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Having a facial can be a rewarding, pleasurable experience that can be much more than just a relaxation session. Maybe you are looking to target acne scars, visible signs of sun damage, or lines and wrinkles. Or it could be you are wanting to nourish sensitive skin, remove dead skin or gain a more youthful appearance. The fact is, facial treatments can address these problems and many others, and can be a wonderful way to refresh your skin and feel rejuvenated, inside and out.

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The Skinny

Having a facial can be a rewarding, pleasurable experience. Taking some time out of your busy routine to relax in a hotel spa and enjoy some pampering and skin treatment is a luxurious treat. Combine it with an add-on such as a shoulder massage or back treatment, and you will undoubtedly leaver feeling rejuvenated and refreshed.

That being said, a facial can be much more than just a relaxation session. It can be a skin care treatment tailored to your requirements. Maybe you are looking to target specific problems such as acne scars, visible signs of sun damage, or lines and wrinkles. Or it might be that you are wanting to nourish sensitive skin, remove dead skin or gain a more youthful appearance. The fact is, facial treatments can address these problems and many others and can be a wonderful way to refresh your skin and feel rejuvenated, inside and out.

Whatever your reason or motive for having a facial treatment, having a professional facial can bring so many benefits. Whether it is to improve your appearance or treat specific skin conditions or to enjoy a relaxing spa day for peace-of-mind and relaxation, a facial is an ideal solution for many people interested in cosmetic facial treatments.

If you are considering this skin care treatment option, there are many different types of facials to choose from. This overview will focus on three popular facial treatments: JetPeel™, HydraFacial®, and SilkPeel™ facials, and can help you to decide if one of them is right for you.

The Specifics


It’s no secret that a good daily skin care routine is essential for maintaining a youthful appearance and healthy skin. When it comes to facial treatments, options are aplenty—from drugstore brands and beauty store treatments, and expensive salon facials. There are even DIY facials that you can make yourself, with ordinary ingredients you probably have in your kitchen—like oatmeal, avocado, honey, or yogurt.

A facial is generally considered to be a skin treatment that can include steam, facial masks, exfoliation, deep cleansing, facial massage and a variety of creams and lotions. As readily available as they may be, it’s no secret that a professional facial can provide results far beyond what you might expect from a DIY treatment at home. Every once in a while, or even regularly, it’s good to leave your skin treatments to the professionals and schedule a real facial at a beauty salon or a spa.

There are a great number of facial treatments offered by reputable spa and clinics, and the facial that you need depends on your skin type and skin issues. Problems such as dead skin, fine lines, dark circles, acne scars, and sensitive skin can all be improved and treated with the right type of facial. The results of the best facials leave you with deep cleansed, healthy skin and a nourished skin tone.

In this article, we will focus on three specific facial treatments - SilkPeel, HydraFacial®, and JetPeel™. We will consider the benefits, drawbacks, and results of each type of treatment, as well as some of the technical details of each procedure. Read on to learn more about these three facials and discover which one is the right treatment for you.

Who is the Ideal Candidate?

Facial treatments are suitable for most people. However, there are some important things to consider before choosing a facial. Always discuss the matter with a dermatologist or skin care expert before embarking on a procedure.

SilkPeel™: The ideal candidate for SilkPeel facial has fine lines, minor skin discolorations or imperfections, and is looking to rejuvenate the skin. Most people are candidates for SilkPeel as it is designed for all skin types and treats acne prone skin, oily skin, dry skin, wrinkles, signs of aging, and sunspots.

HydraFacial™: The ideal candidate for Hydrafacial has fine lines, minor skin discolorations, and is looking to rejuvenate the skin. Most people are candidates for HydraFacial as it is designed for all skin types. Even the most sensitive skin easily tolerates the HydraFacial treatment.

JetPeel™: The ideal candidate for JetPeel™ is looking for a needle-free alternative for treatments for under eye circles, hyperhidrosis, blackheads, milia, and PRP. JetPeel can also be used in pre-treatment for IPL and radiofrequency to exfoliate the skin for a more consistent procedure, as well as a needle-free way to administer the pre-procedure anesthetic. Infusing JetPeel™ with vitamins and peptides also promotes healing and enhances treatment results after post-ablative fractional laser treatments.

Who Are These Types of Facial Treatments Not Recommended for?

Certain facial treatments are not suitable for everyone, and it’s important to note any allergies or skin conditions before your treatment to avoid potential allergic reactions or complications. Some prescription medications are not compatible with facial procedures, so it’s important to check beforehand.

Here’s a breakdown of some of the reasons why each of these procedures may not be suitable for your condition:

SilkPeel™: SilkPeel™ is not recommended for candidates who are looking to treat more severe skin issues such as scarring or heavy wrinkling, and other conditions.

HydraFacial™: HydraFacial™ is also not recommended for candidates who are looking to treat more severe skin issues, like scarring, heavy wrinkling, and other conditions. Hydrafacial™ is also not recommended for candidates who are currently taking Accutane.

JetPeel™: JetPeel™ is not recommended for candidates with pustular acne or who are taking Accutane®.

What is the Goal of the Procedure?

While facials can bring visible improvements to improve the quality of a person’s skin, they can also be limited in what they can achieve, so it’s important to have realistic expectations about the treatment you have. Having a clear idea in mind of what kind of results you can expect to attain with each of these procedures will help you enjoy the process and feel more satisfied with the results.

Here are some of the benefits that you can expect with each one of these procedures:

SilkPeel™: The goal of a SilkPeel™ facial is to improve the appearance of the skin, giving patients younger, more rejuvenated looking skin.

HydraFacial™: A HydraFacial™ aims to give a more youthful appearance and a fresher complexion.

JetPeel™: The goal of JetPeel™ is to offer patients a needle-free, no-downtime, alternative to treatments for under eye circles, hyperhidrosis, blackheads, milia, and PRP.

Is Anesthesia Required?

Many cosmetic procedures require anesthesia to mask the pain. This is not such an issue for facials.

Usually, no anesthesia is given for SilkPeel™, HydraFacial™ and JetPeel™ facials. All three procedures are not painful, so anesthetic is not normally required.

Before Treatment Care

Good preparation is an important step before receiving any type of treatment. Following guidelines given by the experts can maximize the results and prevent unnecessary complications.

For SilkPeel™ and HydraFacial™ treatments, discontinue the use of any Isotretinoin products for 6 months before treatment. Discontinue topical Retin-A or generic tretinoin, waxing, benzoyl peroxide, and salicylic acid products, and exfoliating treatments for at least 48 hours before and after treatment. Refrain from any chemical resurfacing and laser treatments for 1 month before and after treatment. Avoid excessive sun exposure for 72 hours before and after treatment. For men, shaving is not recommended on the day of treatment.

One week before a JetPeel™ treatment, do not tan or use a self-tanner, do not use aggressive scrubs or masks, do not get Botox® or injectable fillers. Discontinue prescription strength Retin-A 1 week before treatment.

After Treatment Care

It is crucial to follow any after treatment advice closely. This will aid the healing process and give better results.

For SilkPeel™ and HydraFacial™ treatments, injections can be resumed in 24 hours. Waxing and depilatories can be resumed in 48 hours. Avoid heat (hot showers, sauna, and intense cardio) for 24 hours. If you do not need make-up for the evening of treatment, wait until the next morning. Topical prescription medications can be resumed in 48 hours. OTC acne medications may be resumed in 48 hours.

After a JetPeel™, use gentle, non-exfoliating, non-comedogenic cleansers. Wash your face with clean hands instead of washcloths or sponges which may be harboring bacteria. Skip toner for the first few washes after a facial as the astringent ingredients will sting the skin. Use a non-chemical sunscreen (such as a titanium-oxide based sunscreen) to protect the skin for at least a week. Avoid using non-sterile makeup applicators on your face or touching your hands to your skin too often following a facial that includes extraction.

What Kind of Results Can I Expect From My Facial?

While acials can do wonders to rejuvenate and freshen up the skin, the results are not permanent and will need to be repeated to get the best results. The number of treatments required and at what intervals will depend on the type of facial you’re going to have, and the quality of your skin.

Both HydraFacial™ and SilkPeel™ facials require two to six treatments at one-month intervals for optimum results. For JetPeel™ facials, three to five treatments are recommended, each one to be spaced three weeks apart. Results are noticeable after the first treatment and become more dramatic with each treatment afterward.

Once the desired results are achieved after the recommended, the initial series of treatments is completed, regular upkeep is necessary to maintain the results and see continued benefits. For SilkPeel™ facials, regular maintenance treatments are recommended once a month. HydraFacial™ is less frequent, with upkeep treatments suggested every five to seven months, and JetPeel™ facial results can be maintained every six months.

What are the Potential Side Effects?

Side effects of facials are not usually serious or long-lasting but should be taken into account before treatment commences. All patients that decide to have facial treatments should speak with their licensed beauty professional about the process. Your licensed beauty professional will be able to inform you about the potential side effects that you can expect to experience, taking into account your medical background, skin type, allergy profile, and various other factors unique to your situation.

In any case, here are some of the more common side effects that you may experience when having one of the following facial treatments:

SilkPeel™: Side effects of SilkPeel™ can include discomfort during treatment, redness, and risk of hyperpigmentation if exposed to the sun after treatment.

HydraFacial™: Side effects from Hydrafacial™ may include temporary redness and tightness in the treated area.

JetPeel™: Side effects from JetPeel™ may include temporary redness in the treated area.

What is the Cost of Treatment?

The cost of facial treatments will vary depending on certain factors, such as what type of treatment is chosen and the frequency of treatments.

For SilkPeel™ facials, the cost per treatment is $100-$200. A HydraFacial™ treatment will cost around $150-$300 per treatment. For JetPeel™ facials, the cost per treatment is $100-$450.

What are SilkPeel, HydraFacial, and JetPeel Facials?

Before receiving any type of cosmetic procedure, one of the first things to find out is what options are available and what each one involves. As already mentioned, there are many different facials to choose from, so learning the basics of each one will help you to make an informed decision.

While the options for facial treatments are endless, we’ve focused on the following popular treatments: SilkPeel™, JetPeel™, and HydraPeel for this article. These treatments are widely considered to be some of the most effective treatments for those seeking a non-invasive, powerful facial that strives to mimic the results one might get from more involved and costlier procedures performed by dermatologists and plastic surgeons.

While facials are generally mild in comparison to laser skin resurfacing, chemical peels, and even microdermabrasion, they are still quite effective in rejuvenating and refreshing the skin.

So what are these facials, and why do they stand out from so many others on the market today? Read on to learn a bit about each of them, and what you can expect to achieve from each procedure.

SilkPeel Facial™: SilkPeel™ Dermalinfusion is a skin resurfacing treatment that simultaneously exfoliates and removes dead skin cells using suction. At the same time, it also applies serums to treat specific skin conditions. In a SilkPeel™ facial, a vacuum is used to exfoliate the skin and open the pores. Once the pores have been opened, the dermis is penetrated with a serum that works to nourish the skin and improve its appearance.

HydraFacial™: HydraFacial™ combines cleaning, extracting, and depositing serums into the skin. Also known as “hydradermabrasion,” this treatment vacuums dead skin cells and unclogs pores. After being treated by the vacuum exfoliation, hydrating serums are applied to the face. These hydrating serums are often customized to suit each client. HydraFacial™ can be used to address common skin issues like dull and dry skin, wrinkles, fine lines, and acne. To achieve the desired results, though, multiple treatments may be needed.

JetPeel™: JetPeel™ is a powerful, high-pressure stream of microdroplets that infuses the skin with a nourishing cocktail of nutrients, serums, and other customized components, tailored to each patient. It can be used for no-needle numbing before procedures as well as a dermal nutrient infusion to correct a variety of skin conditions.

What Can I Expect During My Appointment for a Facial?

Each facial treatment and procedure involves a combination of highly-advanced methods to deliver the desired results. These methods have been refined and improved over time by experts to provide safe and effective treatment. Here’s what you can expect when having one of these facials at a reputable spa or clinic, and how they work to make your skin feel fresh and rejuvenated after treatment.

SilkPeel™ To begin the SilkPeel™ procedure, the specialist cleans the face to remove any makeup, dirt, or other debris that has built up on the skin. Next, the SilkPeel™ handpiece is applied to the skin and moved along the treatment area. The pneumatic chamber at the handpiece tip creates closed-loop suction onto the skin upon contact. This instantly lifts the skin for extraction and abrasion by a recessed exfoliating diamond tip. At the same time, pneumatic pressure infuses the skin with ingredient-rich serums. The process takes place simultaneously, not sequentially. SilkPeel eliminates time-gaps between exfoliation and serum application for optimal skin receptivity and retention.

HydraFacial™ The first step in a HydraFacial™ is a specialized vortex cleansing and hydra-peel exfoliation. This process is designed to gently cleanse the skin while removing a layer of dead skin cells from the surface. The second step involves using a non-irritating mix of both salicylic acid and glycolic acids to help loosen deep pore debris and dirt, which may help prevent the formation of the pustules involved in acne. The third step uses painless vortex extraction providing strong vacuum suction to automatically remove blackheads and other impurities. The fourth step applies vortex fusion, delivering a pro-antioxidant formula with potent peptides and hyaluronic acid into the skin, to detoxify, rejuvenate, and fortify it.

JetPeel™ Jetpeel™ is a comprehensive and highly innovative process that infuses the patient’s skin with a medicated solution customized to suit their specific needs. The solution is pushed 4.5 mm. deep into the skin with a high-pressure, aerosol spray of microdroplets, using the following processes:

  • Lymphatic Drainage: JetPeel’s cooling jet stream of micro-droplets effectively stimulates the skin’s micro-circulation and oxygenation, while removing accumulated toxins and edema.
  • Exfoliation and Deep Cleaning: The aerosol stream cleanses pores while, at the same time, hydrating the skin. Even stubborn impurities such as comedones are removed without injury to the epidermis.
  • 3-D Chemical Peel: Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids are gently infused to “unglue” the bonds holding dull, dead skin on the surface. Simultaneously, the skin’s pH is changed to a slightly acidic environment that keeps out harmful bacteria and prepares the skin for the absorption of skin nutrients.
  • Infusion of Medications and Skin Nutrients: During this final step, the aerosol jet stream of skin nutrients and medications are aimed at a 90-degree angle to the skin for maximum penetration. Hyaluronic acid, peptides, vitamins, stem cells (plant and analogous), hair restoration products or medications can be delivered deep into the skin.

What is the Recovery Like?

The recovery process is virtually non-existent after a facial treatment. However, some SilkPeel™, HydraFacial™ and JetPeel™ patients experience redness and tightness for up to a few hours after the procedure. This is normal and will soon disappear.

Recovery time after a skin care treatment is very fast. For SilkPeel™, HydraFacial™ and JetPeel™ treatments, patients can expect a maximum recovery time of one day.

Even though recovery times are generally fast and complication-free, there is always a slight risk that an adverse reaction to occur. Though your skincare professional should help reduce the risk of any complications, patients should still take care to schedule their facial treatments at least a few days before any important occasion or social event, just in case.

The Takeaway

The Pros and Cons of SilkPeel, JetPeel, and HydraFacial Treatments

Facial treatments offer many benefits when carried out on the right candidate. While mild and non-invasive, these types of treatments can stand out when compared to harsh, invasive, and aggressive therapies like laser resurfacing, chemical peels, and facelift surgeries.

The procedures are cost-efficient, fast, and can be completed without a high risk of adverse complications. You’ll also be able to return to your normal, everyday activities very quickly, sometimes even within the same day of treatment.

While results are excellent, especially over a series of treatments, the downside to these procedures is generally the temporary nature of the results. The cost of long-term facial treatments can add up, and ceasing treatment in the middle of a series can affect the overall quality of the results you’ll see.

Facials can greatly help to improve the look of your skin temporarily, but results can be too subtle--especially if your skin is in very poor condition at the start of treatment. Furthermore, facials are not effective or recommended for those with severe skin issues, including acne scarring, stretch marks, or deep wrinkling.

While the general effectiveness of a facial can be very beneficial, especially when performed in a series of treatments, patients will need to weigh the cost benefit for these procedures and compare them with other treatments like microdermabrasion, or more invasive procedures like laser skin resurfacing. While those treatments may tend to cost more and have a longer list of side effects and risks, the patient might be more satisfied with those procedures and the longer-lasting range of benefits they provide, than what they’ll achieve with facials.

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