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What Can I Expect After a HydraFacial?

Updated: Nov 28, 2023

Are you wondering what to expect after you have your HydraFacial? Maybe you're curious if there's any downtime or if your skin will look any different, or if you can go back to your day afterwards.

Well in this article you'll learn exactly what to expect after a HydraFacial. We promise that by the end of this post, you'll be confident in what will happen after your treatment, so there are no surprises!

So, here's what to expect after your HydraFacial treatment...

What Happens On The Day of HydraFacial Treatment

You'll know after reading this that you can prepare to look amazing for an event with a HydraFacial. On the same day of treatment, your skin will be absolutely glistening with a hydrated and healthy glow; you'll be red carpet ready. What's even better is that there is no downtime so you can go about the rest of your day as usual and you can even wear make-up straight afterwards if you wish, though you might not need it!

You might notice a little redness on the treated area but don't worry as this should subside within 1-2 hours. There's quite a bit of "suction" on the surface of your skin as the HydraFacial works by using a vacuum-like tip. This will cause increased blood flow to the treated area (which is also great for your skin, actually) which causes some mild redness.

It's worth noting if you need a lot of manual extractions to get the best out of your treatment. If you've had manual extractions you will likely have some more post-treatment redness which may take 1-2 days to fully subside. Clients who are looking to prep for an event but need lots of manual extraction often opt to have the extractions a few days in advance and follow up with the HydraFacial on the event day.

The Week of Your HydraFacial Treatment

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One week on from your treatment and your skin will still look and feel healthy and hydrated, but of course, by now the dewy glistening look will have faded. Your skin has absorbed the active ingredients and you may even already notice benefits from your HydraFacial such as:

  • A plumper more "lifted" appearance.

  • Smooth and soft skin texture from reduced skin dehydration and dryness. We recommend you don't run your fingers along your skin too much at this stage, as tempting as it may be!

  • Reduced signs of aging such as early wrinkles.

  • Reduced visible hyperpigmentation, and a more even skin tone.

In some rare cases, your skin may still be red and sensitive a week after treatment, with some people even experiencing some mild puffiness, soreness, and breakouts:

  • If you're experiencing puffiness and/or soreness after your HydraFacial treatment then it's possible that your skin is reacting to one or a few of the acids used in the treatment. Your practitioner should take a history of adverse reactions and allergies prior to any treatment. Even so, oftentimes these reactions are undetected and unavoidable, especially if you've never had a skin treatment in the past. If you're experiencing an adverse reaction after your HydraFacial, don't panic and don't apply creams in an attempt to rectify it. Instead, contact your practitioner and they'll advise you on what to do and may invite you back to the clinic for a skin-calming procedure such as an LED light mask.

  • Breakouts after a HydraFacial, or many skin treatments, in fact, are normal. One of the benefits of treatment is to bring comedones and impurities to the surface of the skin. We know this can be irritating initially, but your skin will thank you in the long run. After a follow-up appointment to extract new breakouts, your skin will both look and actually be healthier in the long run.

What Happens 2 Weeks After Your HydraFacial Treatment

At the 2-week mark after treatment, your skin will have reaped the majority of the benefits from the HydraFacial. But it's coming up to the time you should be booking in your follow-up. This is a really important step, and could be:

  • A review of your skin's condition after your HydraFacial treatment to determine if you are ready to move up to a more powerful treatment for specific concerns.

  • Your next HydraFacial treatment, especially if you have very dry or dehydrated skin. Staying on top of this and making sure your skin has all the moisture it needs is absolutely key to maintaining your skin's appearance and health in the long run. Think about improving current conditions and preventing them from worsening.

  • A review of your response to the HydraFacial if you've had an adverse reaction. Your skin will likely have returned to normal, and you can work with your aesthetician to find out the cause of the reaction. This will help you to plan future treatments to get the best out of your skin whilst avoiding adverse events, and also learn about what to avoid in skincare products.

So there you have it; exactly what to expect from a HydraFacial treatment whether you have an incredible outcome or a not-so-great adverse reaction. No one treatment can do everything and no one treatment is right for everyone, so it can be a little difficult to find the right treatment for your skin to go away and do research for. You might want some advice from a professional, in that case, to make sure you're researching the right treatments. Click the button below and fill out the form to book your consultation with Dr Hala and find out the best treatments for your skin.

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