27 Sep Get Glowing Skin With Dermaplaning
Everyone wants smooth skin, but even by staying out of the sun, sticking to your skincare routine and using fancy, expensive lotions, you may not have the skin you’ve always wanted. Luckily, dermatologists have been hard at work developing the right kind of skincare treatments to uncover healthy, blemish-free skin — including dermaplaning.
What Is Dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning is a method of skin exfoliation that seeks to smooth and even out skin anywhere on the body. Exfoliation, a well-known at-home skincare method that is usually done with gentle yet abrasive body scrubs or loofahs, works by removing the dead skin cells that sit on the topmost layer of skin. At-home exfoliation does have its benefits: you see immediate brighter results, it helps other skincare products penetrate deeper into the skin, and it can even encourage the production of collagen, which prevents wrinkles.
However, sometimes you want longer-lasting and more pronounced results, and that’s where the dermatologist comes in. There are three common methods of professional exfoliation at the dermatologist’s office: dermaplaning, microdermabrasion and dermabrasion.
With dermaplaning, the dermatologist or aesthetician will use a small sharp scalpel on dry skin. He or she will gently drag the blade across the skin at a precise angle, removing those dead skin cells as well as the often-annoying peach fuzz, called vellus hair. While it may sound a little frightening to have a blade run across your skin, there is no pain involved — it’s simply like shaving your face. The procedure lasts anywhere from a half an hour to an hour, and there is no recovery time to this procedure — it’s so gentle, you can get back to work or play as soon as the treatment is done. Dermaplaning is best for mild rosacea and to simply brighten up the skin with immediate results.
Microdermabrasion, on the other hand, employs the use of a powered tool with a fine crystal or diamond tip. The tool has also a suction function, which sucks up those skin cells after the sanding has loosened them. The treatment takes about the same amount of time as a dermaplaning session, but there might be a little bit more of a “recovery” — you may experience some redness and swelling that will subside within a few hours or days. Microdermabrasion is best for fine wrinkles and minor scars.
Dermabrasion is often confused with the two, but it is a surgical procedure that must be done with local anesthetic by a qualified dermatologist or plastic surgeon. With dermabrasion, the doctor will use a device that quite literally sands away the uppermost layer of skin; it is most often done to reduce the appearance of wrinkles or scars. The result is smoother, younger-looking skin, but it is a more intense treatment and patients will therefore experience redness, swelling and scabbing that can least a couple of weeks. Dermabrasion is best for deeper scars, severely uneven skin tone and other skin irregularities.
When to Consider Dermaplaning (and What to Know)
Because dermaplaning is so easy and there is no downtime, it has become increasingly popular among both men and women who have wrinkles, light scars or who simply want to get glowing skin. Those with sensitive skin often choose dermaplaning over microdermabrasion since it is far less rough on the skin — but even though it’s far gentler than microdermabrasion, dermaplaning should not be performed too frequently. Give your skin at least three weeks between treatments to rest (and to build up enough dead skin cells and hair to scrape away!). You should also avoid dermaplaning if you currently have acne, as it can cause irritation.
Youthful, smooth skin is even more attainable as we age thanks to the numerous new treatments available — and with dermaplaning, that skin can be yours in just a few minutes at the dermatologist’s office.