Looking for a more effective way to deeply exfoliate skin and treat annoying acne scars? Dermaplaning might be able to help you achieve the smooth, radiant skin you are looking for.
What is dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning is a type of physical exfoliation of the skin that uses an instrument called a dermatome or a sterile razor or scalpel. A dermatome looks like an electric razor with a moving blade. The blade is moved back and forth across the skin to gently remove the top surface layer. It also removes the small vellus hairs on the skin, which can trap dirt and oil.
Dermaplaning can be done over the entire face or just in one small area, based on your needs. The treatment time can last just a few minutes to over an hour, depending on the amount of skin that requires treatment. Depending on your cosmetic goals, dermaplaning can be done every 6 weeks, if desired. At times, the treatment may be combined with a skin peel.
The treatment can help the skin look smoother overall, and it reduces the appearance of deep scars and craters on the skin caused by acne or other skin conditions. Dermaplaning works by triggering natural cell regeneration, which helps the skin look refreshed and renewed.
Who should consider dermaplaning?
The effectiveness of the treatment is determined by your skin type, coloring, medical history, and age. Both men and women can benefit from dermaplaning to treat fine lines, wrinkles, and acne scars. However, those with a lot of facial hair might not benefit as much from the treatment, because although the dermatome can remove small hairs from the skin, it will not work for thicker facial hair.
Dermaplaning is optimal for those who struggle with dry, rough skin or uneven skin tone. It can help make skin look younger by removing the outer layer where aging appears first. It makes a good option for people who have allergies to skin care products, since it’s just a physical exfoliation.
What to Expect With Dermaplaning
There are a few possible side effects to the procedure. Since the top layer of skin is being scraped, the skin may appear red and swollen for a few days. The skin may be painful after treatment. Scabbing might occur in the areas that were treated, which will fade after a few weeks. The skin will be quite sensitive for several months, so the use of regular sun protection is critical.
Some people are concerned about the vellus hairs that are shaved off during the treatment possibly growing back thicker. But these hairs won’t change with dermaplaning, as they aren’t the type of hairs that will thicken over time.
Those with acne, very oily skin, or extremely sensitive skin should avoid the procedure because it can irritate skin that’s already inflamed. And it’s best not to try dermaplaning at home, as standard razors may not be sterile or sharp enough to be effective.
Dermaplaning is a noninvasive, hypoallergenic way to get glowing, smooth skin. Be sure that you’re being treated by a doctor or a licensed professional, such as those on our team at The Med Spa at Matthews Internal Medicine. Schedule your appointment for dermaplaning now by calling our office in Matthews, North Carolina, or booking online.