Are you ready for a smoother, healthier, more vibrant face that’s free of peach fuzz and fine lines? One of the hottest cosmetic treatments today — dermaplaning — could be just what you’re looking for. This treatment first became popular in Hollywood, where A-list celebrities were drawn to its ability to instantly refine and revitalize skin. Today, dermaplaning is more widely available, and it is one of the many skin treatment and body contouring services offered at Sculpt Medical Spa of Virginia Beach.
What Is Dermaplaning?
At its core, this treatment is a thorough exfoliation that also gets ride of unwanted fine facial hairs. One of our medical professionals will use a sterile surgical scalpel to scrape the face. The process removes vellus hairs, also known as peach fuzz, as well as dead skin, dirt, oils, and other impurities.
Essentially, the treatment shaves the face, removing the uppermost layer of skin. It also stimulates skin cell development, leaving the face rejuvenated. The treatment is fast and effective, and many patients experience brighter, smoother, and softer skin almost immediately. Some patients say that after a treatment, their skin is as soft as a baby’s bottom.
What to Expect in a Treatment
During the treatment, which is sometimes referred to by patients as a scalpel facial, one of our professionals will clean and dry your skin. They’ll then pull sections of your face slightly taunt and, holding the blade at a 45-degree angle, use gentle strokes to scrape away dead skin and hair. Oils and creams are not used during these treatments, so you may hear a light whispering or scratching sound as the blade travels over the dry skin of your face.
How Painful Is It?
One of the big selling points of this treatment is that it is completely painless and noninvasive. You won’t need to use a numbing cream, and many patients find the overall experience to be both relaxing and enjoyable. You will feel a sensation as the scalpel passes over your skin, but it won’t be uncomfortable.
Some individuals say the sensation is much like the one you experience when shaving your legs or underarms in the shower. Others say the treatment has a pleasant tickling quality. Many patients say they are surprised at just how comfortable this treatment is.
How Frequently Can I Have This Treatment?
Once you start taking advantage of this treatment, it’s easy to become addicted to its relaxing qualities and the smooth, refreshed skin it gives you. But we recommend that patients wait at least 3 or 4 weeks between each treatment. Giving yourself some time between appointments allows your skin time to go through its full rejuvenation cycle.
How Long Does the Treatment Take?
The treatment time varies a little with each patient and also depends on whether or not your visit includes other medical spa services as well. But the treatment can often be done within 30 minutes.
How Quickly Will I See Results?
Many patients see results — bright, dewy, beautiful skin — almost instantly. For some other patients, it can take a day or two for the rejuvenating effects to kick in and for the skin to become bright and refreshed.
What Should I Do After Treatment?
Because your skin may be sensitive to the UV rays in sunlight immediately after a treatment, we recommend immediately applying a liberal coat of facial sunscreen to protect yourself. You can also reapply your makeup after the treatment, although many patients like to go makeup-free for the rest of the day.
Your facial pores will be clear and open after the treatment, and staying away from heavy makeup will give them room to breathe. The days following your treatment are also an excellent time to indulge in frequent use of some of your heavier, high-quality moisturizers and serums, as your skin will be in a particularly receptive mode and will thoroughly absorb them.
Is This Treatment the Same As Dermabrasion?
No. The two skin treatments are completely different, although both function as forms of exfoliation. Dermabrasion uses micro-crystals and suctioning to create exfoliation.
Why Is Dermaplaning Good for Skin?
The primary reason to have this treatment is to remove unwanted peach fuzz and fine facial hair. But the treatments also have some surprising benefits when it comes to your overall skin health and appearance. The treatment rejuvenates cell action in the skin, improves the overall texture and tone of the skin, and even bolsters the effectiveness of your at-home cleansing and moisturizing routine.
Stimulates Skin Cells
The scalpel treatment removes layers of dead skin cells from the face, a process that stimulates cell metabolism and helps new skin develop on the surface. Air pollution, exposure to UV rays, and other external factors can all damage the outer layer of the skin over time. Essentially, this treatment causes the skin to renew and regenerate itself, leaving patients with vibrant, fresh, rejuvenated skin. After just a single treatment, your skin will appear youthful and renewed.
Improved Skin Texture and Tone
The treatments even out the skin tone and minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The treatment also improves the appearance of acne scars and smooth the skin’s overall texture. The end result is skin that is refined and refreshed.
Generates a Healthy Glow
Remember that in addition to the fact that this treatment rejuvenates skins cells, dermaplaning also leaves the face hair-free. Removing the facial hair automatically gives your face a clean, dewy look and a reflective glow. The hair-less quality of your skin will also make it easy to smoothly apply makeup. Foundation in particular will glide on easily.
Unlike some other facial services, this treatment does not involve harsh chemicals. As a result, the treatment is less likely to cause skin irritation. It’s perfect for those with sensitive skin, allergies, or skin conditions, or for pregnant women who want a thorough exfoliation without the use of harsh chemicals.
Helps Fight Acne
The list of ways that this treatment is good for your skin just keeps on going. It also helps cut down on outbreaks of acne. How? Exfoliation removes the dead skin, dirt, and oils that can clog hair follicles and pores on the face. By keeping your pores clear, you’ll be less likely to experience acne outbreaks.
Boosts Effectiveness of Moisturizers
Because it removes both dead skin and the fine hairs on the face, this treatment makes it easier for moisturizers, serums, anti-aging creams, and other products you apply at home to be thoroughly absorbed by the skin.
During the days following a treatment, the effectiveness of your home skin care regimen will get a boost. Patients also have an easier time applying makeup in the days following a treatment because the skin is completely hair-free. To get the most out of your treatment from a skin health perspective, use the following days to liberally apply some of your best skin care products.
Won’t the Hair on My Face Grow Back Faster?
There’s an old wives tale that says that hair that has been shaved grows back faster, thicker, and darker. Fortunately, there is no medical validity to that tale. It’s just a myth. Your facial hair won’t grow back faster after a treatment. Dermaplaning is not a permanent form of hair removal, but it also won’t cause your hair to grow faster than before your treatment.
There are two types of hair on the human body — vellus hair and terminal hair. Vellus hair is the fine hair located on our face and ear lobes that is usually translucent or blond. Vellus hair helps keep our bodies warm and protects our skin, both of which are important functions, but on some individuals the vellus hair is thick enough and visible enough to merit removal.
Shaving off vellus hair won’t cause it grow into terminal hair, and you don’t need to worry about it growing back thicker and darker. Your vellus hair will grow in at the same speed it’s always grown at.
How Does This Treatment Compare With Shaving?
Both methods remove facial hair, and both have an exfoliating element, which bolsters cell turnover and can improve the look of the skin. Dermaplaning, however, provides the deeper exfoliation of the two forms of hair removal. If you have excess facial hair, a scalpel facial will likely be the better option because it removes the dirt and oil that can build up in hair follicles when extra hair is present.
When it comes to removing facial hair, shaving is only the best option when you’re looking to remove just a small amount of hair from the upper lip, for example. Even then, though, you’ll want to proceed cautiously to avoid razor burns and ingrown hairs.
Can’t I Shave My Face With a Scalpel at Home?
Shaving your face at home with a scalpel you’ve purchased from the drugstore or, worse yet, from a hobby or craft store in no way compares to the treatment dermatologists and estheticians offer. Any blade you purchase won’t be as sharp or effective as the scalpel a professional would use, and you run the risk of cutting yourself and doing serious damage to your face.
The scalpel the professionals in our spa use is small, making it effective for use even on hard-to-reach areas of the face. Although it may be tempting to try this treatment on yourself, it is best left to professionals who have the proper tools for it. Our practice is led by Dr. Lani Warren, a physician experienced in many advanced aesthetic treatments.
Who Is a Good Candidate for This Treatment?
Dermaplaning is a great option for anyone who wants to noticeably improve the texture and tone of their skin and achieve a more youthful and radiant look. The treatment is safe for most skin types, including patients with sensitive skin, acne scars, and those who are pregnant.
This treatment is even effective for patients with sun damage, dry patches, and dull skin, and it can be easily combined with other medical spa services, often bolstering their effectiveness. Anyone interested in maintaining healthy and beautiful skin will find value in these treatments.
Dermaplaning is no longer a treatment that is exclusive to Hollywood stars. It’s now widely available, and there is a lot to like about this treatment. If you’re interested in a quick, noninvasive, and completely pain-free treatment that will immediately give you a more vibrant appearance, call Sculpt Medical Spa of Virginia Beach today and schedule a consultation. Dermaplaning is one of a number of aesthetic treatments we offer, and our professionals are ready to work with you on your aesthetic goals and help you put your best face forward.