An exfoliation method called dermaplaning has recently made a buzz in the beauty world. And while some skin gurus equate it to simply “shaving your face,” this treatment is so much more than that. When performed by a cosmetic dermatology professional, dermaplaning can transform your complexion from dull to radiant.
Dermaplaning is an exfoliating skin treatment in which a dermatologist or medical esthetician gently removes dead skin cells with a thin blade. This blade resembles a scalpel, and the dermatologist uses light upward strokes to shave off small sections of skin at a time. The process also removes peach fuzz, revealing smoother and more even skin. Some of the main benefits of dermaplaning include:
So, who is a candidate for dermaplaning? This treatment can be a great option for treating a number of skin concerns, including sun damage, dry skin, and shallow wrinkles. Dermatologists may also recommend it to reduce acne scars.
However, keep in mind that dermaplaning is more gentle than some other cosmetic treatments. Your dermatologist may recommend services like chemical peels and microdermabrasion for more severe acne scars, sun damage, wrinkles, or overall congested skin. They may also advise against dermaplaning for anyone with acne, rosacea, psoriasis, eczema, or an active sunburn. However, your dermatologist will suggest treatments based on your unique skin needs.
Most dermaplaning treatments take about 30 to 40 minutes. After you settle into the office, your dermatologist or medical esthetician will make sure that your skin is clean. They will then gently pull your skin while scraping it with the dermaplaning tool, holding the blade at a 45-degree angle. You might feel some light tingles, but you likely won’t feel any pain. As they scrape the skin, dead skin and hair will come off.
One your dermatologist finishes the treatment, they will apply a moisturizing cream or ointment to soothe the skin. They may also apply SPF to protect your sensitive skin from the sun. Since dermaplaning is a non-invasive treatment, you can return to your normal activities following your appointment.
While dermaplaning has few side effects, you might notice some skin redness, soreness, and swelling in the days after your appointment. These symptoms are especially common in the first few hours. Some people may also experience a tingling or burning sensation, which can make eating or talking uncomfortable. Scabbing can occur, so be sure to call your dermatologist with any concerns. They may want to treat this scabbing.
Keep in mind that your skin may be more sensitive after your dermaplaning treatment, including when it starts to grow back. It’s important to always wear sunscreen to protect this new skin from damage.
Ready to reveal smooth and radiant skin? Contact the team at Pacific Dermatology Specialists today. Located in Carson, CA and the surrounding area, our licensed dermatologists are proud to offer dermaplaning among our wide selection of treatments. Visit us online to view a full list of our services and learn more about our dermatology and cosmetic center.