what are medical grade facials

What Is a Medical Grade Facial?

As a person ages, the outward signs become obvious in the face and hands. Recent studies show that around 75 percent of women believe that their confidence is based on the way that their skin looks. Spa facials have become popular, and Allure magazine recommends getting a facial once a month.  

While spa facials can provide a relaxing experience and offer immediate, short-term benefits, they won’t offer lasting benefits to a person’s facial skin. A person who faces unwanted blemishes, dried patches, fine lines, and wrinkles want a more concrete solution, and a medical-grade facial might be the answer. 

This guide explores medical-grade facials, including types and benefits: 

What Are Medical Grade Facials?

A spa facial helps a person relax and cleanses their skin, while a medical-grade facial is a treatment for certain skin conditions and to correct imperfections in the person’s skin. A medical-grade facial is typically customized to the patient’s skin type and the results they want. 

During a medical-grade facial, the serums, creams, and lotions used on the skin can be prescription-grade. This means that a doctor must oversee the facial to prescribe the use of these products, although someone in the doctor’s office might perform parts of the facial. 

Someone, who is used to getting spa facials, may find the experience of a medical-grade facial varies wildly from one performed at a spa. The setting of a doctor’s office versus a spa will be one of the most obvious. 

The medical-grade facial might target specific areas of the face where treatment is needed, while a spa facial covers the entire face equally. During a medical-grade facial, the treatment isn’t only surface-deep. The treatment goes below the epidermis or the outermost layer of skin.

Between the prescription products and detailed work, the benefits of a medical-grade spa can be enjoyed and visible much longer than a spa facial. These facials need to be performed regularly to maintain the results.  

Types of Medical Grade Facials

The types of medical-grade facials available can vary from one medical practice to another. Some of the most common types of medical-grade facials include:

  • Medical peel: This is also referred to as a  glycolic peel, and most spas will offer a form of glycolic peel. However, a medical-grade facial will feature a peel with up to 70 percent glycolic acid, helping it strip away dead skin and reveal the natural skin underneath the imperfections. At a spa, the percentage of glycolic acid is around 30 percent.
  • Dermaplaning: A highly skilled technician takes a small blade to targeted areas of the face. This can remove dead skin and acne scars to reveal fresh skin underneath. This treatment is usually provided in conjunction with a medical peel. 
  • Hydrating facial: This facial begins with a thorough cleansing of the face and a light chemical peel. Light extraction removes blemishes and other imperfections in the skin. The final step uses hydration to nourish and replenish the skin. The types of creams, lotions, and serums used depend on the person’s skin and needs. 

A person interested in a medical-grade facial can discuss their goals and outcome with a provider to determine the type of medical-grade facial that is right for them. 

Types of Medical Grade Facials at WAVE

Wave Plastic Surgery offers several different types of medical-grade facials tailored to the specific needs of our patients. Some of these treatments include:

Cellcosmet Facials

Cellcosmet devotes itself exclusively to researching and developing cosmetic products. To this end, Cellcosmet lab applies the most advanced discoveries in cosmetic science to its Cellcosmet and Cellmen ranges for men and women to ensure they have the optimum impact on the skin. Made up of a multi-disciplinary team of experts in dermatology, biology, and medicine, Cellcosmet Laboratories Department of Research and Development is one of the few in the world to have mastered both cellular technology and plant technology.

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While there are a number of facials out there, none of them even come close to a HydraFacial. Patients describe their HydraFacial experience as transformative, relaxing, and soothing. Honestly, once you’ve tried HydraFacial, it will be tough to go back to traditional facials. Unlike some other facial treatments that limit the scope of what they provide, the HydraFacial offers a complete treatment that includes a cleanse, exfoliation, and hydration of the skin.

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Valmont Facials

Valmont Cosmetics is a truly unique luxury skincare brand born in Switzerland. Only a handful of the most elite plastic surgeon practices and luxury boutique skincare retailers are licensed to sell Valmont Cosmetics products and provide Valmont facials, and we are honored to be among them. Witness fine lines and wrinkles diminish after receiving this intensive anti-aging facial. Ingredients in the products work together to fill in creases and plump up skin that has lost volume caused by aging. Expect your skin to look more firm, volumized, and youthful.

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Cure Peel

The Cure Peel is painless and optimized for all skin types. The peel solution utilizes a combination of Salicylic Acid and Trichloroacetic Acid, as well as a patented blend of essential nutrients and moisturizers. These elements work to fight against the effects of aging, sun damage, acne, and other facial skin issues. The Cure Peel treatment takes less than 30 minutes to undergo, and the results can be seen almost immediately. In the first few days following the treatment, your facial skin will begin to flake and peel.

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Benefits of Medical Grade Facials

Before finding a treatment center that offers medical-grade facials, the person wants to know that there are definite benefits to the procedure. Medical-grade facials are more targeted than a facial from a spa, so that the benefits can vary depending on the targeted treatment. 

Here are a few of the benefits to consider:

  • The person can see improved brightness in their skin, giving it a younger, glowing look.
  • The improvements to the skin and minimization of imperfections will last longer than a facial from a spa.
  • Fully hydrated and nourished skin.
  • This type of facial can boost the effects of other medical procedures, such as fillers and laser treatments.
  • Improving the appearance of sun damage on the skin. 
  • Acne scars and other blemishes can become almost imperceptive. 
  • Improved tightness of facial skin that reduces the look of wrinkles and fine lines.
  • If a patient routinely receives medical-grade facials, they can continue to improve their skin and reduce the signs of aging. 
  • Minimal side effects from a minimally invasive procedure.

Medical-grade facials can improve the look and feel of skin. This can help a person feel better about their looks and help them feel more confident in their daily life. Using medical-grade products can be an excellent approach to antiaging concerns and other skin issues. 

Who Should Get Medical Grade Facials?

Almost any healthy adult is a good candidate for a medical-grade facial. These treatments are ideal for people who have light acne scars and other facial blemishes that hamper the person from feeling their best. 

A medical-facial is also beneficial for someone who looks in the mirror and sees dull skin. The treatment removes old, dead skin shells and returns a radiant look for the person. It can also help the facial skin look healthier and more vibrant. 

If a person plans to have other non-invasive procedures, such as fillers, the addition of a medical-grade facial can improve the outcome. This facial can be used in conjunction with a variety of procedures to improve the outcome and help the person feel more confident in their looks. 

Anyone struggling with aging facial skin or fine lines can use a medical-grade facial to tighten the skin and help minimize the fine lines. If a person has any questions or wonders if a medical-grade facial is right for them, they should discuss it with a professional at the treatment center. 

Get a Medical Grade Facials at Wave Plastic Surgery

When a person isn’t getting the results they want from a spa facial, a medical-grade facial offers long-term improvements to a person’s facial skin. The experience of a medical-grade facial varies from one received at a spa, but the improvements are more noticeable for longer periods. Talking to a specialist can help you make a decision about the skincare routine that is best for your specific skin type. 

At Wave Plastic Surgery, our team can perform medical-grade facials for clients who want to explore the option and benefits. We always provide a safe, secure environment for our patients and treat them with care and compassion. 

Contact us today to learn more about medical-grade facials and schedule a consultation.

Ben Lee

Ben Lee

Dr. Lee received his bachelor’s degree in molecular and cellular biology with highest honors from the University of Colorado in Boulder. He went on to earn his M.D. with highest honors from the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver, followed by his MBA from the University of Colorado Denver. He completed his surgical internship at the University of California at San Francisco. Going on to train in otolaryngology/head & neck surgery at Duke University Medical Center, working closely with the plastic surgeons during his head and neck residency inspired him to continue training in plastic and reconstructive surgery. After this specialized training, Dr. Lee went on to become Board Certified in Plastic Surgery.

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