What to Expect From Dermaplaning
Your skin goes through a lot over a lifetime. As part of its regenerative processes, it sheds dead skin cells and collects debris on the surface. This can cause it to look dull and flat even with your best skincare products. One easy option to transform your skin is dermaplaning, which removes the surface layer of the skin with a surgical blade. Dermaplaning is generally safe for all patients and requires no downtime for healing, which makes it a good option for busy people who want to look their best. Here’s what to know about this option.
What is Dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning involves the use of a surgical scalpel that “shaves” off dead skin cells on the surface. It also removes the fine hairs that normally grow on the facial skin, called vellus hairs or peach fuzz. As a result, the skin looks smoother, brighter, and more even in texture. It can help reduce acne scarring and give your skin a radiant, glowing look. However, your results can begin to fade as your skin continues its regenerative processes. Fine vellus hairs will continue to grow on treated skin, but will not grow any thicker or darker as a result of treatment. To maintain your improved look, treatments should be scheduled 4 to 6 weeks apart.
Preparing for Your Procedure
To ensure the best results from your dermaplaning procedure, you should make sure you avoid the sun exposure and use a broad-spectrum sunscreen for one week before your appointment to prevent skin sensitivity. Stop using manual or chemical exfoliation products for 3 to 5 days before treatment. Wash your face with a gentle cleansing product to avoid outbreaks. If you have acne outbreaks, you should re-schedule your dermaplaning until they have healed properly.
What Happens During Dermaplaning
Dermaplaning is painless, but you may experience a mild stinging or scraping sensation during the procedure. During dermaplaning, your skin technician will carefully slide the surgical blade over the surface of the skin, moving from one area to another. This should only ever be performed by a skincare professional. The procedure generally takes 20 to 30 minutes. After treatment, your technician will apply a soothing compound to reduce sensitivity along with sunscreen to protect your skin.
You will be advised to wear sunscreen every day after your dermaplaning procedure to avoid damage to the skin. You can continue your usual activities but should avoid any strenuous activities as a precaution. Avoid using facial scrubs or other harsh products. Use plain water or a gentle cleanser to wash your face and pat dry. You’ll receive detailed instructions to follow after each treatment to get the best out of your skin.
Schedule a Consultation
Dermaplaning can be a great way to brighten your skin and enjoy a more radiant appearance without the need for lengthy recovery periods. You can often combine other facial treatments with dermaplaning to maximize your results. Your Michigan Advanced Aesthetics skincare specialist can discuss your best options during a consultation, so we invite you to contact our Rochester Hills office by calling or filling out our online form.