A Field Guide to Facial Rejuvenation

Or, the who, what, where, when, and why of facial treatments.

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Where to Find Them

Day spas, medical spas, some medical offices.

What They Do

Facials are available in hundreds of different iterations in countless locations, from spa facials that aim to relax to more advanced clinical facials for certain skin concerns, such as dryness or dullness. During a typical facial, an aesthetician uses steam to open your pores, with the help of scrubs, cleansers, and creams.

The overarching goal is to clean and moisturize skin, and many treatments also use special sterile tools to remove blackheads, a procedure called “extraction.” Some people find extractions uncomfortable, and you can ask that your aesthetician omit this step.

Facials can leave skin deeply cleansed and hydrated, but don’t expect a significant reduction in wrinkles, spots, or texture troubles after a single treatment. Many people choose to have facials regularly in order to keep skin soft and glowing, or as an essential part of a “treat yourself” afternoon.

Insider Tip

If you enjoyed a particular product used during your facial, don’t be afraid to ask about it. There’s a good chance the spa or office sells it themselves.

Chemical Peels

Where to Find Them

Day spas, medical spas, some medical offices.

What They Do

With their customizable blends of alpha hydroxy acids, antioxidants, and other skin-loving ingredients, a chemical peel is often the procedure of choice for people who want to resurface their skin beyond what at-home scrubs can do.

Chemical peels can be light, removing the very outer layers of the skin, or go deeper for a longer-lasting improvement. Peels come in array of formulations to treat everything from dark spots to fine lines, though some may require more than one session for full results. If you’re going for a deep peel, it’s important to see a qualified aesthetician in a medical setting to make sure your procedure is safe for you and your skin.

Insider Tip

Deep peels may require a couple of days off from work, depending on how your skin responds. Some clinically significant peels cause days of redness and peeling, and you may not feel comfortable being seen by your coworkers. Be sure to ask your aesthetician how long you can expect to be out of commission, so that you can plan accordingly.

And regardless of the depth of your peel, any peel at all will make your skin very sensitive to sunlight. Be sure to protect your skin from the sun in the days and weeks following the treatment.

Surgical Intervention

Where to Find It

Plastic surgeon’s offices.

What it Does

Surgical intervention is the most significant option for improving the face, of course, going beyond the skin to reposition and remove muscle, fat, and other tissue. Although most people think of a facelift when they think of facial surgery, there are plenty of other options, such as eyelid surgery, brow lift, and even chin augmentation.

After plastic surgery, you’ll need to stay close to home for about a week. But that initial investment pays off in the form of results that last for years — up to 10, according to the Quatela Center for Plastic Surgery, which offers facelift and other surgical options to Syracuse patients.

Insider Tip

If you’re thinking of going the surgical route, be sure to see a board-certified plastic surgeon. Board certification indicates that the surgeon has undergone rigorous testing and a decade or more of training. Choosing a board-certified surgeon is one of the best things you can do to ensure a good result.