Dermaplaning is one of the most effective exfoliation treatments available for the face. It has been offered at finer cosmetic providers for almost 20 years now.
Dermaplaning is a simple and safe procedure for exfoliating the epidermis and ridding the skin of fine vellus hair (peach fuzz). It’s quick, and can be done on your lunch hour. We skim off the fine upper layers of dead skin and hair leading to resurfaced and exfoliated skin. This is the ideal treatment to prepare thin skin for peels in patients who cannot tolerate Micro-Dermabrasion. It is also non-traumatic and leaves the skin smooth, vibrant and supple.
IS DERMAPLANING A SAFE PROCEDURE?
Dermaplaning should be offered by trained professionals only. While dermaplaning is very safe, because the procedure involves the use of a sharp instrument the risk of small nicks and cuts (similar to those maintainted while shaving) remains. For most professionals who regularly provide dermaplaning services the incidents of cuts are few.
If you find a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, it is likely that their office staff has been trained correctly. It has been used for many years, but many estheticians don’t even know it exists, and certainly, many don’t use it.
Because dermaplaning is a quick procedure with few to no adverse effects, it has quickly gained popularity among cosmetic medical providers across the country. Using a scalpel and a delicate touch, the provider simply abrades the surface of the skin using light feathering strokes.
WHO IS THE IDEAL CANDIDATE FOR DERMAPLANING?
Dermaplaning is most often used on patients with rough, dry skin, superficial hyperpigmentation, mild acne scarring, or fine lines and wrinkles. The treatment results in a more refined, smooth, “glowing” appearance.
WHAT AREAS CAN BE TREATED WITH DERMAPLANING?
Dermaplaning is performed exclusively on the face, although we do not treat the eye lids or nose.
HOW OFTEN CAN YOU HAVE THIS TREATMENT?
Patients can come in as often as once a month and the process can remove about 2-3 weeks of accumulated dead skin cells. Coming in more often is not recommended because it can interfere with the skin’s normal renewal cycle and may cause peeling from over-exfoliation, because the body will not yet have created enough new skin.
HOW LONG DOES DERMAPLANING TAKE?
The session can be over in as few as 20 minutes and the process is gentle enough that most patients can go out for lunch or dinner afterwards without red skin or signs of irritation. The exfoliation benefits can lead to a reduction in wrinkles and often to a reduction in the appearance of scars and other imperfections.
IS DERMAPLANING SUITABLE FOR ALL SKIN TYPES?
Patients will all skin types can benefit from dermaplaning. However, dermaplaning providers often advise against treatments for those with acne scarring and overactive subaceous glands. Contact a doctor for a consultation if you are concerned about whether dermaplaning is right for your skin.
DERMAPLANING REMOVES HAIR. WON’T IT GROW BACK THICKER?
Although merely an old wives’ tale, many patients are often concerned that the hair will grow back heavier and darker after dermaplaning. This is not the case. As long as the hair is superficial vellus hair, it will grow back at the same rate and texture as before the treatment.
CAN DERMAPLANING BE DONE WHILE YOU ARE PREGNANT?
This is a great treatment to offer to patients who are pregnant or nursing who want a deep exfoliation, but are not allowed to use peeling agents on their skin because of the risk that the chemicals will be absorbed into the blood stream. It is also a first choice for patients who have excess vellus hair on the skin. This hair often causes a buildup of dirt and oils in the follicles, so removing the hair gives the patient healthier looking skin.
IS THERE ANY DOWNTIME INVOLVED?
There is no downtime associated with this procedure. The patient should be educated about the importance of using sunscreen to reduce the chance of hyperpigmentation.
ADD DERMAPLANING TO MICRONEEDLING OR HYDRAFACIAL MD
The only contraindications to dermaplaning include an allergy to nickel, numerous raised lesions on the skin and inflamed acne.
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