3 Benefits Of a Medical Facial vs. Spa Facial

There are many benefits to getting a facial from a licensed medical aesthetician in a dermatology practice vs. a spa setting.

1. Healthy Skin From the Inside Out

If you want your skin to glow and look its absolute best, see a board-certified dermatologist and a licensed medical aesthetician. A regular skin care regimen including periodic cosmetic treatments and medical facials in addition to the right products for your unique skin type is just as important as eating a healthy diet, drinking plenty of water, exercising regularly, and getting enough sleep. Just adding products to the outside of your skin is not enough to truly restore and rejuvenate your skin health.

2. Personally Customized Treatment Plan

Ninka, a medical aesthetician, works closely with our board-certified dermatologists and physician assistants to analyze and assess your personal skin needs. Whether it’s teen or adult acne, aging skin, rosacea or melasma that is bothering you, our dermatology team will listen to your concerns and customize a treatment plan including medical facials to properly care for your skin type, tone, and texture.

3. Medical Facials Work on A Cellular Level

Your skin takes 3-4 weeks to complete a full “life-cycle”of shedding and regenerating skin cells.  We recommend scheduling a medical facial, microdermabrasion, or chemical peel treatment every 4-6 weeks for maximum benefits. You’ll begin to notice improvements to your skin tone, texture and appearance instantly!

What to Expect During a Medical Facial

Deep Pore Cleansing

The first step of a medical facial is a deep pore cleansing. Ninka uses medical grade SkinCeuticals products and equipment which assist in a deeper cleansing of the skin without disrupting its natural barrier function, which has a balanced pH, oils and lipids that are essential to skin’s health.

Skin Analysis

The second step of a medical facial is a thorough skin analysis and discussion of your concerns. Ninka is trained to “see” the skin with her fingers, so she will touch the skin as she looks at it under a magnifying lamp to assess your skin needs. She will then determine your skin type and the products and treatments she will use for your customized medical facial.


Exfoliation, either physical (microdermabrasion crystals) and/or chemical peels (acids and enzymes) stimulate cell renewal, removes dry skin, breaks down stubborn discoloration (brown spots) and fades post-breakout (red/dark) marks. Exfoliation also allows active ingredients to absorb deeper within the skin for maximum skin renewal and optimal results.


Steam warms the surface of the skin, making it more receptive to treatment (masks, serums, etc.). It also enhances circulation and softens debris inside the pores for easier removal of blackheads and whiteheads.

Face, Neck and Décolletage Massage

Helps to promote lymphatic drainage–in other words, it removes toxins and reduces fluid retention. By flushing out these toxins we also promote circulation, which leaves skin glowing and more youthful looking.

Manual Extraction

Any congestion of the pores  such as blackheads or whiteheads will be removed. Having extractions performed regularly helps keep skin looking smooth and your complexion clear.  Ninka is trained on how to properly remove these impurities and how to treat the skin afterward.


Used at the end of the medical facial, masks help lower the temperature of the skin to reduce redness and to deeply hydrate. Masks are also important because they target specific skin conditions. They can be soothing, calming, moisturizing, purifying, or stimulating and work in different ways depending on your skin type and condition.

Tone, Hydrate and Broad Spectrum SPF

These last few steps are the most important part of the facial.  Ninka will use a toner to restore the skin’s natural pH, and to help prepare the skin for proper absorption of moisturizer.  After the toner, she will hydrate the skin by applying a moisturizer suited to your skin type. Moisturizer is imperative to any skin care routine, regardless of skin type, as it replenishes much-needed water back into your skin. Lastly, Ninka will apply a Broad Spectrum SPF product that will protect your skin from damaging UVB (sunburn) and UVA (aging) rays.

The Life Cycle of a Medical Facial

Immediately afterward your skin radiates a healthy glow.

48-72 Hours Skin is Hydrated and looking healthy as circulation has been improved.

28-48 Days Cells Regenerate and the long-term benefits of a medical facial and proper cosmeceutical care is achieved.

So what's the first step to healthy, more youthful-looking skin? Optimal results occur with consistent medical facials every 4-6 weeks. Come in for a complimentary consultation and skin analysis with Ninka to assess your personal skin needs and start a treatment plan right away. We guarantee your skin will look and feel better immediately with the proper consistent care and treatments.

Call 240-482-2555 to schedule an appointment with Ninka. She is available in the Chevy Chase office on Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 9am to 4pm.