The hallmark of a youthful appearance is bright, glowing, and smooth skin. Many of us chase glowing skin by using an endless amount of serums, scrubs, and peels, but there is only so much these topical methods can do to achieve the desired look. But before you think about invasive options like derma fillers and microneedling, you should consider dermaplaning. At ALC Med Spa in Gurnee, IL, we proudly offer this deep exfoliating treatment as one of our main services.
If you’ve never heard of this treatment before or aren’t sure exactly what this treatment does, you can rest easy. We’ve put together a simple guideline of everything you need to know about dermaplaning. Familiarize yourself with the treatment before you give us a call to schedule your initial consultation. Our staff is happy to answer questions you might have about this treatment or others we offer at our clinic.
What Is Dermaplaning?
First and foremost, you should know that this is a deep exfoliation treatment. You can compare it to microdermabrasion in the sense that the goal of this treatment is to remove the top-most layer of skin cells from the face to reveal a new layer of skin. But unlike traditional exfoliation techniques, this treatment plainly addresses the problem of dull skin cells by using a scalpel to scrape off that top layer.
That’s right – a surgical scalpel is the main tool that is used for this treatment. But don’t worry, this treatment is strictly non-invasive and completely painless. This treatment produces a renewed and glowing complexion without fail every time without any need for harsh chemicals or scrubs. For deep exfoliating, there is no better or easier treatment available anywhere.
Patients who regularly use this treatment are happy with the many benefits after treatment is complete. But there is more to the benefits of this treatment than just a glowing complexion. Let’s explore the benefits this treatment offers.
Benefits of Dermaplaning
This is the simplest, quickest, and least invasive treatment you can get at any med spa anywhere. The fact that this treatment is painless and totally non-invasive is one of the biggest draws for many patients and one of the most attractive benefits of the treatment, as well.
Other benefits of this treatment include:
- Renewed complexion
- Deeper product penetration for serums and creams
- Smoother, more evenly toned skin
- Removal of dead, pore-clogging skin
- Removal of peach fuzz
- Smoother make-up application
- Reduced acne scarring
- Minimized fine lines
There are a few benefits of this treatment that were somewhat unexpected, right? While this treatment will mainly remove dead skin cells to promote a renewed, glowing, smooth, and more evenly toned complexion, it will also minimize the appearance of fine lines, especially lines around the mouth and on the forehead.
This treatment is sometimes offered as a first step for anti-aging treatments for this reason. Nothing indicates aging skin quite so well as a dull complexion and fine lines – this treatment addresses both.
Let’s take a closer look at a few of the other benefits of this treatment.
Removal of Peach Fuzz
This treatment removes the peach fuzz from your face. Peach fuzz is a term that describes the small, light-colored hairs on your face that aren’t usually visible to the eye. While these tiny hairs might not seem like a problem, the fact of the matter is that they help catch pollution, debris, and oils and trap them close to the face, which for some means an inevitable break out.
Without peach fuzz, there is nothing keeping dirt and oil on top of your skin, which means there is nothing there to help clog your pores. Both peach fuzz and dead skin cells are the most common culprits of clogged pores.
Smoother Make-Up Application
Perfectly applying make-up is the goal of many people. Between beauty blenders and pore-minimizing primers and make-up formulated to be skin friendly, we continue to work towards having the most beautiful results possible. So it’s a little frustrating when make-up doesn’t look quite as smooth as we would like after all the expense and hard work. We can place the blame for imperfect make-up application on two familiar foes – uneven, dry skin and peach fuzz.
Luckily, one of the side benefits of this treatment, the removal of peach fuzz, produces another benefit altogether. Without peach fuzz, make-up can sit directly on the skin, which means that make-up is much easier to blend. Additionally, the lack of peach fuzz means that powder doesn’t sit heavily on the face, which means that the use of make-up itself won’t add years to your appearance.
Deeper Product Penetration
Products that treat and nourish the skin work best when they can penetrate deeply and reach deeper sub-levels of the skin. This is true of over-the-counter products and of products that are used for treatments in our office. But the simple fact is that skin itself is a natural, waterproof barrier. Getting past that barrier is hard enough without dead, dry skin cells acting as another barrier for a product to squeeze past.
As this is a deep exfoliating treatment, removing that top-most layer of dead skin cells is already a top priority. The unexpected benefit of this is that removing those skin cells also means that products can penetrate deeper levels of the skin, and they can penetrate more quickly. When products can soak into the skin, you get the best possible results from any product that you use, including deep cleansers, serums, and moisturizers.
Reduced Acne Scarring
This treatment reduces the appearance of acne scarring in much the same way as it reduces the appearance of fine lines and other signs of aging. Scars are nothing more than the build-up of skin cells over where inflammation once was, usually in a pattern that is different from the rest of your skin.
Depending on your complexion and the severity of the acne, scars can be very obvious even years after acne has gone away. This treatment reduces the appearance of acne scarring by scraping off the layer of skin that is most different in texture and color from acne scarring.
Acne scarring itself depends a lot on how your skin heals. For some, acne scars look like darker pigment or dark spots, which results in an uneven complexion from post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. This is the type of acne scarring the benefits most from this treatment. More severe acne scarring, such as enlarged pores, might be addressed by this treatment. If you are primarily interested in treating acne scarring, our staff will help you explore additional treatment options.
By now you must be curious about what the process of this treatment entails. To give you the best information possible so that you can make a fully informed decision, we have put together an outline of what the full process is like for this treatment.
If you are new to the clinic and to this kind of treatment, you will have an initial consultation. At this first appointment, we will talk about your skin and the goals you have for your appearance. The first appointment is important to make sure that you are receiving the right treatment for your specific needs. Our expert staff will help you put together a treatment plan that is tailor-made for you.
No matter how many appointments you have, every treatment appointment will be the same. There are three main steps that are involved with this treatment:
Cleanse and Tone
The first thing we will do at your treatment appointment is use a gentle cleanser to remove any make-up, dirt, and oil from your skin. It is important that your skin be clean before the treatment so that your aesthetician can deliver the best results. We will also use a gentle toner to help close up your pores so that no debris will get into your pores during the treatment.
This part of the treatment involves a sterile scalpel being scraped gently over your face at a 45-degree angle. Your aesthetician will need to pull your skin taut with their fingers and use the scalpel in an upward motion in small sections until your entire face has been exfoliated. You will feel no pain or discomfort. Usually, this part of the treatment takes less than 20 minutes.
The debris from the treatment will be rinsed from your skin. Once skin is dry, you will choose from a choice of serums and moisturizers, which will be applied to your face and allowed to soak in. Once moisturizers have been applied, your appointment is over. Your aesthetician will then give you some post-treatment guidelines to follow.
What Should You Do After Dermaplaning?
After treatment, your skin will be vulnerable. The skin revealed by the treatment is new to the world, so it will be especially sensitive for 3 days to a week after treatment. To take care of your skin, it is important you follow the simple aftercare advice we give you. Post-treatment guidelines include:
- Avoid direct sun exposure for 3 days
- Avoid extreme heat for 3 days
- Do not use scrubs or other exfoliators for 1 week
- Avoid chlorine for 1 week
- Apply serums and moisturizers
- Use sunscreen
The post-treatment care instructions are mostly a list of things to avoid to take care of the new skin. We may have additional guidelines for you to follow, such as specific products that should and should not be used.
How Often Should You Have Dermaplaning Done?
How often you get this treatment depends on your natural rate of skin cell turn over. For most people, this treatment should be done once a month to continue to see the best results. For those with sensitive skin, we may recommend that you space your appointments 6 weeks apart. Our expert staff will help you determine the right amount of time you should place between appointments.
Can You Combine This Treatment With Another?
Yes! This treatment is an excellent preparation for many other skincare treatments. At our office, we recommend combining this treatment with the DermaGlow chemical peel and the DermaVive rejuvenating facial. Since this treatment preps your skin so well, we recommend adding specialized treatments so that you can reap the most benefits possible from every appointment. We will help you explore additional treatment options that will work best for you and your skin.
Who are ideal candidates for this treatment? Everyone. This treatment is perfect for any age and any skin type. There are no medical restrictions or risks associated with this treatment.
Ready for New Skin?
If you’re ready for the smooth, glowing skin dermaplaning can deliver, then contact ALC Med Spa in Gurnee, IL to schedule your initial consultation today! Our caring and compassionate professionals look forward helping you look and feel your absolute best.