Dermaplaning is a well-known, safe and effective procedure for helping the facial skin look and feel at its very best. Dermaplaning removes old, dead skin cells, fine facial hair and old scars from acne and other causes and leaves the skin looking and feeling fresh and young again.
This article reviews what you need to know about dermaplaning so you can decide if this is the right procedure to choose for your needs and goals.
General Introductions and Benefits of a Dermaplaning Treatment
Dermaplaning is very popular today with reality television stars and other celebrities. The reasons are simple: dermaplaning can be completed quickly, has no side effects or complications, and delivers amazing results.
Some patients hear the word “dermaplaning” and associate it with “dermabrasion.” It is important to clarify that the two procedures have nothing in common! Dermaplaning, unlike dermabrasion, is a trusted staple treatment for licensed cosmetologists, dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons today.
Dermaplaning can be used to treat a number of skin issues, including the following:
- Scarring from acne or other reasons.
- Excess of fine hair on the face.
- Removal of old, dead skin cells.
- Reduce the appearance of large pores, skin discoloration, fine lines.
- Remedy dry, dull skin.
- Clear up the clogging from blackheads and whiteheads.
- Stimulate new skin cell growth for younger-looking skin.
The Dermaplaning Procedure
Dermaplaning is safe, effective and easy. Dermaplaning is an outpatient procedure that takes about a half hour to complete, so it can be done on your lunch hour from work if need be. Patients say the dermaplaning procedure is completely painless. In fact, to the casual observer, a patient receiving dermaplaning might appear instead to be simply receiving a close shave from a particularly meticulous barber!
Here is what to expect during a dermaplaning procedure:
- You will schedule your appointment and arrive on time the day of.
- Your practitioner will gently clean your skin before beginning dermaplaning.
- Using a knife with a No. 10 surgical blade made of stainless steel, your practitioner will gently feather the blade across your facial skin. You must hold completely still during this part!
- Following your procedure, your practitioner will apply a moisturizing sunscreen agent to your skin.
- You are free to return to work and daily life immediately.
Candidates Who are a Good Fit for Dermaplaning
The best candidates for dermaplaning have some level of superficial skin damage or scarring that they wish to remedy, but are otherwise healthy. Dermaplaning is also an excellent choice for women who are pregnant and cannot use any chemicals or peeling agents to support healthier looking skin.
Dermaplaning candidates should take care to stay out of the sun before and after their procedure so skin is not compromised. This is especially important following the procedure, as dermaplaning will stimulate your facial skin to create more collagen, a protein that contributes to younger looking, more hydrated skin.
NOTE: Dermaplaning candidates who are currently under the care of a dermatologist for any skin conditions should consult with their provider before scheduling a dermaplaning procedure.
Recovery from the Dermaplaning Procedure
The best news about dermaplaning is that there is no down time required for recovery. Skin won’t even look irritated, inflamed or red, so co-workers and family members won’t know what has suddenly rejuvenated and revitalized your skin. And there is no discomfort and no need for application of any special topical creams or solutions following the procedure.
However, it is not recommended to have the dermaplaning procedure done more than once every 30 days, because the process removes any dead or damaged skin cells from the prior three week period.
What to Expect in a Dermaplaning Consultation
During a dermaplaning consultation, your provider will do a thorough skin exam and talk with you about your objectives and goals for the dermaplaning procedure. You will also be able to get all of your questions answered in the consultation.
Your provider will also ask you if you have any allergies (an allergy to nickel is important to mention) and ask you to sign a consent to treatment form that includes disclosure of any possible issues to consider. However, your provider will also make you aware that there are no known dermaplaning side effects at this time.
Once you have finished your consultation and completed any necessary paperwork, you can schedule the date and time for your dermaplaning procedure.
Choosing the Right Dermaplaning Specialist
Choosing the right dermaplaning specialist is key to a successful outcome. The Glasgold Group is a second generation family-owned business in New Jersey that has consistently received rave reviews from patients, with an average review of 4.5 out of 5 stars from nearly 300 patients to date!
The Glasgow brothers, Robert and Mark, share complementary specialties within the field of cosmetic surgery, allowing patients to receive the best and most comprehensive care. Most importantly, the brothers are double board certified in the field of facial plastic surgery. Their practice website includes an extensive gallery of “before and after” patient photographs as well as a wealth of dermaplaning reviews.
If you have questions about dermaplaning, we invite you to visit us online at www.glasgoldgroup.com/contact or call us at 1-732-846-6540 to schedule your consultation.