Do you have facial scars that are noticeable enough to make you self-conscious? Have they begun to impact your personal or even professional life and goals? The good news is that you don’t need to live with scars forever. Dermaplaning is one way to bring about scar reduction and restore your self-confidence.
What Is Dermaplaning?
To simplify it, dermaplaning is shaving the skin. This clears it not only of the desiccated skin cells of the very top layer of the epidermis but removes vellus hairs, or peach fuzz. These hairs, which can hardly be seen on the skin of most women, can trap dirt. This puts the clients at risk of acne breakouts. Both skin care specialists and patients find that dermaplaning is a gentler process than microdermabrasion, which sprays fine crystals at the skin to exfoliate it. Dermaplaning is considerably more gentle than chemical peels. Dermaplaning is an outpatient procedure, and a patient can leave the specialist’s office immediately after the session. It is perfectly safe for pregnant or nursing women.
Dermaplaning and Scar Reduction
Because it removes the top layer of your skin, or the stratum corneum, dermaplaning is especially good for acne scar reduction. However, there are a few reasons why you might want to put off dermaplaning for scar reduction. If you’re suffering from active outbreaks of acne, you should postpone the procedure until your skin calms down. It should also not be done after you’ve just had other intense facial treatments such as laser resurfacing, a face or brow lift, dermabrasion, microdermabrasion, or chemical peels. It’s best to wait at least two or three weeks after you’ve had these other treatments to consider dermaplaning for scar reduction.
Other reasons to put off dermaplaning are if you’re taking medicines to help your skin such as tretinoin, if you have uncontrolled diabetes, if you must take anticoagulant medications and if you are at high risk for keloids. These are hard, raised scars that tend to cover an area much larger than the original injury. People who have very sensitive skin that are prone to breakouts also might not want dermaplaning.
You’ll need to have a consultation with our skin care specialist before you have scar reduction. They’ll ask about your medical history and make decisions about dermaplaning based on the type and color of your skin. Dermaplaning is appropriate for nearly all skin types and skin colors, which isn’t true for other skin treatments such as deep chemical peels.
The Scar Reduction Process
When you come into the facility for dermaplaning, the skin care specialist will have you lie on a treatment table. They’ll then acid wash all oils, dirt, and makeup from your face then thoroughly dry your skin. They’ll then add diluted iodine to your skin to make sure that all traces of makeup, dirt and cleanser are gone. Not only this, the peach fuzz holds on to the iodine solution, which makes it easier to see and remove.
The specialist then unwraps a sterile scalpel with a #10 blade and starts to gently pass it over areas of your skin at a 45 degree angle. Not only does dermaplaning exfoliate the skin, but it stimulates the body to produce collagen. Collagen helps to plump out and soften the look of scars, especially acne scars. This is because a lot of acne scars are atrophic scars. These scars are caused when the lower layers of skin around the pimple are damaged by the bacteria that led to the breakout. Ironically, the scars are caused by collagen, which rushed to the site of the injury and tried to repair it. The scar is actually the result of the repair.
During scar reduction by dermaplaning, the scar tissue is skimmed off by the scalpel, and this time the collagen is laid down by the body in a way that reduces the look of the scar.
After the skin is exfoliated, the skin care specialist may give it an infusion of antioxidant vitamins, especially vitamin C. Vitamin C protects the skin from free radical molecule damage, and one of its other jobs is to support the body’s production of collagen. After this, the specialist applies a moisturizer, and you can go home. Our aesthetician will remind you that you must keep your skin hydrated after scar reduction via dermaplaning. They may give you a hydrating formula or serum before you leave the office.
Scar Reduction Aftercare
What you do after your dermaplaning session is crucial if you want to maintain the healthy and freshened look of your skin as well as reduce the appearance of your scars. You shouldn’t wash your face for at least 12 hours after dermaplaning, and you need to stay out of the sun or any area that’s hot and humid. Heat, humidity, and the sun’s ultraviolet rays can irritate and injure your skin. If you have to go out in the sun, you must wear a powerful sunblock as well as a moisturizer. You must resist all temptation to pick at your skin.
Some aestheticians recommend that you have a light chemical peel two weeks after your dermaplaning session to continue the scar reduction and to encourage any old skin to shed.
Visit Us for More Information About Dermaplaning and Scar Reduction
If you have scars that are lowering your self-esteem and making you uncomfortable in social situations, dermaplaning for scar reduction might be an option. Consider us here at SkinMD Seattle in Seattle, WA. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!