Dermaplaning – The Basics

by | Apr 27, 2015 | Beauty and Salon

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If you are unhappy with the condition of your facial skin or if certain skin problems are making you feel self-conscious, you may want to look at the procedure called dermaplaning. It is a quick, easy way to have your skin refreshed. Although often confused with another similar process – dermabrasion, it is not the same. In fact, dermaplaning is currently gaining popularity among many cosmetic surgeons as a safe and effective measure.

What Is Dermaplaning?

To put it simply, dermaplaning is a means of exfoliation. It is a method that is employed to remove the epidermis or top layer of the skin on your face of its dead cells. At the same time, it is also getting rid of the so-called “peach fuzz” that doctors call vellus hair.

What Does It Involve?

During the procedure, a doctor will employ a dermatone (a sterile surgical blade) over the intended area on your face. The actions the physician will use during this procedure are very similar to those individuals employ when shaving their face – light and feathery. They are precise and swift. They are also very careful to ensure that no bleeding occurs. The entire process can be completed in around 15 minutes. Moreover, the noninvasive technique ensures there is no downtime involved.

What Does Dermaplaning Treat?

Dermaplaning has been recommended for and used in a number of situations where the skin is involved. Among the most popular and common are the following:

* Treating rough and dry skin
* Minimizing the scars that are the result of severe acne
* Reducing scarring resulting from accidents or even previous surgery
* Improving skin tone that is uneven
* Reducing those fine lines on your face
* Shrinking the incidence of large pores – also helpful in treating acne
* Rejuvenating the skin and making it appear younger and more vibrant
* Removing keratosis – pre-cancerous growths
* As a precursor to other forms of cosmetic treatments including chemical peels

Why Choose Dermaplaning?

There are many other options for treating the facial skin. However, some, such as chemical peels, are not recommended for certain people. Those who are nursing or pregnant, for example, cannot use a chemical peel. There is always the slight risk the chemicals can be absorbed through the skin into the blood stream and affect the fetus or the infant. Dermaplaning, on the other hand, presents no such risk.

Another reason why some physicians recommend dermaplaning to their patients is to help improve the potential outcome of other procedures such as chemical peels and laser treatments. Dermaticians also find it useful when they employ it just prior to a cleansing facial. The result of a glowing, healthy looking skin is why more and more people are electing to go this route. Overall, medical professionals and patients agree that dermaplaning is a safe, fast nonsurgical and noninvasive treatment that produces the results they want.

If you are interested in what Dermaplaning has to offer, talk to the knowledgeable staff at the Chicago Cosmetic Institute. We are committed to offering you the best in medical spa services and cosmetic and plastic surgery. Our staff of beauty experts, certified medical estheticians, and renowned doctors and plastic surgeons are there to help you achieve your goal. For more information, visit us online at You can also visit their Facebook page for more information.

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