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HydraFacial Review

is a Solution for:
Dry Skin, Dull Skin, Large Pores, Oily Skin
April 1, 2013 Reviewed by admin 8 Comments
TRU Rating
An effective treatment if handled by an experienced esthetician


Improves skin texture


Takes several intense treatments

The HydraFacial treatment (aka hydradermabrasion) has been gaining popularity in the spa industry and been featured in many trade publications. The HydraFacial was performed on the reality show The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. And while I don’t watch reality television (does CNBC count?), my research revealed the facial was a success at the housewives’ in-house spa party. The treatment was also demonstrated on the show The Doctors in an episode declaring water as the No.1 secret to living longer and looking younger. The facial has also been featured on various news channels as an effective anti-aging procedure.

How Does HydraFacial Work?

The HydraFacial reportedly exfoliates while simultaneously hydrating skin and is known to be quick (approximately 15 minutes) and painless, usually with immediate, visible effects after one treatment. It is marketed as a specialized facial designed for all skin types, even sensitive skin (not rosacea), and treats a variety of skin issues, including acne (not cystic), fine lines and hyperpigmentation. There is no skin irritation or downtime and the smoothness and hydration should last five to seven days. A study conducted on the efficacy of hydradermabrasion (backed by the manufacturer, Edge Systems) reported clinical improvements to facial tone and texture, less dyschromia (skin discoloration) and fewer fine lines. Curious to see if the treatment lived up to the hype, I decided to try it out.

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My HydraFacial Experience

My HydraFacial was performed in the office of NY plastic surgeon, Dr. Amiya Prasad, who incidentally, has administered HydraFacials to the The Real Housewives of Jericho). As I was in a medical office and not a spa, I received a no-frills treatment, completed in less than 20 minutes. Timewise, the HydraFacial is an ideal procedure for me - I find it difficult to sit still through a manicure.

The HydraFacial is a serum-based resurfacing system administered via a trademarked machine. There is an assortment of proprietary serums consisting of AHA/BHA acids, antioxidants, peptides and vitamin-infused hyaluronic acid. The serums used during the facial depend on skin type and conditions. The procedure employs two types of exfoliation: a gentle version of crystal-free microdermabrasion and a mild, pneumatic chemical peel. Skin is hydrated throughout the facial with water infused with antioxidants and vitamins dispensed from a wand connected to the system. Each step in the facial uses a different HydroPeel tip attached to the wand. The resurfacing tip is placed directly on the skin’s surface and physically exfoliates the skin while simultaneously delivering active serums to chemically exfoliate. Manual extractions are not performed. Similar to microdermabrasion, there is a vacuum motion from the wand that is used throughout the facial with the exception of the last step, which is purely hydration.

Overall, I enjoyed the HydraFacial and was happy with the results. My face was incredibly smooth, soft and well hydrated. There was no downtime, and I was able to go straight to a meeting right after the facial. It does improve skin texture and I found the exfoliation to be gentle, yet effective. I felt my at-home products also penetrated better after the treatment. The hydration from the facial lasted for a few days - longer than after a traditional facial. However, I think it would take several intense treatments to have an effect on acne, fine lines, or hyperpigmentation. It’s likely that even sensitive skin types can benefit from this facial, but I believe the results would largely depend on the skills and experience of the person administering the treatment. Hence, I would recommend having the treatment at a spa or doctor’s office that has been using the system for some time. If you’d like to try the HydraFacial, locate a provider near you.

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  • May 23, 2018

    by mari

    do this at your own risk. Beware the side effect - enlarged pores and glands for months. It has been 9 months and they haven't gone back to normal. Even scarier, an inexperienced and allegedly "certified" esthetician may poorly or roughly perform the procedure or perform it too fast and go TOO DEEP with extractions when your pores aren't open, leaving you scarred, like me. Ideally, it takes a half hour - but your esthetician is probably going to try to throw something else in there and so will be trying to beat the clock - this can be very painful because they are extracting or scraping your face off at warp speed. Due to the enlarged pours, it feels like my face is healing very slowly and that craters are forming where the esthetician pushed down on the machine to make it vaccuum very hard on my face. Worked on the Rosacea, but definitely not worth it to be left scarred and looking like I have flesh-eating bacteria in the enlarged pores.

  • May 28, 2015

    by Alexis

    Yes with a pacemaker you can receive the treatment. There is no electrical currents in the treatment. You can still receive a HydraFacial while taking cuimadin just be sure to write that on your consent form or tell your technician.
    The price of the treatment is now changing to a minimum of 150 across the board. You should try finding a provider in your area that offer package promotions.
    The service warrants its price. The technology behind the treatment is delivering greater results than anything else on the market. This is the only piece of equipment with our patented Vortex-FusionTM technology. This is how the serums are directly infused into the skin. The HydraFacial works within your skin not on top of it. The HydraFacial was just voted Best In Office Facial Treatment in New Beauty magazine. It truly leaves you glowing.

  • May 27, 2015

    by Gretchen

    129! I've not seen it less than 150. I've only had one or two but I love it and would go back more if I could afford it.

  • April 27, 2015

    by eleanor

    i have a pacemaker and on cuimadin. would this procedure be safe

  • July 10, 2013

    by Alexis

    It is very common for the prices to vary depending on the area that you are in. This device is well worth it for owners and for clients! It delivers immediate results that will last 7- 14 days! With NO pain and NO discomfort! Plus its for all skin types! The HydraFacial out preforms any other service in the industry. I am an aesthetician and have been using the HydraFacial for years now. I love the results both my clients and I get! All of the price points you are mentioning are very average if not on the lower end of the scale. Carolyn that is a very good price for the HydraFacial! I am also a representative for the HydraFacial and I go to many different offices. The prices stated above like I said are on the lower end they are very fair.

  • May 28, 2013

    by Marina

    $129.00 it's a good pice for HydraFacial, i pay $160.00 per treatment ind i think for the results i have its worth the money i pay.

  • April 3, 2013

    by Larry

    That price is a little bit higher that normal. The price is probably to offset machine cost which is well over 20K. My wife is a master esthetician and an administrator at a beauty school and there cost is lower due to treatments being student performed. The great part of this machine is that student or master the machine is simple to use and provides great results. It by far the best treatment I have had performed on me.

  • March 12, 2013

    by Carolyn

    My doctor charges $129.00 for this treatment and I don't reallly think a few days benefit is worth it. Is this price normal.

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