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Clinical Facials

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St. Luke’s clinical facial providers are among the Lehigh Valley’s most skilled and experienced. Our specialists are all licensed healthcare practitioners, having completed extensive training that leads to a rigorous certification process. And due to our large network of over 12 hospital sites, we have access to the latest technology. These resources allow us to perform effective treatments with results you can be proud of. 

What are clinical facials?

Clinical facials cleanse your skin of irritants while improving your skin’s quality and appearance. Facials complement your at-home skincare regimen to purify and rejuvenate your skin, providing lasting results. 

When compared to spa facials, clinical facials are focused on skin health. As a result, they are typically more advanced and performed in a medical clinic.

Clinical facials are a vital part of maintaining healthy skin. Each treatment is customized to fit your needs and achieve your desired outcome. 

 If you want to learn more about clinical facial treatments–or schedule a consultation with a clinical facial provider–then contact St. Luke’s Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery.


Clinical facials are for any adult looking to reduce toxins and improve overall skin quality. Some of the most common skin conditions addressed include the following:

  • Dull skin
  • Acne
  • Signs of aging
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Dark spots
  • Hyperpigmentation

While clinical facials can remove irritants, they aren’t suitable for all skin conditions—like sagging skin, deep wrinkles, and more serious skin conditions. However, they can support your skin’s long-term health.

To determine if clinical facials are right for you, schedule a consultation with a St. Luke’s provider.

Getting clinical facial treatments can positively impact your wellbeing and self-confidence. The following list includes some of the most commonly reported benefits:

  • Cleaner pores
  • Exfoliation
  • Reduced bacteria and dead skin cells
  • Fewer whiteheads or blackheads
  • Healthier glow
  • Tighter skin

In addition to deeply cleansing your skin, clinical facials have a relaxing effect and increase circulation. Clinical facials are a non-surgical way to give you a more youthful appearance.

As with all cosmetic procedures, clinical facials have risks. Some of them include the following:

  • Irritation
  • Redness
  • Breakouts
  • Dryness

Your provider will review a complete list of risks before getting your consent.

Before the procedure

Although there is no significant preparation, there are several simple ways to get your skin ready for your clinical facial at St. Luke’s Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. Some of them include the following:

  • Avoid changing your skincare routine
  • Pluck or shave any necessary facial hair (at least 24 hours before)
  • Stay hydrated
  • Exercise before the procedure (not after)

On the day of your procedure, ensure you show up early to fill out paperwork–and bring any current skincare products you use.

During the procedure

Your doctor will work with you to determine the best approach to achieve your desired results. There are many types of facials—but they all can make your skin healthier and give you a youthful glow. So whether you’re treating hyperpigmentation or acne, your skin can benefit greatly from a facial treatment.

After the procedure

Your face may be slightly inflamed and pink, but this should subside within several hours. As your skin heals, you’ll start to notice improvements. For an optimal outcome, you’ll need monthly treatments—but the results should last for at least one month.

Recovery from a clinical facial is manageable and should have minimal impact on your daily life. Here are some tips for a smooth recovery:

  • Don’t touch the healing skin
  • Keep extra heat off your face
  • Avoid makeup (one day)
  • Avoid other facial treatments (two days)
  • Stay out of the sun (several days)