Dermaplaning is an exfoliating procedure using a straight-edge blade. The treatment will allow products and laser therapies to penetrate the skin more easily. Your skin will be brighter and smoother immediately afterward. This treatment can be performed alone or in combination with other therapies to treat fine lines, vellus hair and pigmentation irregularities.
How Dermaplaning Can Change Your Skin
If you’ve experienced blemishes, discoloration, or acne scarring on your face over the years, you know how challenging it can be to find an exfoliation system that gives effective results. One treatment option to consider is dermaplaning. Dermaplaning is a maximum exfoliation technique that can remove and reduce the appearance of fine lines, sun spots, dead skin cells, and superfluous hair from your face. This technique utilizes a microblade to skim and scrape these particles and pollutants off in a noninvasive and painless manner. While dermaplaning is considered to be an effective treatment for many skin conditions, it is important to avoid it if you’re currently taking medications like Accutane, Retin-A, or Renova, since these treatments may cause undue irritation and discomfort during the dermaplaning procedure. Dermaplaning should be delayed by three to four days if you’ve recently tanned or used any exfoliating scrubs to allow your skin time to heal. If none of these conditions apply, you may be an excellent candidate for this innovative exfoliating system.
What is dermaplaning and how does it work?
During a dermaplaning treatment, a qualified aesthetician will soothe your skin with a serum that cleans, moisturizes, and prepares your skin for the procedure. Your aesthetician will then scrape a microblade tool at a 45-degree angle across your skin. Afterward, a soothing balm is applied to the skin to both nourish and hydrate it. This stand-alone treatment will effectively remove peach fuzz, light blemishes, fine lines, and dead skin cells in a quick and painless manner. Many patients report the entire experience is pleasant and relaxing. Dermaplaning can be used with chemical peels depending on your skincare needs, though many patients find the dermaplaning itself is enough to see a difference in the quality of your skin’s texture and appearance.
The benefits of dermaplaning vs. using other exfoliants
Dermaplaning offers a wide variety of benefits for those seeking comprehensive skin care options. Dermaplaning offers little to no irritation as some chemical peels might, and the process is completely painless. Other benefits of dermaplaning include:
- Promoting collagen growth and smoother skin
- Enhancing the effectiveness of other skin treatments
- Reducing recent acne scars and fine lines
- Removing soft facial hair that can trap oil and dirt
- Promoting healthier skin with no downtime
Dermaplaning has been found to be much more effective than over-the-counter exfoliants but still less irritating than other dermabrasion options. Dermaplaning is a fairly quick process and with the help of a licensed and capable aesthetician, you should feel absolutely no discomfort.
What you can expect after dermaplaning your skin
While dermaplaning is by far the least invasive and irritating method for maximum exfoliation, you should take care to apply sunscreen to your face after treatment to ensure you’re protected from UV damage to your new skin layers. Oftentimes more than one skin treatment can be joined with dermaplaning to increase the benefit that this treatment offers. If you’d like to learn more about dermaplaning and how it can help your skin, contact our spas in New York City and Boston for a dermaplaning consultation.
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