Saving Face.

While going through this horrendous winter season, I noticed my face has been taking a lot of abuse from the cold and dry elements. My skin’s been feeling tight, dull, and exceptionally dry- the texture is just a mess. A friend of mine recommended I get a facial treatment called the HydraFacial™ (a medical grade facial), something I wouldn’t have normally booked. I’m so blown away by the results that I MUST share my experience and introduce AHStyle friends, clients, and readers to Dr. Farr, the skin guru.

Dr. Kyle Farr is a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner with 10 years of experience in the medical field and the owner of the Center For Cosmetic Enhancement in Plymouth, MI. With a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Madonna University, Dr. Farr gained experience in the O.R. of Detroit Medical Center, moving on toward general surgery. This led to scrubbing in for plastic surgeries and piqued an interest in the cosmetic/aesthetic field.

Furthering his education, Dr. Farr received a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Cincinnati, followed by earning a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Oakland University. Dr. Farr worked in internal medicine and began to offer Botox and filler services. With such a high interest in these products, Dr. Farr began to take medical aesthetic training classes through the Esthetic Skin Institute based out of Ft. Lauderdale. This hands-on program works with expert physicians out of major cities and has been called the “true pioneer” in medical aesthetics.

My overall experience with Dr. Farr and the HydraFacial™ service was of the utmost comfort and professionalism. With a full schedule, I wasn’t looking forward to a lengthy spa process, the robe-slipper-tea pageantry. I was so thrilled to learn the Center For Cosmetic Enhancement is a boutique medi-spa, offering medical grade facial treatments without having to take off your sad, salty boots in the dead of winter (or changing!), and is a one-room office making privacy a non-issue. The HydraFacial™ was so contained, my hair was completely untouched by product and my skin showed very minimal signs of irritation- I went on with my day as if I had gotten my nails done. So incredible.

I chatted with Dr. Farr about how the HydraFacial™ is often referred to as “the lunch-time facial” because of the way it leaves you looking fresh and not red; you’re able to go back to work with zero down-time. With his experience and my voracious interest in all things beauty/skincare related, I asked if I could share his knowledge and professional opinion with my AHStyle circle. Dr. Farr graciously agreed and below you’ll find an in-depth interview where we cover everything from HydraFacial™ details to preemptive steps to aging, as well as what ingredients we should be looking for in our washes and moisturizers. Let’s save face!!

 

AHStyle: What is the objective of the HydraFacial™?

Dr. Farr: It’s an overall facial rejuvenation with additives based on the client’s needs. For example, a 45-year old female client worried about forehead wrinkles and lines between the eyes, who doesn’t want Botox, would benefit from a HydraFacial™ product called DermaBuilder. This helps plump up those areas and contains a botanical chemical that helps paralyze the muscle on the surface so it won’t wrinkle and move as much. It has short-term results lasting about four days.

 

How long is the HydraFacial™ service from start to finish and what is the process of the facial application?

The HydraFacial™ uses a vortex technology that forces the serums we use through the hand piece, spins them around a vortex tip, and moves across the skin, which is the exfoliating element- then vacuums it out.

The first step is a glucosamine wash, which is going to soften and prep the skin. We then put the glycolic peel on and the glycol is able to get into the pores and soften dirt and debris. The vacuum is then slightly turned up for the pain-free extraction process where it’s going to clean out blackheads, dirt, debris, dead skin cells and at that point we can add any extra serum, such as the DermaBuilder.

Another serum we use is called Britenol, which is a brightening serum that treats age spots, discoloration, and hyperpigmentation. The final step in the HydraFacial™ process is the hyaluronic wash. The hyaluronic acid lays on the surface of the skin and holds 1,000 times its weight in water, making it able to provide a moisture blanket to the skin and leaves you with a dew-kissed look. The HydraFacial™ process takes about 30 minutes.

 

Why are facials important?

Any exfoliation to the skin triggers collagen and elastin, which are crucial to maintaining healthy, rejuvenated skin. You have to get those dead skin cells off your skin, dry skin is what causes wrinkles so you need to have hydration- it’s critical. The permeability of the skin decreases as those dead skin cells build up, so even the market’s best anti-aging products won’t work to their fullest if it can’t get to healthy skin. Studies show the drastic difference in absorption between untreated skin and post-facial skin and the results are ten-fold.

 

Who and what kind of skin is a perfect candidate for the HydraFacial™?

All skin types can benefit from the HydraFacial™. The HydraFacial™ is also good for clients with skin conditions like rosacea. Rosacea tends to build up layers of dead skin and is hard for clients to shed, so it’s a great exfoliant for that. For people with coarse or rough skin, we can use diamond tips with the HydraFacial™ machine to help get a deeper exfoliation. For more mature skin, it helps decrease fine lines and wrinkles. This facial can even be done day-of for special events before getting your makeup done- it creates a smooth and even canvas for makeup artists.

 

How often should we get a medical grade facial?

If you’re looking to decrease fine lines and wrinkles, I always suggest booking 3 sessions and attending them weekly. After the 3 weeks, we then just do maintenance, which is about one facial every 4-6 weeks.

 

When do we start to see the results of a HydraFacial™?

Instantly– you leave your appointment noticing a difference in your skin, especially the next morning.

 

What can we expect to see improve in our skin after this service?

Tone improves; you’re not going to a have any dullness of the skin. Your skin looks luminous from the inside out and will have a healthy dewy glow. It’s going to also help improve acne and shrink pore size if we target problem areas with the HydraFacial™ light therapy.

 

How do we maintain the results of the HydraFacial™ until our next visit? 

The best way to maintain results is by using appropriate skincare products. Make sure you moisturize, protect your skin with a broad-spectrum sunscreen; this helps prevent discoloration and hyperpigmentation (age spots). Wash your face, keep your skin clean.  Don’t sleep in your makeup, use a Neutrogena wipe to at least get most of the makeup off your skin.  Make sure you’re using high quality products.

 

In your professional opinion, what is the most important thing when taking preemptive steps toward aging skin? 

Hydration. Moisturizing is crucial. Keeping skin hydrated and healthy is key.

 

What can women with mature skin do to help slow down the development of fine lines and rejuvenate their skin?

Proper skincare and protecting the skin. Always wear at least a 30 SPF, I recommend using 50. And periodic facials will take off the layers of dead skin cells, allowing your moisturizers to work deeper and more effectively.

 

Which active ingredients should we be looking for in our face washes and moisturizers?

If acne is a problem, the glycolic washes are good as long as they’re not too high of a percentage. For mild skin, I recommend a 2.5%, if you have really oily skin and a lot of acne problems, you could go up to a 10% glycolic wash. Washes with essential oils for the skin are always good too.

As you age, if hydration is an issue, invest the money in a product that has hyaluronic acid because that molecule holds water, so it keeps your skin hydrated. Look for peptides, hyaluronic acid, vitamin C and E, antioxidants in moisturizers. If you’re looking to decrease fine lines, products with retinol help with that. Make sure you’re buying products that list the percentage- some contain too much Retinol and can irritate the skin, others don’t contain enough and are ineffective.

 

What other services do you offer at the Center for Cosmetic Enhancement?

We offer chemical peels, PRP (Vampire facelift), microdermabrasion with the diamond tip for more precision, Botox, fillers, and Latisse for eyelash growth. I do all of these services myself, I don’t come in and only assess the client and then have a medical assistant do the procedure. I’m hands-on with our clients from start to finish; it’s all done by me.

To book your service with Dr. Farr at the Center For Cosmetic Enhancement, visit www.enhanceMI.com or call (734) 259-2804 and be sure to mention reading about their office on the AHStyle blog!

Pricing information:

  • HydraFacial™- $119 (additives are an extra charge)

       Lifetime Fitness offers their HydraFacial™ for $150

  • Botox – $8.95 per unit

   Forehead can be anywhere from 12-20 ($100-$180) based on how deep and how many wrinkles. Crows feet are        on average 12 units per eye

 Call Dr. Farr’s office for any additional pricing!