Until recently, going to the doctor’s office for a facial wasn’t an option it wasn’t even on the radar. People were used to seeing facials on spa menus or at salons but never at the doctor’s office.
Well, things have changed. Today, local skin doctors such as dermatologists, plastic surgeons, primary care offices, and health and wellness clinics also offer this popular spa service.
You must note, however, that medical facials tend to be a lot less luxurious than Classic European facials, but they are also much more effective.
A medical facial focuses on results rather than relaxation. They give more attention to severe skin problems and deep exfoliation, which will ultimately renew the surface of your skin.
Just like classical spa facials, medical facials are custom-tailored to your skin’s needs and generally follow the same series of steps—cleansing, exfoliating, extractions, and moisturizing—but you will find that medical facials kick it up a notch on the intensity level.
This facial provides a clinical approach to treatment and prioritizes the outcome over a relaxing spa-like experience.
Medical facials are typically performed within a cosmetic doctor’s office and use medical-grade products and tools. For example, a medical facial aesthetician can use a 70% glycolic peel, whereas a 40% glycolic peel is the strongest you will find in a classic spa.
Medical facials may incorporate other popular options like dermaplaning, which uses a surgical knife to remove the top layer of skin, or even use microcurrent, ultrasound, and radio waves for firming and lifting the skin.
Medical facials can also be used as a safe and nurturing complement to other noninvasive treatments such as injectable dermal fillers or laser resurfacing.
When used alongside these treatments, medical facials can help prepare your skin for the treatment and improve results post-treatment.
An additional bonus to getting a medical facial at a doctor’s office or health and wellness center is that your cosmetic doctor can coordinate directly with your medical aesthetician to create the ultimate game plan.
The first thing to note is that medical facials are less relaxing than classic European facials. They are more intense and vigorous— but the results you will see afterward are worth it.
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, and massage your skin. During the treatment, they will also incorporate treatments like:
Because medical facials use a wide variety of methods, tools, and products, we can customize them to accommodate a variety of skin needs. Medical facials can address aging, dehydration, sun damage, and acne-prone skin, so if you want to address these issues, a medical facial is perfect for you.
People who have severe acne, who are taking Accutane, or who have chronic rosacea should avoid facials and consult their dermatologist before seeking treatments.
Pregnant women, people with heart conditions, or people who take blood thinners should avoid microcurrent therapy and photorejuvenation (IPL), which are often included as part of a medical facial.
It’s important to discuss any allergies or skin sensitivities with your cosmetic doctor or aesthetician before starting a treatment.
Medical facials generally take 30 to 90 minutes.
You can expect to pay anywhere from $175 to $500 depending on the:
When you walk out of the treatment room, you will immediately notice your skin looking smoother, tighter, brighter, and feeling more lifted and clear.
Results are cumulative. The more consistent you are with getting facials, the better your skin will look and feel. Most aestheticians suggest getting a medical facial once a month for optimal results.
If monthly facials are cost or time-prohibitive, getting treatments quarterly is very beneficial too. And if that’s not a possibility sneak one in whenever possible- it’ll give your regular skincare routine the perfect boost.
The answer depends on the method your practitioner uses or if you are using the medical facial alongside another non-invasive treatment.
When performed by an experienced aesthetician, the only side effects that you may experience are that your skin may feel slightly warm and appear red.
Do your research in advance. Read reviews online. Ask your friends who they go to for their facials. Make sure the person you select is a board-certified dermatologist or licensed aesthetician who practices under the supervision of a trusted cosmetic doctor.
Don’t let the term “facial” fool you. Getting a medical facial is no relaxing trip to the spa. It’s more like boot camp for your skin.
Medical facials are all about the business of renewing your skin and making you look your best. There is a trade-off, but the above-average results make the lack of pampering an even trade. If you have specific skin concerns, a medical facial is the best option for improvement.
At Neighborhood Wellness, we are not only committed to treating your medical symptoms, but we are also firm believers in helping you look your best!
Our licensed and highly-skilled estheticians are committed to enhancing your natural beauty through a variety of services. We are committed to creating relationships with our clients so that we can support you on your path to renewed confidence and zest for life!
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