HydraFacial – The Complete Guide – All you need to know (2019)
During your research on “how to get rid of black heads”, you will definitely come across non invasive facial treatments such as Chemical peels, Microdermabrasion, Fractional RF & more. You might also chance upon the treatment – HydraFacial which many have crowned “the only facial you will ever need”.
Often you will be overwhelmed with the amount of treatments & informations that you encounter bringing you back to square one – Which treatment is the best for my problem?
Fear not, this comprehensive guide will break the the exact benefits HydraFacial & compare it with all it’s competitors.
*Disclaimer: This will be a long read but always remember “No pain, no gain”.
First order of business: What exactly is HydraFacial?
HydraFacial is a non-invasive, multi-action treatment that combines the hydradermabrasion, chemical peel, and painless extractions in a treatment.
To put it in simple terms, the treatment will cleanse, exfoliate & extract the impurities accumulated in your face. At the same time, it also infuses serum rich in antioxidants, peptides & hyaluronic acid.
Hydrafacial is very effective for the following skin types:
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First it employs a vacuum suction to remove stubborn impurities, dead skin & clogged sebum in your pores. Manual extraction can also be performed after to ensure all blackheads/whiteheads are removed.
Chemical Peel acid will be infused into the pores to completely eradicate any remaining dirt left. This step will throughly cleanse the pores.
Lastly, serum rich in antioxidants, peptides & hyaluronic acid will be infused to ensure intense hydration for a long lasting result.
Best of all, it is 100% pain free, non invasive & no downtime. You only require to go once to twice a month to maintain that clean hydrated look. No wonder they call it “the only facial you will ever need”.
1st Contender: Microdermabrasion vs HydraFacial
Both Microdermabrasion & HydraFacial is very similar in nature. Many have labeled HydraFacial as the upgraded version of microdermabrasion. Also commonly known as hydradermabrasion, Hydrapeel uses a vacuum tip for deep cleansing.
Microdermabrasion uses a abrasive tip (usually diamond tip) that act as a ‘sand paper’ to sand off the top layers of your skin. Thereafter, serum will be infused to keep the skin hydrated & radiant. Due to the abrasive tip, you may experience minor redness & swelling after the treatment. If you are suffering from sensitive skin, it is better to consult a medical professional before trying.
The main difference between HydraFacial & microdermabrasion is the extraction tip. The vacuum tip from HydraFacial is easy on the skin making it virtually pain free and suitable for all skin types.
Other than the potential minor redness, microdermabrasion can potentially alter the colour balance of the skin resulting in skin discolouration. On the bright side, it requires less sessions than HydraFacial.
(Close fight – microdermabrasion lost on the extraction tip)
2nd Contender: Chemical Peel vs HydraFacial
The main features of HydraFacial & Chemical Peel focus on removing dead skin for a radiant hydrated skin. The advantage of Chemical Peel is the different level of peels (superficial peels – deeper peels) – able to target different skin issues which HydraFacial can’t.
Different peels can target different problems such as:
- Salicylic Acid: Most effective against Acne and Oily Skin, improving skin tone.
- Glycolic Acid: Most effective against Hyper pigmentation, Aging, Skin Tone & Texture.
- Lactic Acid: Most effective against Discolouration, Skin Sagging and Minimize Pore Size.
The results from Chemical Peel can be amazing, however due to the strength of the acid, it is not suitable for everyone. The effectiveness is also more visible on lighter skin tone individuals.
Compared to HydraFacial (where it is suitable for all skin types), Chemical Peel have quite a few restrictions. Skin disorders such as eczema, dermatitis, rosacea, or psoriasis are not recommended. It will be wise to consult a medical professional before deciding.
(Mainly due to the the limitations on the different skin types)
3rd Contender: Fractional Radio Frequency (Micro Needling) vs HydraFacial
Fractional Radio Frequency (RF) relies on delivering micro needle at the dermis layer of your skin. The gold tip needle deliver heat energy promoting collagen production & pores reduction.
There are also types of Fractional RF (AGNES) that are effective against chronic cystic acne. The radio frequency energy can target hyperactive sebaceous glands to permanently destroy it. Without the sebaceous glands, there will not be any infection, hence, no acne.
They drawback of Fractional RF is that it is more focused on acne scars treatment rather than clearing sebum & congestion. Destroying the sebaceous glands with AGNES could potentially cause long term dryness on the skin. The AGNES treatment is also relatively painful.
(More focused on acne scars & potential side effects)
4th Contender:LED Light Therapy vs HydraFacial
The Light-Emitting Diode (LED) light technology penetrates deep into the skin layer reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improving uneven skin tone, targeting active acne and skin rejuvenation. The healing properties of the LED Light Therapy makes it the perfect compliment to invasive & non invasive skin treatments.
LED Light Therapy consists of 3 lights promoting different effects:
- Red Light: Targets wrinkles, rosacea, and sun damage.
- Blue Light: Targets acne bacteria that cause acne lesions. By removing the bacteria, this treatment reduces active acne.
- Yellow Light: Increase wound healing, collagen induction, skin hydration & rejuvenation.
The LED treatment usually takes 10 to 20 minutes depending on conditions. The process of Light Therapy does not involve a physical extraction or infusion, therefore it is more suited to enhance the effects of HydraFacial (or any invasive or non invasive procedures.
Being a non invasive, safe, natural & painless treatment, it be can be tailored to suit your individual skin goals.
(More focused on acne scars & potential side effects)
Final Contender: Carbon Laser Peel vs HydraFacial
Carbon Laser Peel is a pain free, no downtime treatment suitable for:
- Oily skin
- Congested pore
- Active acne
- Enlarged Pores
A true contender to the HydraFacial targeting at the same skin problems. The main difference between the two treatment is that HydraFacial is more focused on skin hydration while Carbon Laser Peel targets skin restoration.
Being a non ablative treatment, the Carbon Laser Peel can penetrate into deep layers without damaging the top layers resulting in healthy collagen production. This laser procedure is suitable for all ages and all skin types.
Skin issues such as age spots and dark spots, fade freckles, reduce wrinkles and fine lines can also be targeted. Being a medical aesthetic treatment, Carbon Laser Peel can cost slightly more expensive than HydraFacial.
(Both treatments targets the same issues without advantages over each other.)
Price Comparison – The most valuable treatment
Aesthetic treatments in Singapore is extremely competitive. Many clinics / medispa are selling the same treatments, therefore, prices are generally very transparent. Most of the time, it boils down to the location, service, knowledge and reputation of doctors.
The typical costs of the treatments are as followed:
HydraPeel: $150 – $250 (First trial at $68)
Microdermabrasion: $70 – $120
Chemical Peel: $130 – $250 (First trial at $68)
Fractional RF: $580 – $900 (First trial at $300)
LED Light Therapy: $60 – $100 (First trial at $50)
Carbon Laser Peel: $259 – $550 (First Trial $180)
Although cost is always a deciding factor for skin treatments, the most important decision is choosing the right treatment for your skin problem. At Bio Aesthetic Medispa, we want our customers to try the treatment at a trial price before committing long term. Only by experiencing the options available, you can decide which treatment suits you best.