That said, you may notice a difference even if you aren’t treating hair loss in other ways. “If you do have a lot of build-up on the scalp that’s interfering with the hair strands growing out, then this is a helpful treatment,” Dr. Shirazi adds. “It’s not a hair-stimulating treatment but more of a deep-cleansing treatment to unclog pores and exfoliate the scalp. Similar to a facial, exfoliation will allow better penetration of other products.”

“It works as a stand-alone treatment,” Florida-based board-certified dermatologist Jeffrey Fromowitz, MD, concurs — with an asterisk. “But the best results have been seen when it is a part of an overall plan that includes other treatments.”

Regardless of your expectations, there’s no harm — and a fair amount of enjoyment — in getting Keravive. Dr. Shirazi calls it “a relaxing treatment designed to cleanse, exfoliate, and hydrate the scalp,” and who can really object to that? 

What happens during a Keravive treatment?

The most obvious difference between the original HydraFacial and HydraFacial Keravive is where on the body it’s performed: HydraFacial occurs, of course, on the face, whereas Keravive is focused on the scalp. And because the goals between the two are somewhat different — most people don’t go into a HydraFacial hoping to improve hair growth on their faces — the treatments differ in some ways.

“It is a three-step treatment using the HydraFacial machine and its vortex technology,” Dr. Fromowitz explains. Two of the steps take place in the office or spa you’re visiting, and the third is done at home.

“The first step is to cleanse and exfoliate in the office using a vacuum to extract any dirt, oil, or buildup from pores,” Dr. Shirazi says. This HydraFacial Beta HD solution, formulated for exfoliation, is used for this step — “Beta” refers to the beta hydroxy acid in the formula, salicylic acid. And that’s more or less where the similarities between Keravive and the original HydraFacial end.

“The second step is ‘kiss and twist’ with the actual Keravive booster serum,” Blancato says, adding that the step-two solution features a proprietary blend of growth factors and proteins. “We ensure proper contact with the scalp and ‘pucker’ it into the skin.” After fully saturating the treatment area, a scalp massage is performed for five to 10 minutes, which Blancato says is an important step for patients who are trying to encourage hair growth — and just really nice for everyone else.

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