Exfoliating is an excellent way to clear your skin of old, dead and damaged skin cells. In fact, regular exfoliation is crucial for maintaining a healthy and radiant complexion, as it helps to prevent the build-up of bacteria, sweat, and dirt, which can clog the pores and cause inflammation. Skin exfoliation treatments cleanse and protect your face and create clearer, smoother and softer skin.
At Sapphire Advanced Aesthetics, we offer a highly effective method of exfoliation to help patients refine and purify their skin. Dermaplaning is a simple yet powerful way to remove dead cells from the skin surface and reveal a newer, healthier layer of skin. Board-certified skin specialist, Dr. Leslie Smith, is one of the leading cosmetic doctors in the Minneapolis St. Paul area for skin rejuvenation. She offers dermaplaning treatments to help patients improve the tone, texture, and clarity of their skin and achieve a brighter, more youthful appearance.
What is Dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning is a chemical-free, non-invasive exfoliation method designed to rid your skin of dead and damaged cells. This technique is often used to reduce acne scarring and uneven textural marks, while also stimulating cell turnover to promote softer and smoother skin. Dermaplaning is also performed to eliminate peach fuzz – the short, soft hairs on your face – which can trap dirt and oil and cause pore blockages. As a gentle, non-abrasive treatment, this procedure is safe for almost all skin types and involves minimal risk of side effects when performed by a qualified specialist. Dermaplaning also requires no downtime, which makes it a quick and convenient way to keep the skin looking fresh and radiant.
Benefits of Dermaplaning
Dermaplaning boasts a myriad of benefits for men and women of all ages seeking to cleanse, rejuvenate and protect their skin. Some of the primary benefits of dermaplaning include:
- Stimulates cell turnover
- Reduces blemishes and acne scarring
- Treats dull, dry or sun-damaged skin
- Promotes softer, smoother and healthier skin
- Improves application of makeup
- Removes facial hair to avoid pore blockages
- Safe for all skin types
- No downtime required
How is Dermaplaning Performed?
Dermaplaning is a relatively comfortable procedure that takes approximately 30 minutes to perform. You may experience a slight tingling sensation during treatment, but no pain as your skin is very gently scraped. Our experienced team takes every measure to ensure you feel comfortable and relaxed during the procedure. She will walk you through the process and any medication options available to ensure you experience minimal discomfort.
Dermaplaning is performed using a sterile surgical-grade blade, which is placed at a 45-degree angle and passed gently across your skin. This process gradually removes dead cells, scar tissue and other debris that may be causing an uneven tone or rough texture. As peach fuzz and damaged cells are safely scraped away, a healthier and smoother layer of skin is revealed. After treatment, Dr. Smith will apply a soothing substance to calm the skin and alleviate any discomfort.
What to Expect After Treatment
Unlike many other resurfacing treatments, there is no downtime required after dermaplaning. Though you may experience slight redness, this generally subsides within a few hours. Your skin may also feel tight, dry or flaky, though these side effects typically last less than two days. Applying a clinically tested moisturizer will help to soothe and hydrate the skin post-exfoliation. Though the aftercare process is usually simple and straightforward, Dr. Smith will ensure you are fully aware of what to expect and how to care for your skin to achieve an optimal outcome.
How Many Sessions Will I Need?
The number of sessions required will depend on your skin type, condition, and aesthetic goals. For those seeking to maintain a clear complexion and a natural glow, a series of treatments spaced three to four weeks apart is usually recommended for long-term improvements. Monthly sessions will encourage regular cell turnover and remove any new hair growth. Alternatively, some patients prefer to undergo a dermaplaning treatment one to two weeks before an event to ensure their skin is at its best quality. At Sapphire Advanced Aesthetics, we will work with you to determine the number and frequency of sessions required to achieve your aesthetic goals and maintain your desired look.
Why is Exfoliation Good for Your Skin?
Cell regeneration slows down over time. As a result, the skin doesn’t shed old cells as efficiently, which means they can build up on the surface of the skin and produce a dull, dry or rough profile. This build-up of dead skin cells can also result in excess oil and clogged pores, leading to blemishes and acne. Additionally, your skin is constantly exposed to harsh environmental toxins and irritants that can further aggravate these concerns.
Proper and consistent exfoliation removes the barrier of dead skin cells clogging the skin. The process of dermaplaning uncovers new cells underneath the outermost layer, enhancing skin tone, texture, and overall quality. Exfoliating the skin also provides for deeper penetration of moisturizing and hydrating products, which makes them naturally more effective. A regular exfoliating routine can help to protect your skin health and maintain its youthful radiance.
Is Dermaplaning Right for You?
Dermaplaning is a gentle exfoliating treatment that can be performed on almost all skin types. Since the procedure is natural and chemical-free, it provides an excellent alternative to harsher or more aggressive exfoliating methods, such as dermabrasion. Dermaplaning is highly effective for those seeking to remove hair or damaged cells and achieve softer and smoother skin. In your consultation, Dr. Smith will analyze your skin tone, current condition, and cosmetic concerns to ensure dermaplaning is the right choice for you.
At Sapphire Advanced Aesthetics, we are committed to helping you find the right treatment for your needs. Combining state-of-the-art technology with personalized care and attention, Dr. Smith is passionate about helping you bring out the best in your skin. If you are interested in dermaplaning and would like to experience the benefits for yourself, contact our Minnesota clinic at (952) 460-1970 to schedule your consultation today.