The treatment is most commonly performed to treat acne scars, dull and tired looking skin. If you are considering undertaking Dermaplaning, then we would suggest you read our compressive guide first. We will cover all of the factors that you need to consider before, during and after the procedure.
If you are suffering from acne scars and would like to improve their appearance, it is possible that Dermaplaning might be able to help. The cosmetic process derives its name from a dermatome, which is a small hand-held instrument used to perform the procedure. Essentially, the dermatome is supported by an oscillating blade that attempts to scrape the surface layer of the skin. Alternatively a surgical scalpel can be used to the same effect.
Depending on the individual needs of the patient, Dermaplaning can be performed on the face in its entirety, or alternatively, on certain areas of the skin. It is important to note that whilst Derma planing has the potential to improve the appearance of facial scars that have derived from acne, it cannot completely remove them.
Once the procedure has been completed, a new layer of the affected skin will eventually grow back.
Give the skin a more refined appearance, by softening surface irregularities
As Dermaplaning is a rather basic procedure, it most cases it is suitable for men and women of all ages. However, older patients may experience a slower healing process. An individual’s skin type and colour is also an important factor to consider. This is especially true for patients that have a darker skin complexion, as Dermaplaning can result in permanently blotchy skin.
It is also important to note that you might not be suitable for Derma planing if your acne is still active, as there is the chance of infection. Finally, if you have undergone a chemical peel procedure, or a treatment linked to radiation around the face, then you might not be suitable for Dermaplaning.
Preparing for Dermaplaning
Prior to undergoing the Dermaplaning procedure, you will need to meet with the skin care specialist in the form of a consultation. This will initially involve a discussion with the specialist to discuss your goals and expectations. The specialist will also need to ask questions pertaining to your medical history, especially with regards to any previous skin conditions and cosmetic procedures that have been undertaken around the facial area. The specialist will also need to perform a very basic examination.
They will also spend some time explaining the process of the procedure, along with any associated risks. You will also be given the opportunity to ask questions.
If you are to undergo the Dermaplaning procedure, you will need to make some considerations prior to arriving at the practice. First and foremost, be aware of the fact that your skin is somewhat sensitive after the treatment – so avoid direct sunlight.
If you are a smoker, then it is also advisable to refrain from smoking for at least 1-2 weeks prior to the procedure, as this can increase the amount of time it takes to heal.
The Dermaplaning Procedure
The specialist will use a dermatome (or scalpel) to skim off the surface layer of skin, which is repeated until the surrounding skin becomes more even with the lowest point of the acne scar.
Depending on your individual circumstances, Dermaplaning can take anywhere from a few minutes, right up to 1 hour.
Upon completing the skimming processes, the specialist will then proceed to treat the affected area. This is usually achieved by applying an ointment, a wet dressing, or possibly a combination of the two.
After undergoing Dermaplaning
Upon completing the Dermaplaning procedure, the affected area of the face will feel somewhat sensitive. In order to alleviate the possible after-effects of burning, aching or tingling sensations, your skin care specialist will suggest suitable relief. In most cases, these swelling effects will last no longer than an hour.
As the procedure involves skimming, you can expect newly formed skin to grow back in the proceeding weeks. You may experience itching when this does occur, so an ointment may be suggested. If you are a male patient, you will also need to avoid shaving for a certain period of time.
Ultimately, you want to avoid aggravating the affected area until you have fully recovered. In the unlikely event that the affected area is beginning to worsen, then you must contact your specialist.
Common Concerns (Risks)
Although Dermaplaning is a very safe process to undergo, as with all forms of cosmetic procedures there will always be a number of associated risks. One of the most common forms of risks is that of skin pigmentation. This risk is further amplified when the skin is exposed to the sun for prolonged periods.
There is the possibility that you might experience small whiteheads, however these usually disappear naturally. If not, then ongoing use of an abrasive pad might be needed. Although rare, some patients might incur an infection around the affected area.
You can ensure that you drastically reduce the aforementioned risks by following the surgeon’s advice that is given to you during your consultation period.
If our Dermaplaning guide has failed to answer your specific questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the practice and we will be happy to help.