There are many creams, serums, and cosmetic procedures that promise brighter, more radiant skin.

While most patients have tried a facial, microdermabrasion, or chemical peel, they should seriously consider dermaplaning as an alternative.

What Is Dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning is when a surgical-grade scalpel is used to remove dead skin cells and fine, white facial hairs.

It is a non-invasive, zero downtime treatment. The procedure is usually performed by a dermatologist or licensed aesthetician and takes approximately 30 minutes.

Dermaplaning vs. Microdermabrasion

Dermaplaning scrapes off the top layer of the skin along with peach fuzz.

Microdermabrasion on the other hand uses a coarse tipped wand and suction to remove dead skin cells, oil, dirt and bacteria.

These two treatments can be combined for a patient with resilient skin and heavy build-up.

Candidates for Dermaplaning

Patients with all skin types can be treated with dermaplaning. Individuals with active acne should wait until they have healed before undergoing this treatment.

Dermaplaning Procedure

Most patients find dermaplaning to be very comfortable. The skin is cleansed prior to treatment, and then the scalpel covers the skin in short strokes to remove the dead skin cells and fine facial hairs.

A series of treatments may be recommended, and patients can return in 3-4 weeks for the next session.

Post-Care Instructions

Patients are advised to avoid sun exposure for at least two weeks and to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with 30 SPF or higher. Failure to protect the skin from the sun can result in sunburns, photo damage, and/or hyperpigmentation.

Treatment Results

After dermaplaning, the skin is left soft and glowing. It increases the efficacy of products by allowing them to be better absorbed by the skin.

Makeup also goes on smoother, which is important when preparing for a big event or photos.

Some physicians also like to use dermaplaning to prep the skin for other aesthetic treatments such as laser resurfacing and chemical peels.

For glowing skin, please contact our office today to schedule a dermaplaning appointment at Hagerstown Dermatology & Skincare.