San Francisco Hydrafacial Treatment & Procedure

San Francisco Hydrafacial is non-invasive deep-cleansing facial and water resurfacing procedure. Learn about Hydrafacial advantages and disadvantages, cost and before & after photos. Find Hydrafacial treatment near me.

What Is Hydrafacial?

Calling itself “not a facial” in its marketing materials the Hydrafacial claims to be a painless skin boosting procedure. It combines water, suction and infusion of skin serums. Positioned as a gentler version of the popular microdermabrasion treatment, Hydrafacial uses water instead of crystals to suction away impurities from the pores. Hydrafacial benefits are said to be bolstered by customizable skincare products. During treatment special serums target lines, wrinkles and pigmentation while enhancing the skin’s outward appearance.

Hydrafacial is performed using a handpiece that resembles a standard microdermabrasion tip. Instead of dispensing tiny crystals, however, the mini Hydrafacial machine propels jets of fortified water onto the skin. Much like microdermabrasion, the Hydrafacial handpiece glides over the skin’s surface maintaining a certain pressure and suction at the same time. The company has developed a special protocol around the procedure. It’s designed to “cleanse & protect,” “extract & hydrate,” and “fuse & protect,” the skin though exfoliation, removal of debris and saturating the epidermis with antioxidants, peptides and moisturizers.

Drawbacks and Limitations

HydraFacial promises to deliver “instant and long-lasting results that you can see and feel.” The problem with this claim is that in order to affect real and permanent change in the skin, the products or devices would need to penetrate deep into the dermis. The Hydrafacial works superficially. In fact, any result from the treatment is due to the short-lived effects of having water pumped into the epidermis. Furthermore, the mechanical suction temporarily improves blood circulation and therefore the skin’s plumpness and appearance. Contrary to the company’s claims the Hydrafacial is just that – a facial. It may do a great job of cleaning out the pores and smoothing the surface but any anti-aging effects only last a day or two.

Azala Medical Aesthetics: Targeted Treatments with Lasting Results

Dr. Mosser and his team of experienced clinicians are committed to offering skin treatments and products that deliver long-lasting results. The clinic uses Sciton’s powerful Halo fractional laser and BroadBand BBL Intense Pulsed Light devices to address and correct a variety of complexion concerns. The Halo/BBL combination effectively treats fine lines, wrinkles, acne, acne scars, vascular issues, hyperpigmentation, sun damage and texture irregularities.

Additionally, the Vi Peel chemical peel offers two highly effective formulations for dealing with aging skin and pigmentation. These are TCA and Retin-A for deep exfoliation, acne and acne scars, lines and wrinkles. The other, called Precision Plus, is the ViPeel combined with Hydroquinone and Kojic acid. It addresses various other types of pigment-related concerns such as age spots, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and melasma.

After a certain level of correction has been achieved with either laser, BBL or Vi Peel, a good home care program consisting of medical-grade cleanser, toners, antioxidants, vitamin C and retinoid products from reputable brands such Obagi, SkinCeuticals and Neocutis can help maintain the skin’s health and appearance over the long-term.

For more detailed information on Halo Fractional Laser, BroadBand BBL or Vi Peel we invite you to schedule a consultation with Azala San Francisco today.

Halo & BBL Combo Treatments before and after photos male patient 3 months post 1 session

Halo & BBL Combo Treatments Male Patient 3 Months After 1 Session

Vi Peel Treatment before and after photos femake patient 5 months post 4 VI Precision Plus Peels

Vi Peel Treatment Female Patient 5 Months After 4 Sessions




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