What is Dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning is a skin exfoliating procedure performed by a medical professional that utilizes a surgical scalpel to remove dead skin cells and vellus hair (peach fuzz). This treatment results in smooth, fresh, and brighter skin. By removing the dead layer of skin and vellus hair, cellular turnover is encouraged and products penetrate better. Dermaplaning can be especially effective when combined with other skin treatments like chemical peels or facials for overall rejuvenation.
Who is a Candidate for Dermaplaning?
Patients who benefit most from dermaplaning are those who wish to increase hydration and cellular turnover. If you have acneic skin, you should avoid this treatment, since dermaplaning can cause irritation to these types. Patients with thick and dark facial hair should avoid this treatment since dermaplaning can cause a rash or ingrown hairs. Pregnant or nursing patients can benefit from this procedure, unlike other skin treatments like chemical peels which are contraindicated.
What Happens During Dermaplaning?
Because dermaplaning requires unique and detailed training in freehand use of a surgical scalpel, you should always receive dermaplaning treatments from a licensed and experienced aesthetician. The first step in a dermaplaning treatment is gently cleansing the skin and preparing it for the exfoliating process. The aesthetician then applies the scalpel to the taut skin using short, precise strokes to remove hair and debris from the skin. The skin is then soothed and treated afterward — overall, this treatment can take around thirty minutes to complete.
What should I avoid after dermaplaning?
Make sure to wear SPF 30+ daily after your procedure and avoid exfoliating with scrubs or harsh products. Use only a gentle, unscented moisturizer for the first 24 hours.
What should you not do before dermaplaning?
Avoid shaving or removing facial hair before dermaplaning. Additionally, discuss your skincare regimen with your aesthetician and stop using any harsh products ahead of time.
When should you not use dermaplaning?
Although dermaplaning is a great option for almost anyone, it’s best to avoid it if you have active acne, sunburn, rosacea, or inflammatory conditions like eczema or rosacea.
Should you wash your face after dermaplaning?
It’s best to avoid washing your face for 24 hours after dermaplaning since it’s often combined with other skincare treatments or products. Make sure to let your skin absorb these products as much as possible before cleansing.
Can you do extractions after dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning can easily be combined with extractions.
How often should I get dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning can be performed as often as every 3-4 weeks. Your skincare specialist can recommend the right frequency for you and your needs.
Who should not get dermaplaning?
Patients who use Accutane or who have nickel allergies should not get dermaplaning. Additionally, you may need to avoid it if you have active lesions or acne.
Can I go back to work after dermaplaning?
You can return to work right away after dermaplaning, although you may have some redness and irritation. Your skincare specialist can recommend ways to conceal or soothe it during your appointment.
How long does dermaplaning take?
Dermaplaning can take as little as 30 minutes. Your appointment may be longer if you opt to combine it with other skincare treatments.
How does dermaplaning work?
Dermaplaning works by carefully “shaving” the skin with a surgical scalpel. This process removes dead skin cells, debris, and fine hairs.
What Can I Expect After Treatment?
Dermaplaning doesn’t require any downtime afterward, and you can return to your regular schedule immediately. Many patients notice immediate results in texture and appearance after their treatment, and results usually last for a few weeks, after which the treatment can be repeated as needed. Most patients notice better absorption of their skincare products and improved appearance of makeup and foundation during this time since the product isn’t blocked by fine hairs or debris. Contrary to the popular belief, the vellus hairs grow back to their normal length and appearance, not darker and thicker.
Dermaplaning can be a great option to augment your skincare regimen or boost your skin’s texture and appearance before a big event. To discuss how you can benefit from dermaplaning, contact our office and schedule a consultation with Dr. Kayastha and our skincare experts