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Dermaplaning: What to know before you try it

You’ve probably already heard about dermaplaning, the popular exfoliation treatment that women and men across the country are falling in love with.



You’ve probably already heard about dermaplaning, the popular exfoliation treatment that women and men across the country are falling in love with. But we bet you don’t know just how effective this quick, noninvasive treatment can be.

Dermaplaning revitalizes the look and feel of your skin by sloughing off dead skin cells, removing peach fuzz, and minimizing the appearance of fine lines and scars.

What Is Dermaplaning?

This treatment is essentially a manual exfoliation of the skin using a 10-gauge surgical steel scalpel. The scalpel, held at a 45-degree angle, is used to gently scrape the surface of your skin as it is held taut. In addition to removing dead cells and the fine hairs known as peach fuzz, this type of exfoliation also stimulates the regeneration of new skin cells, revealing a smoother, softer, and more vibrant complexion.

What Are the Benefits?

This treatment is great for your skin. And because it is a quick and noninvasive treatment, many patients find it to be a very convenient exfoliation option. Here are some of the benefits this treatment offers:


Immediately Visible Results

Removing facial hair and dead skin cells has an almost immediate effect on the way your face looks. Many patients notice that their complexion is visibly brighter and refreshed as soon as the treatment concludes. The way the skin feels to the touch also improves immediately. Many patients say this treatment leaves their face as soft as a baby’s bottom.


Fast Treatment

This treatment is a great choice for schedule-crunched patients who can’t afford a lot of downtime. Most treatment sessions take 30 to 45 minutes, meaning you can work an appointment into your lunch hour and then immediately get on with your day.


And because this treatment is completely noninvasive, you won’t need to spend time preparing or recovering from your appointment. Because of the speed and ease of this treatment, as well as the nourishment it provides, some fans refer to it as a lunchtime facial.


Minimizes Fine Lines, Wrinkles, Acne Scars

This treatment encourages skin cell rejuvenation, which helps minimize the look of fine lines and wrinkles for a more youthful appearance. Additionally, this form of exfoliation results in a more even skin tone, which may soothe the redness associated with acne scarring. Patients with hyperpigmentation, or darker spots on the skin, also see benefits from this treatment.


Unclogs Pores

As dead skin cells build up, they clog pores and hair follicles. Getting rid of those dead cells instantly opens up the pores, ridding them of excess dirt and oils and leaving you less prone to acne breakouts.


Skincare Products Will Be More Effective

Dermaplaning boosts the overall effectiveness of your everyday skincare products. In the days immediately following a treatment, your face will be hairless and your pores will be extra clean. This will allow your serums, moisturizers, and the other products you use at home to penetrate deeply and work more effectively. This treatment can also improve the effectiveness of other skincare techniques, so some patients combine it with peels and other services at our clinic.


Easy Application of Cosmetics

The smoothness of your skin in the days following a treatment will also make it much easier to apply cosmetics, allowing you to cut down on the amount of time you spend getting ready in the morning. You’ll also feel better about the way you look when wearing cosmetics because you won’t have facial hair, which stands out when wearing facial powder or a layer of foundation.


Widely Effective

Some hair-removal treatments are more effective on some patients than others. Dermaplaning, however, is safe and effective on most patients. It works on all skin tones and skin types. This treatment can also be a good exfoliation option for patients with limitations that keep them from seeking out other services, including pregnant women and patients with ultra-sensitive skin or rosacea.


Relaxation

In addition to the other dermatological benefits this treatment offers, many patients find the treatment itself to be relaxing and enjoyable.


What Should I Expect From a Treatment?

We’ll first schedule an initial consultation with you, where we’ll review your skincare needs and determine if this treatment will help you achieve the results you are looking for. During your first appointment, we’ll cleanse your face and apply a solution that opens up the pores.


We’ll then use the surgical steel scalpel to gently exfoliate your face, working in quick, sweeping strokes. You may hear a light scratching or whispering sound as the blade glides across the surface of your skin, but you won’t feel any discomfort. Some patients say the sensation is similar to shaving your legs in the shower with a manual razor.


Because this treatment does not permanently remove hair, you’ll want to schedule regular appointments to maintain the effects. The facial hair on each individual grows at a different rate, but many patients allow about 4 weeks between appointments. That amount of time gives your skin the time it needs to rejuvenate after the dead skin cells have been removed.

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