Dermaplaning is an effective skin exfoliation method that improves both tone and texture. In the Phoenix area, we average 170 days every year with temperatures at or above 90º F. Both the dry, hot climate in our city and the drying effect of air conditioning combine to remove critical moisture from our skin. Dermaplaning scrapes away dead skin cells, preparing the skin to receive moisturizer, which leads to refreshed, luminous skin, and a difference you can immediately see.
What is Dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning is a skin treatment. It is performed with a surgical scalpel scraped across the surface of the skin. Although you may have seen DIY dermaplaning kits at the store, this treatment should be performed by a medical professional. You will get the safest, most precise, and dramatic rejuvenating results from a medical professional.
You may be a good candidate for dermaplaning if any of the following interest you:
Remove dead, dull skin cells: Dead skin cells, unless they are mechanically scraped away, tend to remain on the surface layer, leading to dull, flakey skin . Unlike any exfoliating scrub or facial brush, dermaplaning evenly removes the dead cells on the surface of your skin, resulting in a brighter, smoother complexion. Dermaplaning is a much more efficient method for removing these dead cells. Remember too, that as we age cell turnover slows, leaving an even more persistent build up on the surface of our skin.
Remove peach fuzz: The scalpel shaves away thin, light-colored vellus hair. It is different from terminal hair strands, which are thick and dark. Vellus hairs are usually not obvious, but their appearance may bother you nonetheless. Also pollutants, such as oil and dirt can cling to this vellus hair, clogging your pores and causing breakouts. Vellus hair tends to be more apparent when applying makeup, making a smooth blending more difficult because of the fuzz. In fact, dermaplaning tends to be a big hit with celebrities, whose skin is portrayed under harsh set lights and on high-definition screens. Skin looks luminous and soft after dermaplaning. Dermaplaning gives a healthy, soft and luminous appearance to all skin types.
Prep skin for products: Both flakey, dry skin and vellus hairs may block your skin from fully absorbing moisturizers, toners and other helpful products. By exposing a fresh layer of receptive skin, dermaplaning allows for better product penetration. In the same way, dermaplaning is a great way to prepare the skin for other facial treatments, such as the Fraxel Dual Laser or SkinMedia chemical peel.
You should notice a big difference after just one treatment, but many people schedule a series to get the best possible rejuvenation. Vellus hair grows back and dead skin cells continuously re-accumulate. Periodic dermaplaning helps expose the youngest layer of your skin, allowing a more constant and healthy maintenance of the largest organ of the human body!!
The following are some of the frequently asked questions regarding this treatment:
- Is dermaplaning for any skin type? Yes, all skin types can benefit from dermaplaning. Dry skin, dull skin and skin with sun damage are particularly well-suited.
- What if I have acne? Active acne may not be a great fit for dermaplaning. The blade may further irritate and aggravate the blemishes. We may recommend waiting for your skin to clear before receiving the treatment.
- Will my hair grow back thicker and darker? No. The vellus hairs are shaved closely across the skin's surface, and will simply continue to grow as normal. It will not grow back darker or thicker.
- How much downtime is involved? Dermaplaning requires no downtime and produces little if any skin irritation. In fact, under most circumstances, any reddening of the skin will be both slight and temporary, often fading completely within just a few short hours.
- What precautions should I take immediately after? Sun protection is important afterward. Your fresh skin will be particularly vulnerable to UV damage and sunburn, so be sure to apply an SPF moisturizer or sunscreen if you'll be out and about.
- Does dermaplaning hurt? This treatment is painless. Patients compare the sensation to a light loofa-type scrubbing. .
Dermaplaning should be performed by an experienced, skilled medical professional who focuses on aesthetics. This is not like exfoliating at home, and a skilled hand with state-of-the-art instruments yields safe treatment and precise, reliable results.
Find Out if You're a Candidate
Dr. Corey will determine if dermaplaning at our Phoenix-area practice is right for your skin care goals. To arrange a consultation at our Scottsdale office, please call 855-515-4177.