What Is Dermaplaning?Dermaplaning, which is sometimes referred to as a scalpel facial, is a physical exfoliation treatment that calls for using a scalpel to shave the face, gently removing the top layer of skin. This treatment gets rid of dead skin cells and allows new cells to come to the surface, giving the face a soft, dewy, fresh feeling. A scalpel facial unclogs pores, evens out skin tone, leaves the skin soft and smooth to the touch, and gives the face a brighter and more youthful appearance. Another big benefit of this beauty service is that it removes peach fuzz.
What Happens During Treatment?We’ll begin your appointment by cleansing your face and applying a solution that is designed to open up your pores. During the treatment, we’ll use a surgical steel blade held at a 45-degree angle to gently scrape your face. As we work on various parts of your face, we’ll hold the skin taut to encourage the blade to glide easily.
Scalpel facials are noninvasive and cause no pain or discomfort. Some of our patients compare treatments to the sensation of shaving your legs in the shower with a manual razor. You may also hear a slight whispering sound as the blade softly glides across your face.
How Long Does Treatment Last?In addition to being completely noninvasive, these treatments are relatively fast and involve no downtime. Patients often schedule this beauty service for their lunch hour or during other breaks in their day. Treatment usually takes no more than an hour, and you’ll be able to get right back to your regular routine afterward.
What Should I Do After Treatment?Avoiding sun exposure and regularly using sunscreen are important during the days immediately following treatment. It’s also a good idea to steer clear of retinol and exfoliants during the first 24 hours after treatment. Because your pores and skin will be fully opened up after treatment, some patients opt to enjoy that fresh-faced feeling and refrain from reapplying heavy cosmetics until the next day. Think of this treatment as a deep cleaning for your facial skin.
Can I Combine This Treatment With Other Beauty Services?This treatment is the perfect thing to combine with other beauty services. Because it removes the outermost layer of skin, it boosts the effectiveness of any rejuvenating treatments that may follow, including facials and chemical peels. This treatment also improves the efficacy of your at-home skincare routine. The first days after treatment are an ideal time to use your best serums and moisturizers because your hairless skin and clear pores will be especially receptive to them. Any acne medications you’re using will also be more effective.
How Does This Differ From a Chemical Peel?Both dermaplaning and chemical peels have the same goal, exfoliation, but they work in different ways to accomplish it. Chemical peels rely on acidic substances combined into a mask to smooth away dead skin and rough patches on the face. Dermaplaning relies on a scalpel to achieve the same effect. The scalpel sloughs away dead skin cells, cleverly tricking the skin into thinking it’s been injured. That injury warning jumpstarts collagen production and new skin cell development.
Is This Treatment Similar to Dermabrasion?Dermabrasion is yet another exfoliating treatment. Dermabrasion uses micro-crystals and suctioning to exfoliate the skin. It is rarely performed now.
How Does It Compare to Other Hair-Removal Treatments?When it comes to the removal of facial hair, a scalpel facial offers benefits over other hair-removal treatments like waxing and shaving. This treatment makes it easier to remove hair from tricky, angular places on the face, such as the creases on either side of the mouth and the curves in the nose area.
It’s also safe and effective for most patients. Some other hair removal treatments are not effective for everyone. Laser treatments, for example, are not effective on blonde or gray hair. Compared with shaving with a manual razor, this treatment offers a deeper exfoliation that offers greater skin renewal benefits.
What Benefits Does This Treatment Offer?For most patients, this treatment instantly improves the look and feel of the skin. It also minimizes acne breakouts and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Here are some of the benefits this popular treatment offers:
Immediate Hair RemovalDermaplaning quickly and easily zaps facial hair. You’ll be amazed at how much better and more youthful you’ll look once those fuzzy vellus hairs are removed. Once the face has been cleaned up and those hairs have been removed, patients often find that their face practically glows. You’ll notice an improvement in your appearance after your very first appointment.
A Refreshed LookBecause it sloughs off dead skin cells and stimulates the growth of new ones, this treatment leaves the face looking fresher, brighter, and more radiant. It can also ease hyperpigmentation, which are the dark spots that sometimes occur when there is an excess of melanin. Patients who have undergone this treatment often look younger and more relaxed. They also report that their face feels incredibly soft after treatment.
Minimized Wrinkles and Fine LinesThe fresh, new skin cells this treatment stimulates will subtly plump up the facial skin, making wrinkles and fine lines less visible.
Decreased Chance of Acne BreakoutsThis treatment is not recommended for patients with active acne breakouts. But if you’ve battled acne in the past, a so-called scalpel facial may help. By clearing away dead skin cells, dirt, and oils, this treatment will leave your skin and pores clear and clean, and it will help keep future breakouts at bay. This treatment may also ease and even out the redness that is sometimes associated with scarring from previous acne breakouts.
Easier Application of CosmeticsMuch like your moisturizers and serums will be more effective in the days following treatment, your bare, hairless face will also make it much easier to apply cosmetics.
Peach fuzz often stands out even more noticeably when you’re wearing foundation and powder, but once your face is clear of hair and dead cells, your foundation will go on like a dream and you won’t have to worry about how those fine hairs look. Your morning beauty routine will be quite a bit shorter, and you’ll feel better about yourself and your appearance.
Safety for a Range of PatientsAll skin types and skin tones can be safely and effectively treated with a scalpel facial. This treatment is gentle enough to be used on patients with sensitive skin or rosacea. There are only a few instances in which this treatment is not recommended.
Patients with active acne outbreaks or facial lesions, those who are allergic to nickel, and those who have used the acne medication Accutane in the past six months are not ideal candidates. Patients who have undergone a Botox injection or received dermal fillers are advised to wait at least seven days before receiving a scalpel facial.