The Difference Between Spa Facials and Medical Facials


Facials are often equated with pampering: luxury experiences that leave your skin feeling refreshed. But what a facial should do is give you results. Unlike in a spa, a medical facial is administered by a medical aesthetician who not only understands the skin, but is also trained in advanced skin care and works with your dermatologist to customize and facilitate an effective treatment plan particularly for you.

Spa facials are typically the same for every client despite their skin type or conditions and are intended to soothe and relax rather than clinically treat your skin, while medical facials include an analysis of your skin issues and are then designed to meet your objectives by treating your skin beyond merely surface level cleaning.

Medical facials and procedures use medical grade products designed by dermatologists that produce visible, long-lasting results. So, whether you’re looking to slow the aging process, treat acne scarring, or eliminate brown and red spots, medical facials are an affordable and effective option to meet your skin care goals.

Benefits of Medical Facials

1. Beyond the Surface

Medical facials work by treating the skin from the inside out, going beyond its surface to truly restore and rejuvenate your skin’s health. Our procedures preserve and cleanse the skin, encourage collagen stimulation, improve circulation, exfoliate and remove toxins, and correct skin imperfections by improving the skin’s appearance and its health. Because medical facials work at the cellular level, accounting for your skin’s shedding and regeneration cycles, you’ll notice improvements instantly.

2. Customization

As mentioned, spa facials aren’t customizable; estheticians use the same products and processes for every client. In contrast, medical facials begin with a skin analysis where our medical aestheticians and dermatologist assess your skin’s distinctive issues and concerns and create a customized treatment plan for addressing them. Whether you want to treat acne, aging, or rosacea, our team can create a customized medical facial plan to treat your skin type, texture, and tone specifically. No two people have the same skin, the same response, or the same goals so we work to design a plan that suits you and reaches your goals whether you’re looking for a more aggressive or gentle approach.

3. Medical Grade Products

Where traditional spa facials tend to be full of perfumes, oils, and irritants, at Rao Dermatology, we use exclusive, medical grade products to create customized facials that are noninvasive, low-risk, and effective. Knowing that an actual dermatologist backs and approves the products we use in our medical facials gives you comfort and assurance that you’re making the best decisions for your skin health.

Our Medical Facial Services

At Rao Dermatology, we’re dedicated to giving you clear, clean, and smooth skin using a synergistic approach that enhances your skin’s health. Our philosophy includes prevention, treatment, and maintenance to achieve and preserve your skin care goals and medical facials play a key role in preventing, treating, and maintaining your clear and healthy skin. We offer the following medical facial services:

Chemical Peels

We exclusively use SkinCeuticals’ medical grade skin care products in our chemical peels to exfoliate and stimulate collagen production, effectively improving the skin by reducing acne scarring, minimizing sun damage, evening tone, and smoothing texture. Our chemical peels are cost-effective and, when done regularly, keep your skin glowing, radiant, and flawless.


Using a medical grade, tipped wand comprised of natural diamond chips, microdermabrasion polishes your skin, removing and sucking up the dead skin cells and leaving your complexion soft, supple, and firm. Because microdermabrasion is a mechanical exfoliation, it opens up the skin, making it ripe for deep penetration with serums and skin care products and it effectively minimizes scars, discolouration, and fine lines.


This medical procedure involves using a fine needle to poke the skin, leaving what’s called a micro-injury. While it seems counterintuitive, these micro-injuries stimulate collagen production and open the skin to receive serums that plump the skin, fill in lines, and improve discolouration – it’s been used for decades to treat facial scars and is proven to improve both texture and firmness.

Part of customizing your treatments includes blending services where needed. Depending on your goals and issues, you may benefit from a combination of medical facials and dermal filler, neuromodulators, or platelet rich plasma. But whatever your concerns or budget, we work with you to create the best treatment plan for your skin.

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Our Treatments For Acne Scarring

Suffering with acne is bad enough, but dealing with acne scarring just adds insult to injury. Toss in aging and sun exposure to the mix, and those scars inevitably become more noticeable as time passes. Since approximately 95% of acne sufferers end up with permanent scarring that causes both hyperpigmentation (brown and red marks) and pitted scars, its impact, emotionally and psychologically, is substantial: acne scarring is a risk factor for suicide and is linked to poor self-esteem, depression, anxiety, embarrassment, anger, and even unemployment.

acne scarring treatment edmontonBut you don’t have to suffer in silence because Rao Dermatology offers a number of customized treatments that can erase or minimize acne scarring’s marks and indentations.

Our experienced and knowledgeable doctors will assess your type and extent of scarring (atrophic, hypertrophic, or keloidal) together with your age and specific skin type to develop a course of treatment tailored just for you.

Below is an overview of the acne scarring treatment options we offer at Rao Dermatology in Edmonton:

Laser Treatments
Laser treatments are the quickest way to reduce the impact acne has on your skin. An extremely precise procedure that produces intense monochromatic light, laser treatments use photothermolysis to breakdown selected tissues in the skin. Dermatologists have been using laser therapies for over 35 years, and Dr. Rao is an acclaimed international expert and researcher in the laser field. Under his skillful guidance, we choose the most optimal treatment for your skin. We offer a variety of laser treatments to reduce or eliminate acne scarring: Intense Pulse Light (IPL), Laser Genesis, Nano Laser Peel, Sciton Profractional, Q-Switch Laser, Excel V, Cynosure Smart Xide, Sciton Halo, and Micro-Laser Peel. All of our laser treatments are non-invasive and proven to reduce skin damaged by acne scarring.

Dermal Fillers
Known for plumping up skin, dermal filler aren’t only used for aging, they are also an effective acne scarring treatment. Dermal fillers add volume to the skin using natural or synthetic materials that are injected into the face to increase volume and smoothness. Particular effective for pitted scarring, dermal fillers provide almost instant results, but they do require follow up treatments to maintain the effect. At Rao Dermatology, your doctor will determine which filler is best for your skin, but we carry Juvederm®, Restylane®, Revanesse, and RADIESSE®.

Medical Facials
On their own, medical facials can minimize acne scars, but depending on your scarring, they may work best in combination with laser treatments. At Rao Dermatology, the medical facials we offer include chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and microneedling. Medical facials are known to reduce superficial scarring by removing the top layer of skin; as the skin heals, its surface appears smoother and fuller. In contrast, microneedling uses tiny needles to penetrate the dermis, which also stimulates healing to treat texture and tone.

Daily Advanced Skin Care
A proper skin care regimen is essential to maintain healthy, youthful skin by preventing, treating, and maintaining your skin’s health. Typically used in tandem with other treatments, our skin care products optimize and prolong the benefits of our acne scarring treatments like laser treatments, dermal fillers, and medical facials.

Our product of choice is SKinceuticals, an advanced skin care line backed by science and committed to the highest, medical grade formulation standards. SkinCeuticals’ acne products not only fight and prevent acne, but they also help improve the skin’s acne scarring by lightening dark spots, evening skin tone, and firming complexions.

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Medical Facials Edmonton

So you wake up with a random cold, uncommon rash, or consistent chest pains; the solution is simple, right—you immediately book an Medical Facialsappointment to go see your doctor- that is common discourse. Well what about waking up with acne, aging skin, and a wrinkle-ridden face, would you still call a doctor? The truth is, you should call your dermatologist.

Medical Facials are becoming more and more common as the demand for advanced in-depth and professional facial treatments increase. It is unsurprising then, that clients are booking and rebooking their appointments to secure the best care for their face and skin. Using a technique that combines the most superlative SkinCeutical ingredients with advanced customized facial assessments, practitioners expose clients to a facial that stimulates and exfoliates the skin thereby improving and enhancing the feeling and appearance of acne, wrinkles, and pigmentation.  In addition to the medical benefits, these facials require very little downtime; yet, produce results worthy of the ranks of advanced treatment programs of the same nature. The biggest question you’ll probably ask yourself about medical facials is whether or not it is for you. The answer: there is no way it could not be for you. It is easy to sell yourself short by purchasing over-the-counter drugstore products that attest to unrealistic results. The most cost effective way to abandon that disappointment is to submit to a routine medical facial and secure optimal care that keeps your skin radiant, rejuvenated, and most importantly, healthy.

Edmonton’s Rao Dermatology facilitates medical facials at the highest caliber. We specialize in medical facials that are both reparative and preventative. Our practitioners are not only invested in client care and satisfaction, but we are also invested in being experts in this field. Consequently, periodic research and evaluation is of the utmost importance.

It should be apparent now that your face and skin demand the attention of flus and stomach pains. Your whole body is your temple, not some parts. Therefore, remedy it with a medical facial treatment that will boost your facial immune system and your confidence!