In the wide world of hair removal options, dermaplaning has become increasingly popular on the scene in recent years. This revolutionary manual exfoliation technique is a fantastic option for many different types of skin and can really benefit those with certain kinds of dermatological conditions. Here’s what to know before you go in for a dermaplaning appointment.
Dermaplaning involves the use of a sterile surgical blade to remove the tiny vellus hairs on the face (also known as “peach fuzz”). While these hairs are nothing to be concerned about, they can cause some people to feel a bit self conscious, especially if they’re on the darker side. They can also get in the way of smooth makeup application and become even more visible with products like liquid and powder foundations, blushes, and bronzers.
During a dermaplaning treatment, your provider will use either a scalpel or an electric rotating tool called a dermatome, gliding it back and forth across the skin. This removes not only the vellus hairs in that area, but also two to three weeks’ worth of dead skin cells with just one treatment!
This is great news for anyone who could benefit from regular manual exfoliation – like those who struggle with acne or oily skin. It can also help reduce wrinkles and fine lines and minimize the appearance of scarring. Plus, the entire dermaplaning treatment only takes around 30 minutes, making it super accessible even for the busiest people.
The vast majority of people who receive dermaplaning treatments have zero side effects. Very rarely, some people with extremely sensitive skin may see some light redness after the scraping. Occasionally, there may also be some swelling, burning, or tingling in the affected area, but this should dissipate within two days at the very most.
Avoid exfoliating for several days prior to a dermaplaning treatment in order to reduce the chances of redness or irritation. Generally speaking, those with inflammatory skin conditions like rosacea and eczema should try to avoid or limit their dermaplaning treatments, as the procedure may contribute to a flare-up.
Because dermaplaning is a cosmetic and not medical treatment, it’s not covered by insurance. However, it is relatively affordable – only slightly more than a facial and every bit as effective. Typically, dermatologists recommend receiving a dermaplaning treatment every 3 to 4 weeks for optimal results, and each treatment runs roughly $150 to $250.
If you’re looking to take your anti-aging efforts to the next level or want to reduce acne scars with non-invasive cosmetic procedures, dermaplaning is an option certainly worth looking into.
So, are you interested in giving dermaplaning a try? If you’re in Baton Rouge or the surrounding areas and want to learn more about this cosmetic treatment option, contact Louisiana Dermatology Associates today for an appointment with one of our board-certified specialists to schedule a consultation. We regularly perform dermaplaning in our offices and would be happy to answer your questions.