Dermaplaning: Reduce the appearance of scarring and aging with dermaplaning at Savannah Facial Plastic Surgery
The process of dermaplaning involves taking a straight-edge scalpel (dermaplaning tool) to the face at a 45-degree angle, removing dead skin using small upward strokes.
This deep exfoliation treatment, which is essentially the same as face shaving, transforms dull skin and reduces the appearance of scarring and aging by removing the top layer of dead skin. It also removes the small, unwanted vellus hair (also known as “peach fuzz”) that can show up on our face as we age — making makeup application smoother and more effective.
In addition to being an incredibly effective way to exfoliate skin and remove unwanted facial hair growth, dermaplaning is entirely painless and even suitable for people with sensitive skin.
You may be an ideal candidate for dermaplaning if you have uneven skin tone or texture, acne scars, dry skin, or unwanted facial hair. As with all dermatology procedures, excellent candidates are those in good overall health and who have informed, realistic expectations.
PREPARING FOR DERMAPLANING
An initial consultation with Dr. Minton is the first step to any procedure. There he will discuss your health history, skin type, side effects, and advise you on the post-treatment process, such as which moisturizers, DIY exfoliators, and other skincare products to use at home following the procedure.
THE DERMAPLANING PROCEDURE
The procedure for dermaplaning is fairly simple and entirely painless. Dr. Minton uses a surgical scalpel to remove the dead skin cells layers by applying short upward strokes.
AFTER THE DERMAPLANE PROCEDURE
The great thing about dermaplaning is that there’s no need for an aesthetician or downtime. You can get back to your normal activities immediately, though there may be some initial redness for a few minutes.
You will begin to see results immediately, such as the softening of fine lines and wrinkles. Often, patients will return on a regular basis to repeat the treatment, keeping their skin fresh and rejuvenated. Talk with Dr. Minton on the ideal skincare products to use, post-treatment, such as sunscreen and exfoliation rubs.
DERMAPLANING SIDE EFFECTS
Dermaplaning is a low-risk procedure and the side effects are milder than other procedures like chemical peels.
You may experience side effects, such as redness in the face after the procedure. Infections and scarring are extremely rare after dermaplaning, however they can occur. These can be treated with steroid injections to soften the scar tissue. Another possible side effect is a change in skin-tone or patchy skin pigment, which could decrease and disappear over time.
What is the difference between dermaplaning and exfoliating?
Dermaplaning is actually a form of exfoliation, only it’s more intense and effective compared to abrasive soaps and lotions. Dermaplaning removes unwanted facial hair and dead layers of skin. This process leaves behind younger-looking skin that is more even in texture and pigment.
Is dermaplaning safe?
Dermaplaning is an entirely safe procedure, though it should always be administered by a skilled and certified physician.
How long does a dermaplaning treatment take?
After the initial consultation, a dermaplaning treatment only takes about 45 minutes.
Does dermaplaning hurt?
Dermaplaning is entirely pain-free. It has been described by patients as feeling as if someone is “sketching” on their face with a pencil.
How long do the effects of dermaplaning last?
The exfoliating effects of dermaplaning will generally last 4 to 6 months. Often, multiple treatments (3-4) spaced over 2 to 4 weeks are initially administered to achieve the desired results, after which regular maintenance is recommended.
Is dermaplaning a good alternative to surgery?
Unlike surgery, the effects of dermaplaning are not permanent, so it is not considered an alternative to surgery such as a facelift, but it can prolong the need for surgery. Additionally, it can be used as a way to “preview” the results of more permanent procedures.
HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?
Our skilled, double-board certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Minton is available to discuss dermaplaning in greater detail during a consultation at our Savannah Facial Plastic Surgery offices in Savannah and Pooler. Arrange your consultation by contacting us today.
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