Many skin care procedures are designed to rejuvenate new skin by first ridding our bodies of old and damaged skin cells. By shedding old cells, our bodies naturally trigger the growth of new skin. As so many of the conditions that plague our skin are rooted in the deeper layers of our dermis, the more we hasten our skin growth cycle, the quicker we can do away with physical imperfections.
The process of ridding the skin of old cells is called exfoliation. Chemical peels, certain topical products, and various other aesthetic procedures are wholly dedicated to exfoliating the skin to a younger, healthier complexion. However, dermaplaning is unique in its approach, as the gentle shaving of the skin’s outermost layer does not disturb the healthy skin beneath, nor does it cause broken capillaries or unsightly peeling. This makes dermaplaning one of the most popular skin care services, and keeps patients coming back for regular treatments.
How Dermaplaning Works
Dermaplaning uses the flat edge of a scalpel to gently remove dead and unwanted skin cells from the surface of the face. Dermaplaning also removes small hairs and other debris that can result in clogged pores, infections, active breakouts, and other troublesome conditions.
The dermaplaning procedure is quick, painless, and requires absolutely no downtime, which makes it perfect for patients on the go, as well as those seeking regular treatments for optimum results. Also, as the procedure is performed with the use of a medical instrument only, no outside chemicals, products, or agents are introduced to the skin during treatment.
Prior to Your Procedure
Before receiving this treatment, patients are asked to refrain from using any retinols or retinoids for one week leading up to the procedure, as these can cause irritation and minimize results. It is also emphasized that patients not receive any other facial treatments, including chemical peels, prior to treatment.
Patients with active acne lesions and cold sores are asked to postpone treatment until their condition improves, as dermaplaning can cause injury to these areas.
During Your Procedure
Prior to the treatment, your face will be washed of any makeup or excess oils. Once your face is clean, the dermaplaning treatment will begin; the sensation will be close to that felt when shaving your legs.
Depending on the individual needs of the patient, the procedure can either be shortened or lengthened for thorough results.
After Your Procedure
Dermaplaning is a gentle procedure that leaves the skin feeling smooth and invigorated. As such, there is no downtime following treatment. However, recently treated skin is more susceptible to stressors and irritants, such as sun exposure, certain topical products, and other facial treatments. It is recommended that patients limit sun exposure and excessive heat for 72 hours following their dermaplaning treatment, as well as a one-week avoidance of facial waxing and a two-week avoidance of other exfoliation treatments.
Jennifer Curtin is a medical aesthetician who is nationally recognized for her expertise in medical skin care. With more than 20 years of experience in medical aesthetics, she is dedicated to the aesthetic industry and has received awards of merit including the International CIDESCO Certification, Assistant Cosmetic Laser Practitioner and National Leadership Award. Jennifer is the president of Skintherapy, a leading med spa in the Buckhead area of Atlanta. To schedule a complimentary appointment with Jennifer, call 404-358-2961 or click here to submit a consult request online.