Today, you can’t scroll through Instagram without seeing photos and videos of dermaplaning. The before and after photos are always gorgeous with glowing skin uncovered after the procedure. Dermaplaning is one of the most advanced and well tolerated techniques to exfoliate your skin and remove the outer layer of dead skin cells, revealing radiant skin beneath.
Here, you can learn about all the ins and outs of dermaplaning, its effects, benefits, and understanding that it is so much more than “just shaving my face.”
What is Dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning, also called microplaining, is an exfoliating treatment of your skin that uses a surgical blade to skim and remove dead skin and hair from your face. The aim is to give a smooth, radiant, and even skin texture. This treatment also has the added benefit of helping to resolve deep scarring from acne, while gently removing the “peach fuzz,” making makeup applications smoother!
Let us do the quick fact check of dermaplaning:
Dermaplaning is a cosmetic procedure often performed at medical spas, aimed to not only remove the dead skin layer and hair, but also stimulate the skin to help promote a wrinkle-free and smooth skin surface.
Dermaplaning is usually a safe treatment with few to no side effects when done by a certified dermatologist, aesthetician, or medical provider.
It does not require any downtime or recovery period.
The frequency of this treatment is recommended to be on a monthly basis to maintain glowing and smooth skin as dead skin cells will continue to accumulate and peach fuzz will grow back.
How Does Dermaplaning Work?
Your skin is vulnerable to become dull and aged when it becomes exposed to the external environment. The sun rays, pollution, toxins, and even makeup improperly removed are the main contributing factors. Dermaplaining clears away all of the damage caused by the factors, making your skin look more youthful and refreshed.
A sterile, ultra-sharp surgical razor is gently glided across the skin at a 45-degree angle. It is dragged slowly across the treatment area to eliminate dead skin cells, debris, and improve scars.
The dermaplaning procedure is amazingly simple and fast. During the procedure, patients can expect to simply sit and relax in a provider’s chair in the ultra comfortable Meraki Aesthetics and Company. Dermaplaning is absolutely pain-free, while some patients may report feeling a minor tingling procedure during the treatment. This process generally takes about 30 minutes, and sunscreen will be applied post treatment to protect your new, fresh skin.
The most common benefit you see after dermaplaning is the overall appearance of the surface of the treated skin: a rejuvenated appearance with a radiant texture. Moreover, there is no downtime after a dermaplaning treatment as patients are welcome to continue with their normal daily activities.
Diminishes fine lines and wrinkles
The exfoliating effects from the dermaplaning treatment actually help to generate glowing and smooth skin cells. Ultimately, this procedure yields significant benefits by decreasing the chances of wrinkles and fine lines through smoothing out texture, tone, and quality of the skin.
The procedure helps with the overall brightening of the skin, potentially minimizing the appearance of hyperpigmentation by removing uneven and dead skin cells to improve skin tone.
Smaller and cleaner pores
Sebum production tends to make the skin oily with acne. The enlarged pores make it difficult to achieve even and balanced skin. The beauty of this treatment is that it goes farther into the skin, removing toxins, debris dirt, and oil from the pores. The cleanliness of the pores results in smaller and finer pores. This contributes to more glow and shines on your face. The enlarged pores are one clear indication of aging skin, yet dermaplaning is helpful at solving this problem.
More effective in-home skincare
Immediately after the treatment, it is ideal to apply serums and moisturizers as removing the top layer of dead skin cells allows the products to go deeper into the skin layers. This is the perfect time you can concentrate on your home skincare routine! In the coming days after dermaplaning, the ingredients used on your face have the highest chances of a speedy absorption. Products having a deeper penetration to the skin can result in more effective treatments with simple at-home skincare routines.
Ease for cosmetics and makeup
Have you noticed that fine facial hair stands out even when you apply foundation on the face? Ultimately, it gives the face an overall dull appearance. Thankfully, this issue can be circumvented with the introduction to dermaplaning where peach fuzz will no longer be visible on the face.
Good for acne prone skin
This treatment is not currently indicated for patients with active acne. However, if you have undergone the acne treatment or have acne scarring from previous breakouts, dermaplaning is especially helpful in promoting cellular regeneration. Further, it can minimize the chances of future breakouts by cleansing the pores from dirt and oil. Finally, dermaplaning may even improve the efficacy of acne medications.
The treatment is rightly termed as the “lunchtime facial.” It is so convenient that it does not take more than 30 minutes, with clients experiencing absolutely no downtime. If you do opt to have this treatment performed during your lunch hour, you’ll be able to return to your normal routine right after the treatment!
Who is The Good Candidate for Dermaplaning?
- Anyone who wants to get rid of the peach fuzz.
- Anyone who wants to minimize the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
- Anyone who needs facial and neck rejuvenation.
- Anyone who wants to slow down the aging signs.
- Patients who are not a candidate for other treatment options
- Clients with a busy work schedule, wanting a speedy treatment with no downtime.
- Pregnant patients.
- People with sensitive skin.
- Patients who have not found success with other treatment options.
Can Dermaplaining Combine With Other Treatments?
Dermaplaning fits well with other treatments such as chemical peels and even microneedling.
Dermaplaning with Microneedling
Together the treatments come with the ideal solutions in dealing with uneven skin tone, large pores, facial hair, and acne scars. Dermaplaining before microneedling allows topical products to penetrate deeply to produce a desirable outcome, especially after the microneedling procedure which induces the building of collagen. Together, these two treatments are perfectly complementary with one another for the most powerful anti aging benefits.
Dermaplaning Post Care
- Avoid sun exposure and apply sunscreen immediately after dermaplaning.
- Retinol and exfoliating agents should be avoided for up to 7 days after the treatment.
- You may wear makeup and cosmetic products if you like. However, it is best to apply makeup hours after the treatment.
How Frequently Should You Schedule Dermaplaning?
Since the treatment with dermaplaning does not remove facial hair permanently, it is advised to schedule your appointments on a regular basis. After the first session, you might begin to realize a more youthful and refreshed look, becoming eager to schedule another dermaplaning appointment. However, it is recommended that dermaplaning not be performed sooner than 4 weeks a part. Monthly dermaplaning sessions will keep your skin looking vibrant and glowing year round!
Dermaplaning at Home
Can you perform dermaplaning at home? While you may feel comfortable and at ease while shaving your legs in the shower, dermaplaning uses an ultra sharp, surgical blade to provide the most dramatic results. In this case, we recommend all patients do not attempt dermaplaning at home, but rather come visit us at Meraki Aesthetics and Company where trained professionals can give you the most safe and effective dermaplaning treatment.
Risk and Side Effects
As with any other treatment and procedure, risks, and side effects with dermaplaning also need to be considered before you try it.
Generally, the procedure is very safe with low risks. Side effects may include slight redness of the treatment area immediately after the procedure. Infection and scarring may occur, although it is very rare. If you develop a scar after the treatment, your doctor may give you a shot of steroids to soften the scar tissue. As with any surgical blade, there is always the risk of being cut during the treatment. However, with trained professionals, this risk is minimal and the side effects are typically minor to non-existent in most patients.
Dermaplaning is one of the most sought after treatments of choice when your goal is to exfoliate and rejuvenate the skin. The ultra-fine and sharp scalpel is used to remove dead skin cells, acne scars, and hair to give the ultimate solution to aging and wrinkled skin. You may get multiple benefits from it such as: rejuvenated facial and neck skin, peach fuzz treatment and removal, and a reduction in appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and large pores.
The procedure does not take more than 30 minutes and requires no downtime. It is a lunch hour procedure; you may go back to your normal work schedule right after the treatment.
Being a versatile treatment, dermaplaning produces some remarkable results in conjunction with other aesthetic procedures. You have liberty of using dermaplaning before other treatments such as chemical peels or microneedling to yield synergetic effects. Dermaplaining lays the foundation for topical products and procedures to absorb into the skin layer more readily, hence giving the highest chances for better and more youthful results with combined treatments or skincare routines.
The professionals recommend the treatment once in a month to achieve promising results. Still don’t know if dermaplaning is right for you? We recommend coming in for a consultation with one of our providers at Meraki Aesthetics and Company to determine if dermaplaning is the best choice for you. Here, we can prepare you further with further discussion about dermaplaning’s efficacy, benefits, risks, side effects, and cost before undergoing the treatment.