Dermaplaning is a skin treatment that uses a specialized blade — similar to a surgical scalpel called a dermatome — to remove dead skin and hairs. People may also refer to it as microplaning or blading.
The procedure aims to give facial skin a smooth, youthful, and radiant appearance. As well as smoothing skin and removing “peach fuzz,” proponents claim that dermaplaning can help with acne scars, dry skin, sun-damaged skin, and small wrinkles.
How it works
The basic concept of dermaplaning is the same as shaving, but in place of a razor, it uses a scalpel-type blade to remove skin cells, hair, and other debris that may be present on the surface of the skin.
The continuous exposure of the top layer of skin to UV rays, environmental toxins, and irritants means that it may begin to appear dull. Dermaplaning removes the top layer of skin to reveal newer skin cells that may make a person’s skin appear smoother and glowing.
Reports on the effectiveness of dermaplaning are mostly anecdotal, and treatment results may vary from person to person.
An master esthetician can perform skin resurfacing procedures such as dermaplaning. A person should choose a professional who has appropriate training and a valid license.
When a professional performs dermaplaning, it is a safe procedure that requires very little preparation. Prior to the procedure, the professional should use a gentle cleanser with alpha or beta hydroxy acids to help loosen dead skin cells. The face needs to dry completely before the procedure.
During the procedure, the professional will use a sterilized 10-gauge scalpel that they will hold at a 45-degree angle to the skin. They will pull the skin tight and use the blade to make short motions against the grain of the hair on the skin.
Following the procedure, they will often apply a moisturizer to the person’s skin before providing them with a post-procedure care guide.
A person will require little downtime, if any, after a dermaplaning treatment. They will not need to take time off work, and they may even be able to fit their treatment session in during a lunch break.
A person can undergo dermaplaning as frequently as every 2 weeks.
Benefits of Dermaplaning
Dermaplaning provides several potential benefits, all of which are cosmetic. There are no medical reasons to get dermaplaning treatment.
People interested in dermaplaning are often looking to achieve a more youthful look by removing dead skin, small hairs, and minor imperfections in their complexion. Some potential benefits include:
- reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, acne scarring, or sun-damaged skin
- restoring a youthful glow to the skin
- removing small hairs that can hold onto oil and debris
The effectiveness of dermaplaning depends largely on the professional’s experience and the person’s expectations. A person may wish to check the reviews of previous customers before booking an appointment.
It is not advisable to use a home dermaplaning kit. Only a certified or well-trained professional should perform the dermaplaning procedure in a clean and appropriate environment.
If a person wishes to use a home kit, they should do so with caution. The risk of complications and poor results will be much higher.
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