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By: Dr. Patrick Flaharty, M.D., Azul Cosmetic Surgery and Medical Spa
The HydraFacial promotes skin health by deep, gentle cleansing followed by infusion of vitamins or serums customized specifically for you.

The HydraFacial promotes skin health by deep, gentle cleansing followed by the infusion of vitamins or serums customized specifically for you.

The new HydraFacial MD® is breaking the stereotype “no pain, no gain” when it comes to resurfacing skin and promoting transformation. Most skin care procedures that are touted to really make a difference in the way our skin looks and feels are achieved after exfoliation and extraction using chemical peels, microdermabrasion or microneedling techniques that leave the skin irritated and scuffed up at least for a few hours and sometimes longer. The healing process is part of what helps restore our skin’s health and glow. Now, however, there’s a new option — it’s called the HydraFacial MD®, and it is aggressive in promoting skin health without the aggression of previous treatments.

The HydraFacial is the only procedure that integrates cleansing, exfoliation, extraction and hydration together in one procedure. It is ideal for all skin types and ethnicity and targets hyperpigmentation, oily/congested pores, fine lines and wrinkles. Because of its wide application, the HydraFacial can treat anyone from teenagers with acne to grandmothers with wrinkles. T he cornerstone of this technology is that healthy skin is beautiful skin, and therefore the pillars of the treatment focus on promoting and maintaining skin health.

The first step is a cleansing and exfoliation process where the skin care specialist uses a hand piece on the machine and special serums to deplane and open up pores, sweeping away the top layer of makeup debris and dead skin cells. Next, a very mild glycolic/salicylic acid solution is placed on the skin with the applicator. Often these types of peels can leave your skin stinging until the acid is washed off, but that’s not the case with the HydraFacial peel; it causes only the faintest of tingling. The function of this peel is to loosen up all the debris inside pores, which were opened up as a result of the first step.

Next, instead of performing manual extractions, the skin care specialist uses a vortex-extraction tip on the hand piece that acts as a vacuum. So once your pores are open and the mild acid has broken down what’s inside, a vacuum apparatus removes the debris.

The fourth step is the application of serums and nutrients to your now clean and receptive skin. Another hand piece is used to infuse antioxidant and collagen serums into your skin to hydrate and promote elasticity. In this step, the skin care specialist can customize your treatment and apply exactly what your skin needs, whether it’s vitamin C, vitamin A, peptides or hyaluronic acid. This last step is crucial in ensuring your healthy skin gets the nutrients it needs. There are also some additional options for your treatment including a red-light treatment for inflammation or a blue-light treatment to kill bacteria associated with acne.

After the HydraFacial treatment, you will find your skin to be clean and glowing. You can head right back to work, school or your tennis match — just remember to wear your sunscreen to protect the skin we’ve just restored. Most people say the procedure is relaxing. The results are visible right away, and most feel the effects of the procedure for about five days with smoother brighter, more hydrated skin.

The treatment only takes 20 to 30 minutes at your physician directed skin care center or medical spa and can be repeated as often as required. The best results are achieved with a series of treatments. Teens with acne often benefit from three treatments a week apart followed by monthly maintenance treatments, while anti-aging protocols call for once monthly treatments.

Whatever your phase of life, the HydraFacial promotes skin health by deep, gentle cleansing followed by infusion of vitamins or serums customized specifically for you. Best of all is that there is no down time or redness after the treatment, and it can literally be done during your lunch hour.

- Dr. Patrick Flaharty of Azul Cosmetic Surgery and Medical Spa is a specialist in facial cosmetic surgery and recently published a 21st century guide, Look Younger Now: Fillers, Face Lifts and Everything in Between.  Azul Medical Spa includes two Southwest Florida office locations: 13470 Parker Commons Boulevard, Suite 101 in Fort Myers and 23451 Walden Center Drive, Suite 400 in Bonita Springs.  For more information on the Laser Hair Removal or to make an appointment, please call (239) 415-7576 or visit



Skinn Cosmetics Plasma Fusion Serum Foundation & Illusion Foundation Brush

Skinn Cosmetics Plasma Fusion Serum Foundation & Illusion Foundation Brush

The next generation of flawless is here!

Introducing Skinn Cosmetics’ Plasma Fusion Serum Foundation ($32), the brand’s first serum-strength foundation. A super fusion of light-refracting and line-diminishing Plasma pigments coupled with anti-aging peptides, barrier repair technology and hydrating botanical actives create a perfectly flawless, soft-focus, less-lined look without a heavy, cakey feeling.

Skinn’s next-generation Plasma pigment technology spreads, covers and re-arranges itself evenly, allowing filling spheres to work and color to set. The result: long-lasting performance and wash-off resistant minutes after application.

The foundation’s Tetrapeptide-14 Delivery Matrix combines a redness-diminishing peptide, the antioxidant properties of tea, and the soothing quality of honey to produce a brighter and more even complexion. Rubixyl®, a unique age-defying peptide, helps activate and maintain the expression of aging receptors to help reverse the appearance of wrinkles while reinforcing the skin barrier to help retain moisture.

All this innovation in one foundation helps your skin look younger, even after the foundation is removed!

Designed specifically for use with the Plasma Fusion Serum Foundation, the Plasma Fusion Illusion Foundation Brush ($25) allows you to create the desired flawless, soft-focus finish effortlessly. The dome shape of the brush makes it easy to buff and blend the foundation, while its synthetics fibers caress your skin leaving an even application. No streaks here!

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