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Exploring the Differences With a Medical Grade Facial vs Spa Facial: Insights from Bella Sante

medical grade facial being done on a woman at a med spa clinic in Saskatoon

Facials serve a variety of purposes, catering to different preferences. While some prioritize relaxation and pampering, others seek targeted treatments to address specific skincare concerns and achieve visible outcomes.

Whether you're a seasoned facial-goer or new to the experience, we're here to help you differentiate between a medical facial vs spa facial. This way, you can make an informed decision about which option is best for you!

At Bella Sante, a medical spa in Saskatoon, we prioritize your individual needs above all else. Our focus is on providing result-oriented treatments that address the underlying causes of skin concerns, including sun damage, hyperpigmentation, signs of aging, and acne.

In this article, our expert team of medical estheticians has crafted a comprehensive guide, looking into the distinctions between medical-grade facials and spa facials. We aim to empower you on your personal skincare journey and help you make educated decisions about the treatments that best suit your needs.


Medical Grade vs Spa Facial

medical facial vs spa facial in saskatoon
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A spa facial, performed by an aesthetician, combines traditional and modern techniques to exfoliate, soothe, and hydrate the skin. With the use of botanical serums, exfoliants, oils, and lotions, a spa facial gently treats the superficial layers of the skin (epidermis and upper dermis), resulting in a soft and glowing complexion. This type of facial is perfect for those seeking relaxation and indulgence.

On the other hand, a medical-grade facial is exclusively delivered by a highly trained medical esthetician who has received specialized training. This advanced treatment goes beyond the surface and targets deeper skin layers (dermis) using clinically formulated solutions. It effectively addresses specific concerns such as sun damage, pigmentation, acne scars, fine lines, wrinkles, and overall skin texture.

The process of a medical-grade facial begins with a thorough analysis of the skin and a discussion of the client's concerns. A customized treatment plan is then created, utilizing physician-developed, medical-grade skincare products. This results-oriented approach ensures a highly effective facial treatment with visible and long-lasting effects.

Some common examples of medical-grade facials include:


5 Must-Know Medical Grade Facials at Bella Sante

  1. Chemical peels

  2. Diamond Glow Microdermabrasion

  3. DP4 Micro-needling

  4. Morpheus8

  5. Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

1. Chemical peels offer a quick and efficient method to revitalize and brighten your skin. The Obagi Blue Peel ® utilizes a low concentration of trichloroacetic acid (TCA), a medical-grade solution. What sets it apart from deep-depth TCA peels is its unique blue base, which slows down its penetration into the skin.

The Blue Peel is a highly effective treatment for addressing pigmented skin concerns caused by sun damage, melasma, or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH). Additionally, its medium-depth application can help reduce the appearance of fine lines by promoting the production of elastin and collagen in the skin.

2. Diamond Glow Microdermabrasion is an indulgent 3-in-1 facial that has become a beloved choice at our clinic, especially for those new to facial treatments or patients seeking a maintenance option. The diamond facial harnesses the power of dermal-infusion technology, effectively exfoliating, extracting, and hydrating the skin. It also serves as a valuable long-term solution for addressing dryness, dehydration, signs of aging, pore reduction, and overall skin brightening.

"One of the benefits of having these treatments is they are color-blind and can be done any time of the year (with or without tan)."
- Bella Sante Medical Aesthetician

Bonus tip: Add dermaplaning before a Diamond Glow facial to promote serum absorption and maintain longer-lasting supple skin.

3. Elevate your facial treatment experience with DP4 Micro-needling. This advanced technique takes your skincare routine to the next level by utilizing micro-needles to create controlled micro-injuries that stimulate collagen production deep within the skin. Micro-needling effectively accelerates collagen production, visibly reducing signs of aging and improving various types of acne scars, including icepick, atrophic, and hypertrophic scarring.

4. Morpheus8 combines microneedling and radiofrequency for a results-driven treatment. The micro portals created by micro-needling enable precise delivery of powerful RF energy, stimulating collagen production. Morpheus8 is unique because it can penetrate deeper into the skin compared to traditional micro-needling treatments.

It allows for precise customization, as the depth of treatment and energy levels can be adjusted based on individual needs and desired outcomes. This versatility makes Morpheus8 suitable for various areas of the body, including the face, neck, and body.

5. Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) delivers controlled thermal energy to the skin's surface, gently heating it. This process helps fade hyperpigmented lesions and redness while stimulating collagen production. IPL is the gold standard for treating rosacea, redness, and sunspots (freckling due to sun damage).


Why Choose a Medical-Grade Facial?

Medical-grade facials are administered in a highly regulated clinic. At Bella Sante, our team of physicians, nurses, and medical aestheticians strictly adhere to standardized protocols, ensuring the safest devices and techniques for your desired aesthetic and therapeutic outcomes.

We understand the importance of individualized skincare journeys, so we provide personalized treatment plans tailored to your specific needs and goals. In addition to treatment recommendations, we go above and beyond by thoroughly assessing your skin and suggesting the most suitable medical-grade products. Additionally, we provide guidance on proper home care to ensure you can maintain and continuously improve your results.

Key takeaways:

  • Personalized treatment plan with targeted recommendations.

  • Assessment of your skin for optimal product selection.

  • Guidance on proper home care beyond treatments.

  • Commitment to your long-term success and continuous improvement.


Start Your Unique Skincare Journey with Bella Sante

Book a consultation today with one of our skilled treatment designers and experience our top-level service and care at either of our locations in City Park or Stonebridge, Saskatoon.

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