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
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.