What is Dermaplaning?
Dermaplanning is the removal the uppermost layer of the skin using a specialized surgical blade that safely and effectively removes dead skin cells that have accumulated over time. The consequences of leaving useless, old skin cells on facial skin is skin that appears dull, blemished and aged. However, dermaplaning your skin allows fresh, new skin cells to exude their healthy glow so that your face feels clean and looks dramatically invigorated. Dermaplaning is a procedure that we offer at in irvine, Orange County. This procedure is one of our skin rejuvenation option. It can be performed monthly or periodically in combination with our other skin rejuvenation plans to enhance the effect and the result of the treatment.
About the Dermaplaning Process
Also referred to as “blading” or “leveling the skin”, dermaplaning is performed by our dermatologist, Dr. Parvin Shafa as an outpatient procedure that generally takes about 30 minutes to complete. Dermaplaning is painless and involves one of our specialists holding a dermatome at a 45 degree angle against your skin in order to gently stroke your skin to remove only the epidermal layer. In fact, it looks and feels like someone is simply giving your a professional shave! Patients are never cut and no bandages or ointments are necessary following the procedure.
Hair Removal and Acne Scarring
People who wish to have facial “fuzz” removed or suffer from minor acne scars will find dermaplaning to be an ideal technique for improving these conditions. Waxing and tweezing unwanted hair away is painful and often leaves skin irritated, red and bumpy. Dermaplaning is a painless alternative to these less than pleasant hair removal procedures. Additionally, the appearance of acne scars that have not recessed into the dermal layer of the skin can be reduced by the action of the dermatome sloughing off dead skin cells that exacerbate the visibility of these types of scars.
What else may Dermaplaning be used for?
Depending on the severity of a person’s skin condition, dermplaning may also be able to improve the appearance of skin discolorations, fine lines, excessively dry, coarse skin and large pores. Essentially, dermaplaning is an effective skin rejuvenation technique that can give you smoother, clearer and younger-looking skin by diminishing the unattractiveness of a variety of minor skin conditions.
Benefits of Dermaplaning
- Improves skin texture and tone
- Stimulates collagen synthesis
- Softens and smoothes skin
- Minimizes pore size and appearance
- No chemicals are applied to your skin
- Generally takes less than 30 minutes
- Results are visible immediately after a dermaplaning session
- Complexion is not swollen or red
- Can help unclog blackheads and whiteheads
- Stimulates growth of new skin cells
- Promotes absorption of skin products you use at home
Facial hair that is removed by dermaplaning does not grow back thicker because it is vellous hair. Vellous hairs are translucent, whitish-colored hairs that always return in the same condition that they originally sprouted. It is physiologically impossible for hair to grow back differently, whether it is facial “fuzz”, eyebrows or underarm hair.
FAQs about Dermaplaning
Q: Do I need to have weekly dermaplaning treatments to keep my skin looking great?
A: No. You only need to undergo a dermplaning procedure once a month because skin blading actually removes over 21 days worth of dead and old skin cells.
Q: Would dermaplaning help my acne?
A: No. Because hairs are removed during the process, dermaplaning may aggravate acne and induce a breakout. Instead, go for a microdermbrasion procedure to improve acne, which also exfoliates without stimulating acne breakouts
Q: I’ve heard that procedures which promote collagen production will improve the health of my skin. Does dermaplaning affect collagen production?
A: Yes! Collagen is one of the most important proteins your skin needs to look smooth, hydrated and young. Dermaplane not only induces collagen release but also thickens collagen to further enrich your skin’s health.
Q: Is this really a safe procedure?
A: Absolutely! Professional dermatologists and estheticians at OC MedDerm possess the training and knowledge necessary to perform dermaplaning using #10, stainless steel surgical blades. No downtime is associated with dermaplaning and patients often remark how clean and fresh their skin feels after the procedure is completed.
Q: Is dermplaning the same as “dermabrasion”?
A: No. Dermabrasion is meant to diminish deeper scarring, acne pits and wrinkles. It is performed using a brush that rotates at a very high speed which removes dead skin cells and the epidermis. As a more intensive dermatological technique designed to enhance skin, dermabrasion may also be used to minimize superficial skin lesions and reduce the darkness of age spots.
To find out if dermaplaning is right for you, call OC MedDerm today and speak to our specialists who can answer all your questions concerning skin conditions and the benefits of dermaplaning.