How Much Does a HydraFacial Cost?

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Last Updated:  August 13, 2018

A HydraFacial, sometimes referred to as HydraFacial MD, is a non-evasive, non-abrasive, non-laser cosmetic procedure designed to clean, extract and deposit serums into the skin.

Sometimes referred to as a hydradermabrasion, the treatment uses a vacuum-like machine to suck up the dry skin and help extract the clogged pores.  Once the top layer is then exfoliated, the hydrating serums are used, often customized to each individual.

The HydraFacial treatment is commonly recommended for dry skin, acne, fine lines and wrinkles.

How much does a HydraFacial cost?

The cost of HydraFacial treatments will greatly depend on which professional you use, your geographical region, the reason for the treatments, the length of the session and how many treatments you will need to see desired results as most people will need more than one session to see improvements in their skin.  The average price per session, as noted by multiple customers who bought sessions in the past, were in the $125 to $330+ per session range, with the average patient needing anywhere from six to 12 sessions to see results.  In most cases, if you purchased sessions in bulk, many professionals may give you a discount.

Additional add-ons, ranging anywhere from $25 to $60 each can be added to the sessions as well but are considered to be completely optional.  We will talk about this in our next section.

Kelly at, for instance, was quoted $195 for a 30-minute session to as much as $350 for a 90-minute session, and according to her esthetician, the HydraFacial treatments are often performed as packages of six or 12.

Kim at also talked about her experience with the HydraFacial treatment, claiming she paid $150, but this didn’t include the $40 tip.  After the session was done, she noted it wasn’t as effective as IPL and saw no change in her hyperpigmentation, but she did recommend it for those who wanted no downtime or didn’t want the discomfort of related treatment options.

Dr. Lawrence Broder, via this Q&A, said his office will charge $149, but add-ons are available for an additional $25 to $40 each, depending on what you need.

Optional add-ons to consider

Britenol boost:  Recommended to help reduce dark spots, target sun damage and even out your complexion.

Dermabuilder:  Can help decrease the signs of aging by adding acetyl octapeptide-3 and other related skin conditioning peptides.

Growth factor boost:  Additional antioxidants are added to the treatment and is recommended for those who suffer from fine lines and wrinkles.

LED light therapy:  This add-on can help reduce acne, bacteria and inflammation.

Manual pore extraction:  An add-on often recommended for those who have excessive clogged pores.

What is a HydraFacial?

To HydraFacial is performed via a machine known as the HydraFacial MD by Edge Systems.  This multi-step system using its patented 4-in-1 Vortex Technology™ will help cleanse, exfoliate and extract dead cells from the skin and will then rejuvenate the skin by injecting a serum that’s infused with hyaluronic acid, antioxidants and peptides.

During the treatment, the machine uses a unique, spiral suction tip that is able to dislodge impurities and deliver the serum deep within your skin’s pore by opening them up.  The entire process can be done in an outpatient setting and is considered to be painless, with very little downtime.  While some people may note some redness and/or tightness on their skin, it often subsides a few hours after the treatment commences.

The procedure – what to expect

All HydraFacial sessions are broken up into four sessions as part of the company’s patented 4-in-1 Vortex Technology™ explained below:


The first step starts with the cleaning and exfoliating the pores by using the blue tip of the device, a step which feels as if a gentle toothbrush was smoothing away dead skin or makeup.

Acid peel

The next step, using a gentle glycolic/salicylic acid solution, will help cleanse your pores, helping reduce acne formation as well as loosen up any deeper dirt, sebum and dead skin from the pores.  At this time, a Glysal™ serum is infused into the skin, with physician’s offering a medical grade acid, as high as 30%, while spas can only do a 7%, according to


After loosening up the debris, your technician will then use a vacuum-like device that’s designed to suck out any oil, dead skin, dirt, blackheads or any impurities in general.  This device, which is shaped like a clear cup attached to a nozzle, will collect everything, allowing you to see exactly what came from your face during the treatment.

Serum application

Lastly, depending on your goals and desired results, a serum, containing antioxidants, moisturizers and a mixture of vitamins via a vortex-infusion tip, is infused, enhancing your results.

HydraFacial side effects

Since the treatment doesn’t use laser technology, it will not vaporize the skin cells, therefore, inflammation and/or crusting often isn’t a concern, according to  However, as with any treatments, side effects can occur, with the most commonly reported side effects including skin irritation or redness, but for most, this often subsides within a day or so.

HydraFacial vs microdermabrasion

Both procedures are considered to be non-invasive and can target many of the common problems patients often consider the treatment for such as dead skin cells, fine lines and enlarged pores; however, the key difference here, according to the Baltimore Center, will be the gentle touch since the HydraFacial treatment session will be much gentler than a microdermabrasion.  Since a microdermabrasion uses small crystals or an abrasive tip, more patients do report more redness, sensitivity or discomfort in general after the procedure.

Aside from this, HydraFacials have the ability to customize each procedure as per the patient’s desired results, far exceeding a microdermabrasion.

As a perk for a microdermabrasion, however, will be the price, seeing the average microdermabrasion treatment can cost as little as $75, while a HydraFacial treatment can cost two to three times this.

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Was it worth it?  

  1. Michelle (Phoenix,  Arizona) paid $100 and said:

    Found a local Groupon deal and thought it was the best $100 I ever spent! This has now become a necessity for me and I cannot recommend it enough.

    Was it worth it? Yes

  2. Remy (San Diego,  California) paid $180 and said:

    Paid at my local medical spa and as long as you find someone who truly LOVES what they do, it will make the difference. Just make sure you use a medical grade session to receive a higher concentrate.

    Was it worth it? Yes

  3. Shannon (Dallas,  Texas) paid $130 and said:

    My face today simply feels fresh, clean and looks smooth as glass.. really! My pores look smaller and I’m really hoping it can attack my acne as time goes on.

    Was it worth it? Yes

  4. Kiera (San Mateo,  California) paid $300 and said:

    Worth every cent.

    Was it worth it? Yes

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