Dermaplaning (sometimes also known as blading) is often considered an alternative to dermabrasion in most situations. Dermaplaning, like microdermabrasion and dermabrasion, is a safe and effective process used to eliminate surface imperfections of the facial skin such as wrinkles, dark spots, facial hair, and acne scarring.
Dermaplaning is a method of removing the outermost layer of skin and small fine vellus hair (often called peach fuzz) using a sterile surgical blade that is gently rubbed against the skin in the same motion of shaving. Dermaplaning is primarily used on the face. A mild peeling agent is used in combination with the dermaplaning tool to increase the amount of skin removed. This process triggers the regeneration of skin cells.
How Long Does Treatment Last? Is it Painful?
Dermaplaning is typically a painless procedure, requiring no anesthetic. Most patients will experience no bleeding after the procedure, but if there is bleeding afterward, it is very minimal. The procedure can be completed in about 30 minutes and requires no downtime or post treatment. Following the dermaplaning procedure, the skin may be a more sensitive to some chemicals, and the usual sun exposure precautions are recommended.
Although a blade is used in the process, dermaplaning is superficial in nature and is not a procedure that would cause scarring on the face. Dermaplaning treatment leaves the skin looking and feeling smoother. This procedure can be repeated every few weeks, or as needed.
Dermaplaning is most effective on rough, dry or mature skin with a buildup of dead skin cells due to age. If you have facial skin issues, such as discoloration, wrinkles or acne scars, talk to the dermatology specialists at McGuiness Dermatology to determine which process of facial rejuvenation is ideal in your case.