You’ve probably heard of dermaplaning. When it comes to getting your glow on, let’s talk about what to expect this popular procedure. At The Derm Group, we will help you get the results you are looking for by working together to choose the best treatment for your skin type.
What are the Benefits of Dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning is when a dermatologist or esthetician uses a medical-grade scalpel to scrape across the surface of the skin. This procedure is great for removing vellus hairs (peach fuzz) and a superficial layer of dead skin from the surface of your face. After treatment, which can take as little as 15 minutes, you’ll see results. There will be an obvious brightening effect on the skin, you’ll be able to apply makeup more smoothly, and it will help skin-care products sink in even better. It also helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and even out your skin tone.
Is Dermaplaning for Me?
Patients often ask if their hair will grow back faster after dermaplaning. The short answer: no. Whether or not and how quickly you get facial hair is completely up to genetics. Dermaplaning is a great way to get rid of that blonde or gray peach fuzz—not such much for dark, coarse hairs. You will have to regularly repeat the procedure to keep it gone. If you want more permanent hair removal results, try Laser Hair Removal.
If you have severe acne, a history of cold sores, or a serious cystic breakout, dermaplaning is probably not a good choice for you. You should talk to your dermatologist to discuss your options.
Can’t I Just Buy an At-Home Dermaplaning Kit?
First of all, when we recommend dermaplaning for your skin, we are specifically referring to working with a professional to administer this procedure. There are at-home kits, but medical professionals will get your most reliable—not to mention safer—results. You’ll be more likely to get nicks or cuts at home. Estheticians are fully trained to glide the blade at the right angle while holding skin taut, and working around tough curves such as the nose and chin areas.
What to Do After Treatment.
As with any skin treatment, after your dermaplaning appointment you’ll need to take special care of your skin. That means you should be applying broad-spectrum sunscreen, but also steer clear of glycolic acids and retinol.
Typically, dermaplaning precedes other facial procedures like chemical peels. With the peach fuzz and dead skin cells already gone, the peeling solution can absorb more evenly giving you the best results.