How & Why Advanced Facials Works

Advanced Facials

Advanced Facials have been popularized by celebrities… but even if you never read the tabloids at the Save-On Foods checkout, you may now be curious.

Advanced Facial are a Health Canada approved collagen stimulating therapy, ideal for treating ageing skin on the face, neck, eyes, hands and décolletage. It is commonly used in the treatment of hair loss – more below. Key: it uses the patient’s own platelets extracted from a small sample of their blood.

As we age, collagen and elastin become depleted in our skin causing lines, wrinkles and thin skin. Advanced Facials are designed to reverse this: improve the texture and tone of the skin, helping it become progressively thicker, tighter and suppler.

Advanced Facials improve texture and reduces fine lines. However, it is not magic silver bullet – there simply aren’t any quick or cheap fixes to the march of time! So it is best with other anti-aging therapies (eg regular SPF, skin care products, laser treatments or Botox/dermal filler).

Process & How it Works

Advanced Facials start with taking a small sample of the patient’s blood with a syringe.

Next, the blood sample is spun in a medical centrifuge (about 10 minutes, onsite) to concentrate the plasma.

Finally, the patient’s own plasma is then infiltrated (injected and/or massaged) into the desired areas. Activation causes platelets to release essential growth factors and signaling proteins, which are responsible for the wound-healing process and skin rejuvenation.

Various Methods to Deliver Advanced Facials

There are several common methods of delivering the plasma into the treatment area:

  1. A medical energy radio-frequency (RF) device, like Fractora, micro-punctures the skin. Fractora+Advanced Facials promises the most results (in terms of collagen growth).
  2. Microneedling: a pen-sized medical device (eg Eclipse MicroPen Elite) delivers a series of micro-needle punctures.
  3. Syringe: a very fine-gauge needle is used to inject the serum.

Advanced Facials take approximately 30 to 60 minutes to perform.

Downtime & Risk

First off, Advanced Facials should be performed by a doctor or qualified nurse in an accredited medical facility.

Advanced Facials are not new – it has been used effectively for years in the treatment of burns, orthopaedics, ophthalmology and physiotherapy to accelerate wound healing. It is considered quite safe: a very low risk of any complication.

What makes Advanced Facials enticing for many is that it doesn’t use anything foreign or artificial – there is virtually no risk of an allergic reaction – making it a rather safe choice.

There is a chance of some redness, swelling or bruising with Fractora (possibly a few days), but much less so with Microneedling (any effects subside in hours typically).


Patients typically pay $500 to $1000 per treatment (depending on the clinic and/or areas treated and/or amount of serum used). Typically at least two treatments are recommended, and a treatment regime of three treatments is commonly recommended for optimum results (more possibly for hair, see below). Treatments are separated by approximately a month each. More treatments are often needed for scar treatment or hair growth stimulation. As stated, each patient needs a personal consult.  

Advanced Facials Conclusion

Advanced Facials are an increasingly popular treatment. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to brighten up your face – or to stimulate hair growth – and you can do this pretty quickly via an Advanced Facial, with few side effects and a short recovery time. 

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