What Happens During a Dermaplaning Session?

Few things make you feel more confident and attractive than having a smooth, sexy complexion. But thanks to Mother Nature (and our own physiology), our best efforts at keeping our skin smooth and soft are thwarted by a buildup of dead skin, oils, dirt, and tiny, fine hairs or “peach fuzz” that can interfere with makeup application and leave skin looking dull and aged. Sure, you could opt for a microdermabrasion session that bombards your skin with tiny abrasive microparticles to remove built-up grime and oil, but that still won’t take care of the layer of fine hairs that can trap dead skin and oils all over again. And even though microdermabrasion is relatively gentle, the abrasives it uses can still be too harsh for some people with skin conditions like rosacea or other issues that make their skin super sensitive.

At Dutch Hollow Medical Day Spa, we offer dermaplaning, a novel exfoliation technique designed to get rid of not only that layer of dead, dull skin cells, but those tiny hairs as well. Dermaplaning is kind of like combining the benefits of exfoliation and shaving, then fine-tuning both treatments to achieve the best possible results and the smoothest, sexiest skin. Plus, because it doesn’t use any abrasive products, you can have dermaplaning even if you have very sensitive skin. Here’s how it works.

The dermaplaning technique

Dermaplaning uses an extremely fine, sterile, surgical-grade scalpel to gently scrape the surface of your skin, removing layers of dead skin, oils, and fine hairs. The technique can only be performed by licensed professionals who’ve been trained in dermaplaning. Although using a scalpel might sound scary, the blade is held at a very precise angle and moved slowly across the very surface of the skin to achieve deep exfoliation without causing pain or damaging your skin in any way.

Dermaplaning leaves skin super smooth, creating an ideal base for makeup application. Plus, because dermaplaning removes dead skin, hair, and other surface “barriers,” moisturizers and anti-aging products will be able to penetrate your skin far more efficiently and at deeper layers, letting you lock in their benefits for better immediate and long-term results. In fact, dermaplaning can be great “pre-treatment” for other services, like peels and deep facials. Plus, since the special blade removes the upper layer of dull, dry skin, regular treatments can help improve your skin’s tone and texture while also diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

What to expect during a dermaplaning session

Dermaplaning treatments can be very relaxing. Your session begins with a skin preparation treatment, using products designed to gently cleanse your skin and remove bacteria and other germs from your skin’s surface. Next, an expert aesthetician will glide the surgical scalpel across your skin, holding it at a specific angle to remove those fine hairs and scrape away the dead skin and embedded oil that can cause your skin to look dull and make lines and wrinkles more visible. Blade movements are fast and feathery, with just enough pressure to remove that superficial layer of debris without harming the healthy skin underneath.

Your treatment typically will move from your forehead down your cheeks to your chin, taking care to avoid your nose, lips, and eyebrows. Once your treatment is complete, special moisturizers and other skincare solutions will be applied to your skin to minimize any minor redness or irritation and rehydrate your skin. Depending on any other issues you have, we may apply other products as well to maximize your results. While a single session can yield great results, most patients opt for ongoing dermaplaning sessions, either before facials and other treatments or on their own, to maintain fresh, soft, smooth skin.

Dermaplaning has become increasingly popular during the past year as more people discover the results and benefits it offers for both women and men. To learn more about this innovative skin treatment at Dutch Hollow Medical Day Spa, and to find out how it can help you enjoy smoother, softer, sexier skin, book an appointment online today.

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