What is DermaPlaning?
Dermaplaning, sometimes known as epidermal leveling or blading, is a non-invasive skin rejuvenation treatment designed to make skin feel smoother, and to appear healthier and more youthful. When it comes to skin care, we often get to a point where we consider seeking outside help, and many people turn to professional dermaplaning. As we start getting older and noticing that our skin is not repairing itself as easily as it used to, we realize that the over-the-counter remedies that we've been using are simply not as effective anymore. This is when some of us decide to seek professional help at a spa or even at the doctor's office, and dermaplaning is one of the most common treatments offered. Quick and relatively safe, this procedure can do wonders for your skin.
Dermaplaning, or blading, is an exfoliating treatment that provides an alternative to chemical peels or microdermabrasion and is a good choice for anyone who has fine facial hair (peach fuzz), extremely sensitive skin, redness or rosacea, or visible facial veins. The dermaplaning treatment is done by an experienced aesthetician who uses a blade to gently exfoliate the outer layer of dead skin cells and remove fine facial hair commonly known as "peach fuzz". A noticeable improvement is immediate with smoother texture and fresh skin appearance. Hair returns softly and will not become coarser because of the treatment. Even products penetrate the skin better following this treatment.
Dermaplaning treatments, a form of manual exfoliation, are typically performed by a dermatologist or a licensed aesthetician at a professional skin care clinic. Dermaplaning or epidermal leveling utilizes a sterile surgical blade called a dermatome. The dermatome is carefully stroked over the skin in even motions similar to shaving. Treatment time can be as short as 15-20 minutes.
Blading the skin with a dermatome painlessly removes dry, dead surface skin to reveal new, healthy skin cells. Dermaplaning poses no serious side effects and patients can resume normal activities immediately following treatment.
The DermaPlaning Procedure
DermaPlaning is performed with a special handheld instrument called a dermatome. The provider smoothes away the surface layer of the skin using the dermatome. This procedure is highly customizable and can be performed on small areas or on the entire face. It can take anywhere from a few minutes to a full hour to complete the procedure, depending your needs. Sometimes, patients opt to undergo the DermaPlaning procedure in stages.
After the DermaPlaning procedure, the skin may be red and swollen. Tingling and aching can be managed with pain medication prescribed by the doctor or nurse practitioner. Over the next three months, the results will begin to emerge. Since this new skin will be sensitive, it is important to minimize sun exposure during this time.
What Does Dermaplaning Treat?
Dermaplaning is recommended to treat dry, rough skin, acne scars, uneven skin tone, large pores, fine lines…even unwanted facial hair. Dermaplaning is a safe, effective treatment for overall skin rejuvenation. It can produce a smoother skin texture and a clearer complexion, while minimizing fine lines and minor scars. Since the Dermaplaning dermatome is a sharp blade, unwanted peach fuzz or whiskers may also be eliminated during treatment. In this manner, Dermaplaning offers a rare combination of skin rejuvenation and facial hair removal benefits.
Acne scars and minor wrinkles can be minimized with Dermaplaning as the dermatome blade removes damaged epidermal skin. Since Dermaplaning removes dead skin more swiftly and cleanly than the natural shedding process allows, it can also trigger speedier skin cell turnover.
What skin types/conditions can be treated?
The only skin that probably shouldn't be treated with dermaplaning is acne-prone skin. The oil from the sebaceous glands needs to travel up and connect with the vellous hair in order for it to be excreted. If the hair is removed and the the oil builds up, the glands are obstructed and cause more breakouts.
Reason for choosing Dermaplaning:-
Helps to remove light surface wrinkling and improves skin texture
- Lightens uneven hyper-pigmented skin for a more even skin tone
- Helps to unblock blackheads, making the pores appear smaller
- Removes facial hair (hair does not grow back thicker)
- Speeds up new healthy cell production
- Helps remove and prevent pre-cancerous cells
- Helps smooth acne scarring
- Helps with product absorption.
Dermaplaning vs. Microdermabrasion
Microdermabrasion has long been one of the top non-surgical treatments for facial skin rejuvenation. And while Dermaplaning and Microdermabrasion address most of the same skin issues, the treatment mechanism and the effects can be slightly different.
Rather than the Dermaplaning surgical blade, Microdermabrasion exfoliates the surface skin with a pressurized stream of abrasive crystals. Both treatments should be performed by a licensed aesthetic professional to yield the best results.
Because Dermaplaning uses the sharp dermatome, it is often considered a more aggressive form of exfoliation than Microdermabrasion—prominent acne scars and wrinkles may be better treated with Dermaplaning. However, the potential for nicks and cuts during Dermaplaning also creates the possibility of bleeding or skin infection post treatment. More manual skill is usually required on the part of the Dermaplaning treatment provider.
Microdermabrasion treatments can use different exfoliating crystals for more customized treatment results. Since there’s a lesser chance that Microdermabrasion will break the skin, it can also be argued that Microdermabrasion is the safer, lower-risk treatment of the two.
In terms of cost, Dermaplaning may average slightly higher than Microdermabrasion, although specific pricing will vary. National average costs for Microdermabrasion hover around $100 per treatment, while sources list Dermaplaning as costing anywhere from $50-$200 per session.
Is Dermaplaning Right for Me?
Dermaplaning or epidermal leveling is recommended for patients who want a non-surgical, non-invasive, affordable skin rejuvenation treatment—with a focus on quick treatment sessions, no recovery time, and no major side effects. Patients wanting to treat acne scars, poor skin tone, large or clogged pores, fine lines and very dry skin can achieve great skin success with Dermaplaning. The best way to determine if Dermaplaning is right for you is to consult with a licensed aesthetic specialist. They can determine whether Dermaplaning, Microdermabrasion or Chemical Peels are the most appropriate skin rejuvenation treatment option for you!