If you have superficial skin concerns such as blemishes, fine lines, and rough or dull skin, a gentle exfoliation treatment may be the ideal way to improve your complexion. At Aesthetic Surgical Arts/Mia Bella Donna Medspa in Overland Park, KS, we know that dermaplaning is a treatment that can immediately brighten and soften your skin. Learn more about the benefits of this treatment, how often you should schedule your appointments, and more.
What Are the Benefits of Dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning treatments are very beneficial for your skin. This is a non-invasive aesthetic treatment that gently scrapes away dead skin cells and peach fuzz from your skin to unveil a fresher, clearer, and more youthful complexion. One of the main benefits of this treatment is the fact that it’s compatible with virtually all skin types and skin tones. Other benefits include:
Remove Peach Fuzz
Peach fuzz is the downy layer of tiny hairs on your face. Whether you’re a man or a woman, your face has some amount of peach fuzz, as does most other areas of your body, except for your eyelids, the palms of your hand, and the soles of your feet. Peach fuzz is also known as vellus hair, which is designed to help your body regulate your skin temperature and wick away sweat. However, peach fuzz on the face can make your skin look dull.
By removing the peach fuzz from your skin, you will notice an immediate improvement in the tone of your skin. Without peach fuzz, your skin will look brighter, rosier, and less dull. Removing peach fuzz has the added benefit of making your skin feel baby-soft and also allows makeup to sit more evenly on your skin.
Soften Skin Texture
Rough and dry skin is common for many people. Sometimes, your skin responds to hot weather or cold weather by becoming more dry than usual. Other times, the skincare products you use can cause dry patches, particularly chemical exfoliants and products designed to treat acne. Regular exfoliation with this treatment can remove the upper layers of dead and dry skin cells that may make your skin feel rough to the touch.
Improve Fine Lines
This treatment can also improve the appearance of fine lines. Much of the time, fine lines can appear much deeper because of dead skin cells sitting on the surface of the skin. When dead skin cells are removed, fine lines and wrinkles instantly appear much less noticeable. But aside from this, exfoliating your skin regularly can also assist with the natural skin cell turnover cycle.
The natural skin cell turnover cycle ranges between 28 and 40 days. As we age, this natural cycle slows down, which is why blemishes and dry skin become more common as we grow older. However, when you exfoliate regularly, you can assist natural cellular turnover to reveal new skin cells that can better protect your skin.
A huge benefit of this treatment is the reduction of pigmentation concerns, including sun damage, melasma, dark spots, and other blemishes. If you are someone who struggles with post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation or post-inflammatory erythema, this treatment can significantly improve the overall tone of your skin. For people who are unable to use more advanced exfoliation techniques, such as laser treatments, dermaplaning is an ideal way to improve discoloration from dark spots.
Increase Skincare Effectiveness
Most people invest in skincare products that contain active ingredients to target key skin concerns. However, sometimes these products can perform as effectively because of your baseline skin condition. If your skin has a layer of stubborn dead skin cells, it’s likely that your skincare products aren’t able to penetrate your skin deeply enough to produce the best result.
In particular, lightweight products like hyaluronic acid and certain serums can perform best when the molecules in the product can reach the lowest layer of the epidermis. After a dermaplane facial, your skin will be primed to absorb all of your skincare products to maximize your desired results. This is especially true for hydrating and rejuvenating active ingredients, including collagen and retinol.
This treatment can also minimize scarring, especially scarring from acne. For textural scars such as rolling scars and other shallow scars, removing dead skin cells can soften the appearance of scars to make them less noticeable. This treatment is also highly effective for pigmented post-acne marks, which may not fade away without professional exfoliation for people who have scar-prone skin.
Finally, this treatment can also help control breakouts. Often, acne is caused by a combination of excessive oil production and dead skin cells. However, when you can remove dead skin cells, the natural oils in your skin can spread out more evenly without accumulating in your pores, which can lead to fewer breakouts in the future. For people who have congested skin, a combination of regular dermaplane facials and acne-fighting skincare products can be an effective treatment plan.
Can All Skin Types Use This Treatment?
This exfoliation treatment is uniquely suited to meet the needs of all skin types and skin tones. While some exfoliation treatments, especially laser treatments, are not compatible with medium and dark skin tones, this manual exfoliation technique can easily be used without the risk of causing hyperpigmentation.
This treatment is also a good option for those who have very sensitive or reactive skin. Sensitive skin can be naturally occurring or can be the result of using harsh chemical exfoliants too often. Whether you are repairing your moisture barrier or your skin is easily irritated in general, this exfoliation technique will not cause irritation or inflammation.
Can Pregnant Women Use This Treatment?
Pregnant women usually can’t use most aesthetic facials because the treatments use chemicals or high energy to improve the skin. However, dermaplaning is perfectly safe for expectant mothers all throughout pregnancy, which can be a relief for women who are experiencing pregnancy-related skin changes like acne and melasma.
Will You Need to Prepare For This Treatment?
Before your exfoliation facial, there are a few things you will need to do to prepare your skin. First, you will need to stop at-home exfoliation, such as manually scrubbing your skin or using chemical exfoliants. You will also need to avoid intense sun exposure, since you will have to reschedule if you get sunburn. Ideally, you should follow these preparation instructions for at least five days before your appointment.
Is There Any Downtime After This Treatment?
No, there is not any downtime after a dermaplane facial. After your appointment, you can continue with the rest of your day without any restrictions. However, while there is no downtime associated with this treatment, it’s still a good idea to alter some of your skincare habits for a few days so you can maximize your results.
One thing you will need to do is wear sunscreen to protect your newly revealed skin cells. Because new skin cells are more vulnerable to UV rays, it can be very easy to develop pigmentation concerns if you do not protect your skin with broad spectrum SPF. You may also want to avoid using harsh products such as AHAs, BHAs, and retinol for a few days. Instead, you should focus on using hydrating serums, vitamins, and peptides.
How Long Will Your Appointment Take?
Your dermaplane appointment will usually take 20 to 30 minutes to complete. If you are including additional treatments, such as a hydrating facial or chemical peel, your appointment will take longer. The fact that this treatment can be completed so quickly is another reason why it’s so appealing to patients.
How Soon Will You See Results?
You will usually be able to notice immediate results after your dermaplane facial. However, your results will likely continue to improve over the next few days as your newly revealed skin cells adjust. Your skin will be at its brightest and softest about three to five days after your appointment.
How Frequently Should You Have Treatments?
You can usually schedule your dermaplane facials about one month apart. Depending on your skin condition and your natural cellular turnover cycle, scheduling a treatment once a month will allow you to maintain your desired results. This treatment frequency is ideal since most people will be ready to shed dead skin cells three to four weeks after each appointment.
Why Shouldn’t You Dermaplane At Home?
There are some beauty bloggers on the internet who may recommend dermaplaning at home as an alternative to a professional treatment. However, there are hidden dangers to your skin if your dermaplane at home. For one thing, the blade you’re using might not be sterile, and if you nick your skin, you could be risking infection or scarring. For people with acne-prone skin, an at-home dermaplane treatment can even increase inflammation or make breakouts worse.
Using an at-home dermaplane tool is also not as effective as a professional treatment. Professional treatment uses a very sharp, sterile blade that can exfoliate several layers of skin cells, while an at-home razor will mainly remove peach fuzz. If your goal is to reduce signs of aging and pigmentation, an at-home treatment simply won’t exfoliate your skin deep enough to make a difference. Instead of risking skin irritation and an ineffectual treatment, it’s better to schedule a professional treatment.
Will Peach Fuzz Grow Back Thicker?
Some people who have never had a dermaplane facial before may be concerned about the possibility of peach fuzz growing back thicker or darker. However, it’s a myth that the color or density of your peach fuzz will change after a dermaplane facial. For women in particular, the appearance of facial hair is determined by hormones and genetics, so it simply isn’t possible for peach fuzz to suddenly become dark and coarse.
Will Peach Fuzz Grow Stubbly?
As any hair on your body grows back, it will grow back with stubble. However, stubble from peach fuzz is not like stubble from body hair. While body hair stubble may be rough or prickly, peach fuzz stubble will still feel very soft. You might not even notice peach fuzz stubble unless you are looking for it, especially if you attend your appointments regularly.
Explore the Benefits of Dermaplaning
A professional dermaplane facial can be highly beneficial for all skin types and skin tones. Whether you’re pregnant or you have sensitive skin, this facial can gently remove dead skin cells and peach fuzz to unveil fresh, bright, evenly-toned skin. This treatment may also help improve the overall health of your skin if you have acne. Contact Aesthetic Surgical Arts/Mia Bella Donna Medspa in Overland Park, KS to schedule your initial appointment today.