Question from Claire

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I have recently been hearing more about Dermaplaning and I was wondering if you could shed some light on the treatment? I believe it is the slight scraping of facial skin to reveal a brighter complexion, however I would like to know more about the benefits and also if there are any negative side effects?

Submitted by Claire on 2 July 2014

Answer

Thank you very much for your question. As I’ve mentioned in many of the articles and previous questions that I’ve answered and published, one of the most important things to do, to ensure that your skin remains looking young, fresh and bright, is to ensure that you keep encouraging skin cell turn over. There are a number of ways to do this, but essentially, all of them require the removal of the upper layers of the skin, forcing the skin to turn over at a faster rate. So at the end of the day, Dermaplaning is just another way to achieve exactly that. There is something that you DO however, need to consider, regardless of what method of skin exfoliation you choose: 1) You need to know how deep they are intending to exfoliate… the deeper the exfoliation, the more risk involved. 2) You need to know exactly how to prepare your skin BEFORE any exfoliation procedure, and how to take care of it afterwards, otherwise you could be dealing with infections, long-lasting sensitivity and post procedure pigmentation due to temporary inflammation (which patients are often not taught to handle as part of the aftercare process). 3) Ask the doctor who will be treating you for before and after pictures of other people who have had the procedure, ask about the length of recovery time and ask if there are any studies to show how much improvement can be expected. You then can decide whether or not you feel it is worth it for what YOUR needs and expectations are.

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