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Hydrafacial in Santa Cruz, CA

Exfoliate, extract, and hydrate skin with the HydraFacial. The HydraFacial uses a unique, patented Vortex-Fusion that uses spiral design to deliver painless extractions. Uncover a new layer of skin using gentle exfoliation, remove debris from pores, nourish skin, and saturate the skin’s surface with antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, and peptides to radiate. 

Patients report great results with HydraFacial. With several HydraFacials, you will see less wrinkles, clear skin, a reduction in fine lines and a more even skin tone. HydraFacial enhances the results delivered by other treatments, insuring lasting results. We particularly recommend combining HydraFacials with Laser treatments.

HydraFacial can be customized for individual concerns. When you tell your esthetician about your issues, they will adjust the serums to meet your personal needs.

Hydrafacial in Santa Cruz, CA

Frequently asked questions

Does a HydraFacial remove wrinkles?

You’d need a more intense treatment (like a deep chemical peel, laser resurfacing, or even a mini lift) to remove deep wrinkles and folds. That said, a series of HydraFacial treatments can improve the look of fine lines and more superficial wrinkles.

What happens during a HydraFacial treatment?

Cleanse & Peel

It starts off much like any other professional facial does, with a deep cleansing of your pores—but it goes much deeper than a topical application. The cleansing process includes a mix of botanical cleansers and hydrating, soothing ingredients. The pen-like HydraPeel tip whisks away makeup and dirt. 

Next is the exfoliation phase, which uses a mix of glycolic and salicylic acids to help shed the dead top layer of skin cells and uncover a more radiant-looking complexion. As with any chemical exfoliating treatment, you may feel a bit of tingling, but because it’s a mild peel, you shouldn’t feel it sting or burn. 


Then a vacuum-like tip called the vortex-extraction nozzle suctions out blackheads and any remaining impurities from deep within your pores. This vacuum step stimulates lymphatic drainage, helping boost circulation while removing excess fluid and waste. 

Depending on your level of sensitivity or your desired results, your aesthetician can choose one of six different tips for the device that range from gentle to more aggressive. 


Next, your facial infuses a targeted serum—a customized cocktail that includes hydrating ingredients, antioxidants, peptides, and collagen. 

There are 11 different boosters available that can help reduce fine lines and wrinkles, energize and brighten the skin, improve firmness, or target other concerns. Ingredients include stem cells, growth factors, peptides, and acids, as well as botanical extracts.


Before you go, your provider will apply moisturizer and sunscreen.

Despite all the deep cleaning, peeling, exfoliating, and extracting, patients love this pampering procedure.

Can you have fillers or Botox at the same time as a HydraFacial?

Yes, it is possible to have a HydraFacial with other treatments.  If this is your preference, its important to let the staff know so they may schedule your appointments in the appropriate order.  HydraFacial can be done first, followed by Botox and/or Filler.  It is not recommended to have a HydraFacial right after receiving Botox or Filler.

Are there any HydraFacial side effects?

Most people can go back to their normal routine immediately with no side effects, but your skin may look a bit blotchy. If you have very sensitive skin or allergies, you might need a day or two of downtime for the redness to subside, before you go back to work.

Your skin should look hydrated and radiant, with a more even skin tone.  Some people report dry and flaky skin due to the peel portion of the treatment.  In order to avoid this, its recommended to avoid retinol or skin exfoliants before or after your HydraFacial appointment.

How long do HydraFacial results last?

Your HydraFacial results—deeply hydrated, glowing skin and a more even complexion—should last at least five to seven days with one treatment.  You will also notice a lightening of the skin.

Longer-lasting results can be achieved through a series of monthly HydraFacials and maintenance treatments.

Is a HydraFacial safe?

The treatment is considered very safe for all skin types, tones, and ages.

Dr. Small has the experience and expertise to treat individual facial anatomy because there is no one else exactly like you. We are serving the communities of Santa Cruz, Aptos, Watsonville, Capitola, Soquel, Scotts Valley. Call 831-475-1077 to book your appointment today. Your skin will thank you.