The Contrast Between Medical Grade Facials and Spa Facials with Guelph Medical Laser & Skin Centre

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Facials offer a range of experiences, tailored to diverse preferences. While some prioritize relaxation and indulgence, others seek targeted solutions to address specific skin concerns and achieve visible transformations.

Whether you've had countless facial journeys or just dipping your toes into the world of skincare, we are here to give a breakdown of medical grade facials and spa facials. Our mission is to empower you with the necessary knowledge to make well-informed choices that perfectly align with your unique goals and desires.

At Guelph Medical Laser & Skin Centre, located south of the Greater Toronto Area, we prioritize your individual needs above all else. We are committed to delivering outcome-driven treatments that target the root causes of various skin concerns, such as sun damage, hyperpigmentation, signs of aging, and acne.

In this article, our team of expert medical aestheticians meticulously crafted an in-depth guide that explores the contrasting features of medical grade facials and spa facials. Additionally, we have included a list of treatments in the medical grade facial category.

Let’s get right to it!


Medical Grade vs Spa Facial

medical grade facial vs spa facials

A spa facial, expertly performed by an aesthetician, blending time-honored techniques with contemporary practices to deliver a rejuvenating experience that exfoliates, soothes and hydrates the skin. Through the application of botanical serums, gentle exfoliants, nourishing oils, and luxurious lotions, a spa facial delicately tends to the surface layers of the skin, namely the epidermis and upper dermis.

The outcome is a velvety-smooth and radiant complexion that emanates a youthful glow. Designed for those seeking relaxation and indulgence, a spa facial offers a blissful escape from the everyday.

In contrast, a medical grade facial transcends the realm of traditional aesthetics as it is exclusively administered by a highly trained medical esthetician who has undergone rigorous specialized training. This advanced treatment surpasses superficial skincare concerns and ventures deep into the dermal layers of the skin, where transformative changes occur.

Harnessing the power of clinically formulated solutions, a medical-grade facial skillfully addresses specific skin issues such as sun damage, hyperpigmentation, acne scars, laxity, fine lines, wrinkles, and overall texture irregularities.


Some common examples of medical grade facials include:

HydraFacial, Diamond Microdermabrasion, Chemical Peel, Microneedling, and Vampire Facial.


5 Must-Know Medical Grade Facials at Guelph Medical Laser & Skin Centre

Chemical peels offer a quick and efficient method to revitalize and brighten your skin. It effectively exfoliates the outermost layer and encourages the development of new, healthier skin cells. As a result, the skin undergoes a rejuvenating transformation.

We offer the Vivier Jessner Peel, a key offering from the renowned Vivier medical-grade skincare line. This innovative peel combines a potent combination of Salicylic Acid, Lactic Acid, and Resorcinol.

The Jessner treatment offers a highly concentrated medium to deep peel suitable for all skin types. This peel targets hyperpigmentation, including sun damage and scarring, while also reducing fine lines and minimizing pore size for tighter and smoother skin texture.


Hydrafacial is a customizable medical-grade treatment that seamlessly integrates multiple facials into a single transformative experience.

By merging the benefits of microdermabrasion with invigorating hydration and gentle exfoliation, it achieves remarkable outcomes, unveiling a complexion that is visibly clearer, radiant, and more breathtaking than ever before.


HydraFacial has several options associated with the treatment. By adding different "boosters" to the treatment, patients are able to address specific concerns they may be having.

- Guelph Medical Laser Aesthetician


DP4 Microneedling is an advanced technique that takes your skincare routine to the next level. It utilizes microneedles to create controlled micro-injuries, stimulating collagen production deep within the skin.

Microneedling effectively accelerates collagen production, visibly reducing signs of aging and improving various types of acne scars, including icepick, atrophic, and hypertrophic scarring.


Morpheus8 creates precise microportals using microneedling. Targeted radiofrequency energy is then delivered deep into the skin, triggering a robust collagen production response.

Setting itself apart from traditional microneedling approaches, Morpheus8 possesses the ability to penetrate deeper into the skin, producing unparalleled outcomes for textural concerns, scars, acne scars, and skin tightening for the face, neck, chest, and different body areas.


PRP Facial: Also sometimes called “vampire facial”. PRP stands for Platelet-Rich Plasma, a medical aesthetic procedure that rejuvenates the skin due to the PRP’s regenerative and growth factors.

The procedure starts with a nurse or physician extracting a small amount of the patient’s own blood, which is then processed to separate the PRP from the rest of the blood components. It pairs effectively with microneedling, allowing the PRP to penetrate the deep layers of the skin through microchannels.


Why Choose a Medical Grade Facial?

At Guelph Medical Laser & Skin Centre, our dedicated team of physicians, nurses, and medical aestheticians deliver medical grade facials within a meticulously regulated clinic environment. We adhere strictly to standardized protocols, employing the safest devices and techniques to achieve the aesthetic and therapeutic results you desire.

Recognizing the significance of personalized skincare journeys, we prioritize individualized treatment plans tailored specifically to your unique needs and goals. Our commitment extends beyond mere treatment recommendations.


Key features of medical grade facials:

  • Personalized treatment plans with targeted recommendations
  • Building a medical-grade skincare routine to protect and prolong your investment
  • Guidance on proper home care beyond treatments
  • Commitment to your long-term success and continuous improvement


While consulting with the patient, we will determine what it is they are looking to achieve by receiving a medical grade facial. We will also assess the skin to ensure there are no contraindications to treatment such as very active acne.

- Guelph Medical Laser Aesthetician


Start Your Unique Skincare Journey with Guelph Medical Laser & Skin Centre

Book a consultation today with one of our expert treatment designers and indulge in the unparalleled level of service and personalized care we offer.

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