and more youthful days after the treatment.

HydraFacials can be as effective as traditional facials if you keep up with your appointments. This will keep your skin looking healthy and fresh. Your skin will look more refreshed and effective the longer you stay consistent with your treatments. Both methods can be done once a month.

What Happens In Case of Oily Skin?

Although the procedure’s name might be alarming to those with oily skin, we are here to clarify this concern.

Over-drying can make oily skin worse. Many of our patients admit to over-drying their skin and using harsh chemicals to remove the oil. These methods can be effective, but they do not allow for better skin. Over-drying your skin can cause it to send signals to the glands to produce more oil. Oil is one way our skin protects itself. Over-drying can lead to oil production and a vicious circle that may cause skin damage. Pimples and irritation can be caused by oil, dead skin cells, or other debris.

HydraFacial treatments will reduce oil production. HydraFacials gently but effectively cleanse the skin by clearing away dead skin cells and clearing pores. The HydraFacial then restores your skin’s hydration and leaves you with a protective layer. HydraFacials will not remove surface oil using creams, toners, and face washes. Instead, it will eliminate the bad stuff from deep inside your pores.

Hydra Facial in Atlanta, Georgia

ELLEMES™ Medical Spa has provided premier skin care and medical spa treatment for many years. We use the latest technology and techniques to deliver results that will be amazing, satisfying, and long-lasting. Our highly experienced staff is committed to giving you a personalized experience based on your needs. In case you are interested in learning more about our facials or hydrafacials, please contact us today at (470) 222–6581

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Lauren Siso, Esthetician

Lauren has been medical aesthetician and laser practitioner for over 10 years and is passionate about helping her clients achieve their best skin possible. Lauren truly believes that everyone deserves to feel confident in their own skin and is dedicated to helping her clients achieve that goal!

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Lauren Siso, Medical Aesthetician at ELLEMES Medical Spa