Exfoliation involves removing dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. This process has a variety of benefits for your skin, including increasing blood circulation and producing a healthy glow. Although body scrubs are a common way to exfoliate at home, patients have a professional option as well. Dermaplaning is a method of exfoliation performed by a dermatologist or licensed aesthetician. Learning about what this process entails can help people decide whether they wish to use it as a part of a skin care regimen.
The hand-held tool used for this treatment is called a dermatome. The blade on the dermatome is a 10-gauge scalpel, typically used for surgical procedures. However, with dermaplaning, the physician or aesthetician simply pulls the blade across the skin to remove surface cells.
After a dermatologist examines the skin to determine the target areas, the physician will proceed with the treatment. After cleansing and drying the skin, the doctor will hold the treatment area taut. Holding the blade at an angle, the dermatologist will take short, quick strokes. This process removes dead cells and the tiny hairs on the skin, which helps to create a very smooth surface. After the treatment, many people are surprised to notice how effortlessly they can apply makeup or moisturizer.
Many patients choose dermaplaning because it is completely painless and no recovery is involved. Skin will be more sensitive to sunlight immediately after the procedure. Doctors caution patients to use sunscreen liberally after this process.
Virtually all skin types are candidates for this treatment. Physicians recommend that anyone with acne wait until the breakouts clear before proceeding. Anyone with sensitive skin or allergies should discuss the treatment with a physician to determine if it is feasible.
Most people notice results immediately after an appointment, with smoother and more radiant skin appearing right away.