Dermaplaning is a skin rejuvenation procedure that has been around for a few decades. However, it’s only become popular over the past few years, mainly thanks to technological improvements that have made it suitable to treat a variety of skin concerns. If you’re after a cosmetic treatment that delivers a more youthful appearance and that has no downtime, you may want to consider dermaplaning. Here’s what you need to know about this treatment.

What is dermaplaning used for?

This procedure is used to improve the overall texture and appearance of the skin. As such, it’s considered a cosmetic treatment that can benefit people concerned about fine lines, wrinkles, or acne scars. Dermatologists also use this treatment to improve the appearance of skin that has been damaged by sun exposure. Facial hair can also be removed using this technology. Generally speaking, this is an option for anyone who wants to achieve brighter or smoother skin.

Who is a good candidate?

This treatment can be safely carried out on people of all skin types. Sensitive skin is usually not a contraindication, and neither are skin conditions like rosacea. However, people following Accutane treatments or those on blood thinning medication aren’t good candidates. The same goes for anyone who’s experiencing an acne flare up. If you enjoy sunbathing or tanning, you’ll be asked to avoid sun exposure for approximately 1 week before treatment day.

One thing to remember is that the results aren’t permanent. In most cases, you will notice the rejuvenating and brightening effect of this treatment for up to three weeks. It’s important to have the right expectations so you can be happy with the results. This treatment is great if you want to show off youthful skin at a special occasion.

What happens during the procedure?

You can think about this procedure as a deep exfoliating treatment. After taking a detailed medical history, your dermatologist will confirm if you’re a good candidate and will explain the results you can expect to achieve with this treatment.

On treatment day, you may be given a small amount of local anaesthesia. You’ll still be fully awake during the procedure, but you won’t feel any pain or discomfort. The most you’ll feel is some tingling as the blade is swept over the skin.

The procedure itself involves using a thin blade to remove skin impurities, dead cells, and scarred tissue. The blade will get rid of old and damaged skin cells, which are the main causes of dull and uneven skin. The average treatment lasts 20 to 30 minutes.

What about aftercare?

After treatment, you dermatologist will apply a soothing lotion to the area treated. You should keep your face protected from sun exposure for as long as recommended, so make sure to have some quality sunscreen with you. Other than that, there’s no downtime involved.

Are there any side effects?

This procedure is considered a very low risk treatment. You may experience some redness or skin sensitivity for a couple of days, but there should be no pain at all. The treatment may trigger the appearance of whiteheads, but these disappear soon and they’re nothing to worry about.

For more information, we invite you to a FREE consultation with our facial aesthetics specialist.


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