The classic spa facial. Maybe they are something you splurge on while you’re on vacation. Or perhaps you get one before a big special event. Or maybe you’ve even committed to a consistent skincare regimen, and you’ve been going to the spa to get facials for years now. But are you happy with the results? Are there still a few things about your skin that don’t seem to be responding to classic spa facial treatments? It may be time to upgrade. Have you thought about trying a medical grade facial?
You may have heard that medical grade facials can be a lot less luxurious than a classic spa facial— and who wants to go to a doctor’s office for a facial? If results are what you are looking for, you do. Medical grade facials focus on results rather than relaxation. They pay more attention to serious skin problems and deep exfoliation, which means that they are also much more effective than those classic facials you’ve been pampering yourself with.
If you’re ready to learn how medical grade facials can help reduce signs of aging and increase skin rejuvenation, read on.
What Should I Expect When I Get a Medical Grade Facial?
First off, this isn’t a facial that you will get at a typical spa. As we have already noted, medical grade facials are more intense and rigorous than classic European facials, but the results you will see afterward are worth it.
Medical facials are administered by skin doctors such as dermatologists, plastic surgeons, medical aestheticians, and other trained providers in their offices, primary care offices, or health and wellness clinics. They use medical grade products and tools, which may be more concentrated than the consumer-grade ones.
The basics are the same. Upon arrival, the aesthetician will conduct a quick consultation and determine the best course of action for your skin. They will then cleanse, steam, exfoliate, moisturize, and massage your skin. The difference here is that medical facials turn up the intensity level by using a clinical approach to treatment and prioritizing the outcome over a relaxing spa-like experience.
They will also incorporate treatments during the facial including microdermabrasion, dermaplaning, chemical peels, microcurrent, LED light therapy, or photo rejuvenation (IPL). Other popular options like ultrasound or radio waves may also be incorporated as part of the facial for firming and lifting the skin.
One benefit of getting a medical facial at a doctor’s office or health and wellness center is that your cosmetic doctor can work with your medical aesthetician to create the perfect skin care plan that combines a medical facial with noninvasive treatments such as injectable dermal fillers or laser resurfacing.
Medical Grade Facials: Are They Right for Me?
A variety of skin types and skin needs can be addressed with medical facials because they utilize a wide range of methods, tools, and products that can be customized. If you are struggling with aging skin, fine lines and wrinkles, dehydration, sun damage, and acne-prone skin, a medical facial is perfect for you.
If you have severe acne, are taking Accutane, or have chronic rosacea, you should avoid medical facials and consult your dermatologist about the best options for you.
Also, if you are pregnant, have heart conditions, or take blood thinners, you should avoid microcurrent therapy and photorejuvenation (IPL), which are often included as part of a medical facial. If you have any concerns in this area, talk it over with your doctor or medical aesthetician.
As always, it’s important to discuss any allergies or skin sensitivities with your cosmetic doctor or aesthetician before starting a treatment.
How Much Time do I need to set aside for a Treatment?
Most medical grade facials take 30 to 90 minutes.
How Much Does a Medical Facial Cost?
On average medical facials cost $175 to $500 depending on which products, tools, and treatments are included.
You Said the Results Are Worth it so What Results Can I Expect?
The results will be immediate. Your skin will look smoother, sags and wrinkles will be tighter, skin tone will be brighter, and overall your face will feel more lifted and clear.
What Kind of Commitment do I Need to Make for the Best Results?
As with classic facials, results are cumulative. The more often and consistently you get facials, the better your skin will look and feel long term. Many estheticians suggest getting a medical facial once a month for optimal results. Once a month maybe cost or time-prohibitive for you, but never fear, getting treatments quarterly is very beneficial too.
Since It’s More Intense Should I Expect Any Side Effects?
Side effects are determined by what methods are used in your facial or if you are using the medical facial alongside another noninvasive treatment.
Generally speaking, when performed by an experienced aesthetician, the only side effects that you may experience from your medical grade facial is that your skin may feel slightly warm and appear red.
I Want to Make Sure I Get a Good Facial. How do I Decide Where to Go?
Take the time to do your research, read online reviews, and talk with your friends. And most importantly, choose a board-certified dermatologist or licensed aesthetician who practices under the supervision of a trusted cosmetic doctor.
The skin is the largest organ in your body, and it is more complicated than it appears. Getting relaxing facials while vacationing at a resort spa is excellent for pampering, but if you are ready to get down to business, you need to find a local esthetician who can get to know your skin over time. If you are ready to upgrade to a more potent and highly concentrated facial to address your skin care needs, contact us today for an appointment!