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HydraFacials - HydroFacials - the water Facial - what’s the big deal?

Updated: Oct 12, 2021

Almost weekly, we get calls asking about a Hydrafacial. People are really trying to get it! Should you? What is it? Do I need it or is it just another over-marketed Hollywood beauty treatment?


What is a Hydrafacial?

Hydrafacial is the brand name for a device from Edge Systems, LLC. It combines 2 aesthetic treatments: dermabrasion and an ultra-light chemical peel. While it does add a new way of doing dermabrasion, it is essentially just an exfoliating treatment with the option of adding a very light peel.

The novelty is how the dermabrasion is done. Remember, dermabrasion is an exfoliation of the skin, so this process removes “dead” cells from the surface of the skin, giving the skin a smoother feel and fresher, less “dull” appearance. It also allows for better penetration of skin care products.

The Hydrafacial company has come up with their latest take on microdermabrasion, and they call it “Hydradermabrasion”, or “Vortex technology”. What previous technology does with crystals and suction (as in dermabrasion), Hydrafacial does with water. The machine blasts jets of water at your skin and vacuums it off. So the question is: "Does water do a better job at exfoliating than any brush, sponge, microcrystals or dermablade?" The answer is a resounding, No!


Additionally, if a peel is part of the process, it will follow the hydrafacial. With a different tip on the machine, a very generic chemical peel solution is applied to the face, then immediately removed. Because this peel is so weak, most clients will not see any peeling at all and be left feeling a bit slighted. Additional upgrades add an additional charge, to “customize” the treatment. These are designed to add benefit for concerns of lines, wrinkles, discoloration, signs of aging and uneven tone.


The bottom line is that the Hydrafacial is just a facial. It is the latest form of dermabrasion (and, if you are willing to pay for add-ons; a very light peel).

What does Hydrafacial cost and why so expensive?