Latest update: February 26, 2024
Medically reviewed by: Jennifer Trent MD, FAAD


Facials are beauty treatments performed in a spa, salon, or doctor's office. They help cleanse the skin, remove dead skin, hydrate, and target concerns like acne or aging. Facials are gentle on the skin and can be used on any skin type to address each patient's specific problems.

Facials are often combined with other procedures, such as chemical peels, radiofrequency treatments, dermaplaning, high-frequency microcurrent treatments, light treatments, or micro-needling to achieve better results.

Oxygen facials are great for recovering from intensive laser resurfacing treatments. This treatment helps with the overall healing process.

Facials are customizable to each patient's specific needs and goals. The session begins with cleansing the skin.  Next, the complexion is analyzed to personalize the treatment. The skin is exfoliated to remove dead skin cells and blackheads. The face, neck, and decolletage are massaged before applying a treatment mask. Finally, serum and moisturizer are applied at the end of the session. The average facial lasts about an hour.  The results of facials last for up to 2 weeks and must be maintained with regular sessions to keep the skin looking fresh and rejuvenated.

Besides the facials performed in spas and salons, there are facials only offered in a doctor's clinic called medical facials. The products used during medical facials have active ingredients with higher concentrations than those used at a spa and require a doctor's supervision. This increased potency ensures superior results.

One example is the stem cell facial, also known as the Vampire Facial. During this treatment, 
plasma is extracted from the patient's blood. It is then applied to the skin as an anti-aging treatment to encourage collagen production.

Another treatment is the 30-minute HydraFacial which is personalized to target many skin concerns. The device cleanses the skin, exfoliates, and applies booster serums. These serums contain antioxidants and Hyaluronic Acid to keep the skin protected, calm and moisturized. With regular sessions, medical facials can significantly improve the skin. They can diminish scars, reduce fine lines, and brighten the skin.
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$17 Vs. $750 Facials • Ladylike

Safiya takes her friends on a "Ladylike Worth It Skincare Adventure". In this video, they explore the difference between cheap facials and expensive facials. Safiya begins by explaining that this can't be done in one day as it is recommended that a week be left between facials. The video details the three ladies' journey as they try an at-home facial, an express facial, and, finally, the ultimate... The Cleopatra Facial. Which will win out?


Alexandra Garza tries the Vampire Facial / the Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Microneedling and films her journey for her YouTube channel. She talks about why she decided to do this treatment. She considers whether this treatment is worth the cost and shares her thoughts on her experience.

Vampire Facial? We tried Microneedling with PRP! | The SASS with Susan and Sharzad

The SASS tries Microneedling with Platelet Rich Plasma. Sharzad Kiadeh and Susan Yara headed to Beverly Hills to talk to Dr. Paul Nassif and Dr. Grace Lee Peng about Microneedling with PRP. Dr. Nassif explains how the treatment works and Dr. Peng talks through the reasons why people use this treatment. They explain the process and talk about pain and discomfort levels. Sharzad and Susan try the facial. Will the results live up to the hype?

I Froze My Face For $400 | Beauty With Mi | Refinery29

Mi-Anne Chan goes to the Joanna Vargas Spa to try the Supernova facial for Refinery29. This video shows the whole process. Joanna explains each step and Mi-Anne talked through her experience and some of the skincare masks, creams, and serums used. Will the price tag match the results?