Preparing for dermaplaning
Before you have a dermaplaning treatment, you’ll need to have a conversation with your provider. Your medical history, skin type, and skin coloring will be discussed, as well as the results you want.
If you have an active acne flare-up, you may need to reschedule your appointment to avoid irritating your skin further or tearing your skin’s surface.
You’ll also need to avoid direct sun exposure in the week prior to your appointment, as sun damage, such as a sunburn, could compromise your skin and make the treatment painful.
Is it safe to do at home?
You can purchase the tool that’s used in dermaplaning and perform the procedure on yourself. But giving yourself a dermaplaning treatment may not yield the results that you’re hoping for, and there are some risks.
Anecdotally, the risk of infection, complications, and experiencing pain during home dermaplaning is higher when you do it yourself.
An exfoliating tool used for dermaplaning may be called a razor, an exfoliator, a beauty wand, or an exfoliation system. You can use any of these products to do your own dermaplaning.
Dermaplaning vs. microdermabrasion
Dermaplaning and microdermabrasion are both exfoliating skin treatments that claim to soothe your skin.
While dermaplaning uses a knife’s edge to remove dead skin cells, microdermabrasion “sands down” your skin using an abrasive surface. Fine particles may be directed at your face in a blast of air, or a special tool may make contact with your skin directly to exfoliate skin cells.
Both procedures are similar in their:
- possible side effects and complications
- out-of-pocket costs
Microdermabrasion tends to involve several rounds of treatments, with results that can last several months.
If you’re deciding between these two procedures, your best bet is to speak with a dermatologist who can advise you based on what kind of results you’re expecting.
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