If you’ve tried every trick in the book (and every product in the drugstore) to help your skin look more youthful, glowing, and vibrant, you’re not alone. Our skin is constantly exposed to damaging environmental elements and the effects of time. Even factors like heredity, stress, and the food we eat can influence how our skin looks. Over time, these factors have a negative impact on skin, resulting in clogged pores, dull skin, and an overall poor complexion. Sun damage, in particular, can lead to premature aging. In fact, it’s the cause of the vast majority of skin damage. Even if you’re diligent with sunscreen use, you can still end up with sun damage that cannot be reversed using over-the-counter serums and exfoliants. That’s why Dr. Diane Walder offers patients in Miami a gentle yet effective procedure for renewing the skin and uncovering that youthful glow. It’s called the HydraFacial.
What is the HydraFacial?
The HydraFacial system is a non-invasive skin treatment that works by cleansing, hydrating and exfoliating the skin, removing impurities, and nourishing the skin. A specialized tool starts by cleansing and exfoliating the skin, removing dead skin cells and oils. During the second stage of the treatment, salicylic and glycolic acid are delivered to the skin to loosen dirt and oils in the pores and help prevent acne flare-ups. Then, the debris that has been loosened is gently suctioned out, including blackheads and other skin impurities. Finally, a solution containing peptides and hyaluronic acid is delivered to the skin for a rejuvenated, glowing complexion. Additionally, patients may elect to choose one of four “boosts” designed to help address specific skin issues.
Benefits of HydraFacial
One of the biggest advantages of the HydraFacial is that it can benefit nearly any skin type. The multi-step treatment is gentle yet effective. It can be used on a regular basis to promote optimal skin health. HydraFacial treatments are great for people with sun damage, acne, fine lines and wrinkles, enlarged pores, brown spots, and poor elasticity, tone, and texture. It’s also a great option for people with sensitive skin or acne, as the solutions are non-irritating and can help keep sensitive skin nourished and protected. Patients love that the treatment is easy, convenient, and requires no downtime!
Are You a Candidate?
Nearly anyone who wants to experience hydrated, healthier skin is a good candidate for HydraFacials. Any skin type can benefit from HydraFacial, and the specialized boosts that can be added are tailored to specific concerns. Candidates for HydraFacial should understand both the benefits and the limitations of the treatment and discuss their options with a qualified professional prior to making a decision. Patients will need to follow all pre- and post-treatment instructions, which might include ceasing the use of all Retin-A (Tretinoin) or Alpha-Hydroxy acids a few days prior to each treatment.
Your HydraFacial Consultation
Though the HydraFacial is a non-invasive procedure, you will need to discuss your goals with a dermatologist or technician to ensure that the treatment is a good fit for your skincare needs. During this consultation, you and your provider will discuss your skin’s unique challenges and come up with a treatment plan that best suits your needs. This is an ideal opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the HydraFacial treatment.
The HydraFacial Procedure
The HydraFacial treatment takes place in a comfortable office setting, and no anesthesia is needed during the procedure. The proprietary handpiece uses several different tips to exfoliate and cleanse the skin first, gently massaging away dead skin, oil and debris while hydrating the skin. After this, another tip is used to extract oil and dirt from deep within the pores, and antioxidant-rich serums are delivered to the skin, resulting in immediate brightening of the skin. Following the treatment, patients should see positive changes in the skin almost immediately.
Recovery and Downtime
One of the biggest benefits of the HydraFacial is how gentle it is. Following treatment, there should be little to no discomfort and absolutely no downtime. Patients can get back to their normal activities almost at once while enjoying the beautiful glow the treatment provides.
Am I too young for HydraFacials?
Even younger patients can benefit from HydraFacials since the treatments can help maintain skin health and even reduce some acne flare-ups. At as young as age 20, collagen levels in the skin begin to deplete, leading to wrinkling and hydration loss in the skin, so it’s never too early to start the skin on a regimen that will promote lifelong health.
Are there any risks?
HydraFacial treatments are very safe, and the risks involved are very minimal. Some patients may experience minor redness and tightness for a little while after treatment, but this usually subsides within an hour or two. In rare cases, redness may persist for a day or two. Swelling of sensitive areas of the skin may also occur temporarily. More serious complications are extremely uncommon, and most patients experience few side effects.
How long does each treatment take?
A typical HydraFacial treatment lasts just 30 minutes, allowing patients to resume their normal activities or get back to work quickly.
How often should I get a HydraFacial?
Though patients should see improvement immediately after a HydraFacial treatment, the skin will benefit most from an ongoing regimen of treatments. Patients who have HydraFacial treatments about once a month will notice ongoing benefits, such as clearer, brighter skin, and they may even see their overall skin health improve.
What are the different “boosts” and how do I choose the right one for me?
The basic HydraFacial can help improve skin tone and texture, but there are also options for additional “boosts”. These are serums that are tailored specifically to different skin needs and delivered using the proprietary HydraFacial tool. These boost options include the following:
- BrightAlive—brightens skin and helps resolve discoloration
- Growth Factor—helps soften fine lines and wrinkles
- Dermabuilder—fights signs of aging and delivers powerful peptides
- Britenol—minimizes dark spots and evens complexion
How long do the results last?
Patients can expect to notice brighter, clearer skin for at least a week after each treatment. Getting regular treatments can help prolong the results and produce healthier skin overall.
Can HydraFacials be combined with other skin treatments?
Many patients are interested in combining treatments for more comprehensive skin rejuvenation. While this is a common and effective strategy, patients may have to come in for separate treatments since some procedures should not be performed on the same day as the HydraFacial treatment. Your doctor will be your guide and help you come up with a customized treatment plan that works for you.
I have acne. Is HydraFacial a good choice for me?
Yes, HydraFacial is a great option for acne-prone skin. During the treatment, oil and dead skin are swept away and debris within the pores is suctioned away for clearer skin and fewer breakouts. In addition, salicylic acid (a common acne treatment) is delivered to the skin during treatment, and a blue UV light can be used to kill acne-causing bacteria.
Does the treatment hurt?
No. Patients will feel a cool sensation during the treatment but should not expect to feel any pain.
What areas can be treated?
The face is the most common treatment area, as that is typically where clogged pores, wrinkles, and other skin issues are most common. However, the neck and décolletage areas can also be treated if there are signs of aging, discoloration, or other issues.
Facial Experts in Miami
Want to see what a HydraFacial could do for you? Our talented dermatologists, technicians, and facialists at Diane Walder, MD in Miami, FL, are standing by to offer you the best in non-invasive skin treatments. Call 305-866-2177 today to schedule your consultation.