Dermaplaning Specialist

Orchid Wellness and Medical Spa -  - Physician-Operated MedSpa

Orchid Wellness and Medical Spa

Physician-Operated MedSpa located in Edmonds, WA

As skin ages, outer layers of it start to peel as new layer comes to the surface, but usually, this is not a fast process and nature doesn’t do a perfect job all the time. Dermaplaning helps to accelerate this process and promotes a glowing, smoother skin with less imperfection. Shahriar Khezri, MD, and the team at Orchid Wellness and Medical Spa are proud to offer dermaplaning at their office in Edmonds, Washington. To schedule an appointment, call Orchid Wellness and Medical Spa, or book a visit online today.

Dermaplaning Q & A

What is dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning is a skin treatment that uses an exfoliating blade to skim and shave the dead layer of skin cells and hair from your face. It is also called microplaning or blading.

Dermaplaning makes your skin smooth, youthful, and glowing. It is also used to remove Vellus hair AKA “peach fuzz,” the short, soft hairs on your face.

Dermaplaning can be used for any skin type and anyone with:

  • acne scars
  • rough skin
  • dry skin
  • sun-damaged skin
  • fine wrinkles
  • superficial pigmentation on skin

By removing the top dead layer of the skin, this procedure also makes your skin more receptive and more absorbent of the skin care products you use so it gives a better result using your products. 

You may add a chemical peel to your dermaplaning treatment. Right after dermaplaning, your skin can deeply absorb and benefit from a chemical peel in a way it can’t at other times. 

There is little to no downtime required after a dermaplaning treatment. You will not need to take time off from work, and you may even be able to fit it in during your lunch break.

How does dermaplaning work?

The basic concept of dermaplaning is the same as shaving. By aiming a sterile blade (scalpel) at a 45-degree angle and dragging it slowly across your skin, it removes dead cells, scar tissue, and other imperfections that may be making your skin’s surface look uneven, dull and aged.

Your skin is affected by environmental toxins, irritants, and sun damage on a daily basis. This can cause the top layer of your skin to appear dull. Dermaplaning shaves off those dead, damaged skin cells so newer skin cells are what you see when you look at yourself in the mirror.

What should you expect on your treatment day?

This procedure does not cause any pain, although you may feel a slight tingling during the treatment.

After you are admitted and signed the required paperwork, you will be guided to the treatment room where your provider will use a manual dermaplaning tool to scrape over your skin. This will take about 20-30 minutes, on average, as your provider gently works to exfoliate the skin.

After the treatment is finished, your provider will soothe your skin with a calming product. They will also apply sunscreen to protect your face.

As we said before, right after the dermaplaning is the best time to top it off with a chemical peel of our Maser Esthetician’s choice to get the best result. 

What are the risks and side effects of dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning is a very low-risk procedure. Side effects may include slight redness on your face in the hours after getting the treatment. Some people may experience some whiteheads on their skin in the day or two after dermaplaning, which most of the time can be prevented with appropriate face hygiene for two to three days following the treatment.

Infection and scarring are rare after dermaplaning but may occur. If you develop a scar from dermaplaning, your doctor may need to treat the scar tissue with a steroid injection or other modalities to soften the scar tissue.

Another possible side effect is areas of patchy skin pigment in places where you had the procedure, which may decrease or disappear over the course of time.

What should you expect after dermaplaning treatment?

You do not need to plan for any downtime following dermaplaning. You may experience redness or feel like your skin is a bit more sensitive in the following two to three days.

You will notice that your skin looks brighter immediately after the treatment, but it often takes a few days to appreciate the full results. As any redness subsides, you will be able to see the results more clearly in the days afterward.

Results of dermaplaning are not permanent. The procedure claims to clear away up to one months’ worth of dead skin cells. After three weeks to a month, your results will fade and you will probably need another treatment, this could be prolonged if your treatment was accompanied by a chemical peel.

After a dermaplaning treatment, like any other skin procedure, you need to be cautious about sun exposure. Sun damage could reverse the effects of dermaplaning or create pigmented areas on your fresh skin cells. In the weeks after a dermaplaning treatment, do not leave the house without wearing sunscreen on your face (it is better to become a habit of yours not to leave the house without UV protection).

How should you prepare for the procedure?

Before your dermaplaning treatment, you need to have a consultation with your provider. Your medical history, skin type, and skin coloring will be reviewed, and the results you want will be explained.

If you have an active acne flare-up, you will need to reschedule your appointment to avoid irritating your skin further or tearing your skin’s surface as you don’t want to shave a “zit” with a scalpel. 

You will also need to avoid direct sun exposure in the week prior to your appointment, as sun damage, such as sunburn, could compromise your skin and make the side effects more probable.

Is it safe to do this procedure at home?

You can purchase the tool that is used in dermaplaning and perform the procedure on yourself. But giving yourself a dermaplaning treatment may not yield the results that you are hoping for, and there are more risks when it is done by a non-professional. These include infection, scarring, and experiencing pain after home dermaplaning is higher when you do it yourself.

What is the difference between dermaplaning and 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 via a special tool that will apply suction to your skin directly to exfoliate skin cells.

Both procedures are similar in their:

  • results
  • safety
  • possible side effects and complications
  • costs

If you need guidance choosing between these two procedures, your best bet is to consult with our Master Esthetician who can guide you based on your skin condition and expectations. To learn more about dermplaning, call Orchid Wellness and Medical Spa or book an appointment online today.