Brighten With Nitrogen
During a cryofacial, also called cryotherapy, a machine-operated device pumps liquid nitrogen onto the face to brighten skin, tighten pores, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and age spots. Cryofacials are primarily done to treat the face, but may also treat the neck and décolletage.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Prior to undergoing the cryofacial, patients should drink lots of water and avoid heavy exfoliation and products that could irritate the skin. Patients should also avoid receiving Botox and other injectables for at least two weeks.
The patient will need to remove any jewelry and put on goggles. Once the machine is turned on, the liquid nitrogen will be directed towards the patient’s face.
Then, the practitioner will apply a moisturizer or serum to the face. Patients may also choose to undergo a second facial.
The provider will begin by cleansing and drying the patient’s face. In some cases, the patient’s face may be steamed and gently massaged to support lymphatic drainage.
THREE MINUTES OF COLD
Treatment will feel like sticking the face into a freezer, but shouldn’t feel unbearable. The nitrogen will be pumped onto the patient’s face for about three minutes.
The facial will be done in a well-ventilated room to prevent oxygen deficiency. Patients may feel temporary numbness or tingling of the face.
How The Cryofacial Works
The intense cold pumped onto the face causes the blood vessels to contract and the pores to tighten.
Once the skin is back to its normal temperature, the blood vessels quickly dilate, causing an increased flow of blood and oxygen to the face.
This makes the skin look glowing and vibrant and the lips may appear more plump.
The Recovery Process