Heal Your Skin with a Fast, Nonsurgical Procedure in Tucson, AZ

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Removal of damaged skin cells to achieve healthier tone and texture.

Over the course of a lifetime, skin endures a lot of abuse, including sun damage and exposure to dirt, pollution, weather extremes, and harsh substances. This can leave you with unbalanced skin that appears dull, older, and lifeless due to a layer of dead cells clogging the outer surface. There is a nonsurgical skin treatment to remove these damaged skin cells, thereby encouraging skin to regenerate and heal. That procedure is called dermaplaning. Tucson women and men interested in achieving a healthier skin tone and texture can achieve their goal by having a trained and licensed cosmetic professional exfoliate the skin by gently removing the outermost layers, along with dead skin cells, dirt, and other impurities. This gives your skin a more renewed glow and clearer, more even tone.

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What Can Dermaplaning Treat?

Dermaplaning is used to gently and evenly remove the damaged surface layers of skin along with small vellus hairs (also referred to as “peach fuzz” or “baby hairs”) on your face. These fine brown, gray, or blond hairs can be challenging to remove with other methods, such as waxing and laser hair removal, so many patients prefer to try dermaplaning instead. This method makes your skin look smooth and bright with a very soft texture.

Once your skin has been exfoliated, it can also absorb topical products more effectively, which helps them to work better. Acne breakouts are less likely when the pores aren't blocked, and makeup goes on more easily without fine hairs and debris coming between the cosmetic products and the skin itself.

Some of the skin concerns dermaplaning addresses most effectively include dullness and dry skin. By removing the top layer of skin, your complexion will appear more youthful.

What Can I Expect During a Dermaplaning Treatment?

Dermaplaning works in a similar way to shaving and helps to stimulate skin cell turnover. A specialized, scalpel-like tool that looks similar to an ordinary razor is slowly scraped along the skin at a precise angle, removing the build-up of dead cells, hair, scar tissue, and dirt. This allows new, healthier skin cells to show on the surface. With dermaplaning, you're able to exfoliate the skin in a much safer, deeper, and more thorough way than would be possible with shaving.

Am I a Good Candidate for Dermaplaning in Tucson?

Medical professionals and aestheticians can determine whether dermaplaning is right for you based on your skin type and medical history. Adult patients of any age can have this treatment, but those who have existing, active acne breakouts, skin infections, or cold sores in the treatment area will not be suitable candidates for this technique.

Dermaplaning in Tucson: Risks and Recovery

Dermaplaning is a straightforward, non-surgical treatment that won't require any downtime. Patients can return to work or home right after their appointment, which typically takes less than half an hour to complete. The results are visible right away. You may experience some soreness and slight redness for a few days in the areas where the skin was scraped, but these effects are mild and temporary.

As your skin will be sensitive and prone to hyperpigmentation afterward, sun protection will be very important. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen to your face as much as possible, and be careful about how you use retinols and other acids on your skin. As results are temporary—since new vellus hairs grow and skin cells continue to turn over—you'll need to go back every four to six weeks to maintain the ideal benefits. Patients who have very sensitive skin may want to wait longer between sessions.

Though adverse effects aren't common, in a small percentage of cases some patients have complications such as fever blisters, thickened skin, and pigmentation changes following the procedure. Whiteheads, infections, and scarring also occur for some patients. All of this can be discussed at an initial consultation.

What Complements Dermaplaning?

For patients interested in complementary procedures, dermaplaning pairs beautifully with a chemical peel, as the clean, refreshed skin is more receptive to the chemicals utilized in the peel. Microdermabrasion and microneedling are two other procedures that address similar skin tone and texture concerns as dermaplaning.

Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive exfoliation treatment for polishing the outer surface of the damaged skin. It is often used in combination with Diamond Glow Dermalinfusion®, a technique that involves exfoliation along with extraction of debris with suction to clear the pores and simultaneously infusing nourishing serums into the skin.