“How Often Should You Get One?” 9 Common Questions About HydraFacial

The hydrafacial is taking the beauty world by storm. So much so that the treatment has even surpassed Botox injections in popularity! Its popularity speaks for how phenomenal this facial treatment is, but before you invest your time and money into any treatment, it’s important to have your questions answered. And for all the best esthetic treatments, visit Physician Artistry, conveniently located in Sterling, VA.

What Is a Hydrafacial?

Before we answer all the common questions about this facial treatment, it’s important we explain what the treatment is and how it works. The whole process is powered by a hydrafacial machine. Attached to the machine is a wand that the esthetician will move over your face. Through each of the steps, the wand releases different serums that work in different ways and then vacuums them back up.

Step One: Vortex Exfoliation

The first step in the process includes exfoliation akin to microdermabrasion, but without all the gritty crystals. The esthetician uses a deplaning tool to gently remove all the dead skin cells, residual makeup, and other debris. This helps to both open your pores and increase skin hydration. Removing dead skin cells also allows the skin to reflect more light, giving you a brighter and healthier complexion.

Step Two: Acid Peel

The next step in the process is an acid peel. If you’ve had acid peels in the past, you might have experienced some painful stinging. Our acid peel isn’t the same, however. It’s specifically designed to be gentle on the skin. It uses a non-irritant mix of salicylic and glycolic acids. These acids help to loosen the debris and dirt that is lodged deep in your pores that can’t be reached during normal facial washing.

Step Three: Vortex Extractions

The third part of the treatment is the extraction stage. The esthetician will run the wand over your face as it rapidly circulates liquid that lifts the gunk out of your pores. Simultaneously, the wand provides a strong vacuum suction to lift any blackheads, dirt, and other debris up and out of your pores and into a storage tank.

Step Four: Vortex Fusion

The final step in the treatment brings it all together. The wand delivers a pro antioxidant formula that’s filled with potent peptides along with hyaluronic acid to detoxify, rejuvenate, and restore the skin. It also releases collagen to help promote a healthy structure and function. This serum helps to diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, sun damage, and oiliness.

9 Common Questions About the HydraFacial

1. How Often Should You Get One?

Skincare is a process, so while getting one treatment is helpful, it’s much better to work it into your routine. It’s recommended that you get one every three to four weeks, but it can vary based on your age, environment, and your unique skin. This is because your skin needs to fully heal in between sessions.

The treatment involves microdermabrasion, which exfoliates the outermost layer of skin that is comprised of dead cells. You need to give your skin the time to produce more dead cells before you get another treatment, so it’s important to space your treatments out to some degree. If you are prone to acne or oily skin, you will likely benefit from getting the treatment more frequently, about every two to three weeks. As your skin begins to get healthier from the treatments, you can begin to space your treatments out more.

2. What Conditions Does It Treat?

One of the reasons this treatment has become so popular is because it helps an extremely wide variety of skin problems. It helps reduce acne and prevent future breakouts as well as reduce the appearance of acne scarring. It gets rid of blackheads and clogged pores. It helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It gets rid of dry, dull skin and helps to even out uneven skin tone. It helps with hyperpigmentation and works to reduce oiliness. It can reduce dark spots as well as reduce the appearance of under-eye bags.

3. Are There Any Side Effects?

There are absolutely zero side effects to this facial treatment. Other facials do extractions manually. The esthetician has to squeeze your face and dig into it in order to get the gunk out of your pores. But this facial treatment is different. With the help of the serums that loosen your blackheads, the wand is able to vacuum all the dirt and other gunk right out of your pores with no side effects. You won’t be in any pain, and you won’t have to deal with having red and swollen skin after the fact.

3. Are the Results Consistent?

The results are extremely consistent. Normally, when you get a facial, the technician does everything by hand, so the results depend upon the skill of the esthetician. But not with this treatment. That’s because a high-powered machine is in control of the whole thing. The esthetician simply has to work the machine and let it do its job. Not only can you trust that your results will always be outstanding, but you can trust that you will never deal with pain or inflammation afterward.

4. How Long Does It Take?

The full treatment takes no longer than 30 minutes and there’s no downtime. You get the instant gratification of results that make your skin look its healthiest. And because the treatment time is so brief, you can fit it easily in your day or schedule one before a big event! It’s the perfect way to pamper yourself and still have enough time to get things done.

5. What Parts of the Body Can Be Treated?

Although we’ve only talked about this treatment in regards to the face, you can actually have any area of skin on your body treated. The most common places for the treatment is the face, neck, and decolletage area. If you struggle with skin issues on your back, arms, or any other place, ask your esthetician about getting the treatment done there.

6. Can I Pair It With Other Treatments?

If you’re looking to do more than one treatment at once, don’t worry. You can easily get this treatment and then top off your fillers, Botox, or other injectables. You can even add in non-ablative light and laser treatments. Schedule everything for the same day and save yourself a great deal of time.

7. Can It Reduce My Under Eye Bags?

Let your esthetician know that you’d like special attention paid to your under-eye bags and they can reduce the strength on the vacuum-powered wand to take care of those delicate areas. Using suction on your under-eye area creates negative pressure that increases circulation, which helps to reduce the appearance of under-eye bags. This also works to dislodge millia, which are those tiny white bumps that appear under some individual’s eyes.

8. Does the Treatment Hurt?

Absolutely not. Unlike other facial treatments and acid peels that sting and burn, this treatment is relaxing. You will feel the gentle pressure of the wand along with the pleasant sensation of the cool serums. Just close your eyes and enjoy being pampered!

9. Is the Treatment Customizable?

This treatment is infinitely customizable. You can easily have the treatment tailored to address your specific skin needs. When in the acid peel stage of the treatment, your esthetician can choose from three different strength glycolic-salicylic acid peels based on your skin type, desired outcome, and previous experience with acid peels.

Your esthetician can choose from different strength suction power to address your needs. You can even have your esthetician do a light vacuum of your lips to plump them up. And the company that makes the hydrafacial machine also has lots of add-ons and boosters to choose from to help your skin even more! Let’s go over some of our favorite boosters to make this treatment an even better experience.

Alastin Trihex-Pro Booster

This booster supports the skin’s natural ability to create new elastin and collagen, which help your skin stay firm and smooth. It also helps your skin to clear out damaged collagen and elastin. It can help to reduce the appearance of thinning skin as well as fine lines and wrinkles. It improves the overall texture and tone of the skin to give you a more youthful complexion.


Britenol helps to brighten and balance the skin tone and can help to minimize the appearance of sun spots, dark spots, and other hyperpigmentation. It uses bearberry extract and vitamin C along with a brightening agent to give you a brighter complexion.


This booster uses naturally derived growth factors that promote hyaluronic acid and collagen production. It works to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also improves the overall skin health and vitality by bringing the skin to a more youthful state.

Perk Total Eye

This add-on addresses the skin laxity that makes under-eye bags so prominent by helping to support collagen production for firmer skin. It also helps to keep the capillaries in the under-eye area healthy so that the skin doesn’t appear dark. Overall, this booster hydrates and brightens the eyes and reduces puffiness and dark circles. It also helps to smooth fine lines and wrinkles.

Zo Brightalive Booster

This booster evens out the skin tone and pigmentation. It helps to reduce the appearance of brown spots as well as prevents the formation of new pigmentation. It also helps to restore and balance the skin’s hydration.

Zo Rozatrol Booster

This option helps to detoxify the skin and replenish hydration support. It relieves inflammation and the visible signs of red, sensitized skin. It also helps to promote a healthy skin barrier function. It helps to control sebum and minimize oversized pores.

Enjoy the Benefits of a Facial Today

Finding the right skincare routine can feel frustrating. There is no set routine that keeps everyone’s skin healthy, so for many of us, the process has long been just trial and error until we find products and treatments that work for our unique skin issues. But the hydrafacial disrupts this norm. It’s the perfect treatment to integrate into your routine because it gives phenomenal results for everyone.

No matter your age, skin type, or skin problems, this treatment will have your skin immediately looking its very best. There’s no other skincare treatment that offers such consistency and effectiveness. Invest in your skin today through a facial that will make all the difference. For more information about this or other skincare treatments, or to schedule a consultation, contact us at Physician Artistry: Virginia’s Premier Medical Spa, located in Sterling, VA