Skincare enthusiasts with their dermatologists on speed dial have been turning to medi-facials to up their ‘glow game’ on a cellular level. For the past few years, the international HydraFacial system has held its place in India, but does it work, and is it worth it, given that it’s roughly ₹10,000 a session?
A HydraFacial comprises patented technology to cleanse, extract, and hydrate the skin in a span of 30 minutes. Its claim to fame is the non-invasive nature; so no need for pore-pinching extractions. When a person gets a treatment done, it is all reliant on a trained specialist (preferably a dermat, though you will have aestheticians offering it too) and a machine with a monitor which displays the built-in protocols and tech updates. Pipes flowing out of the machine include the one with a sterile and interchangeable head, with a handpiece which performs the facial. There is also a skin-imaging component to show people the skin’s tangible changes before and after the procedure. Behind the machine is a jar which collects all the vile impurities removed from your skin during the treatment.
Dr Pankaj Chaturvedi, consultant dermatologist at Delhi’s MedLinks, says he has been doing HydraFacial treatments for eight years now and has regular clients. “Given the country’s rising pollution levels, the treatment is quick in drawing out the impurities our skin’s pores get clogged with,” he says. He adds that facials typically dry out the skin for a small period of down time, but a HydraFacial pumps the hydration back into the skin in the form of proprietary serums.
Dr Sruthi Gondi, founder and dermatologist at Hyderabad-based Science Of Skin, has not used HydraFacials, but she nods to its regenerative properties. “I have heard only positive things about the treatment and it addresses all the problems we face with skin today.”
The heart-wrenching price tag, of course, should give any reasonable person pause — especially since several sessions are recommended, as with laser hair removal or chemical peel treatments. Also, its effects last for a week or so. That said, Dr Chaturvedi adds, “There are a few more medi-facials which have been designed to cater to the needs of people who have a tight budget: diamond microdermabrasion, OxyGeneo superfacials, and micro-exfoliating therapies like alpha hydroxy acid peels which give great results.”
But what about the risk of Chinese manufacturers reproducing bootleg HydraFacial systems? Dr Chaturvedi says, “Chinese companies come with names like ‘Hydrafacial’ or something similar. Also, with a HydraFacial, every product used is imported from the official providers and can be found on their website.”
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