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Dermaplaning is a popular, skin-rejuvenating treatment that gently strips away the topmost layers of the dermis. By revealing the healthier skin that lies just beneath, dermaplaning balances both texture and tone. It also minimizes the appearance of mild acne and acne scars, sunspots, and enlarged pores. Best of all, dermaplaning removes vellus hair or the ultra-fine “peach fuzz” that covers the skin. This makes makeup application easier and leaves the face looking smooth and youthful. The following are several ways to get ready for dermaplaning.

Stop Exfoliating and Shaving

Skincare experts perform dermaplaning using small, surgical blades. These tools are passed across the treatment area to gently scrape away debris. Just like dermaplaning, exfoliating brushes, creams, and tools remove dead, dry skin, and expose the underlying skin layer. Exfoliating too close to a dermaplaning procedure could leave your skin raw, red, irritated, and far more vulnerable to damage. It could also temporarily render you an unsuitable candidate for this treatment.

For men, it’s important to stop shaving at least three to five days before a dermaplaning procedure. Shaving removes beard and mustache hairs, vellum hair (peach fuzz), and the topmost layers of the skin. Shaving in advance could strip away the very same dead, dry skin that dermaplaning treats while leaving you with dull, damaged skin just outside your shaving zone. Moreover, shaving also poses the risk of creating open wounds and skin infections before your appointment, including nicks, cuts, razor burns, hair bumps, and folliculitis.

Keep Your Skin Wound-Free

Although most people aren’t in the habit of purposefully injuring their skin, several actions could cause superficial damage just ahead of treatment. In addition to exfoliating and shaving, these include popping or picking at pimples and washing the face aggressively. When you show up for your dermaplaning appointment, your skin should be free of open wounds. It’s also best to avoid getting new facial piercings or other body modifications in the treatment area until your procedure is complete and your skin is fully healed.

Get Hydrated

Staying hydrated supports clear, healthy skin and wound healing. Although dermaplaning is a minimally invasive treatment with mild after effects and no downtime, drinking sufficient water is still important.

Don’t Use Retinol

Stop using retinol at least one week before your dermaplaning procedure and don’t introduce it back into your daily skincare routine for at least five to seven days after. This will minimize the risk of pre-treatment and post-treatment skin irritation.

Minimize Sun Exposure

Too much sun could lead to sunburns and leave your skin ill-suited to this treatment. When your procedure is complete, you should wear extra sun protection. Until the treated area heals, it will be more vulnerable to sun damage.

Clear Your Appointment Calendar

Most dermaplaning procedures take 30 minutes or less, and apart from mild, short-term sun sensitivity, there’s absolutely no downtime. Notwithstanding this fact, it’s best to give your appointment calendar a break just before and after this treatment. This is especially true when it comes to scheduling other cosmetic, skin-renewing procedures.

Schedule a Consultation

Ballert Medical Aesthetics offers an impressive range of non-invasive, minimally invasive, and surgical cosmetic procedures in Paducah, KY. Contact us today to find out if dermaplaning can help you reach your aesthetic goals or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ballert.