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Dermaplaning is a noninvasive skin care procedure that exfoliates the surface layers of the skin through the use of a scalpel, and reduces the appearance of deep, pitted acne scars, resulting in a smoother and more even complexion. Dermaplaning is designed to treat the small, but deep scars that sometimes result from cystic acne. Gentler versions of dermaplaning are sometimes used as exfoliating or hair-removal treatments.
Dermaplaning may be an attractive option for those seeking to improve the tone and texture of their skin, or remove deep scars from acne without the possibility of irritation from chemical peels and the expense of laser skin resurfacing. Although no treatment can fully eliminate all scars or flaws, dermaplaning typically produces excellent results.
Contraindications of dermaplaning include:
Current inflamed acne lesions;
Active cold sores;
Open skin lesions;
Use of Accutane currently or in the past six months; and/or
The use of prescription retinol within a week of treatment.
It can take anywhere from a few minutes to a full hour to complete the procedure, depending on the needs of the patient. Sometimes, patients opt to undergo the dermaplaning procedure in stages.
Similar to microneedling, it is recommended that the procedure be done every 3–4 weeks, which coincides with a normal skin cycle of approximately 30 days. The results are typically long-lasting.
After the dermaplaning procedure, the skin may be red and swollen. Tingling and aching can be managed with over-the-counter pain medications, such as Ibuprofen. Over the next three months, the patient’s results will begin to emerge. Since this new skin will be sensitive, it is important to minimize sun exposure during this time.