Skin Rejuvenation for Bryn Mawr, Newtown Square, Main Line, and Beyond
While everyone has a "covering" of fine hairs on their faces, women often feel self-conscious about their "peach fuzz." This is a common issue that can be exacerbated by hormonal imbalances, aging, medications, and genetics. Certain ethnic groups are more predisposed to what are medically known as "vellus" hairs (soft, fine hairs). Dermaplaning at the Bryn Mawr and Newtown Square-based Cirillo Cosmetic Dermatology Spa can help to address these facial hair concerns. Dermaplaning additionally removes older cells from the stratum corneum—the outermost layer of the skin—to make it brighter, smoother, and clearer.
What Are the Benefits of Dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning is a facial rejuvenation method that has become a high-demand treatment because of its reproducible results.
The skin naturally goes through a predictable, timed cell turnover cycle (desquamation). However, with increased age or due to environmental factors like excessive sun exposure and smoking, this cycle does not progress the way it should.
The older skin cells that haven't shed properly accumulate in patches on the surface. These retained skin cells clog pores and worsen the symptoms of acne outbreaks, while also making the skin appear dull, dry, and flaky. The skin will feel rough and uneven. Dry skin tends to reveal fine lines and wrinkles more than well-hydrated skin. Wisps of vellus hairs on the face also collect dirt and oil, contributing to both cosmetic and medical issues.
Dermaplaning is an ideal option for people who find that topical creams and washes are not producing their desired rejuvenation results. During a dermaplaning treatment, an experienced skin care therapist uses a specialized blade to remove the outer layer of old, damaged skin cells and vellus hairs. The process of lightly exfoliating the outer surface of the skin helps to promote cell regeneration and create a new, radiant complexion.
Dermaplaning is additionally effective for reducing acne scars, fine wrinkles, dull and dry skin, irregular skin pigmentation, and photodamage. After dermaplaning clears away the old, damaged skin cells and excessive vellus hairs, topically applied skin care products will penetrate the skin more readily and work more effectively. This "lunchtime virtually painless procedure" is highly convenient for patients, since it requires little prep work and no downtime.
What to Expect from a Dermaplaning Procedure
Dermaplaning is a non-invasive, non-surgical treatment that doesn’t involve penetrating the deeper layers of the skin. The skin care therapist thoroughly cleanses the face to minimize the risk of infection and acne breakouts. The blade used for dermaplaning resembles a disposable razor, but is smaller and sharper. It offers a higher level of precision than razor blades that are used for shaving thicker body or facial hair.
The sterile blade is held at a 45-degree angle and is sharp enough to remove excess hair and weeks' worth of old skin cell build-up. Trained and experienced skin care therapists gently avoid causing nicks and cuts. Patients have compared the sensation to running a credit card along their skin.
The session typically lasts an hour. Patients are advised to avoid exposing their newly sensitive skin to the sun or using abrasive scrubs until their skin has completely recovered from the treatment. Patients ultimately enjoy a softer skin texture and a more refreshed appearance, as well as smoother skin without the unwanted hair.
Who is a Good Candidate for Dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning works on all skin types. However, people with eczema, rosacea, or skin that is extra sensitive or acne prone may be advised to seek different treatments. This is because dermaplaning can cause the skin, in patients with these conditions, to become more irritated and inflamed.
Beyond Dermaplaning: Other Skin-Brightening Treatments
Whether it is the highly specialized facial technique of crystal-free microdermabrasion or the effective results of dermaplaning, both services remain in high demand because they continue to deliver the desired results for our patients. Microdermabrasion, while similar in concept to dermaplaning, is recommended for those who are strictly interested in skin exfoliation, not hair removal.
Dermaplaning may also be combined with a facial and chemical peels. More advanced peels are a better option for more severe acne-related concerns and pigmentation issues, such as age/sun spots and melasma. For other skin care options, please visit our Spa Services page.