Maybe you’ve heard of dermaplaning, a dermatological treatment that’s become increasingly popular in recent years. Or maybe you’re new to it and exploring your options for smoother, healthier-looking skin. Read on to find out about this rejuvenating treatment.
Originally invented in the 1970’s as a means to combat acne, dermaplaning has become widely spread in the last decade. The treatment, also known as blading or microplaning, provides thorough facial exfoliation without the use of harsh or abrasive scrubs.
The dermaplaning treatment involves using a sterile surgical blade to remove the top layer of skin and “peach fuzz” hair. In one treatment, two to three weeks' worth of dead skin cells and vellus hair is removed. This technique is a very precise and painless method of manual exfoliation.
If you’re looking for brighter, healthier-looking skin at a relatively low cost, dermaplaning might be the ticket. So often, we spend a fortune on high-quality products, but they’re only penetrating the topmost layer of dead skin. Not only does this skin resurfacing treatment remove the layer of dead skin cells that accumulates on the skin’s surface, but it enables your skin to better absorb your skincare products. Plus, makeup goes on much more smoothly!
Dermaplaning also improves the appearance of fine lines, smoothing out surface wrinkling and improving the overall texture of the skin. If you’re self-conscious about dark hair on your face, the dermaplaning procedure can help you feel more confident by removing that vellus hair periodically. Additionally, dermaplaning can help even out skin tone. If you’re dealing with patchy spots, hyperpigmentation, or general blotchiness, it’s a great option.
Anyone looking to give their skin a boost can benefit from dermaplaning. The treatment is appropriate for all skin types, including sensitive skin. It’s even safe for pregnant women.
People who suffer from breakouts or scarring from harsh exfoliators are especially good candidates for dermaplaning. Often, the irregular shape of the microbeads in microdermabrasion products or other exfoliators -- or simply the harshness of the scrubbing motion -- can lead to irritation, scarring, and even infection in some cases. Dermaplaning is a gentle surface procedure performed by a professional, so you can rest assured your skin is in good hands.
The dermaplaning procedure is one of the least expensive facial treatments on the market, at about $100-150 per session. Dermatologists recommend treatments about every 3 weeks to 1 month, depending on how quickly your skin accumulates dead skin cells and regrows peach fuzz.
The treatment itself only lasts about 20-30 minutes, is extremely gentle, and requires no downtime afterward. As sections of your skin are pulled taut, the practitioner uses quick, gentle strokes with a scalpel across the area.
Since the skin will be a little more exposed after treatment, it’s recommended to apply extra moisturizer and use sunscreen for several days after. Those with especially sensitive skin may have a little pinkness. People who swear by dermaplaning love the “instant gratification” of bright, smooth skin post-treatment. Skin texture will continue to improve for the next few days following the dermaplaning treatment.
Want to give dermaplaning a try or learn more about the treatment? If you’re in the greater New York City area, contact the board-certified dermatologists at Vanguard Dermatology. We perform dermaplaning treatments in-office and provide a safe, expert touch.