Do you notice that your skin appears dull and lifeless no matter which products you try? Are you unhappy with peach fuzz on your face? Do you struggle with acne, dark spots, or signs of aging? Are you looking for a treatment that can help rejuvenate your skin? If so, dermaplaning may be the perfect choice for your unique skincare needs. This non-invasive treatment removes dead skin cells and fine facial hair to reveal bright, glowing skin. Satin Med Spa in Charlotte, NC proudly offers this treatment, along with many other services to meet your needs.
What Is Dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning involves the gentle, painless removal of excess skin cells and vellus hairs, commonly called peach fuzz, from the surface of your face. Your doctor uses a flat, sharp scalpel to lightly scrape your skin. As the blade moves across the skin, any dead skin cells or hair are easily exfoliated and removed.
This leaves your face feeling smooth and soft and allows your skin to better absorb skincare products and additional facial treatments. With regular treatments, you’ll see your skin come back to life.
Thanks to its non-invasive nature, this treatment is ideal for almost every skin type and color. It can help correct many common skin concerns, including acne, acne scarring, dark spots, and a dull or uneven skin tone. Thanks to its reputation for giving your makeup an airbrushed look, it’s often used as a pre-event treatment to ensure that you look your best on the most important days of the year.
How Does It Work?
While this treatment is both safe and extremely effective, it’s still best to pursue professional treatment from an experienced doctor to ensure the best results. Your doctor will evaluate your skin type and concerns, suggest combining this treatment with other facials which could enhance results, and oversee your preparation and recovery time. In addition, your doctor can help you create a personalized treatment plan to keep your skin healthy.
Your first step in the journey to glowing skin is a consultation with your doctor. This appointment allows your doctor to examine your skin and evaluate how effective this treatment would be at addressing your concerns. It also gives you a chance to ask any questions you may have about the treatment, recovery time, or anticipated results.
If you’re interested in the long-term benefits of this treatment, your doctor can help you decide on a personalized plan to fit your needs. Most patients plan to return once per month to maintain their ideal results, but this treatment can be performed as often as every two weeks in some cases. Your doctor will determine whether you are an ideal candidate for this treatment, after which point you can schedule your appointment for your first treatment.
When preparing for this treatment, it’s important to avoid irritating the skin as much as possible. Most doctors will recommend that you stop using skincare products with retinol about 10 days before treatment. You should also avoid harsh exfoliants and alternative skin resurfacing treatments for about one week before treatment.
Use a mild cleanser to wash your skin and make sure that you keep your face hydrated by drinking plenty of water and applying moisturizer daily. If you notice any open wound on your face, inform your doctor in case your appointment needs to be postponed to allow your skin to heal. It’s important to protect your skin from sun exposure by wearing sunscreen daily.
If you have a bad sunburn before treatment, your doctor may recommend rescheduling your appointment to avoid irritating your skin. Your doctor may also ask you to avoid tanning outdoors, in a tanning bed, or with self-tanner to ensure best results. It’s estimated that over 90% of all skin-related concerns, including wrinkles, dark spots, and skin cancer, are caused by harmful exposure to UV rays, so prevent future cosmetic concerns by applying sunscreen each day and re-applying every four hours when you spend time outdoors.
On the day of your appointment, you should wash your face well and avoid applying any makeup or skincare products. Your doctor will be available to answer any questions as they prepare you for treatment. They’ll check your skin to confirm that it’s clean and that there are no cuts or wounds which could be irritated by treatment.
Then your doctor will use a sterilized scalpel to gently scrape your face, removing dead skin and hair. You may feel a light scratching sensation, but treatment is pain-free and typically lasts about 15 minutes. Depending on your preferences, your doctor may recommend combining this treatment with a hydrating or rejuvenating facial to enhance your results.
This is the perfect time to treat your skin to some extra love since your pores will be open and your skin will be able to absorb all of the positive, nourishing ingredients from a facial. This combination treatment typically adds another 10-15 minutes to your appointment time. Once treatment is complete, you’ll be able to return to your normal routine with zero downtime.
During recovery, you may notice that your skin is slightly redder and more sensitive than normal for the first 24 hours after treatment. This is normal and can be addressed by applying a gentle moisturizer or restorative cream. It’s best to avoid wearing makeup for 24 hours if possible.
You should apply skincare products like moisturizer often as your skin will absorb more product and may be prone to drying out more quickly. You should also continue drinking water and wait to re-introduce retinols or exfoliating products for about 1 week.
Although the dead skin cells on the surface of your skin dulled your complexion, they did have a positive purpose: helping to protect your skin from the sun. As a result, you should avoid direct sun exposure for about two weeks and wear sunscreen daily to keep your newly revealed skin in its best condition. Your skin should feel back to normal about two to three days after treatment as any residual redness fades.
While initial results are visible directly after treatment, final results typically appear once your skin has healed, normally two to three days after your appointment. You should notice that your skin is smoother to the touch and has a healthy glow. When you apply skincare products, you may notice that your pores absorb the product more quickly.
You should also see a more mattified makeup application thanks to the absence of vellus hairs. As your natural skin cell turnover and hair growth process occurs over a period of about three weeks, the results of your treatment will naturally begin to fade. This typically occurs after three to four weeks, at which point most patients return for a maintenance treatment.
It’s normal to have one appointment every three to five weeks to maintain your skin’s texture and appearance, but some treatment plans include more appointments at the beginning of the plan to help address issues such as acne. Your doctor can recommend the best continuing treatment plan for your unique skin type and goals.
Why Is Dermaplaning So Popular?
There are a variety of reasons why dermaplaning is taking the skincare world by storm. Here are some of the best benefits this quick and easy skin resurfacing treatment can offer you!
It’s Completely Non-Invasive and Totally Painless
While there is a sharp blade involved in this treatment, it’s only used to gently scrape away the outermost layer of dead skin cells and fine vellus hairs which can contribute to acne and keep your skincare and makeup products from gliding onto your skin smoothly.
This means that your treatment is non-invasive and your recovery is a breeze. Even better, you won’t feel any pain from the blade. Most patients compare the sensation of the blade against the skin as a cat’s tongue–strange, but not painful or even uncomfortable. After about 15 minutes, your treatment will be complete and you can return to your day.
It Uses the Best Tools Available
You may think you can perform your own treatment at home. While there are kits and tools available, they can’t come close to the precision offered by professional-grade tools. The scalpel your doctor uses during treatment is typically laser-cut and sharpened to ensure that skin cells and fine hair are removed in one clean sweep.
A professional blade won’t tug at or irritate the hair follicles as it cuts hair. It also won’t leave your skin red and irritated from repeatedly scraping the same areas, only to leave patchy, sub-par results. When it comes to this treatment, it’s best to leave it to the professionals.
It Can Help Your Skin Absorb Your Favorite Products
One proven benefit of this treatment is its ability to rejuvenate your skin by clearing away skin cell and hair debris which impedes product absorption. Many people spend hundreds of dollars on expensive creams, serums, and oils designed to nourish their skin. However, without skin resurfacing, the effects of these products are often minimized due to skin cell debris.
This treatment helps you get a bang for your buck in the skincare department by removing dead skin cells that are blocking pores, opening the way for complete absorption of all your favorite products. In addition, removing vellus hair from the surface of your skin can change the way your makeup sits on your face.
Hair can make your foundation appear blotchy, even with the use of expensive primers. Removing these hairs allows your makeup to melt into your skin and gives you that even coverage you’ve been wanting. You’ll be amazed at how much better your makeup looks after treatment. That’s why so many patients schedule their appointment two to three days before important events where they’ll want to look their very best.
It Gets Rid of Fine Facial Hair
While many people compare this treatment to shaving, the truth is that shaving only offers hair removal, while dermaplaning resurfaces the skin by removing skin cells and unwanted hair to reveal smooth, soft, healthy skin.
Contrary to popular belief, removing the vellus hair from your face won’t cause it to grow back thicker or darker. Your hair will grow back exactly the same as before, and you can continue to remove it using this treatment to keep your skin smooth and free of unwanted hair.
It Can Help Clear Acne
Acne is often caused by the presence of bacteria on the skin, which can be trapped by dead skin cells and result in frequent breakouts. Resurfacing your skin can give you a fresh start by opening your pores to the dermatologist-recommended products you use to combat acne and removing bacteria from the surface of your skin.
This can result in clearer, healthier skin over time and can even help fade acne scarring and dark spots caused by previous breakouts. Your doctor can help you determine whether this treatment would be a good option for your skin and current acne issues.
It Leaves Your Skin Smooth, Soft, and Glowing
The best benefit of this treatment is the way it leaves your skin looking and feeling. You’ll notice a change immediately after treatment. Without dead skin cells and vellus hair, your skin will be smooth to the touch and better able to absorb products.
With a clear pathway to your pores, your products will have a better chance of refreshing your skin, which will improve its overall health. This will leave your skin soft and glowing with or without makeup. You’ll even notice your self-esteem grow as you see your skin improve with each treatment.
Am I an Ideal Candidate?
If you’re concerned about unwanted facial hair or an uneven skin tone or texture, this treatment could be the perfect solution for you. Dermaplaning can remove peach fuzz, leaving your skin smooth and letting your makeup and skincare products glide onto your skin with ease.
Even better, you can open the door for rejuvenation beneath the surface of your skin by clearing away dead skin cell debris. This treatment is generally recommended for men and women who want to see their skin transformed with a simple, non-invasive treatment.
Those with active acne breakouts may not be ideal candidates for this treatment as the scraping motion of the blade may irritate or nick pimples and aggravate breakouts. In addition, those with cystic acne may not be ideal candidates for similar reasons.
Those who have recent chemical resurfacing treatments may be advised to wait a few months before pursuing this treatment. Finally, those with extremely sensitive skin may not be ideal candidates due to the mild irritation caused by this treatment. You should speak with your doctor about your candidacy for this treatment.
We spend a lot of time wondering how other people perceive us, and our skin is often a source of insecurity. Dermaplaning can help address some of the most common skin concerns by resurfacing the skin and allowing it to fully absorb the nourishing products you apply each day. This can help correct skin issues and reveal brighter, healthier, younger-looking skin with each treatment.
Stop worrying about your skin and start focusing on the important things in life! Let dermaplaning give you the skin you’ve always wanted. Contact the professionals at Satin Med Spa in Charlotte, NC to schedule your initial consultation today! We look forward to serving you and helping you reach your skin goals!