Dermaplaning is a procedure that uses a sharp scalpel blade to shave dead skin and hair off of the face in order to promote healthier, brighter and smoother skin.
- Dermaplaning is a cosmetic procedure that removes the top layers of your skin. The procedure aims to remove fine wrinkles and deep acne scarring, as well as make the skin’s surface look smooth.
- Dermaplaning is safe for most people, with little risk of side effects when it’s performed by a certified dermatologist.
- This procedure doesn’t require any downtime for recovery, which makes it extremely convenient. The most difficult part may be finding a trained provider who can administer this treatment.
Dermaplaning can be used for any skin type and anyone with:
- acne scars
- dull skin
- dry skin
- sun-damaged skin
- fine wrinkles
Dermaplaning Before and After Care
After dermaplaning, the skin is more exposed. Although anti-aging solutions can penetrate deeper – in the form of vitamin C or E serums – care should be taken to also protect sensitive skin with an SPF 50 moisturizer. Chemical peels are sometimes used in conjunction with dermaplaning, which may make the skin even more sensitive to the sun.
Retinol, which is vitamin A, can be used at night liberally in the wake of a dermaplaning treatment, about 72 hours later. However, other things should be avoided, like shaving, exfoliating and waxing.
Recovery from Dermaplaning
Dermaplaning is a treatment that doesn’t require much – if any – recovery, although you should treat your skin with care in the wake of the skin care shaving ritual.
Those who receive dermaplaning can resume their normal activities immediately after having their skin shaved – but be aware that there are a few products and actions that should be temporarily avoided, such as using harsh cleansers, swimming, and too much sun exposure.
The Pros and Cons of Dermaplaning
Some people have fallen in love with dermaplaning because it is a relatively easy way to see immediate results without experiencing any pain.
The pros of dermaplaning can include the following: – Liquid makeup and foundation glides on easier – Skin care products penetrate better – Even skin tone – Provides a glowing appearance – Sikier skin – Dermaplaning is clean exfoliation from a blade, without the scratching caused by harsh exfoliating scrubs or microdermabrasion – Can be repeated every six weeks or more often, as the skin tolerates it
The cons of dermaplaning may include: – The expense of the treatments – The risk of cutting – Redness, tenderness and skin sensitivity in the wake of the treatment – Temporary results
Side Effects of Dermaplaning
The side effects of dermaplaning may be minimal but could include pink or red skin that is slightly more sensitive to the sun and certain skincare products for about a week following the treatment.
Those who have received dermaplaning may also experience dry skin flakes, especially after an aggressive dermaplaning session. The skin could feel dry approximately one day or two days after treatment, with the skin appearing its best about three days following dermaplaning.
Choose an expert in dermaplaning by performing due diligence research online, and by viewing the real before-and-after results of others before you settle on a practitioner. Consult with a dermatologist to get advice about your specific skin type as well.
Dermaplaning Risks and Complications
Overall, dermaplaning is generally a safe treatment, when it is performed by an expert who follows safe procedures when using a sharp blade on the face. However, if you sign a waiver that mentions the risks and complications associated with dermaplaning before your treatment, you’ll likely notice the fact that cuts and nicks are a possibility.
Lacerations of the skin can occur during the process because a sharp surgical blade is often used. However, just like when men nick their faces with razors while shaving, it is usually a small cut that heals quickly.
Dermaplaning is considered a non-invasive treatment – even though a surgical scalpel is used to shave off fine facial hairs – that can help improve the skin’s texture and appearance.
Other risks associated with dermaplaning could include changes in skin pigmentation if there has been too much sun exposure following the treatment without adequate sun protection. Dark spots or darkening of the skin could potentially occur.
Certain skin types may develop bumps or whiteheads following dermaplaning, which could disappear on their own without any treatment. In certain cases, a plastic surgeon can remove the whiteheads.
It is a rarity that infections or scars result after a dermaplaning session, but it is a possibility. That’s why it’s important to ensure that the person performing the dermaplaning session is using clean and sterile instruments, and is well versed in the safe manner of performing dermaplaning.
Dermaplaning is Safe
About the Procedure
Dermaplaning, much like waxing, not only removes unwanted hair but also provides a gentle exfoliation by removing the top layers of dead skin on the face. Dermaplaning is commonly referred to as face shaving, however this uses a single, surgical blade and should be administered by a skincare professional. Before a dermaplaning treatment your provider will first cleanse the skin. Next, the blade will be manually scraped across the forehead, cheeks, chin, and neck area to remove peach fuzz hairs and layers of dead skin cells. Following the treatment it is common to apply different serums to the skin to penetrate the freshly exfoliated skin.
Dermaplaning addresses concerns such as: