What to Know Before a Dermaplaning Treatment

Woman having dermaplaning treatment What to Know Before a Dermaplaning Treatment

Dermaplaning is a very simple and straightforward cosmetic treatment that can help alleviate many bothersome blemishes and unsightly irregularities. Here’s everything you need to know about dermaplaning before having your first treatment.

What to Know About Dermaplaning

What Is Dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning is a light, noninvasive cosmetic treatment that works to remove the top layer of your skin and any hair follicles that may be present. A dermaplaning tool looks a lot like a handheld razor, but any old blade won’t do. The device is often referred to as a dermatome. A dermatome is very sharp and precise, and it can exfoliate the skin with incredible accuracy. This makes dermaplaning a very safe process when administered by a dermatologist. Dermaplaning has been in practice for a long time in some capacity, and its results speak for themselves. Dermaplaning is especially good for people who want to dip their feet into cosmetic dermatology. Besides a facial, dermaplaning is probably the most gentle and shallow of the main popular cosmetic treatments.

What Can Dermaplaning Treat?

Since dermaplaning focuses on clearing the top layer of your skin from dead skin cells and small hairs, it’s very useful for treating minor cosmetic issues. Wrinkles and fine lines may see reduction from dermaplaning sessions, but the results won’t be as notable or long-lasting as from dermal fillers or Botox. Instead, dermaplaning can help treat minor blemishes, small acne scars, and a variety of other discoloration or unevenness on the skin. By removing dead skin cells from the surface of the skin, it enables new skin to grow quicker than normal, which may help to smooth wrinkles. Additionally, removing dead skin from the surface of the skin can help prevent pores from becoming clogged, thereby averting acne and breakouts. Dermaplaning can be applied to a variety of cosmetic issues; perhaps most uniquely, it can help with “peach fuzz,” those annoying little hairs that can crop up on your chin, cheeks, and upper lip that you can’t really effectively pluck. This can be a great treatment to get before a big event or photo session, eliminating the worry of looking fuzzy or having pimples on that special day.

Dermaplaning can treat a lot of simple, mild skin concerns – things that are less of a condition and more of an annoyance, like dull or pockmarked skin. The process is at its core a rejuvenating treatment that focuses on encouraging healthy, new skin to grow while also clearing away dead, flaky skin. Healthy skin looks better, and dermaplaning is a safe and effective way at achieving it.

What to Expect from Dermaplaning

The dermaplaning procedure can be as short as twenty minutes or as long as an hour. Your doctor may offer topical anesthetics or sedatives to help calm you and prevent discomfort during a session. These are usually not required but may help put your mind at ease. As we said, dermaplaning is very gentle. It’s possible you’ll feel a tingling sensation, and some discomfort is possible after due to the exfoliation. Your dermatologist may apply a soothing aloe gel or some other cooling lotion. Usually they will also apply sunscreen, as recently exfoliated skin is more prone to sun damage. Dermaplaning results are not permanent; in fact, they usually only last a few weeks. But when you take the short time for treatment, complete lack of downtime and the short term results, they’re well worth your time.


Ready to try dermaplaning but have a few more questions or concerns? Give us a call at Northeast Dermatology Associates today and schedule a consultation.

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