Dermaplaning is a minimally invasive procedure that shaves away the top layers of your skin. It can help reduce the appearance of acne scars or pitted skin. Some people get dermaplaning to remove unwanted hair.
How to prepare for your treatment:
- You must avoid sun tanning or tanning beds for at least 3 days prior to your
treatment. The use of SPF 35-45 is advised, this will also be required after treatment.
- Do not wax the face for at least two weeks prior to treatment.
- Discontinue the use of any Retinol products for at least 3 days prior.
- Use of aspirin, ibuprofen or other over the counter anti-inflammatory or blood thinning medications may increase your chances of bruising. Use of prescription blood thinning, may require discontinuation for as much as 2 weeks prior to the treatment.
- Schedule your Botox or filler after your service.
- Reschedule your appointment if you have open wounds or acne lesions.
What to expect day of your treatment:
- Do not shave the face or neck the day of your treatment.
- You might feel a scratching or stinging sensation on your skin, but dermaplaning usually isn’t painful.
- Your healthcare provider uses a special instrument called a dermatome to remove hair and skin cells. The tool looks a bit like an electric razor. The dermatome has a small blade that moves back and forth across your skin. It doesn’t make cuts in your skin, but gently shaves off the top layers of skin.
- Afterward, they may apply a soothing gel or ointment to your skin to reduce redness, swelling or irritation.
- The treatment can last anywhere from a few minutes to an hour. The length of the procedure depends on the size of the area that needs treatment.
Post Treatment Care:
- Cold compresses (not ice) and recommended skin care products may be useful to reduce swelling or discomfort. You may take over-the counter pain or anti-inflammatory medication. Hydrocortisone (steroid) cream may decrease any inching or skin irritation. Antibiotic ointment (such as Neosporin) may be used is skin is broken, to prevent infection.
- Your skin could be more sensitive for up to 2 weeks after the treatment. Use of gentle cleansers is advised, but do not rub vigorously and discontinue the use any scrubs for at least 3 days after treatment or until irritation is no longer present. Skin Moisturizers should be applied twice a day.
- Use of 35-45 SPF is strongly advised for at least 2 weeks prior to treatment. Avoid the sun and strong winds directly following procedure, as this could cause irritation.
- In the rare case that you experience any adverse side-effects such as, persistent or unusual redness, swelling or drainage, please contact us immediately, as antibiotics may be necessary.