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.
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.
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.
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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
Dr. Kayastha is a board certified plastic surgeon who serves Albany, NY and the entire Capital Region. Dr. Kayastha completed his undergraduate studies at Cornell University and graduated with distinction in all subjects. He then attended medical school at SUNY Buffalo. During his time in Buffalo he also completed a fellowship in surgical pathology at Roswell Park. Following medical school Dr. Kayastha gained a much sought after position in the Michigan State-Grand Rapids integrated plastic surgery residency. After finishing residency training Dr. Kayastha completed a one year fellowship in hand and microsurgery at the Buncke Clinic in San Francisco. To round out his training before starting private practice Dr. Kayastha spent an additional 6 months learning from some of the best cosmetic surgeons in San Francisco. Dr. Kayastha is Board Certified in Plastic Surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.