Friday, January 17, 2020

HydraFacial Q&A with Brittany Napier

I have had an overwhelming response from readers and followers every time I post about getting a HydraFacial and after the last time I decided to see what people's questions may be so they can explore if it was something they would be interested in. I see a medical esthetician here in Naples and she works out of Dr. Pena's office. Brittany is incredibly knowledgeable and educated on everything skin related. She has been working in our area with many of the top plastic surgeons since 2009. I trust her completely and ask her for advice on products on a weekly basis. I have had six HydraFacials with Brittany over the last 6-8 months (I go once a month now) and in addition to using medical grade skincare products on my skin and treatment with antibiotics she has helped me treat my hormonal acne and transform my skin from where it was in mid 2019. 

Let's jump into the Q&A!

What is a HydraFacial and what does it do for your skin?

It's a medical grade facial treatment using a three step process: cleansing, exfoliating and infusing. Replacing the formerly popular Microdermabrasion, Hydrabrasion is becoming the go-to as it's a gentler form of vacuuming out the pores. Estheticians are moving away from traditional microdermabrasion as we learn more about the possible adverse affects of aluminum oxide, which what the crystal are made from. The HydraFacial tips (which are single-use) are each designed for their own function. Using their patented vortex technology they swirl to both add serums and take away dirt and oil from the pores. Beyond the classic three steps, there are boosters that can be added on for specific skin concerns like sun damage, fine lines and overall improvement.

What makes HydraFacial different from another type of facial?

HydraFacial takes deep cleaning to the next level. HydraFacial deep cleans pores in a way that takes much less effort from your esthetician than a traditional facial. The delivery of serums into the skin really maximizes the penetration of ingredients. 

Average cost of a HydraFacial?

The average cost ranges from $150-250 depending on the location and add-ons. Luxury hotels often offer HydraFacial treatments at a premium but are not the medical grade serums used in a medical practice so bare in mind that when booking one. 

How often should you get a HydraFacial?

I recommend having a facial every 4-6 weeks to keep your skin in optimal condition. Discuss what treatment plan is right for you with your skincare professional. 

How to prepare for a HydraFacial and what are the limitations after?

Prior to having any facial treatments it's recommended to abstain from any retinoid for 2-3 days to limit sensitivity. After the treatment avoid actives in retinals, glycolic/salicylic acids or scrubs for 24 hours.

Can you get a HydraFacial while pregnant or nursing?

Yes you can. 

What other services do you offer?

I offer a wide array of services including HydraFacial, Dermaplaning, Chemical peels, and IPL (intensed pulse light) for brown spots and discoloration.

Product recommendations for different skin types?

I can't recommend a one size fits all, as everyone has specific needs however consultations are complementary and I am more than happy to help you customize your perfect regimen. One thing EVERYONE needs is SPF.  

Best way to get rid of a cystic pimple?

DO NOT PICK! Apply a salicyclic acid spot treatment and alternate with hydrocortisone cream. The cortisone has a low dose of steriod that will help shrink the cyst faster. 

I hope this Q&A is helpful for those had sent me questions. If you are local I highly recommend going to see Brittany if you have skin concerns and are looking for improvement. You can contact Dr. Pena's office (239-352-5554) to set up a visit with her. You can follow her on Instagram HERE and she also has an amazing YouTube channel you can find HERE

I hope this was helpful! If you still have questions don't hesitate to reach out {} or you can message me on instagram

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