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The Best Facial NYC has to Offer: Benefits of a Medical Facial vs. Spa Facial

Conveniently located to serve New York City, Tribeca, and The Upper East Side

When most people envision a facial, it conjures up images of cucumbers covering the eyes while relaxing in a state of pure opulence. While this may sound luxurious, it doesn’t solve common skincare woes, such as fine lines, acne, or dry skin. Those who are seeking the best facial results over relaxation instead turn to medical facials. Medical facials are less focused on pampering and more focused on addressing common skincare problems to revitalize and rejuvenate the skin using high-quality, medical-grade equipment and skincare products.

At Tribeca MedSpa and SkinLab by Tribeca MedSpa, we offer the best facial NYC has to offer, bridging the gap between “spa” and “medical,” offering a luxurious relaxed treatment, but with the added benefits of medical grade products and innovative technologies used under physician supervision.

Why Get a Facial

Every effective skincare regimen focuses on prevention as part of the process. Whether preventing sun damage with sunscreen or preventing fine lines and wrinkles with serums, it is much easier to prevent damage to the skin than it is to repair it later.

Regularly scheduled facial treatments are an important part of a comprehensive skincare routine, and are key to achieving healthy, hydrated, clear skin. When exfoliated on a consistent basis, the skin cell turnover rate increases, resulting in a more youthful and brighter skin tone.

A medical facial offers immense benefits, even at the earliest signs of skincare dilemmas, to prevent the problems from getting worse over time. It also encourages patients to keep up with their regular skincare routines while learning more about the specifics of their skin as they work with a board-certified dermatologist or medical aesthetician.

Some of the most common skincare concerns addressed by a medical facial include:

  • Signs of aging
  • Dry skin
  • Uneven skin texture
  • Acne

Differences Between Medical Facials vs. Spa Facials

Spa Facials

Facials administered in a salon or day spa setting are a popular service. Here, the treatment is all about the element of relaxation and the experience of being pampered. While the spa may offer several types of facials, in essence, they are all similar with no customization to address specific skin concerns. Additionally, whether clients opt for the inclusion of anti-aging or skin-brightening products, the products and method of application are standard for each client. and these products are not always medical grade.

Medical Facials

While technicians perform spa facials in a salon or day spa, a board-certified dermatologist or  a licensed aesthetician who works under the supervision of a physician administers a medical facial. The setting is less focused on pampering and relaxation and is instead a sterile, medical environment.

Likewise, a medical facial is not selected from a standard service menu. The dermatologist, physician assistant or aesthetician creates a custom medical facial treatment for each client to address their specific needs. Because the facial is personalized and the products used are more potent, the benefits of a medical facial last significantly longer than spa facials, especially when combined with an effective at home skin care regimen and proper diet.

Benefits of a Medical Facial

After a traditional spa facial, most clients will love the way their skin looks and feels immediately after the treatment. Unfortunately, this feeling can fade, leaving them disappointed by the subtle, temporary improvement in the appearance of their skin. On the other hand, a medical facial is designed to be more effective and longer-lasting than these spa treatments.

Medical facials rely on the use of medical-grade skincare products and equipment to produce more dramatic results than the botanicals and lotions used at a day spa. Medical-grade products can penetrate the skin more deeply and, thus, work from the inside out rather than at a surface-only level.

More importantly, the best facial is designed specifically with each client’s skincare needs in mind. A board-certified dermatologist or licensed aesthetician will conduct a thorough pre-treatment skin analysis to identify the products and medspa services needed to produce the desired results. For example, a client may have concerns about both acne and sunspots. With a customized medical facial, these specific concerns can be addressed and there is no need to choose a “one-size-fits-all” option as in a traditional spa.

In general, a medical facial vs. a spa facial includes:

  • In-depth skincare analysis
  • Formulated facial treatment based on your needs and desires
  • Medical-grade equipment and dermatologist approved products
  • Sterile, clean and professional environment
  • Knowledgeable and licensed provider
  • Long-lasting, below the surface results
  • Thorough aftercare instructions and follow-up treatments

Choosing the Best Facial for You

To start, an experienced dermatologist or aesthetician will evaluate your skin. During this evaluation, they will create a unique treatment plan that blends medspa services with an at-home skin regimen to optimize your facial results. Some of our most popular facials include:


Using patented technology to expertly cleanse, extract and hydrate the skin while using customized skin serums to target your specific concerns, this treatment is designed to get your skin glowing in under an hour.

Signature Facial

During the Signature Facial, we cleanse, exfoliate, perform extractions and apply a customized mask. To enhance this facial, we add a Laser Genesis treatment to stimulate collagen, improve elasticity and eliminate the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Aquagold Facial

This treatment perfectly doses your personalized skin cocktail, leaving your skin flawless with zero downtime. Your specialized formula can contain a mixture of stem cell, dermal filler, BOTOX, Vitamin C, or PRP.

CBD Facial

The CBD Detox Facial increases circulation, reduce inflammation, release puffiness around the eyes, and instantly diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Anti-Acne Facial

This treatment will include a deep cleanse, exfoliation, extractions, an antimicrobial laser and a detoxifying mask that will help draw out impurities and prevent periodic or ongoing breakouts. Many people opt to add a chemical peel to enhance their results.

Get the Best Facial NYC has to Offer

Since 2006, our team of award-winning Physician Assistants and Medical Aestheticians has been led by Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Gerald D. Ginsberg, who ensures that we remain at the forefront of medical advances and anti-aging innovations that transform skin health and body aesthetics.

With locations in Tribeca and the Upper East Side (SkinLab by Tribeca MedSpa), we focus on comprehensive, results-oriented, and highly customized skincare and body contouring treatments that promote optimal health. We tailor our premium services to meet the specific, personal concerns of our discerning clients – so you always see your best reflection in the mirror.

Book a consultation at Tribeca MedSpa today to develop a one-of-a-kind medical facial in NYC.