Sometimes referred to as epidermal leveling or blading, dermaplaning is a medical skin treatment consisting of manual exfoliation of the outermost layers of the epidermis. The treatment is safely performed using a sterile surgical blade, and the skin is gently exfoliated, removing dead skin cells and impurities. During this treatment, vellus hair, commonly known as “peach fuzz” is also removed, however, this hair will not grow back any thicker or darker than it was before treatment.
Dermaplaning may be done as an alternative to a chemical peel, or as the first step of a multi-level treatment which combines dermaplaning with a chemical peel, for deeper penetration of the peel.
What is Dermaplaning?
Is it a painful treatment?
What will I look like after?
How long does the procedure take
Will the fine hairs on my face grow back coarser?
Can dermaplaning be combined with other treatments?
Dermaplaning in New Jersey with Dr. Purewal
Dermaplaning (aka epidermal blading or epidermal leveling) is a non-invasive, medical facial rejuvenation treatment that is used to remove the outermost layer of the epidermis (i.e., the stratum corneum). The stratum corneum consists of dead skin cells as well as impurities. The process of shaving off the outermost layer of the epidermis is referred to as exfoliation. Besides giving patients smooth, glowing skin, this treatment is highly sought after because it provides these benefits without traumatizing the skin. At her office in New Jersey, Dr. Baljeet K. Purewal performs these manual exfoliation treatments to smooth, brighten and rejuvenate her patients’ skin.
What is a New Jersey Dermaplaning Treatment?
A New Jersey dermaplaning treatment at Fresh Face & Eye is performed using a wide, medical grade, sterile surgical blade. With this blade, Dr. Purewal gently removes the outermost layer of skin. This layer of skin consists of dead and dull skin cells, which is why the skin looks as if it has lost its luster.
A Dermaplaning treatment also removes the vellus hair that is present, which is the soft, fine hair on the face that is frequently referred to as peach fuzz. An epidermal leveling treatment leaves the patient’s skin feeling smoother and looking brighter.
Does a Dermaplaning Treatment in New Jersey Offer Any Other Benefits?
Yes, other benefits of dermaplaning include:
- Improving the ability of skin care products to penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin.
- Due to the absence of peach fuzz, makeup application is smoother and easier to apply.
- There is no downtime and very few side effects.
- When compared to the results attained with a traditional microdermabrasion treatment, Dermaplaning offers patients superior results.
- Collagen and elastin production increases, which helps fight the signs of aging.
What Issues Can a Dermaplaning Treatment in New Jersey Address?
An epidermal leveling procedure can be beneficial for everyone; however, there are some particular skin issues that this treatment can improve.
Dermaplaning can improve:
- Pit marks.
- Acne scars.
- Fine lines and wrinkles.
- Rough, dry skin.
- Sun-related damage.
- Enlarged pores.
- Skin texture.
This treatment is not recommended for patients with acne.
Is Dermaplaning Safe for People of All Skin Types and Tones?
Yes, epidermal leveling is a safe option for people of all skin tones and types.
What Areas of the Body is Dermaplaning Used On?
This treatment is only performed on the neck and face, excluding the eyebrow area because eyebrow hair is significantly thicker than the vellus hair removed during this facial treatment.
Does a Dermaplaning Treatment in New Jersey Hurt?
No, since the top layer of skin consists of dead skin cells, shaving off this outermost layer does not hurt.
Will the Vellus Hair Removed During Epidermal Blading Grow Back Darker and/or Thicker?
No, this is a myth. The vellus hairs that are removed during a New Jersey dermaplaning treatment do not grow back any darker or thicker than they were prior to their removal.
A Consultation for a New Jersey Dermaplaning Treatment at Fresh Face & Eye
During the consultation, Dr. Purewal will ask what skin issues the patient has been experiencing or if the patient just wants to smooth and brighten his or her skin.
If the patient is experiencing some type of skin issue or is having this treatment for a specific purpose (e.g., to address enlarged pores or to reduce the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles, etc.), Dr. Purewal will examine the patient’s skin. This examination helps her determine if an epidermal blading treatment is the best option for providing the patient with the results he or she desires.
Once the examination is complete and the patient decides to move forward with treatment, Dr. Purewal will either schedule the patient for an NJ dermaplaning treatment or offer the patient a recommendation as to which procedure she believes would provide the patient with optimal results.
At Fresh Face & Eye, Patients Are Encouraged to Ask Questions
Dr. Purewal and her staff are always happy to answer questions patients have about the various products and procedures available at Fresh Face & Eye; however, they will never try to coerce a patient into purchasing a product, having some other procedure performed or adding on a procedure. At Fresh Face & Eye, recommendations are offered, but ultimately, the products a patient purchases and/or procedures a patient receives is always his or her decision, just as it should be.
Are There Any Precautions That Need to Be Taken Prior to a Dermaplaning Treatment?
For at least two weeks before an NJ dermaplaning treatment, patients need to avoid direct exposure to UV rays, including those emitted from the bulbs in tanning beds. During this two-week time frame, when spending any time in the sun, it is vital that patients use some type of gentle sunscreen. Following this UV recommendation is extremely important because a sunburn increases the sensitivity of the skin. This increased sensitivity can make the manual exfoliating process quite uncomfortable, which is unnecessary because this treatment is usually pain free.
In addition, during this time, patients should avoid using retinoids and harsh chemicals like benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid on their skin. Having chemical peels or any other type of facial procedure and using non-shaving hair removal methods (e.g., hair removal creams, epilators, etc.) within the two weeks before the dermaplaning procedure is not recommended: Using these kinds of products and/or having these treatments within the two weeks prior to an epidermal blading procedure can decrease the treatment’s effectiveness and cause sensitivity that could make the procedure uncomfortable.
The decrease in effectiveness occurs because retinoids, harsh chemicals and the use of certain products can cause irritation and dry out the skin cells.
The Patient Needs to Inform Dr. Baljeet Purewal if She is Pregnant or Nursing
Women who are pregnant or nursing need to let Dr. Purewal know during their initial consultation.
Issues That Could Postpone a Dermaplaning Treatment
For the safety of the patient and to ensure optimal results, there are some issues that require the postponement of an epidermal leveling treatment.
A Skin Issue
Individuals who are experiencing a skin issue (e.g., an acne flare up, etc.) on the day of their dermaplaning appointment should reschedule. Having a manual exfoliation treatment performed at this time could cause additional skin irritation. It may also increase the likelihood of an injury or the development of an infection.
If a cold sore is present at the time the patient’s procedure is scheduled, the treatment will need to be postponed; therefore, individuals who tend to get cold sores should inform Dr. Purewal of this so that she can discuss the possibility of the patient using a prophylactic treatment to ward off a cold sore breakout prior to his or her epidermal blading procedure.
A New Jersey Dermaplaning Procedure at Fresh Face & Eye: What to Expect
From start to finish, the epidermal leveling process only takes from 20 to 30 minutes.
Although this procedure is not considered painful, individuals who have extremely sensitive skin may opt for a numbing spray or topical anesthesia to be applied before the actual exfoliating process begins.
A Dermaplaning Procedure in NJ at Fresh Face & Eye
1. Cleansing the Face and Neck
The procedure starts with a cleansing of the patient’s face. This cleansing process removes excess oil, dirt and bacteria from the surface of the skin. If a patient is having his or her neck manually exfoliated as well, the neck area will be cleansed in the same manner.
2. Applying the Lubricating Oil
A lubricating oil is applied to the face and neck (when applicable). This oil ensures that the exfoliating blade glides smoothly across the treatment areas.
3. The Exfoliation Process
As Dr. Purewal holds the facial skin taut, she places the surgical blade at a 45-degree angle and begins gently shaving the patient’s face.
Throughout this process, Dr. Purewal will intermittently apply warm towels to the face. These warm towels help her remove any stray hairs.
4. Applying the Hydrating Moisturizer
After the dermaplaning process is complete, patients receive a cream designed to moisturize, hydrate and soothe the newly exposed skin.
5. Applying Sunscreen
In order to protect the patient’s vibrant, newly exposed skin, Dr. Purewal applies a sunscreen.
What to Expect Following a New Jersey Dermaplaning Treatment at Fresh Face & Eye
Directly after an epidermal blading treatment, patients should expect their skin to appear slightly pink or mildly red: This side effect typically fades within 30 minutes of the procedure.
The skin may be sensitive for two- or three-days following treatment. During which time, patients should avoid touching their face with their hands as well as with their phones.
During this two- to three-day period following the dermaplaning procedure, patients need to use gentle products on their skin. Non-acid cleansers and a simple sunscreen of at least SPF 15 are okay to use.
Sweating and exercising need to be avoided for at least 48 hours of the procedure.
While some patients notice that their skin looks brighter right away, it usually takes a few days for the full effect of this treatment to become visible.
Avoiding sun exposure and applying daily sunscreen for at least three weeks following this treatment is vital. If the treatment area suffers a sunburn, the results achieved may be lost. In addition, blemishes could develop, especially when an individual has sensitive skin.
Potential Side Effects Following a Dermaplaning Treatment
Since the top layer of skin has been exfoliated, the pores are now unclogged. Due to the unclogging of the pores, impurities in the lower layers of skin begin rising to the skin’s surface, resulting in a breakout; however, with proper, gentle care, this issue can be remedied quite easily.
Some patients experience mild soreness, which can be treated using cold compresses. This symptom usually dissipates within four days. Cold compresses can be applied to the areas with mild soreness: Remember to always place something between the bare skin and the ice; otherwise, tissue damage may result.
How Often Should an Individual Have a New Jersey Dermaplaning Treatment?
Patients need to wait at least four weeks before having another epidermal blading procedure performed. This gives the skin time to complete the normal skin renewal process that typically occurs every 28 days. Patients who have extremely sensitive skin should limit their treatments to four times a year (every three months).
How Long Do Dermaplaning Results Last?
The results attained with epidermal leveling usually last about a month.
The cost of epidermal blading treatments varies. Once Dr. Purewal has the opportunity to meet with the individual who is interested in the procedure, she can determine how much a dermaplaning treatment will cost.
Would Insurance Cover This Treatment?
Since this is a cosmetic procedure that is mainly performed for aesthetic purposes, health insurance does not usually cover these kinds of procedures/treatments.
Are There Any Treatments that Can Be Performed in Conjunction with Dermaplaning?
Yes, some of the other treatments that are used in conjunction with epidermal blading include light therapy and chemical peels. Sometimes, a dermaplaning procedure is performed instead of a chemical peel.
When a patient requests a multi-level skin treatment, dermaplaning may be performed as the first step in this combination treatment, followed by a chemical peel. Having the epidermal blading treatment first allows the peel to reach deeper layers of skin.
If you are in, or will be in, the Northern New Jersey area and you would like to schedule an appointment at Fresh Face & Eye to learn more about the dermaplaning treatment, please call (973) 635-4000 or click here to request an in-house or a virtual consultation with Board-Certified Oculoplastics and Reconstructive Plastic Surgeon, Non-Surgical Facial Rejuvenation Specialist, Dr. Baljeet K. Purewal. Dr. Purewal has been serving the Northern NJ area for a decade. She takes great pride in helping people attain the facial features that they desire.