You’re looking for a way to minimize wrinkles, reduce acne scars, and have smoother, softer skin. Have you heard of dermaplaning yet? This cosmetic treatment has become very popular in recent years due to its safety, effectiveness, and ease.
The dermaplaning cosmetic treatment, also known as blading or microplaning, was originally invented in the 1970s to help treat acne. It involves the use of a sterile surgical blade to remove the topmost layer of dead skin as well as “peach fuzz,” known as vellus hair. With just one treatment, two to three weeks' worth of dead skin cells and vellus hair is removed. The technique is a safe and painless method of manual exfoliation that doesn’t involve harsh or abrasive scrubs, which could damage the skin by leaving micro-cuts.
Because it doesn’t involve any special chemical solutions or surgery, dermaplaning is a relatively affordable cosmetic treatment. Most people who receive dermaplaning treatments space them out about every four weeks. This allows enough time for a cycle of skin cells to die, and they can then be sloughed off before accumulating and causing skin issues. Dermaplaning can reduce acne scars, improve skin texture, even out skin tone, and minimize surface wrinkles on the face. It can also remove dark hairs that may cause you to feel self-conscious.
The dermaplaning treatment is safe for all skin types, including sensitive skin and even for pregnant women. If you regularly experience acne breakouts or have permanent scarring from acne, trauma, or sun damage, you might be a perfect candidate for dermaplaning. Additionally, those who suffer from blotchy, uneven skin tone can greatly benefit from this cosmetic treatment as well.
Instead of using harsh exfoliants -- which contain microbeads or other irregularly shaped abrasive ingredients that can lead to irritation or further scarring -- dermaplaning is a gentle surface procedure. Dermaplaning should always be performed by a knowledgeable and experienced professional. During the treatment, he or she will pull small sections of the skin taut and then use quick, gentle strokes with the scalpel to remove the vellus hair and dead skin cells. The treatment only takes about 20-30 minutes and requires no downtime afterward.
Dermatologists typically recommend spacing dermaplaning treatments about 3 to 4 weeks apart, but this might vary depending on how quickly your skin regenerates and grows new vellus hair. Since the skin will be more exposed after the top layer is removed during a dermaplaning treatment, it’s recommended to use extra moisturizer applied more frequently for a few days. Additionally, you should wear sunscreen for several days after dermaplaning. Those with particularly sensitive skin may show some pinkness or redness, but this should subside within a day or two. The skin’s texture will continue to improve for days following each dermaplaning treatment, and will also become more noticeable with repeated treatments over time.
If you’re in the Cincinnati, Ohio area and want to give dermaplaning a try, contact The Dermatology Group today for an appointment. Our board-certified specialists can perform this cosmetic treatment in our office.