How to differentiate between medical facials and salon facials?

When it comes to face care, apart from using different skincare products, the one thing that many opt for every month is a nice facial. If you go to any salon, you will be bombarded with a variety of facials. How effective, however, are these facials? Is it safe to use these? To address this, we must first grasp the fundamentals and the methodology used.

Salon facials and Medi facials

Salon facials are designed to give a more soothing and pampering experience. These facials simply target the top layer of the skin, and the results are temporary. There is no guarantee that the items used by salons are of good quality. In many cases, these harsh chemical products cause more harm than good.

A Medi facial or medical facial is a procedure performed under the supervision of dermatologists using natural ingredients. No downtime is required for Medi facials, which target deeper layers of the skin and give you radiant glowing skin. Medical facials can be customised as per your skin type including sensitive skin and skin disorders like rosacea, acne, scarring, pigmentation, sun damage, fine lines, pigmentation and more can be addressed with Medi facials.

What does the expert have to say?

According to dermatologist and hair transplant surgeon Dr B L Jangid, one of the primary reasons that medical facials outperform salon facials is because they assist one in achieving fantastic skin outcomes from the inside out. “Medical facials work beyond the surface layers of the skin, addressing the underlying causes of problems. Salon facials, on the other hand, have a short-term effect, changing the appearance of the skin,” he says.

People are still unaware of Medi facials, he says. “They believe these are just for people with serious skin problems or that the therapies are prohibitively expensive,” Dr Jangid adds.

The different types of Medi facials

A microneedle is used to inject vitamins into the dermal layer of the skin. It aids in face rejuvenation and dermis layer brightening.

It exfoliates the skin with a high-tech machine. The instrument removes the superficial layer of the dead skin layer on the face with diamond points or crystals.

Hydra facial refers to Hydradermabrasion, which is a combination of all the necessary steps like proper cleansing, exfoliation, providing antioxidants, extraction, hydration, and so on. This non-invasive and non-irritating treatment hydrates the skin and gives it a healthy glow.

Dermapen or derma roller
Dermapen or derma roller are both a form of micro-needling which is a cosmetic procedure that involves applying platelet-rich plasma or serum to the face using tiny sterile needles through repeated puncturing of the skin. It is excellent for face rejuvenation and nourishment of dermal layers.

Peel is usually used to remove the dead cells of your skin. An acid solution, alpha hydroxy acids (AHA), Trichloroacetic acid (TCA), or phenol are used in a chemical peel. This will improve the skin’s texture and aid in the removal of wrinkles and skin discolouration. Chemical peels help diminish the appearance of visible spots or stretch marks on other sections of the body.

Laser with a Q-Switch
As the name implies, the Q-switched laser approach employs the use of a laser to apply and inject the required materials. It gives you a photo facial that brightens your face and gives you a natural glow.

LED therapy
This treatment is for women who are experiencing premature or early signs of ageing. Blue and red LED therapy are used in this Medi-facial treatment to enhance the procedure’s effects. It also works as an anti-ageing treatment and is helpful for acne-prone skin.

Dr Jangid added, “A salon visit can give you infection, as the equipment and towels they use might not be properly sterilised or disinfected. Furthermore, if not done correctly, the products they employ may react with your skin, causing rashes, boils, and other skin problems. You should also do your study before visiting a salon by checking the beautician’s, worker’s, and centre’s certifications”. Thus, it is always recommended to visit a skin specialist, a dermatologist who knows your skin better and can guide you with the right Medi facials and other treatment options as per your skin type and requirement.


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