What is Dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning is the use of a sterile, surgical scalpel to shave the SUPERFICIAL skin’s surface. This process will remove vellus hair, or “peach fuzz,” and the top layer of dead skin on the face. It is only meant to be used on the face. The nose should be avoided.

What is involved in the treatment?

The procedure consists of cleansing the skin, applying toner and then the treatment itself. There is no downtime and only takes about 30 minutes. There may be slight redness, which is unlikely but will diminish in a few hours.

How often should this treatment be done?

At LUXURGERY, our trained clinicians will make a treatment plan tailored to each patient’s needs as we recognize that each patient’s body and skin type are different. Most patients can have dermaplaning performed on their skin monthly. It can also be an add-on to other treatments to have the best outcomes, such as Microneedling with PRP or a chemical peel.

What are the benefits of Dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning is a physical exfoliation, which triggers cell regeneration. This treatment can remove fine hairs, dirt, and oil. The removal of excess dead skin will leave the face appearing brighter and healthier. This treatment removes 3 weeks of old, dead skin from the surface.

How long does it last and what should I do post-treatment?

Dermaplaning’s results last about 4 weeks. After being treated, patients should apply creams/ointments high in SPF. A daily skin routine recommended by Dr. Shridharani or one of our clinicians will help keep your face looking healthier.

Who is a good/bad candidate for Dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning is recommended for all skin types with dry, dull skin, sun damage, and fine lines. Patients with severe acne or acne prone skin should avoid this treatment. Patients with oily skin, thick, dark facial hair should also avoid this treatment as they may get ingrown hairs and notice stubble as it grows back.

Who can perform this treatment?

The LUXURGERY team is full of trained, excellent clinicians who are certified to perform this treatment. Dermaplaning consists of a surgical blade that requires care and specific training of particular patterns and stroke angles, which are safe and effective for the patient. Every patient should have this treatment performed by a trained and certified clinician or physician.

How much does Dermaplaning cost?

At LUXURGERY, each consultation consists of your meeting with Dr. Shridharani, our board-certified, plastic surgeon, and creating a treatment plan depending on your skin type. The best treatments for you based on your needs are confirmed. One of our excellent skin care specialists will be part of the consultation, as well. After a plan is set, our Patient Care Concierge will review pricing with you.

Does Dermaplaning Treatment Hurt? Could It Cut My Skin?

Dermaplaning works by very gently scraping away ultra-fine hair and dead skin cells using a smooth motion across the skin’s surface. The pressure that is required to accomplish these goals is so light that the risk of cuts to the skin are nearly nonexistent. It’s important that you receive dermaplaning from a trained, very experienced provider to minimize this risk. Were a cut to occur from dermaplaning, it would be a tiny nick in the skin that heals within a day or two.

Dermaplaning Is Like Shaving. Will My Facial Hair Grow Back Darker or Thicker?

You grow different kinds of hair on different parts of your body. The hair that grows on the face is vellus hair. This type of hair grows on most parts of the body, actually, including the backs of the hands and the feet. Because vellus hair is so fine and soft, it’s texture and growth rate are unaffected by the dermaplaning process. After several weeks, vellus hair will begin to return just as it always has.

How Is Dermaplaning Different From Microdermabrasion?

Dermaplaning is similar to microdermabrasion in that it’s done to exfoliate the skin of its dead and damaged cells. This process also removes those ultra-fine hairs that grow on the face. Microdermabrasion does not. In that way, dermaplaning is a bit more efficient at exfoliating and instigating collagen production than microdermabrasion. That said, the results of each form of treatment tend to last about the same length of time.

Is There Any Downtime Needed After Dermaplaning?

You don’t need to schedule any time off after receiving a dermaplaning facial. You can go right back to work and most of your normal activities with very few side effects, if any. Your skin may be slightly red for a few hours, and you won’t be able to apply makeup. Knowing these aspects of treatment ahead of time, you can plan accordingly. Because the removal of surface cells can cause minor inflammation or irritation, you’ll need to be extra mindful of moisturizing your skin, especially for the first 24 hours after your appointment.

Do I Need to Avoid Anything After My Dermaplaning Facial?

You need to avoid just a few things after undergoing dermaplaning treatment. Until your skin is no longer showing signs of irritation, you should avoid excessive heat, sun exposure, and scrubs or exfoliating products. Take exceptional care when washing your face and do not use an abrasive cleanser or bristled brush. Wait 24 to 48 hours to apply makeup, serums, and your regular moisturizer, and do not go swimming or into a hot tub.

Can I Get Dermaplaning With BOTOX or Dermal Fillers?

You can benefit from injectable treatments even if you get dermaplaning facials. However, each treatment will need to be scheduled separately. This is done to avoid unnecessary irritation and also to ensure that your injectable product stays where we intend it to work against the signs of aging. It’s usually acceptable to schedule injectable treatment two weeks away from dermaplaning without risking unwanted migration of the product.

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Ready to learn more about Dermaplaning and find out if you are a good candidate? Call (212) 508-0000 or contacts us online to schedule a consultation with board-certified NYC Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Shridharani.

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