Maybe you’ve thought about trying dermaplaning, the skin rejuvenation treatment that involves a careful exfoliation of the face with a medical-grade blade. But isn’t that the same as shaving? And can’t that be done at home? Although it’s similar in concept to shaving, dermaplaning–which is offered by Franklin Skin and Laser in Franklin, TN–is much more precise and beneficial to the skin than shaving.
What Can Dermaplaning Do?
This treatment doesn’t just rid the skin of unwanted hair: it also encourages skin cell renewal and leaves the face looking refreshed and more youthful. It improves the efficiency of your at-home skincare products, too. This wonder treatment works in a number of different ways to improve the health and beauty of the face, and it does it all with no downtime. And contrary to popular belief, a close shave does not cause the facial hair to grow back heavier or darker.
Dermaplaning is a non-invasive skin treatment that scrapes away dead skin cells from the face, allowing new ones to rise to the surface. Those fresh, new cells give the face a brighter, more youthful appearance. And because this treatment also unclogs the pores and removes fine facial hairs, the face takes on a new glow and is left soft and smooth. Because this treatment is performed with a small, sterile blade, it is sometimes fondly referred to as a scalpel facial.
How Is This Different From Shaving?
A scalpel facial is similar to shaving in that both use a blade and both exfoliate the skin while removing unwanted facial hair, but the similarities stop there. A scalpel facial provides a much more aggressive exfoliation that leads to a broad rejuvenation of the face. It removes a deeper layer of dead cells, forcing the skin to actively rejuvenate itself and leading to a fresh-faced, more youthful look that patients love. This treatment also happens to remove fine facial hair. Shaving, on the other hand, effectively removes unwanted facial hair, but it doesn’t go nearly as far in terms of exfoliating and renewing the face.
Can I Perform This Treatment on Myself at Home?
Most of us are accustomed to safely and easily shaving our legs or even our faces with a manual razor at home. But performing a scalpel facial with a surgical blade is a whole new ball game and a much more precise process; and it’s something that shouldn’t be tried at home.
How Does This Treatment Compare to Facial Waxing?
Waxing is another way of removing unwanted facial hair. But waxing, like shaving with a manual razor, is strictly a hair removal option. It does not rejuvenate the face or improve the health of the skin.
What Kind of Results Can I Expect?
The results and benefits associated with a scalpel facial go much further than what can be achieved by shaving. Here’s some of what you’ll notice after your treatment:
Clearer, Healthier Skin
This treatment can improve the condition and appearance of a patient’s skin in a number of ways. Many patients observe that their skin tone is brighter and appears more even, with less hyperpigmentation and fewer age spots. The skin will also feel softer and more supple, and the overall texture of the skin may improve.
Scalpel facials can ease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, making this a popular anti-aging treatment. The deep exfoliation associated with this treatment spurs collagen production, which leaves the skin plumped and healthy. Fine lines will diminish in appearance, and the face overall will take on a more rested and relaxed appearance.
This treatment clears all of the hair from the skin, even in parts of the face that you might not have attempted to shave at home. Your cheeks, nose, chin, and forehead will all be completely hairless, giving your face a clear, uniform appearance. Your face will glow once all of the peach fuzz and fine hairs have been cleared away.
By deeply cleansing the skin, opening up the pores, and clearing away the fine facial hairs that can trap oil and dirt, a scalpel facial can help patients prone to acne beat back those breakouts. It will also be easier for the patient to keep his or her skin clean afterward, and the hairless nature of the skin will make it easier for topical acne medications to penetrate deeply and effectively.
More Effective Skin Care
Your at-home skincare routine will also become more effective after you’ve undergone a scalpel facial. Because your pores will be open and clear and the skin will be free of fine hairs, your face will drink up the serums and moisturizers you apply. For this reason, the days after your treatment are not the time to skimp on your at-home routine. Instead, this is when you should use your highest quality products.
Cosmetics Will Look Great
Because your face will be smooth and clean, cosmetics will also go on easily and look great. Fine facial hairs sometimes stand up and out when you’re wearing foundation, but once those hairs have been cleared away, that won’t be a problem. After a scalpel facial, your morning makeup routine will take less time and your cosmetics will look better than ever.
What Is Treatment Like?
In addition to all the great benefits a scalpel facial offers your skin, the treatment itself is also enjoyable and relaxing. You’ll be reclined during treatment, and we’ll secure your bangs and any other hair so that it’s out of the way. We’ll then cleanse your face and apply a liquid solution that will fully open the pores. During the treatment itself, we’ll hold the blade at a 45-degree angle and use it to make quick strokes across the face. We’ll hold parts of the face tight as we work on different areas in particular.
This painless treatment usually lasts no more than an hour, and most patients find it to be relaxing. Your skin will never be pierced or irritated, and you may hear a dry whispering sound as the blade slides gently over your face. Most patients find that the treatment is a time to relax, chat with their treatment provider, or even nod off.
What Should I Do After Treatment?
You’ll be free to get right back to your regular schedule after treatment, even exercising if you wish. Makeup can also be re-applied right away. It’s a good idea to stay out of the sun for a day or so, and the first days after your treatment are a good time to be extra diligent about your at-home skincare routine.
How Soon Will I See Results?
Most patients enjoy immediate results, with skin that looks brighter and more radiant right away. Some patients continue to see their results improve for a day or two.
When Should I Schedule My Next Treatment?
One of the reasons why scalpel facials are so effective is that they stimulate skin cell regeneration. We usually recommend that patients schedule their appointments four to six weeks apart, which gives the skin time to complete that rejuvenation cycle before the next treatment. Once we’ve had a chance to evaluate your skin, we’ll be able to provide a more specific recommendation regarding the regularity of your treatment.
Can I Have This Treatment Performed on Other Parts of the Body?
This treatment is only performed on the face. If there are other parts of your body that you’re interested in improving, we can talk with you about your concerns and find an appropriate treatment. We offer a full slate of cosmetic treatments for the face and body.
Can It Be Combined With Other Services?
We sometimes recommend that scalpel facials be combined with chemical peels, which are also offered by our practice. Chemical peels, another non-invasive treatment that rejuvenates the skin through exfoliation, involve the application of an acidic solution to the face. Chemical peels are available in different strengths and can be used to treat a number of different skin concerns.
When used in combination, scalpel facials and chemical peels can offer a potent rejuvenation of the face. The scalpel facial takes place first, clearing away the upper layer of dead skin cells. That initial treatment makes it possible for the chemical peel to penetrate deeply and work effectively to further rejuvenate the face.
Is It Safe?
Scalpel facials have been safely and effectively performed for more than 20 years.
Who Is a Good Candidate?
Scalpel facials are non-invasive and can be safely used on all skin types and tones, making this treatment suitable for many patients. Here are several indications that you may be an especially good candidate.
You Need Something Gentle
If you have sensitive skin or rosacea, finding a treatment that doesn’t involve heavy chemicals and is gentle on the face is probably important to you. Scalpel facials are a great option for patients with these concerns. This treatment is also safe for women who are pregnant.
You Want a Comprehensive Treatment
One of the advantages of this treatment is that it clears away facial hair, opens up the skin and pores, and paves the way for the patient’s at-home skincare regimen to work effectively. In other words, this treatment works comprehensively to improve and beautify the face.
Your Skin Is Healthy
It helps if your face is healthy and free of acne, sunburn, or any other type of inflammation. We also discourage patients from having botulinum toxin injections or dermal fillers injected in the week prior to a scalpel facial.
You Want a Painless, Enjoyable Option
A scalpel facial can noticeably improve the look and health of your face, but it’s also an enjoyable spa-like treatment. You won’t experience any pain or discomfort during your session, and most patients look forward to the treatments and find them very relaxing. This treatment can be a great, regular component of a long-term anti-aging strategy. But it can also serve as a one-time, pampering, pick-me-up treatment.
Interested in Learning More?
Dermaplaning is so much more than just a close facial shave. it’s a highly relaxing treatment that not only removes facial hair and exfoliates the skin, but also broadly rejuvenates the face and helps patients turn back the clock. Are you interested in learning more and finding out if this treatment could be right for you? Call Franklin Skin and Laser in Franklin, TN today and ask about dermaplaning.