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When you look in the mirror, are you satisfied with the appearance of your skin, or are you distracted by common concerns such as fine lines, dark spots, dry skin, and clogged pores? Have you tried multiple skin treatments with little to no success? Do you want a multi-step, proven treatment to rejuvenate your skin and minimize acne, signs of ageing, and more? If so, we recommend the HydraFacial, a revolutionary treatment designed to refresh and restore your skin. HydraFacial benefits your skin in a variety of ways and is proudly offered at our two Preventous Cosmetic Medicine offices in Calgary, AB.

What Are HydraFacial Benefits? 

This treatment uses a small, handheld device with three removable heads to cleanse, exfoliate, and rejuvenate the skin. The HydraFacial benefits patients with all skin types and gives them the exciting opportunity to completely transform their skin in one simple treatment. It is often used to give the skin an extra boost in glow and smoothness before an important or memorable event, but it can also be used to nourish and pamper your skin for long-lasting benefits routinely.

A typical appointment lasts 30 minutes and can be customized to address your unique needs and situation. Patients universally report that treatment is completely painless thanks to its gentle, non-invasive nature. There is zero downtime required after your appointment, and results can last up to a week or more. Many patients choose to have recurring treatments to maintain their ideal image and keep their skin healthy. One of our doctors can discuss what a personalized treatment plan would look like for you.

How Does It Work? 

The HydraFacial uses three proven, skin-friendly steps to resurface and refresh your skin, which can help minimize or erase common skin concerns temporarily. With repeated use, most of our patients see longer-term improvements in their specific areas of concern.  

Step 1: Cleanse and Peel

During the first step, the HydraFacial handheld device is outfitted with the special head for cleansing and exfoliating the skin. This step clears the layer of dead skin cells, dirt, oil, and other debris from the surface of the skin. It also acts as a gentle peel, which reveals fresh, newer skin and allows the treatment to permeate your pores for deeper cleansing.

Step 2: Extract and Hydrate

The second step allows a new, suction-based head to help simultaneously extract and hydrate your pores. This suction, which most patients describe as a gentle, painless tugging sensation, forcibly removes sebum, which clogs the pores and causes acne, uneven skin texture, and more problems. These pores are then infused with top-quality moisturizers that contribute to a soft, smooth finish. 


Step 3: Fuse and Protect

During the final step, the skin is treated with antioxidants and peptides. These skin-nourishing compounds are designed to give your skin a new glow from the inside-out. During this final step, you may also choose to have serums added to your treatment in order to address particular skin concerns.

Which Concerns Can This Treatment Address?

When it comes to HydraFacial benefits, one of the biggest has to be the sheer number of skin conditions and concerns this treatment can improve. Here are some of the issues our patients have seen dramatically diminished or completely erased with treatment:

Lines, Wrinkles, and Folds

These common signs of ageing often begin developing in the early 20s and deepen with time. They can affect every part of the face, although the most common areas of concern are forehead lines, nasolabial folds, and expression lines around the eyes, brows, and mouth. HydraFacial treatment can help smooth and tighten skin, decreasing the noticeability of lines, wrinkles, and folds and softening the skin to give it a more youthful appearance.


Acne is a challenging skin condition to address due to its many contributing factors, which can include diet, genetics, and stress and hormonal levels. However, ensuring good skin health is one effective way to manage breakouts and reduce scarring. The HydraFacial unclogs pores and removes debris and bacteria that can cause breakouts from the skin while saturating the skin with nourishing serums and compounds. With regular treatments, the skin’s health can be improved, which will result in fewer breakouts and clearer skin.


Dark Spots

These frustrating dark brown spots can develop due to age, sun exposure, or hormonal changes. They often create an uneven skin tone and can be difficult to conceal. The HydraFacial fades dark spots over time by consistently exfoliating the skin and making way for new, evenly pigmented skin. Over time and with a personalized treatment plan, you can see your dark spots disappear entirely thanks to this powerful facial.

Sun Damage

Sun damage is the cause of over 90% of all common skin concerns and conditions. It can accelerate the development of signs of ageing, create dark or light spots, cause sunburn, and even lead to the development of dangerous skin cancers. It’s essential to protect your skin with sunscreen to lower your risk of sun damage, but sometimes the damage has already been done. The HydrFacial benefits skin affected by sun damage by treating redness, spots, and fine lines or wrinkles. Most patients see an improvement in just 2-5 sessions.


Dull Skin

Before an important event, your biggest concern should not be skin dullness. You want your skin to look smooth and radiant, and the HydraFacial can help you achieve this goal! By buffing away dead skin that steals your glow and refreshing your skin with brightening serums, this facial can help you look your best every day.

Uneven Texture and Tone

You may notice that your skin tone or texture is uneven. This can lead to more frequent breakouts, more difficulty applying makeup, and less confidence in your skin’s overall appearance. The HydraFacial can help you maintain a more even, balanced skin tone and texture by removing debris like dead skin cells and sebum, revealing new layers of skin, and infusing your pores with skin-friendly products designed to keep it healthy, clear, and glowing.

How Long Will It Take to See Results? 

While every patient’s journey is different, we recommend a personalized treatment plan for most of our patients to help them achieve their ideal image. These plans typically involve 2-10 appointments, separated by 2-4 weeks to allow the natural skin-shedding and healing cycles to continue.

You can expect to see immediate results in the overall appearance and vibrancy of your skin after just one appointment. However, improving issues such as dark spots, scarring, acne, and tone or texture problems takes time. One of our doctors would be glad to give you a general idea of what your treatment plan and results would look like during an initial consultation.

What Can I Expect? 

Here is a brief summary of what you can look forward to when you choose the HydraFacial treatment at one of our professional offices:


One of our doctors will meet with you before your first treatment to examine your skin, note your areas of concern, and help you determine whether this treatment is right for you. During this appointment, you should feel free to ask any questions you may have. Your doctor will recommend a treatment plan designed to suit your unique lifestyle and cosmetic goals. They may also give you specific instructions to follow before your treatment to ensure the best results possible.



To begin your treatment, your doctor will clean your skin and remove any makeup or skincare products. Next, they will use the first removable head on the handheld device to cleanse and exfoliate the surface of your skin. The head will spin, and you may feel slight pressure and friction, but this process involves no discomfort and has been described as massage-like experience by some patients.

Next, your doctor will switch the device head and use the suction feature to clear and moisturize your pores. This miniature vacuum effect can cause a pulling or tugging sensation, especially where the skin is looser.

Finally, your doctor will use the last head to nourish your skin with antioxidants, peptides, and serums. This should feel refreshing and relaxing as your treatment is completed. You will be able to look in a mirror and see an instant change in the way your skin looks and feels. Best of all, you can leave our office and return to your normal day-to-day activities with zero downtime.



For the first few hours, you may notice that your skin is more flushed than usual. This is a natural response to treatment and is a healthy sign of blood circulation. The slight redness in your skin should subside within 24 hours. However, if you are pursuing treatment before an important event, we usually tell patients to have their HydraFacial scheduled one to two days in advance to make sure their skin will look its best on the big day.

Your results may last a week or more, depending on your skin type, lifestyle, and skincare routine. Your doctor can give you specific instructions to help you prolong and enhance your results. Most patients opt to have continuing treatments to address their skin concerns further. These treatment plans can range anywhere from 2-10 treatments, usually separated by two to four weeks to allow you to enjoy your results. Over time, you should see concerns like lines, dark spots, and acne scars fade while your skin becomes smoother, more vibrant, and more youthful.

Who Is an Ideal Candidate? 

The HydrFacial benefits most patients thanks to its intense skin-resurfacing nature. It is gentle enough for patients with sensitive skin, but it is also powerful enough to improve challenging issues like acne scarring, dark spots, and lines. In addition, the treatment can be modified to focus more on one concern by adding a serum or combining it with one of our other services. In this way, you can see faster improvements and longer-lasting changes.

You may not be an ideal candidate if you have an active skin irritation or infection in the target area. For this reason, we recommend that you avoid sunburn or tanning for at least one week before treatment, which could further irritate sun-damaged skin. This treatment is not an effective option for severe lines, wrinkles, skin laxity, or scarring, which can be addressed with a more intensive treatment. If you are unsure about whether this treatment is right for you, one of our doctors can help you evaluate your unique situation during your initial consultation.

Contact Us to Learn More! 

Don’t go one more day without looking in the mirror and seeing skin you love. Let the HydraFacial treatment transform your skin and restore its beautiful glow in as little as one convenient appointment. If you would like to learn more about this treatment option, contact our team of experts at Preventous Cosmetic Medicine in Calgary, AB to schedule an initial consultation today! We look forward to helping you reach your skincare goals!


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