Dermaplaning is an intense exfoliation treatment where a licensed practitioner uses a 10 gauge scalpel to carefully scrape off the top layer of skin cells to reveal a bright, smooth complexion. The process takes about 30 minutes with no side effects or downtime. Exfoliation is the removal of rough old or dead skin cells, helping the skin to slough away old layers more quickly to keep skin looking fresh and bright.
First, the provider will thorough cleanse and dry your skin. Then as he holds your skin taut with one hand, he will hold a sterile 10-gauge blade at a 45-degree angle and make short quick strokes to scrape away the uppermost layer of dead skin cells and any peach fuzz. Many patients compare the sensation to shaving their legs.
After treatment, your skin will be sensitive to the sun and a little pink. Make sure to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and a brimmed hat to protect your fresh new skin. Many patients report that dermaplaning provides them with a radiant and even complexion and that their skin has never felt more smooth. Dermaplaning removes 21 days’ worth of dead skin cells, so for optimal results, it is best to let your skin complete its rejuvenation cycle before coming back for additional treatments. Many patients have this treatment every 4-6 weeks to keep their skin looking bright and youthful.
Dermaplaning is often compared to microdermabrasion and chemical peels. Chemical peels use an application of chemicals to lift away dead skins cells. Microdermabrasion sands your face, suctioning away the dead skin. Dermaplaning gently scrapes away the top layer of skin and peach fuzz. Each service has its own pros and cons depending on your skin type and your need. For example, dermaplaning is good for drier skin and removes the peach fuzz, but isn’t recommended for anyone with cystic acne. Some patients prefer dermaplaning because it doesn’t require the use of any chemicals.
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