How Dermaplaning Can Help Reduce Fine Lines, Sun Damage

Fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, and acne scars can become more prominent as we age. It makes our skin look older and rougher. What if you could remove that damage with a quick treatment? You can with dermaplaning! 

Facial32 Dental Esthetics offers dermaplaning to those wanting to make their skin look healthier and more youthful, but it’s not for everyone. Is dermplaning right for you? Let’s learn more about what dermaplaning is, how it’s performed, and who is best suited to get it.

What Is Dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning involves using a razor or scalpel to gently scrape and remove the top layer of skin, including damaged areas and the “peach fuzz” hair usually found on the sides of the face. It removes dead skin and reveals the smooth skin underneath. It does this without the harsh chemicals of a chemical peel.

There are many benefits of dermaplaning. It is used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The dermaplane process is also used to diminish the look of sun damage/brown spots on the face and reduce acne scars and large pores. 

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Is Dermaplaning Good for Your Skin?

What are the pros and cons of dermaplaning? Dermaplaning removes the damaged outer layer of your skin to reveal a smoother, softer inner layer. The outer layer of your skin can be damaged from years of sun exposure, acne, and aging. By removing that layer, you’re returning your skin to a smoother, less-damaged surface. 

However, it isn’t for everyone. A dermaplane facial can remove acne scars, but it shouldn’t be done if you still have active acne. Cutting off the top of an active pimple could put you at risk for infection. 

You shouldn’t get dermaplaning if you have:

  • Active acne
  • Rosacea
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Cold sores
  • Moles or freckles
  • Skin tags or other skin growths
  • Radiation therapy burns
  • Dermatitis and other skin rashes
  • Dark spots that could be skin cancer

You should be healthy when doing this procedure. People with infections or compromised immune systems should not have the procedure. 

What Should You Expect With Dermaplaning?

We’ll begin by discussing your goals and whether you and your skin are healthy enough for dermaplaning. Your dermaplaning facial will be performed by our in-house esthetician. 

She begins by using a numbing spray or cream on your face to make the process more comfortable. She will give the spray or cream a few minutes to work fully. After that, she will begin the dermaplaning process with a special razor to remove the top layer of skin. 

You may feel a scratching sensation on your face, but it should not be painful and should not require anesthesia. The process only takes a few minutes. Then, we will apply a soothing gel to reduce redness, swelling, and discomfort. 

Dermaplaning Aftercare

Once your procedure is complete, you are free to return home. Here are some dos and don’ts of dermaplaning aftercare.

  • You should avoid sunlight for the next few weeks while your skin heals. Dermaplaning makes your skin more susceptible to sunburn and damage. Wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 if you must be outside. 
  • Do not use makeup for at least 24 hours after your treatment. After that, you should keep your makeup light until your skin heals completely. 
  • Apply a moisturizer daily to your face to keep the skin hydrated and promote healing. We recommend a hydrating serum or oil. Do not use harsh moisturizers or anything containing retinoids or glycolic acids. 
  • You might have some whiteheads or scabs appear, but they should go away after a few days. Don’t try to get rid of them yourself by picking at anything. Avoid touching your face because you can get bacteria on it that could lead to an infection. 
  • Clean your face with a gentle facial soap. Don’t do harsh scrubbing or exfoliating for the first few weeks until your skin heals completely. That includes using an exfoliating scrub, a luffa, or other harsh scrubbers for your face. 
  • Do not swim in a swimming pool or use a hot tub or anything with chlorine. The chlorine and harsh chemicals can damage your fresh skin. Avoid strenuous activities for the first two weeks to avoid excessive dirt and sweat on your face. 
  • Drink lots of water to stay hydrated. Plain water is great for your skin! It keeps it hydrated and promotes healing. 
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Dermaplaning vs. Microdermabrasion vs. Shaving

What is the difference between dermaplaning, shaving, and microdermabrasion? The main difference is in the tools and the results. 

Dermaplaning and microdermabrasion remove the top layer of skin and the peach fuzz. Dermaplaning uses a specialized razor to cut off the top layer of skin. Microdermabrasion uses a special tool that exfoliates your skin and removes the top layer without the use of surgical blades. 

Dermabrasion is considered a surgical procedure, while microdermabrasion is an exfoliating treatment, mainly because of the tools. They serve similar patients, and as with dermaplaning, those with certain skin conditions and diseases shouldn’t have microdermabrasion done. 

Both differ from basic shaving, which only removes the hair at the skin’s surface. The hair will grow back and may be denser and darker when it does. The hair doesn’t grow back denser or darker with dermaplaning or microdermabrasion. 

We’re happy to consult with you at Facial32 Dental Esthetics about which technique is best for you!

Dermaplaning in Hanover, PA

Dermaplaning can create a smoother, more youthful, more healthy appearance to your face. It can be repeated every 3-4 weeks, which is around the life span of facial skin cells. 
Is dermaplaning right for you? Would you do better with one of our other cosmetic procedures, such as microdermabrasion, microneedling, or a chemical peel?  Schedule an appointment with Facial32 Dental Esthetics in Hanover, PA, to find out!

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