Dermablading also called dermaplaning is a cosmetic procedure
that is used to clear away damage that has been done to your skin due to daily exposure to irritants, environmental toxins, as well as sun damage. Daily exposure to these elements can cause wrinkles, age spots, and dull skin which can make you look older than you are. The dermaplaning procedure can remove the damaged skin cells and reveal the new fresh layer of skin below. Dermaplaning can also help smooth and diminish scars from previous acne breakouts.
Dermaplaning has the same effect on women as shaving does for men. Using a sterilized blade at an angle of 45 degrees a cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist slowly runs it over the entire surface of your skin which in turn removes dead skin cells and hair from your face.
- Instant results and a more youthful, glowing complexion;
- Reduced appearance of fine lines and superficial wrinkles which will keep improving due to the skins cells natural reaction to produce more collagen;
- Noticeably smoother makeup application and appearance. This is a benefit of the blade removing and the villous hairs (peach fuzz);
- The dermaplaning process jumpstarts the cells to produce more collagen and elastin which aid in reducing visible signs of aging;
- Visible improvement in skin texture;
- Any pigmentation anomalies will be less noticeable;
- Beauty care and facial serums will absorb more fully into your newly treated skin;
- Often helps curb acne breakouts.
Who Is A Candidate For Dermablading?
Candidates for dermablading/dermaplaning are individuals who desire to have youthful, brighter, and smoother skin. Patients who have acne scars, dry skin, skin that is dull, sun-damaged skin, fine wrinkles, or dark patches all can benefit from dermaplaning.
For most individuals dermaplaning is safe however it is not recommended for those who are pregnant, nursing, have had Botox injections in the last 30 days, have used Accutane in the past 12 months, have diabetes, have a viral infection, or skin disease, use daily blood thinners, have keloid issues or have recently had a chemical peel.
The entire dermablading procedure should take about 20-30 minutes. Sometimes a numbing agent is used on the skin to make the patient more comfortable but there is usually no pain involved. Most patients report that the procedure is relaxing and far less painful than waxing or threading.
The medical professional will have you lie in a reclining position so they may reach all areas to be treated. They will then begin to use the dermaplaning tool, which may be electronic or manual, scraping the surface of your skin and sloughing off the dead cells.
When the procedure is complete, aloe or another soothing substance will be put on your face, often followed by sunscreen. Your face will be highly sensitive for the next few weeks and it is very important to keep it protected from the sun.
There is no downtime associated with dermablading, however, your skin may be red for a few days. It is also important that you stay out of direct sunlight as this could negate the effect of the procedure and also cause skin damage and hyper-pigmentation.
The results of dermaplaning are not permanent and it is recommended that you follow up with additional treatments about 4 times a year.
What Are The Risks Of Dermaplaning?
When performed by a professional dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon, there is very little risk of negative side effects. Your face may be slightly red for the first few hours or days post-treatment and some patients reported getting whiteheads a day to two later. More serious but rare risks include scarring, infection, and patchy pigment areas.
Is Shaving Your Face The Same As Dermablading?
Dermaplaning and shaving are different in that you are not just aiming to remove coarse hair off your face like when shaving, you are removing dead skin cells and exfoliating the entire surface. Dermaplaning is done by a licensed professional and shaving is done at home in your bathroom.
Will A Dermaplaning Procedure Cause My Vellus Hair To Grow Back Thicker?
No, the dermaplaning procedure does not reach deep down and does not affect the hair follicle in any way.
Can I DIY Dermablading At Home?
Dermatologists and licensed professionals agree that DIY and Scalpel should not be anywhere near one another. If you are just looking to remove hair (peach fuzz) there are several safe devices available on the market that can do that but, if you want the benefits only available through the removal of the dead cells then it is best left to the professionals.
The cost of dermablading varies depending on several factors. Often dermaplaning is combined with other skin treatments for optimal results. Set up a consultation to discuss treatment options and associated costs.
If you are interested in a brighter, more radiant complexion or desire to lessen acne scars, fine lines, and wrinkles or, correct patchy skin pigmentation, contact us today to set up a consultation and learn more about dermaplaning.
Check out related procedures: Microdermabrasion, Fractora Facials, Chemical Peels, and Microneedling.
Angelina Postoev, MD, FACS, a triple-board certified cosmetic surgeon, and Christopher Ibikunle, MD, FACS, offer dermablading in Lawrenceville, Suwanee, Johns Creek, Buckhead, and the surrounding areas of Atlanta, Georgia.