Everyone wants to have youthful-looking, smooth skin — and we’re not just talking about the face! The skin on your body also loses its elasticity and radiance as you age, particularly if you’ve spent time in the sun. You can get it back again with dermaplaning, an exfoliating treatment that uses a scalpel to remove dead skin cells and debris from the surface of your skin.
What is Dermaplaning
The popular and painless exfoliation technique known as “dermaplaning” gently removes the top layers of dead skin and facial peach fuzz using a disposable, medical-grade exfoliating blade. Skin after this procedure is ultra-smooth, bright, and new. Dermaplaning also stimulates collagen production in your skin, which reduces wrinkles and improves elasticity. Dermatologists recommend that you have a professional do your dermaplaning to ensure it’s done correctly — especially if you have sensitive or acne-prone skin.
Benefits of Dermaplaning
Dermaplaning is suitable for all skin types and is very successful in treating the following skin conditions:
- Removes dry skin
- Brightens dull skin
- Removes soft facial hair that traps oils and dirt
- Reduces appearance of pores
How Often Should I Dermaplane?
The frequency at which you need to dermaplane depends on your skin type and condition. For example, dry skin or a build-up of dead skin cells may require more frequent treatments. You should also consider how much time you want to dedicate. Dermaplaning is a time consuming process that requires about 30 minutes per session for most people. A good rule of thumb is not to do it more than once every two weeks.
What to Expect During and After My Dermaplaning Session
After your skin is prepped and cleaned with a gentle cleanser and toner, a trained esthetician will use a blunt-edged instrument called a dermaplanner to remove your top layer of skin. You may experience mild discomfort while this process takes place but it should not be painful. Immediately after the procedure, you will see some pinkness on your skin’s surface–this is normal and will fade within an hour or two. There are no visible results immediately after dermaplaning, so you can expect to wait about a week before noticing any changes in your skin’s texture or tone. It is important to keep your newly exposed skin protected from the sun as it recovers from this treatment.