HOW GOOD IS A ‘MED­I­CAL FA­CIAL’ ?

Many peo­ple are opt­ing for fa­cials done by der­ma­tol­o­gists to look their best. Ex­perts tell you all that you need to know about th­ese pro­ce­dures

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When it comes to beauty treat­ments, a trip to your lo­cal par­lour for a re­ju­ve­nat­ing fa­cial has been the norm. How­ever, of late, many peo­ple have been go­ing the ex­tra mile, as they have ditched beauty fa­cials done in sa­lons for spe­cialised med­i­cal ones. “Med­i­cal fa­cials, also known as photo­fa­cials, are specif­i­cally rec­om­mended for skin disorders such as dry­ness, pig­men­ta­tion and acne,” says Dr Ruby Tan­don, celebrity der­ma­to­log­i­cal sur­geon.

Speak­ing about the rise in this trend, Meghna Gupta, der­ma­tol­o­gist, says, “Be­fore go­ing for a fa­cial, you need to understand your skin type and the prob­lem ar­eas that need to be dealt with. Only then can one de­cide what kind of fa­cial would suit their face. Such ex­per­tise is not al­ways avail­able at the par­lour. But an ex­pert der­ma­tol­o­gist knows what ex­actly to pre­scribe. Also, you could be at risk, as you might get an in­fec­tion due to poor hy­giene. Also, peo­ple now pre­fer spe­cialised fa­cials, which can treat spe­cific skin prob­lems.”

How­ever, Dr Harshna Bi­jlani, aes­thetic der­ma­tol­o­gist, cau­tions that you should be care­ful about who you ap­proach for such treat­ments. She says, “Medi-fa­cials, at times, in­volve the use of chem­i­cal peels (a process in which a chem­i­cal is used to peel off a layer of the skin, so that new skin can re­place it). The fa­cials can also use lasers and IPL (in­tense pulsed light), and pro­cesses such as mild mi­cro­der­mabra­sion, etc. So, it is im­por­tant to go to a doc­tor’s clinic to get a medi-fa­cial.”

She adds that in In­dia, there are no qual­i­fi­ca­tions re­quired for ther­a­pists to con­duct such pro­ce­dures. “Most of them have been trained on the job. So, it is im­por­tant to se­lect a re­puted clinic, as it will be strin­gent in the se­lec­tion of its ther­a­pists,” she says.

Beauty vs med­i­cal fa­cials

“Beauty fa­cials are mostly all-pur­pose fa­cials, whereas, med­i­cal fa­cials are meant to heal var­i­ous skin disorders. It has been no­ticed that they de­liver clear, func­tional ben­e­fits,” says Dr San­desh Bhos­ale, Ayurveda ex­pert.

Med­i­cal fa­cials done by a cer­ti­fied der­ma­tol­o­gist use high-qual­ity, non-ir­ri­tant cus­tomised prod­ucts that con­tain ac­tive in­gre­di­ents. Th­ese treat­ments can be done on any body part that has prob­lem­atic skin. For ex­am­ple, if some­one has dark el­bows or knees, they may go in for a light­en­ing treat­ment.

The cen­tres that of­fer such fa­cials are equipped with doc­tors, skilled man­power, and in­fra­struc­ture.

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