What Should Be Expected from a First Time Facial?

First-time facial: what to expect?

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Your first Facial

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Depending on your skin and what your concerns are, will be a determining factor in what kind of facial you have. I would highly recommend you making an appointment with your Aesthetician and addressing all of your concerns and they will most likely be able to point you in the correct direction. There are so many different facials out there that you could have something so simple as a Hydrofacial or a Chemical Peel. Here at Hall Plastic Surgery & Rejuvenation Center we can do a wide rage of different facials.

Austin Plastic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 19 reviews


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The end goal is clear, beautiful skin—is the same no matter what facial you get. But a medical facial, like the ones we offer at our office, is much more powerful than anything you can get in a spa. The main reason: we use medical-grade skincare products that contain higher concentrations of active ingredients. This gives you more dramatic results. We customize our medical facials to target the specific skin concerns of each patient. Depending on the skincare needs of each individual, be it wrinkles, brown spots, acne or other, we can mix and match additional treatments such as chemical peels and lasers, to layer over our facials for even greater results.
Before each treatment, our renowned board-certified dermatologists work with the aestheticians to determine the best facials for every individual patient. Our goal is to tailor a treatment plan for every patient. Normally first is cleansing the skin, steaming to open up your pores and then cleansing of the skin. It's a nice relaxing treatment to make your skin the best it can be.

Dennis Gross, MD
New York Dermatologist
4.7 out of 5 stars 11 reviews

First time facial

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For any new patient a consultation should be done prior to any treatment being preformed. During this consultation the appropriate specialist will then perform a skin analysis. This is to determine the type of treatments needed to treat your skin concerns and needs. Facial treatments vary on where and who you are receiving it from. In our office we offer free consultations and a first time facial is usually a custom treatment. There is a double cleansing of the skin, followed by an exfoliant. Extractions are performed also if needed. This is followed with a face and neck massage to promote skin stimulation for cell turn over. Acne or inflamed skin conditions would not benefit from massage. A specified treatment mask is applied and to finish the facial appropriate treatment serums, creams, and SPF is applied. Your will leave with clean and refreshed skin.

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First time Facial

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It is understandable that a patient can be nervous during their first facial, aren't most people nervous the first time they do anything.  Here is a list of things to expect:

1) Possible Visia Analysis - this will be able to determine your degree of sun damage, skin texture pore size and clogged pores.

2) Discussion of what your current skincare regimen is - it may be helpful to bring your skincare products in with you so the provider can incorporate them into you new protocol.

3) Actual Facial - you may want to take a Tylenol about 30 min before your facial. Depending on the provider they will: cleans your skin, perform extractions (can be a little uncomfortable, hence the Tylenol), apply a light peel.

Your face will Be slightly  inflames and pink, but that should go down in a couple of hours.  you are able to apply make-up after wards or resume your everyday activities.

First time facial

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As important as the question of what to expect from a facial is the question of what you are trying to achieve. There are different kinds of facials. Some hydrating. Some exfoliating. Some for acne, etc. Discuss you goals with you aesthetician or dermatologist before your treatment. If you have a skin problem it would be advised to see a dermatologist before your facial.

Dina D. Strachan, MD
New York Dermatologist

Facial consideration

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Your 'Facial' experience will vary significantly from one practitioner to another.  It typically involves steaming with warm towels or steamer followed by meticulous extraction of blackheads and whiteheads by a certified aesthetician or medical assistant. You are better off having your 'Facial' performed by aesthetic staff, supervised by board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon.

William Ting, MD
Bay Area Dermatologic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 14 reviews

Experience with a facial will depend on the type of facial, and who is doing it

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Hi there-

 Your first facial should include a consultation to discuss your concerns regarding your skin and also to analyze your skin to determine what type of facial and products will be appropriate for you.

Facials are very pampering and relaxing and will leave your skin balanced, refreshed and deeply cleansed.

Typically a facial includes cleansing, exfoliation, steam, extractions, mask, hand massage and a facial massage to complete your treatment. If you can, plan your facial at a time when you will not need to apply make-up immediately after.

First time Facial

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Sometimes people are a little nervous going into their first facial. Nothing to be nervous about, your first facial should not be too bad. You should recieve a skin analysis to determine what skin type you have. You'll be asked questions like what type of products do you use on your face, how aften do you wash your face, do you experience break outs, etc. As soon as the esthetician learns your skin, then he/she will be able to proceed with a possible treatment for your skin type. Usually you need to keep up with the treatments every 2-4 weeks.

William J. Hedden, MD
Birmingham Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 334 reviews

Expectations depend on the strength of the facial

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Most non-medical facials are pretty mild. As the doctor or esthetician uses stronger agents you can get a peel though. The strength and the type of skin you have both have a lot to do with how you do with it and whether or not you will actually "peel." The best thing to do is ask the individual applying this for you.

John P. Di Saia, MD
Orange Plastic Surgeon

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