How Should I Treat My Face After Dermaplaning?

Glowing, dewy, youthful skin isn’t something that only models in beauty magazines can sport. You can get that fresh-faced look as well with the help of a popular new exfoliation treatment. Dermaplaning, offered by Radiant Divine Medical Spa in Avon, Ohio, clears away dead skin cells and rejuvenates the face. It also gets rid of fine facial hairs, tightens pores, and improves the overall look of your complexion.

If you’re unfamiliar with dermaplaning treatment, you can rest assured that this treatment is easy, non-invasive, and convenient. You’ll want to take a little extra care with your skin during the days after your treatment, but you’ll be rewarded with soft, radiant skin.

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The goal of this treatment is to remove the top layer of skin cells, which allows fresh new cells to rise to the surface. But this treatment, which is performed with a surgical scalpel and is sometimes referred to as a scalpel facial, does much more than remove old cells.

It also scrapes away peach fuzz–those fine hairs that lay close to the skin–and unclogs pores. This treatment can help even out your complexion, ease the appearance of acne scars, and minimize the look of fine lines. A scalpel facial is a great way of keeping your skin at its healthy best.

What Should I Expect From a Dermaplaning Facial Session?

The first step in your treatment will involve cleansing your face and applying a liquid toner. We’ll then hold the scalpel at a 45-degree angle and use it to make gentle strokes across the surface of your dry face, holding the skin taut as we work on different areas. The scalpel will never pierce your skin, and all you’ll feel is the sensation of the blade on the surface of your face.

You also may hear a whispering sound as the blade collects skin cells. Patients find the treatment relaxing and enjoyable. And once your treatment is over, we’ll apply a moisturizer and you’ll be free to get right back to your regular schedule.

How Long Does This Treatment Take?

This treatment usually takes no more than an hour.

How Should I Treat My Face After Dermaplaning?

The youthful glow patients get from this treatment is the result of fresh skin cells rising to the surface. But because those cells are young and vulnerable, you’ll want to be especially protective of your face for the first several days after treatment. Avoiding direct sun exposure, staying away from extreme heat, and religiously applying sunscreen will be especially important. Refraining from scrubs or exfoliating creams for about a week is a good idea.
The week after a scalpel facial is also an excellent time to double down on your at-home skincare routine and use your highest quality serums and moisturizers. Because all of those skin cells and peach fuzz will have been cleared away, those moisturizers will be able to penetrate deeply and effectively. Topical acne medication that you may be regularly applying to your face will also get a boost in efficacy after a scalpel facial.

Can This Treatment Be Combined With a Chemical Peel?

Scalpel facials and chemical peels pair very nicely. Both of these treatments focus on exfoliating the skin in a way that broadly rejuvenates it. While a scalpel facial relies on a scalpel to physically remove the top layer of cells, a chemical peel involves applying an acidic solution to the face, which may cause the skin to flake away to reveal fresh skin just beneath the surface.

Much like dermaplaning can increase the ability of your moisturizers to work well, it can also open up the skin in a way that allows a chemical peel to penetrate more deeply. The combination of these two treatments, with the scalpel facial performed first, can offer a patient a powerful rejuvenation of the face. There are many different types of chemical peels available, and after talking with you about your cosmetic goals and evaluating your skin, we can select the peel that will best meet your needs.

What Benefits Does Dermaplaning Offer?

A scalpel facial improves facial skin in several ways. Here are some of the benefits associated with this unique treatment:

No More Peach Fuzz

This treatment clears away peach fuzz, the final facial hairs that often are barely visible. Peach fuzz may not seem like much of a cosmetic concern, but these fine hairs trap oil, dead skin cells, pollution, and other debris and hold them close to the skin, clogging the pores.

Getting rid of peach fuzz helps keep your pores cleaner, and you’ll be less prone to acne breakouts. You’ll also be surprised at just how much better your skin looks and feels once that peach fuzz is gone. Your face will appear smooth and glowing, and your skin will feel as soft as a baby’s bottom.

Easier Application of Cosmetics

Another surprising benefit of getting rid of that peach fuzz is that your cosmetics will go on like a dream. Once that peach fuzz is gone, your cosmetics will sit directly on the surface of the skin. Applying them will be a lot easier, and they’ll look much better.

Have you ever noticed that all those fine facial hairs tend to stand up on end when you’re wearing foundation? Once that peach fuzz is gone, you won’t have to worry about that.

Improved Skin Tone

After a scalpel facial, the rush of new skin cells to the surface improves the overall look and evenness of your complexion. Your skin tone will appear more consistent, and age spots and other forms of hyperpigmentation will be less noticeable. The texture of the skin will also be smoother.

Reduced Appearance of Acne Scars

If you have scars from previous acne, this treatment can make them less noticeable. Acne scars are often the result of skin cells building up over old inflammation. Often those skin cells build up with texture and pattern that is different from the rest of the face, making them more noticeable. Scraping away the top layer of skin can ease the look of those old scars.

More Youthful Appearance

The use of a surgical scalpel results in an exfoliation that is just aggressive enough to stimulate collagen production in the skin. That extra collagen helps plump the skin, minimizing the appearance of any fine lines. Patients love the fact that this treatment leaves them looking more rested, refreshed, and relaxed.

Answering Your Questions

This easy, convenient treatment offers amazing results, and patients are often eager to try it out. But we know you may also have questions about scalpel facials. Here are answers to some of the questions we hear most often about this treatment:

How Does This Differ from Shaving?

Shaving and scalpel facials are similar in that they both remove hair from the surface of the skin, but dermaplaning is the more aggressive option when it comes to exfoliating and scraping away that top layer of skin cells. As a result, scalpel facials offer a broad renewal of the skin as well as hair removal.

Can I Try This at Home?

You’ve probably become accustomed to shaving your legs at home, but a scalpel facial is a whole different ballgame. The use of a scalpel to navigate the tricky curves and tight spaces on the face is something that is best left to the professionals.

How Often Should I Schedule Appointments?

Patients often fall in love with this treatment and want to come back for more. And because this treatment does not offer permanent results, you will have to schedule follow-up sessions to maintain your look. But it’s important not to overdo these treatments.

Because a scalpel facial works by stimulating new cells, it’s important to allow the body to go through the full process of turning over skin cells, which can take four to six weeks. Most patients are best served by scheduling appointments at least a month apart, but we can make a personal recommendation after evaluating your skin.

Won’t It Cause Hair to Grow Back Darker and Heavier?

There’s a myth that shaving bodily hair will cause it to grow back darker and heavier. Fortunately, that is just a myth, and you don’t have to worry about that happening after a scalpel facial. This treatment does not interfere with or influence your hair follicles, and it won’t stimulate hair growth.

Is This Treatment an Option for Patients With Sensitive Skin?

A scalpel facial is a gentle treatment that doesn’t involve any heavy chemicals. It’s a great option for individuals who have rosacea or sensitive skin. This treatment is also suitable for women who are pregnant.

Can I Have This Treatment Performed Elsewhere on My Body?

This treatment is only for use on the face.

Is This Treatment Safe?

Yes. This non-invasive treatment has been cleared by the FDA and has been safely and widely used on patients for years.

Who Is a Candidate?

If you’re interested in finding out if you’re a candidate for this treatment, the first step is to schedule a consultation at our medical spa. During this appointment, we’ll review your medical history, evaluate your skin, and determine if this treatment will achieve your cosmetic goals. Candidates for this treatment often have several things in common.

Your Skin Is in Good Shape

Patients should have skin that is in good shape and free of active breakouts, sunburn, or other inflammation. Patients should not schedule botulinum toxin injections or dermal fillers in the week leading up to a scalpel facial.

You Want a Convenient Treatment

Thanks to cosmetic advances, there are lots of treatments that can be used to improve the health and appearance of the skin. One of the key advantages of a scalpel facial is its convenience. These appointments are short enough to be worked into a lunch hour, and you’ll be able to get right back to your job afterward, even applying makeup immediately if you wish.

You Want to Improve the Look and Health of Your Face

This treatment is about so much more than clearing away peach fuzz. It broadly rejuvenates the face, improving the look and overall health of the skin. Some patients turn to scalpel facials as a way of brightening their face before a big event, but others schedule regular treatments as part of a long-term anti-aging strategy.

Ready to Get Started With Dermaplaning?

Would you like to turn back the clock and bring back a youthful glow to your face with this easy, innovative treatment? A scalpel facial can immediately put you on track for a brighter and more radiant appearance, and you’ll be able to boost your results by making good use of your high-quality moisturizers after treatment. Call Radiant Divine Medical Spa, in Avon, Ohio, and schedule a dermaplaning consultation today!