Non-invasive Skin Brightening
Dermplaning Hagerstown, MD
Enjoy noticeably smoother, brighter skin
Skin looking a little dull? The truth is, outside of the pages of a beauty magazine, most of us aren’t blessed with naturally flawless skin that requires zero effort. Thanks to the natural cycle of your skin cell turnover, environmental factors like the weather or indoor heating and cooling, and even the products you use, your skin often needs a little extra help to shed dead or damaged skin cells and allow new, fresh skin to breathe.
That’s where dermaplaning comes in. This quick procedure is a form of mechanical exfoliation that helps brighten and soften your skin (as well as improving absorption of all your serums in the process!). Read on to learn more about this patient-favorite.
- What is dermaplaning?
- Does dermaplaning hurt?
- What are the benefits of dermaplaning?
- Is there any downtime after dermaplaning?
- Are there any side effects after dermaplaning?
- Will my hair grow back thicker or darker after dermaplaning?
What is dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning is an aesthetic medical treatment that exfoliates facial skin through gentle scraping of the skin surface using a surgical scalpel. This is different than at-home face shaving because of the sharpness of the blade used, the level of exfoliation that can be achieved, and the necessity of having your treatment performed by a physician or medical aesthetician.
Your medical provider will carefully and precisely angle the scalpel to get as close to the skin as possible to remove dry, dead skin cells and “peach fuzz,” known as vellus hair. The result is baby-soft skin, removal of facial hair, and smoother application of skincare products and makeup.
Does dermaplaning hurt?
No! Because the surgical scalpel is so sharp, you shouldn’t feel any dragging or irritation as your provider scrapes your skin. This is where experience becomes crucial; an inexperienced or undertrained provider may knick the skin if they are using an improper technique.
Areas of active inflammation or even a stray pimple will not be treated during a dermaplaning appointment because it can risk infection and cause you discomfort. In these instances, you may be required to reschedule if you have a breakout prior to your appointment.
What are the benefits of dermaplaning?
By removing peach fuzz and dry skin, dermaplaning can help brighten your skin, reduce flakiness, and make your face touchably smooth. Dermaplaning is a fantastic way to jumpstart a healthy skincare routine, as removal of dead skin cells allows skincare products to better penetrate the skin and thus be more effective.
Because dead skin cells are notorious for clogging pores and hair follicles and leading to blemishes, you also may notice fewer breakouts after your appointment. Our patients also report that their foundation and makeup lays better on the skin, leaving them with a flawless look. After repeat treatments, some patients will also notice that their fine lines have slightly softened and sun damage or spots appear less severe.
For enhanced results, dermaplaning pairs perfectly with other services, like custom facials or chemical peels.
Is there any downtime after dermaplaning?
No—which is why so many of our patients opt to book their appointment during lunch hour and then head back to the office! You may see a slight bit of redness after treatment, but it is usually quite mild and short-lived.
We do recommend you take the rest of the day off from makeup to avoid irritating your skin post-treatment, but you’ll be able to wear makeup that evening or the next day. Because your skin barrier is vulnerable after treatment, applying a doc-approved moisturizing cream or face mask can help keep things hydrated and assist in skin repair.
Are there any side effects after dermaplaning?
Because it is mechanical exfoliation, dermaplaning is considered a very safe option for all skin types and tones when performed by an experienced medical provider. Because the skin is not broken and the treatment only impacts the surface of your skin, side effects are very rare.
For those who have very sensitive skin or a skin condition like persistent acne or rosacea, your provider may recommend a different type of treatment to ensure your comfort and safety.
Will my hair grow back thicker or darker after dermaplaning?
This is a long-standing myth we’ve been hearing since we picked up our first razor—and thankfully it’s not true! You don’t have to worry about developing a full beard once your peach fuzz grows back. The texture and color will be exactly the same, though it may feel slightly different because it was cut straight across.