Comparing Skin Treatments


Find out how HydraFacial stacks up to other non-invasive facial treatments, including microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and more.


There’s no denying that medical spa treatments can go a long way in beautifying your skin, from reducing fine lines and wrinkles to improving acne and rosacea.

One of the latest non-invasive facials on the market is HydraFacial — a treatment that claims to be “the most effective type of facial you can get.” So, how does HydraFacial stack up to these otherfacial treatments? Let’s take a look.

What is the HydraFacial?

To perform a HydraFacial, estheticians use a proprietary machine — the HydraFacial MD by Edge Systems — to perform four distinctive facial rejuvenation procedures in one single treatment.

This multi-step treatment cleanses, exfoliates, and extracts dead cells. It then rejuvenates the skin by applying a serum infused with antioxidants, peptides, and hyaluronic acid.  Additional boosters for fighting uneven skin tone, smooth fine lines and wrinkles, as well as boost the elasticity of the skin.

How does the device work? HydraFacial employs a unique, spiral suction tip that dislodges impurities and delivers the serum deep into the pores by opening them up during the treatment.

This painless in-office procedure promises to deliver immediate, long-term results for people of all skin types, with absolutely no downtime.

Although some people experience slight tightness and redness for about an hour or so following the treatment, the side effects and risks of HydraFacial are minimal across the board.

HydraFacial vs. microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion uses an abrasive instrument to gently sand the skin with crystals in order to remove the thick, outer layer.

HydraFacial is sometimes referred to as “hydradermabrasion” Hydradermabrasion is a relatively new procedure that uses a crystal free option.  Unlike the manual extractions performed through sanding in microdermabrasion, HydraFacial uses a vacuum tip to deeply cleanse and remove impurities. As such the HydraFacial method is considered to be gentler, more effective, and can be used on all skin types.

Microdermabrasion is known for tampering with the skin’s color balance, and may leave behind lighter or darker spots. At the same time, HydraFacial promises to leave behind smooth, even skin immediately.

HydraFacial vs. Microneedling

Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is one of the most popular non-invasive skin rejuvenation treatments. The process helps rejuvenate the skin using many tiny needles that pierce the outermost layer, which forces the skin to produce more collagen. The result is smoother, plumper skin.

Microneedling is certainly a good option for people with certain skin issues, namely scarring. According to a 2009 study in the Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery, nearly all microneedling subjects reported a “marked improvement” in the appearance of scars, with no permanent or adverse side effects.

If your primary concern is the reduction of acne scars and loose skin, then microneedling is an excellent option.

While microneedling shouldn’t be too painful, because your skincare professional uses a topical numbing agent, if you do have a low tolerance for pain, then HydraFacial is definitely the way to go.

Best for: Microneedling is a good option over HydraFacial for those who have deep, permanent acne scars and other facial scarring, and is recommended for all skin tones. These treaments can also be combined in a packaged and done in an alternating schedule for best results.

HydraFacial vs. chemical peels

Both HydraFacial and chemical peels work by removing dead skin cells. Chemical peels come in varying levels, ranging from superficial peels to deep peels, all of which are designed to cause the skin to exfoliate and peel away.

These treatments employ acids — salicylic acid, alpha hydroxy acid, and others — to correct fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, freckles, and shallow scars.

Chemical peels can be super-effective, but they’re not for everyone. Due to the acids used, they are not recommended for those with certain skin disorders.

Furthermore, chemical peels have been shown to be more effective in those with lighter skin tones, whereas HydraFacial is recommended for people of any skin tone.

You’ll need to avoid chemical peels if you are nursing, pregnant, or have eczema, dermatitis, rosacea, or psoriasis. On the other hand, HydraFacial can be used by people with hyper-sensitive skin, and is actually recommended for treating rosacea and dry, peeling skin.

Best for: Chemical peels are good for patients with wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, and other skin concerns who do not have sensitive skin, a darker skin tone, or skin disorders. Those with sensitive skin, eczema, dermatitis, rosacea, psoriasis, and other disorders should not undergo chemical peels.

How much does HydraFacial cost?

At Shearology Salon & Spa we offer this treatment between $135-$199 depending on the number of treatments purchased in a package.

Microneedling skincare treatments cost $199 at Shearology but can be upwards of $500 per treatment when incorporating PRP.

Although chemical peels can be affordable, their cost depends on many different factors. Surface treatments can go for as little as $90 per peel, while deeper options like a TCA peel can cost you as much as $110.

While cost is undeniably a factor for most, it is important to choose a treatment that will provide you with the results that you are looking for. Understanding the options available, and how each one will impact your problem areas, is crucial when it comes to reaching you aesthetic goals.


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