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How does a hyrdafacial differ from a regular facial in effectiveness and cost?

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Regular facials and HydraFacial MD treatments differ in that the latter entails suctioning to achieve various degrees of skin resurfacing. Regular European-style facials cost approximately $90 to $180, whereas the average cost of a HydraFacial MD treatment is about $220, as of April 2015.

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Regular facials and HydraFacial MD treatments possess similar theoretical aims. Like HydraFacial MD treatments, regular facials include cleansing, exfoliating and moisturizing steps, preferably administered by a licensed esthetician. Between the main steps of a regular facial, an esthetician analyzes the customer's skin, extracts debris from the customer's pores, massages the customer's skin and applies a mask. The esthetician designs each mini regimen and selects the most appropriate product based upon the information about the customer's skin type ascertained via the analysis. Regular facials take about an hour.

HydraFacial MD treatments involve hermetic suction and spiraling HydraPeel tips that cleanse, exfoliate, open pores and evenly extract impurities while simultaneously delivering proprietary serums to the skin without causing any damage. The process contains four main steps similar to the steps in a regular facial.

Some HydraFacial MD treatments have up to five steps, such as the aging skin treatment, which includes exfoliation, peel, extraction, boost and fusion with extended protection. The peel step is not an actual peel; rather, it is a mixture of acids that offers benefits similar to a peel without post-peel scaling. For each step in a HydraFacial MD treatment, the esthetician uses a special HydraPeel tip. HydraFacial MD treatments require roughly 30 to 40 minutes to complete.

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