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What are facials?

Facials are noninvasive, cosmetic procedures that can improve the appearance, tone, and texture of your face with even one treatment.

How do facials work?

By using a variety of products and techniques uniquely designed to match your skin’s specific needs, facials can remove dead skin cells, debris, and other contaminants that can leave skin looking dull and mottled. By improving circulation, your complexion can appear clearer and more radiant, and in some cases, specific conditions such as mild non-inflammatory acne and severely dry or oily skin can be successfully treated when facials are repeated regularly.

What areas of the body do facials treat?

Facials and the products they use have been specifically designed to treat the delicate skin of the face and neck. However, there are similar products and treatments geared specifically to treat other areas, including the hands, neck, chest, and shoulders.

What are the advantages of facials over other similar treatments?

Facials are relaxing and soothing, and do not involve discomfort or recovery time that may be associated with other procedures. Facials can be used on nearly all skin types at nearly all ages, and can be used to complement more expensive procedures to extend the results of those procedures.

Who is a candidate for facials?

Facials can be an ideal treatment for nearly any person of nearly any age, from young teenagers to seniors looking to improve their complexions. Individuals with active acne may want to discuss their facials with their dermatologists before undergoing treatment, as some products may cause irritation, especially when used in conjunction with acne products (like Retin A and other vitamin A products).

How are facials performed?

Facials involve a series of specific treatments, each one designed to complement the preceding treatment. In most cases, professional facials begin with a thorough and deep cleansing to remove many of the impurities trapped in the skin’s pores, including dirt, oil, and other pollutants. Once your skin is clean, your clinician can use a magnifier and a bright light to see specific areas of your skin, identifying the conditions that need to be treated. Once these conditions are identified, the clinician can develop a program using products best suited to your skin type. The next step involves exfoliation, a gentle, abrading process that removes the dead skin cells on the skin’s surface. Exfoliation allows fresh, new, vibrant skin to emerge, resulting in a clearer complexion. In some cases, the clinician may also use a special process to extract blackheads and whiteheads, unclogging pores and preventing the development of more serious acne. Following exfoliation and extraction, your skin will be massaged to increase circulation and loosen any remaining debris. Next, the skin is soothed and cleansed even more deeply with a mask. Masks are available to treat both oily and dry skin, and your clinician may use more than one type of mask to treat your skin. Masks are also used to replenish the skin’s natural nutrients and to moisturize skin. The mask may be followed by a toner to complete the treatment and leave skin feeling soft and smooth.

How often should facials be performed?

Because the results of facials are temporary, to achieve the most consistent results and the most benefits, they should be performed every few weeks. Most clinicians recommend undergoing a facial about once a month.

What is the recovery like?

There is no downtime or recovery time associated with facials, and most individuals report feeling much more relaxed and rested following their treatment.

What will the results be like?

Following your facial, your skin will feel softer and smoother and your skin tone will be brighter and fresher. Most individuals report results lasting for several weeks. Repeated treatments can prolong these results.

Are facials covered by insurance companies?

No, facials are an elective cosmetic procedure, and are not covered by most major medical insurance companies.

Disclaimer: This information is intended only as an introduction to this procedure. This information should not be used to determine whether you will have the procedure performed nor does it guarantee results of your elective surgery. Further details regarding surgical standards and procedures should be discussed with your physician.

By Staff
Updated: February 24, 2010

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