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Dermaplaning

What is it ?

 

Dermaplaning is a noninvasive skin care procedure that exfoliates the surface layers of the skin through the use of a scalpel, and reduces the appearance of deep, pitted acne scars, resulting in a smoother and more even complexion. Dermaplaning is designed to treat the small, but deep scars that sometimes result from cystic acne. Gentler versions of dermaplaning are sometimes used as exfoliating or hair-removal treatments.

Who can have it?

Dermaplaning may be an attractive option for those seeking to improve the tone and texture of their skin, or remove deep scars from acne without the possibility of irritation from chemical peels and the expense of laser skin resurfacing. Although no treatment can fully eliminate all scars or flaws, dermaplaning typically produces excellent results.

Are there any contraindications?

Contraindications of dermaplaning include:

  • Current inflamed acne lesions;

  • Skin cancer;

  • Active cold sores;

  • Uncontrolled diabetes;

  • Dermatitis;

  • Open skin lesions;

  • Use of Accutane currently or in the past six months; and/or

  • The use of prescription retinol within a week of treatment.

How long does the treatment take?

It can take anywhere from a few minutes to a full hour to complete the procedure, depending on the needs of the patient.

What is the pain level? (1-10)

2 (tolerable). 

What should I be concerned about?

The most common risk is a change in skin pigmentation. Permanent darkening of the skin may occur in some patients due to sun exposure in the days or months following treatment. On the other hand, some patients find the treated skin remains a little lighter or blotchy in appearance. You may develop tiny whiteheads after treatment. These usually disappear on their own. You may also develop enlarged skin pores; these usually shrink to near normal size once the swelling has subsided. Although infection and scarring are rare with skin-refinishing treatments, they are possible. Some individuals develop excessive scar tissue (keloid or hypertrophic scars); these are usually treated with the application or injection of steroid medications to soften the scar.

What else do I need to know?

After the dermaplaning procedure, the skin may be red and swollen. Tingling may be experienced. Over the next three months, the patient’s results will begin to emerge. Since this new skin will be sensitive, it is important to minimize sun exposure during this time.