This treatment is typically performed on the face and is similar to shaving, however the sloughing goes deeper than what you can achieve at home because your aesthetician uses a surgical scalpel rather than a razor. Benefits are similar to microdermabrasion or a light chemical peel; your skin will immediately look brighter and more even with a smoother texture, diminishing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and acne scars. This treatment may also improve the absorption of skin-care products for up to 21-days, the time it takes for a new layer of dead skin cells to accumulate.
Dermaplaning is recommended for removing dead cells and vellus hair from your skin’s surface. Suitable for most skin colors and types.
Dermaplaning is not recommended if you have active acne or a rosacea flare-up, the sharp scalpel could nick existing pimples and cause them to become inflamed or infected. Dermaplaning can also sometimes be less effective on overly oily skin since the skin can’t properly catch the vellus hairs.
Before treatment your skin is prepped using alcohol to remove excess oil. Using one hand to gently stretch each area of the skin so it’s taught and smooth, your aesthetician will carefully slide a scalpel over the skin’s surface, scraping away dead skin cells and facial hair with short, quick strokes.
There is no downtime but skin may be pink for an hour or so after treatment. Let your provider know right away if your skin becomes irritated or you develop a rash, an indication that too much skin may have been removed. Generally a rich, occlusive moisturizer will help sooth and nourish inflamed skin until the skin’s own moisture barrier is repaired.
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