Beginner’s Guide to HydraFacial: Costs, Benefits, & FAQs December 2022

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Hydrafacial is a revolutionary, non-invasive treatment that improves the skin’s appearance and texture. If you’ve never had a HydraFacial before, you may have several questions on if this treatment is right for you and what your expectations should be. Read more about what you need to know before getting your first HydraFacial today!

What is a HydraFacial?

HydraFacial is a non-invasive hydradermabrasion skin treatment that exfoliates, extracts, and nourishes the skin through a process of cleansing, toning, and hydration. The treatment gently removes dead cells from the surface layer of your skin while also unblocking pores to allow for extraction– all without damaging or irritating the remaining healthy tissue.

Better yet, this gentle deep cleaning facial rejuvenation treatment is safe for all skin types and tones and offers little to no downtime.

See this treatment in action below!

What Are People Saying About HydraFacial?

No matter who you ask, people really do seem to LOVE this treatment, as you can see below:

Not only is Twitter full of countless testimonials from happy customers, according to RealSelf.com, HydraFacial is one of the most popular nonsurgical procedures performed in the United States, with a 99% satisfaction rate. This was enough to make the HydraFacial a “RealSelf Most Worth It Nominee” for 2021.

 

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How does HydraFacial work?

The HydraFacial treatment begins with the application of a glycolic peel solution. This peel solution helps to loosen the cells on the surface of your skin so they can be more easily removed.

Once the cells have been loosened, the hydradermabrasion­­­­ machine is used to remove them. The machine uses gentle suction to remove the dead cells as well as any dirt or debris that may be clogging your pores.

The final step of the HydraFacial treatment is the application of the antioxidant and nutrient-rich mask. This mask helps to soothe and protect your skin while also providing it with essential nutrients.

Vortex-Fusion Technology

What makes the HydraFacial unique is its proprietory Vortex-Fusion delivery system. During the treatment, a variety of proprietary tips are used in order to maximize the benefit of each step.

The spiral design of the HydroPeel Tips creates a vortex effect to easily dislodge and remove impurities from the skin. All while simultaneously introducing hydrating skin solutions with potent antioxidants.


hydrafacial proprietary tips

Is Dermalinfusion the same as HydraFacial?

Dermalinfusion is a similar treatment to HydraFacial, but it uses a different type of mask and device. Both treatments offer unique benefits. Ultimately, the best treatment for you will depend on your specific needs and goals.

Is HydraFacial the same as Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is a similar treatment to HydraFacial and Dermalinfusion. However, microdermabrasion is not as gentle on the skin and does not offer the same level of results or benefits. Ultimately, the best treatment for you will depend on your specific needs and goals.

Are HydraFacials Safe?

Yes, HydraFacials are considered to be safe. They are a non-invasive treatment that uses gentle suction and exfoliation to remove dead cells and debris from the surface of your skin. The antioxidant and nutrient-rich mask used in the final step of the treatment helps to soothe and protect your skin.

HydraFacial Benefits

There are a number of benefits associated with the HydraFacial treatment, including:

  • Even skin tone and texture
  • Brighter, clearer skin
  • Fewer breakouts and outbreaks
  • Decreased appearance of acne scars and sun damage
  • Reduced pore size

Is a HydraFacial Right For You?

If you are looking for a safe, non-invasive treatment that can help improve the appearance of your skin, a HydraFacial may be right for you. The HydraFacial treatment is gentle and can be customized to meet the specific needs of your skin. It is one of the most popular nonsurgical procedures performed in the United States and offers a number of benefits, including brighter skin, smaller pores, and a more even skin tone using patented technology. If you are considering the HydraFacial treatment, be sure to consult with a qualified professional to find out if it is right for you.

Who Should NOT Get a HydraFacial?

The HydraFacial treatment may not be appropriate for you if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, if you have severe acne, active rashes, sunburns, an active infection, or if you are currently taking certain medications. Be sure to consult with your provider before getting a HydraFacial treatment to determine whether it is right for you.

Does HydraFacial Get Rid Of Acne Scars?

HydraFacial is not specifically designed to get rid of acne scars, but it can help to improve the appearance of your skin overall. In some cases, HydraFacial may be able to reduce the appearance of acne scars and other signs of sun damage. If you are considering the HydraFacial treatment and you have acne scars that you are hoping to reduce, be sure to mention your concerns to the professional administering your treatment.

Does HydraFacial Help With Wrinkles?

HydraFacial may be able to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and other signs of sun damage.

Is HydraFacial Good For Rosacea?

There is no definitive answer to this question. Some people report that HydraFacial helps to improve the appearance of rosacea, while others find that it makes their condition worse. If you are considering the HydraFacial treatment and you have rosacea, be sure to mention your concerns to the professional administering your treatment.

Does HydraFacial Help HyperPigmentation?

HydraFacial can help to improve the appearance of hyperpigmentation. However, there is no guarantee that it will be effective for you. If you are considering HydraFacial treatment and have hyperpigmentation, be sure to mention your concerns to the professional administering your treatment.

Does HydraFacial Tighten the Skin?

Some people report that HydraFacial helps to tighten the skin, while others find that it has no effect. If you are considering the HydraFacial treatment and you are concerned about the potential for tightening, be sure to mention your concerns to the professional administering your treatment.

Types of HydraFacials

The HydraFacial treatment can be customized to meet the specific needs of your skin. There are a number of different types of HydraFacials that you may choose from, including:

Standard HydraFacial: This is the most common type of HydraFacial and is designed to improve the appearance of your skin overall.

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Deluxe HydraFacial: This is a customized HydraFacial that helps decrease the appearance of acne, redness and other signs of irritation.

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Platinum HydraFacial: This HydraFacial targets sun spots, age spots, fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, and skin discoloration.

platinum hydrafacial steps

If you are considering the HydraFacial treatment, be sure to consult with a qualified professional to find out which type of HydraFacial is best for your specific needs.

How Much is a HydraFacial?

The cost of the HydraFacial varies depending on your location and the type of HydraFacial you select. In general, a standard HydraFacial generally ranges from $150-$350 with more customized HydraFacials ranging from $300-$450.

Where can I get a HydraFacial Near Me?

If you are thinking about getting a HydraFacial, be sure to consult with a qualified professional near you. Many medical spas or dermatologists offer the HydraFacial treatment, but there are also other professionals authorized to provide this service. To find local providers that offer this treatment, check the Find a HydraFacialist section on the official HydraFacial website.

After you enter in your Zip Code and Radium, click Find A Provider which will show you a variety of HydraFacial providers near you.

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Preparing For Your HydraFacial Treatment

As part of the HydraFacial process, you will be required to prepare your skin before treatment. To get ready for a HydraFacial:

  • Shave the day before (optional).
  • Do not use any facial products or moisturizers prior to arrival (with the exception of sunscreen and/or retinoids if prescribed by your doctor).
  • If you are taking any medications, please consult with your doctor before discontinuing use.

When you arrive for your HydraFacial treatment, you will be asked to complete a medical history form. This form will help the professional administering your treatment to customize your HydraFacial to meet your specific needs.

If you have any questions or concerns about the HydraFacial treatment, be sure to discuss them with the professional administering your treatment. They will be happy to answer any of your questions and help to put your mind at ease.

When to get HydraFacial before an Event?

HydraFacials are very popular leading up to a big event. We generally recommend a series of treatments prior to any event such as a wedding where you expect to be in lots of photos. Generally expect to get a treatment roughly one-week prior to the event.

Below are some common events that we see clients receive a HydraFacial for.

  • Bridal Showers/Bachelorette Party: If you are planning a bridal shower or bachelorette party, consider having your HydraFacial treatments one to two weeks before so that you look refreshed but not red or swollen on your big day.
  • Wedding Season: Treat yourself to the best beauty look you can have with HydraFacial one to two weeks before your special wedding day. Be sure to moisturize well beforehand.
  • Honeymoon: After a long flight, treat yourself to a treatment upon arriving at your destination.
  • Graduation: A graduation party is a perfect time to show off a healthy glow with HydraFacial. Treat yourself one to two weeks before and be sure to use sunscreen and moisturizer beforehand.
  • Mother’s Day: Treat mom with the gift of healthy skin for Mother’s Day.
  • Father’s Day: Dads can also enjoy a HydraFacial treatment before Father’s Day to look refreshed and hydrated.
  • Christmas: Merry Christmas! Give yourself the gift of a refreshed look with a HydraFacial treatment in time for the big day. Be sure to schedule your treatment one to two weeks before so that you are not red or swollen on Santa’s arrival.
  • New Year’s Eve: Party hard with HydraFacial treatments one to two weeks before for a fresh, gorgeous look.

Can You Get a HydraFacial After Botox?

Generally, it is recommended that you wait two weeks after Botox to receive a HydraFacial to allow the Botox to settle.

Day of HydraFacial Treatment: What to Expect

Your HydraFacial treatment will begin with a consultation with the professional administering your treatment. They will ask you about your medical history, any allergies you may have, and whether you are using any skincare products that may need to be avoided during your treatment.

HydraFacial Steps

  • Cleanse: The face will be cleaned in order to remove environmental pollutants and makeup.
  • Exfoliation: A chemical peel solution is applied in a controlled manner in order to exfoliate the skin’s surface layer of dead cells, impurities, and oil build up.
  • Extractions: Comedones and other impurities are extracted through the use of suction.
  • Hydration: A serum is applied that will help to hydrate and revitalize the skin.
  • Protection: SPF 30 is applied to protect the skin from sun damage.

hydrafacial four step processAfter your treatment, you may experience some redness and mild swelling. These are temporary side effects that should fade within a few hours. You can resume your normal skincare routine immediately following your HydraFacial treatment.

How Long is a HydraFacial?

A HydraFacial treatment typically lasts 30 minutes. However, depending on the package chosen, your treatment may last up to an hour.

Does a HydraFacial Hurt?

No. HydraFacial is a non-invasive, pain-free treatment.

What Ingredients or Chemicals are Used in HydraFacial?

The ingredients used in the treatment may defer depending on the HydraFacial package chosen. Below are the most common ingredients used in the treatment.

  • Hyaluronic Acid: Restores moisture and hydrates the skin
  • Glycolic Acid: Exfoliates, unclogs pores, reduces inflammation, and stimulates collagen production
  • Salicylic Acid: Removes dead skin cells and dirt that cause acne and blackheads
  • Miehei Mucor Extract: Gentle Enzymatic Brightener
  • Green Tea Extract: Antioxidant
  • Copper PCA/Magnesium PCA/Zinc PCA: Mineral peptides
  • Arnica Flower Extract: Skin calmer
  • Red Algae Extract: Collagen stimulator and skin brightener
  • Vitamins A and E: Antioxidant
  • Rosemary Leaf Extract: Antioxidant
  • White Tea Extract: Antioxidant
  • Horse Chestnut Seed Extract: Antioxidant
  • Lactic Acid: Exfoliator and Brightener
  • Glucosamine HCI: Exfoliator
  • Honey Extract: Hydrating
  • Willow Bark Extract: Exfoliator
  • Tasmanian Pepper: Anti-inflammatory
  • Spiraea Ulmaria Extract: Calms and Soothes
  • Growth Factors: Hydrator that encourages and stimulates cell production and collagen
  • Acetyl Octapeptide: Peptide
  • Alpha-Arbutin: Brightening Agent
  • Vitamin C: Antioxidant

Post HydraFacial Treatment

What to Expect

After the treatment is finished, you will notice an immediate glow. Your skin will feel very hydrated and clean.

You may notice temporary redness and mild swelling which may last a few hours.

Are There Any Side Effects of HydraFacial?

You should not notice any side effects from the HydraFacial outside of temporary redness and swelling. These are normal side effects that should fade within a few hours.

If you notice any rashing or swelling, contact a medical professional immediately as this could indicate an allergic reaction.

Can HydraFacial Make You Break Out?

Some people may experience slight breakouts immediately following their first HydraFacial treatment due to the resurfacing process and excess oil production. Once the oil is gone, your skin will continue to look better.

Does HydraFacial Cause Broken Capillaries?

HydraFacial is not known to cause broken capillaries. Since HydraFacial does not involve lasers or other tools that can burst blood vessels, it cannot cause broken capillaries. If you are concerned about the appearance of your skin due to broken capillaries, speak with your doctor or schedule an appointment for a consultation at one of our clinics.

Can I Wash My Face After HydraFacial?

Yes, you can wash your face after your HydraFacial treatment. However, avoid using harsh products to cleanse the skin for 48 hours because it may interfere with the results of your treatment. Use a gentle cleanser that is non-drying, fragrance-free, and contains natural ingredients.

Can You Workout or Exercise After HydraFacial?

Yes, you can resume your normal workout schedule immediately following your HydraFacial treatment. You may experience slightly pinker skin than usual during the first few days of your treatment, but this should not interfere with any exercise routines.

Can You Wear Makeup After a HydraFacial?

Yes, you can wear makeup after your HydraFacial treatment. However, it is important to avoid using any products that are harsh or contain artificial fragrances. It is also a good idea to use a sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher when wearing makeup after a HydraFacial.

HydraFacial Before and After Results

As you can see in the before and after photos below, HydraFacial can provide a wide range of benefits for the skin, including hydration, improved complexion, reduced wrinkles and fine lines, and elimination of blackheads and acne.hydrafacial before and after photos

Clients typically report seeing significant improvements in their skin after just one treatment. However, to maintain the results of your HydraFacial, you will need to continue with your at-home skincare routine and ensure that you avoid any harsh products or environmental factors. Thus, the best way to experience the full benefits of HydraFacial is by becoming a regular client.

Planning For Your Next HydraFacial

How Often Should You Get A HydraFacial

We recommend having one HydraFacial treatment every 4-6 weeks for maximum results. You can space out your treatments even further if you’d like to maintain the result of your previous treatment and avoid any side effects.

How Long Do Results of a HydraFacial Last?

Users report that HydraFacial delivers noticeable results after just one treatment, including brighter skin, smaller pores, and a more even skin tone. Clients can enjoy beautiful skin for months after just one HydraFacial treatment because we use powerful ingredients and make sure to extract as much congestion as possible during the session itself. In addition, HydraFacial can reduce the signs of aging and sun damage, so your skin will continue to look better over time.

Other Common FAQs

Who Performs a HydraFacial?

HydraFacial can be performed by a licensed esthetician. All of the estheticians at ELLEMES Medical Spa have received training in HydraFacial and undergo continuing education to learn about any new products or techniques that may come out each year.

Are All HydraFacials the Same?

No, all HydraFacials are not the same. There are several estheticians who offer HydraFacial in Atlanta, but each treatment provider may use slightly different techniques, serums, or products to deliver the best results for their clients. To ensure that you receive a quality session and maximize your results for the long term, make sure to choose an experienced esthetician who has received extensive training in this treatment.

How Much To Tip For HydraFacial?

Your esthetician will not expect this payment or any other gratuity in addition to the price of your session. Thus, tipping is strictly optional and only meant as a way to show appreciation for exceptional service. If you do decide to leave a gratuity for this treatment, a tip of 15-20% of the service cost would be considered a good gratuity for excellent service.

Summary: Are HydraFacials Worth It?

HydraFacials are one of the most popular skincare treatments available right now. They offer a wide range of benefits, from reducing the signs of aging to improving the appearance of acne scars. Although the results only last as long as you continue with your at-home skincare routine, they are well worth it for the beautiful skin that you’ll enjoy even months after receiving your first treatment.

If you are interested in learning more about HydraFacial, the benefits it can offer for your skin, or if you would like to schedule a session at ELLEMES Medical Spa in Atlanta, GA, please fill out our contact form or call us at (470) 222-6581 today!

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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