According to data calculated by Statista, more than six million Americans received a facial during a six-month time period, and more than two million Americans received four facials over the same time period in 2017. Medical spas can capitalize on the demand for facials by offering advanced treatment options, such as laser therapy.
Laser therapy can help minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, scars, liver spots, sun damage, and more. Thermage was the first laser to be approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) in 2002 for skin tightening of the face. Since then, other lasers have been introduced into this sector, including the Joule. “The Joule platform allows the practitioner to separate coagulation from ablation, allowing pinpoint accuracy in terms of the general result,” says Alan Durkin, M.D., CEO and medical director of Ocean Drive Plastic Surgery and Medspa (Vero Beach, FL).
Many facials combine lasers and light together, as light therapy helps to accelerate healing and provides spa-goers with a method to manage pain. “The cells, which are injured during laser procedures utilize the light energy provided by the LED device to increase mitochondrial function, which enables the damaged cells to work more optimally,” says Denise Ryan, vice president of brand management for Celluma.
EGA Medical’s Todd Schlifstein suggests clients get the HydraFacial MD prior to laser treatments. “When it comes to facials, the HydraFacial MD has set the standard for a medical-grade facial, combining microdermabrasion, a chemical peel, and a traditional spa facial for results.”