New Year, New Treatments

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New Treatments Coming Soon: Intoducing the HydraFacial and Microneedling.

It’s a New Year, so we’re bringing you new treatments here at Escala Beauty. Read on to find out everything you need to know about the famous HydraFacial and Microneedling. 

Microneedling

What is it?

Microneedling is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure used to treat skin issues all over the body – from your scalp to your ankles. This technique involves using a derma roller, which has multiple tiny, sterile needles that prick the skin and cause physical trauma. This creates small wounds which then cause your body to produce more collagen and elastin, collagen is an essential protein that helps keep the skin looking youthful, with a firm, elastic, and smooth texture.

What are the benefits?

Microneedling is mostly used on the face and is a safe and effective procedure. Ageing inhibits the production of collagen in the skin, contributing to wrinkles and other signs of ageing. Microneedling will reverse these effects and help to diminish wrinkles, reduce scarring, and tighten loose or ageing skin. It’s also previously been used in certain anti-ageing procedures, such as eyelid surgery and sunspots.  Our skin can also lose collagen due to injuries, such as scarring from acne, sun damage or blisters, and stretch marks. It is beneficial for those looking to reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks and also, larger pores. Similarly, though more research is needed, studies have shown the potential benefits of microneedling in promoting hair growth in people with alopecia. It is also believed to help sufferers of hyperpigmentation. It may work better for people with darker skin tones because it doesn’t involve heat the way laser treatments do, which can affect your skin’s pigmentation.

Is it for me?

How fast does it work?

Microneedling is up to four times less expensive than laser treatments, and as it is minimally invasive, after the procedure you will require little to no downtime. However, you’ll need to be prepared for minor redness and irritation for a few days after the procedure. It’s considered safe for most people who are in overall good health, however, the procedure isn’t safe for people who use certain acne medications or for women who are pregnant.

It is important to realize that microneedling is not a quick fix, as it involves the growth of new skin. Your skin will look more plump, pink, and luminous for a couple of weeks after just one session but, because the efficacy of microneedling comes from the skin healing itself, it can take several months for a person to see the full results of the procedure. According to research, skin treated with four microneedling sessions spaced one month apart, was found to produce up to a 400% increase in collagen and elastin, just six months after completing treatment.

The HydraFacial

What is it?

The HydraFacial is a patented skin treatment and is one of the most powerful, non-invasive skin resurfacing treatments available. It’s an all-in-one facial rejuvenation procedure that combines cleansing with exfoliation, extraction, and hydration with antioxidant protection to remove dead skin cells and impurities, while simultaneously moisturizing serums into the skin customized to your skin type. Research has found that a HydraFacial is performed every 15 seconds somewhere in the world. This amounts to 2 million treatments given globally last year alone!

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Is it for me?

How does it work?

The treatment is infinitely customizable, your provider can use the exfoliator at varying strengths and intensities, and acids can be left on the face for differing periods. Some dermatologists will add on LED light therapy after the facial, again personalizing it, shining blue light on acne sufferers, or red light to promote collagen production as an anti-inflammatory. Even the tool’s suction power can be customized, toning down the pressure when tackling the more delicate areas, for example, around the eyes. It is similar in principle to a regular facial you might get from a spa but is said to provide more dramatic results. Results are long-term and you will see an improvement in skin tone and texture, even after the first treatment.

The treatment is split into three sections. The first is Cleanse and Peel, where your provider uses a peel to help exfoliate and resurface your skin, a mixture of glycolic and salicylic acids, delivering the benefits of a peel without post-peel scaling. The second step is to Extract and Hydrate. Your provider uses a vacuum-like attachment on the wand to help extract debris from your pores with painless suction and nourishes with intense moisturizers that quench skin. And finally, the third step is to Fuse and Protect, where your provider uses a pen-like attachment to apply a moisturizing serum with antioxidants.

Is it safe for all skin types?

HydraFacials can be performed on most skin types, including very sensitive complexions. People with active rashes, sunburns, or rosacea should abstain from getting them, as this could cause further damage or flare-ups. Similarly, some of the ingredients used during the treatments, such as salicylic acid, haven’t been tested or proven safe during pregnancy.

Benefits?

It appeals to all ages, complexions, and skin concerns. Teenage acne, dryness, adults with pimples, fine lines and wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation. It is even useful for older patients with sun damage and pre-cancerous spots, as well as being a thoroughly relaxing, feel-good experience.  It is often highly requested before red-carpet events and weddings, as it delivers that extra glow. The HydraFacial is said to help improve the overall appearance of your skin texture and tone. HydraFacial uses the same microdermabrasion techniques that have long been considered effective for treating both acne and acne scars. This is due to the deep exfoliation that cleans your pores, removing impurities and allowing for better penetration of serums to your skin. Similarly, it is effective for blackheads, as dead skin cells also contribute to blackheads. It also has its benefits for rosacea sufferers and anti-ageing concerns. Research has found that those who received HydraFacial treatments had greater decreases in signs of skin ageing compared with those who used serums alone. The results included decreased pore size, less hyperpigmentation, and reduced fine lines.

Is it cost-effective?

How fast are the results?

Hyrdrafacials are more than a basic spa facial, but less than laser treatment. You are guaranteed a high-quality facial that delivers consistent results, as it is not as technician dependent as the regular facial, so you can count on it time and time again for safety and effectiveness. Similarly, if you receive monthly facials, plus microdermabrasion or chemical peels, a 3-in-1 HydraFacial is likely to be less expensive overall.

Each HydraFacial session takes less than an hour, and no downtime is required, you can resume your normal activities right away. While you shouldn’t experience any redness or peeling after your session, you should avoid exfoliating treatments for the first couple of days after the treatment. You can expect a more radiant skin tone after just one treatment. One hour later and you will have a more glowing, dewier skin tone.

How often do you need it?

Do HydraFacials hurt?

The frequency of HydraFacial sessions depends on your skin type and your therapist’s recommendations. Some people recommend receiving the treatment every 4 weeks, while others encourage repeat sessions every 2. Four weeks is the general frequency that is most compatible for most people and that can generate the best skin-boosting benefits. Your provider can help you to determine the right number of sessions based on your skin condition and goals.

The feeling has been likened to a cat licking your face, in other words, it feels sandpapery but not excruciating. Somewhere between not painful and not pleasant. The vortex device suctions gunk from pores — no squeezing or pressing required, at the end, you can see all that was removed (if you would like).

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