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Dermaplaning: 6 Reasons You Need This Treatment

Updated on July 27, 2019
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Stephanie Santos is the Content Specialist for Expert Aesthetix, a medical spa and aesthetic clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona .

Over the decades, we have seen all kinds of treatments that promise youthful, glowing skin by the time it’s finished. Unfortunately, many of them not only failed to work but have made the skin situation of those who tried them even worse.

Thankfully, no one can say the same thing about dermaplaning. Of the many skin treatments that have popped up over the last few decades, dermaplaning is one of the few procedures that have delivered on that promise. Judging by the raves it’s getting from celebrities on social media, dermaplaning has become one of the “it” things in the beauty industry nowadays.

What is dermaplaning?

The first time you hear that dermaplaning involves running an incredibly sharp scalpel across your face, you might want to back out because it does sound terrifying. However, it’s not as scary as it sounds.

In dermaplaning, the scalpel is only used to scrape the skin on your face to remove dead skin cells and peach fuzz, both of which can clog the pores and cause breakouts as well as make your complexion look flaky and dull. Essentially, dermaplaning is akin to shaving your face, and the result is something most treatments can only hope to achieve.

If you need more compelling reasons why you need to undergo dermaplaning, then here are six of them.

1. It’s chemical-free and non-abrasive

Proper exfoliation needs to be done regularly for fresh and healthy-looking skin. Many exfoliation techniques, however, require the use of special chemicals that, more often than not, cause redness and irritation, which is not a good look for the face. And unlike microdermabrasion, dermaplaning is non-abrasive and does not cause damage in any way, shape, or form. With its removal of the entire top layer of dead skin, dermaplaning can give you skin that’s more awake and revitalized.

2. It’s painless

As mentioned above, dermaplaning sounds scary because of its use of a very sharp instrument on your face. Ironically, dermaplaning is probably the safest, most painless way to exfoliate these days. That is, if you get it done at a dermatology or plastic surgeon's office with a doctor or medical aesthetician performing the procedure on you. Always leave dermaplaning to the pros for the best possible results.

3. No downtime

With chemical peels and other abrasive exfoliation techniques, there’s always the possibility of ending up with your face way redder than usual, and you wouldn’t want to go back to work looking like that for a few days or even more.

It’s different when you undergo dermaplaning. It’s not uncommon for patients to book for a procedure during their lunch break, undergo the procedure which typically takes only 40 minutes, then go straight back to their workplaces afterward with just some light redness on the face.

4. Smoother makeup

Dermaplaning removes dead skin cells and vellus hair, also commonly referred to as peach fuzz. With all those little hairs on your face gone, your makeup application will take a turn for the better. Instead of peach fuzz standing out despite the foundation and face powders you apply, you will have a smooth and beautifully made up face every single time.

Aside from smoother makeup, dermaplaning can also help boost the effectivity of your skincare products. Dead skin cells can block any product from penetrating, and their removal through dermaplaning gives them better and faster access to your skin.

5. Rejuvenated and radiant skin

The simple act of scraping dead skin and peach fuzz with a scalpel leaves the skin instantly much smoother. As it removes the dead skin and vellus hair, the procedure also gets rid of the impurities and the dark spots on your skin. If there is hyperpigmentation or photodamage, you can rest assured dermaplaning can take care of it for you. It can also reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, and your overall complexion will also improve.

6. You can do it frequently

For a procedure that involves a very sharp object, it sure is amazing that dermaplaning can be done as frequently as once every month. The results can last up to four weeks, and you won’t hesitate to do it again because it’s so much safer than most treatments. The trained hands of doctors and aestheticians perform the procedure gently, with the most excellent results!

Is dermaplaning for you?

Do you have dry and dull skin, with sun damage and fine lines? Then dermaplaning is perfect for you. It’s actually great for people of all skin types, but there are exceptions.

If you have acne, put off the procedure and wait for the breakouts to subside. Safe and gentle as dermaplaning is, the scalpel could still nick a pimple and make a painful mess. Unfortunately, doctors won’t likely recommend dermaplaning if your acne is of the cystic kind, although you can still consult a dermatologist if you really want to give it a try.

And since dermaplaning is essentially shaving the face, you might want to rethink it if you have thick, excessive facial hair, because you may be prone to razor rashes.

Don’t even think about DIY dermaplaning

When you read about how the procedure is done, it’s easy to believe that it’s a very simple thing to do, but it’s really not. Unfortunately, many people go the DIY dermaplaning route, and the results are mixed at best.

There’s also the very high and real risk of nicking the skin on your face much like what would happen when there’s a safety razor running across it, and scalpels can hardly be described as such.

The doctors and medical aestheticians who regularly perform dermaplaning have undergone specialized training to ensure not only great results but also the safety of the patient. It takes some training and practice before they can master the procedure. While you’re well within your rights to give it a try, always keep in mind that the best and safest results can only be achieved when you visit a trusted dermatology clinic and leave the procedure to the professionals.

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      Larrissia 

      7 months ago from Midwest

      Dermaplaning does have great benefits but you need to be aware of the extra precautions that must be taken post-procedure. It will make your skin susceptible to the sun. Sun protection is extremely important following this procedure. Remember to use a gentle sunscreen, at least SPF 30, to protect your skin.

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