The Difference between Medical Facials & Spa Facials

Young woman after medical facial to remove fine linesWhat exactly is the difference between a day spa facial and a medical spa facial?  While they share many similarities, there are also quite a few differences. In order to get the results you are looking for, it is important to understand the differences so you can decide which options are right for you.

Medical facials are the third most common non-invasive cosmetic procedure in North America with over 1.5 million procedures done every year. A day spa facial will feel good and you will look and feel great afterwards, but it doesn’t have the same long-lasting effects as a medical facial.

So What Exactly Is The difference between skin clinic and spa?

Spending time at a day spa is always a great idea. Any amount of time spent at a day spa means relaxation and pampering. While it is a refreshing feeling walking out after a day spa facial, this feeling only lasts for a few days. Eventually, your skin returns to how it was prior to your day spa treatment. In other words, the results are very temporary. This is because day spa facials apply botanicals, exfoliants, masques and pleasant smelling cleansers and lotions to your face. While these feel quite nice, they probably do not give you long lasting results.

Spa facials only treat the epidermis, the surface layer of your skin. This layer is very tough and protects your skin from the environment. Your skin needs more than pampering for lasting effects to occur.

The Long-Lasting Results of Medical Facials

Medical facials offer much longer lasting results. These facials penetrate deeper into the layers of skin below the epidermis, resulting in physical changes to the skin’s surface.

There are many different types of facials offered in the clinical setting. These different types of treatments can target various skin conditions and provide long lasting effects. Whether it is fine lines, acne, sun spots or dry skin, these types of facials can provide specific enhancements to your skin.

Types Of Medical Facials

Chemical Peels

While chemical peels are often offered in both a day spa and medical spa, the medical spa chemical peels are much stronger in comparison. Medical grade chemical peels can be effective in treating acne, uneven pigmentation, melasma and are also used to reduce pore size and wrinkles.


Microdermabrasion rejuvenates the skin by removing the outer layer of the skin. This painless procedure uses a mildly abrasive instrument to gently sand off the top layer of the skin cell, exfoliating your skin. This results in a refreshed, glowing appearance. This type of treatment can also be used to treat discoloration, light scarring, sun damage, improve age spots, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, as well as, reduce or eliminate large pores.

DermaFrac microneedling treatmentMicroneedling

Microneedling, similar to microdermabrasion, is a newer, more advanced treatment for tightening your skin resulting in a fresh, faced appearance. Using tiny needles to penetrate the skin, various serums can penetrate into the epidermis stimulating the production of collagen, lightening pigmentation, clarifying, repairing and rejuvenating your skin.

Looking For a Medical Facial?

If you are dealing with an irritating skin condition, or want younger looking skin, then you’ll want to have a medical facial.  Looking for a professional near you? Contact us today book your appointment for a rejuvenating skin treatment!

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