Dermaplaning for Smoother Skin: How Often Should You Do It?

So you’ve fallen in love with dermaplaning and the smooth, supple skin it leaves behind. You’re hooked, and the only question now is how frequently you should schedule treatments. At Beverly Hills Sculptress, in Beverly Hills, CA, we recommend that dermaplaning patients wait several weeks before returning for their next treatment. Allowing some time between appointments gives the skin cells on the surface of the face time to fully regenerate, offering patients the best possible results.

How Does Dermaplaning Work?

Dermaplaning removes fine facial hairs and dead skin cells, exfoliating the skin in a way that leaves it brighter, radiant, and more youthful in appearance. During treatment, a surgical blade is used to scrape away the top layer of skin cells, allowing the fresh new skin that lies just beneath to rise to the surface.

Patients who have undergone this treatment enjoy skin that’s fresh in appearance and free of some of the early signs of aging. Most appointments take no more than an hour, and because this treatment involves a surgical blade, it is sometimes casually referred to as a scalpel facial.

How Often Should You Do It?

The magic of this treatment has to do with the generation of new skin cells: a process that generally takes several weeks. To allow skin cells on the face to fully regenerate after exfoliation, we usually advise patients to wait anywhere from four to six weeks between treatments. It usually takes several weeks for the fine facial hairs to grow back in anyway! Once we’ve had a chance to evaluate your face and see how you respond to this treatment, we can develop a custom treatment plan for you.

What Can I Expect During Treatment?

Scalpel facials are quick, painless, and truly something to look forward to. We’ll apply a solution to your face that will open the pores, and then we’ll use the blade to make swift, gentle strokes across your dry face. The blade will be held at a 45-degree angle, and we’ll hold the skin taut as we work on various areas. You may hear the blade as it crosses the surface of your skin, but you’ll feel no discomfort. In fact, many patients find the treatment to be very relaxing. Some even nap during their appointments.

Should I Take Any Special Precautions Afterwards?

One of the many benefits associated with this treatment is that there is no recovery period. Your skin may appear slightly flushed afterward, but that will quickly go away, and patients generally get right back to their regular work and exercise schedules. Your skin may be sensitive for a day or so, so you’ll want to make a point of keeping sunscreen applied.

You may also want to be conscientious about moisturizing your face and using your highest quality serums after your appointment because your hairless face and open pores will be particularly receptive to anything you apply.

Common Questions About Dermaplaning

The frequency of treatment is one of the more common questions we get about scalpel facials. But we understand that patients have other questions about this popular treatment option as well. Let’s answer some of the questions we frequently get and debunk a couple of myths about scalpel facials.

Won’t My Facial Hair Grow Back Thicker and Darker?

Patients frequently ask us about the myth that bodily hair, once shaved, will grow back heavier and darker. Because a scalpel facial is technically a close shave of the entire face, patients sometimes worry about what impact this treatment will have on their hair growth long-term. Fortunately, this is nothing but a myth. Shaving of any type, including during a scalpel facial, has no impact on the way hair grows back.

Your facial hair might feel slightly different to the touch as it grows back in. That’s because the hair was cut off straight across during treatment, so it doesn’t have the fine, pointed tip that most bodily hairs have. But don’t let the different feel of the hair fool you. It is by no means a sign that hair is growing in more heavily or darker.

Does This Treatment Work on Darker Skin?

Another common misconception about scalpel facials is that they are not safe for darker complexions. This belief is also nothing more than a myth. Scalpel facials can be safely and effectively performed on all skin types and tones. In fact, this treatment is very gentle on the skin and can even be performed on pregnant patients.

Can It Be Performed Elsewhere on the Body?

After experiencing the benefits of a scalpel facial, patients sometimes ask us if this treatment can be performed on other parts of the body. Scalpel facials really are limited to the face, but if you have cosmetic concerns involving other parts of your body, we can work with you to address those with other treatments.

Is This Treatment Painful?

Patients sometimes express concern about the fact that a surgical blade, or scalpel, is used as part of this treatment. However, the blade is never used to pierce or stress the skin, and this is a completely pain-free treatment. Many patients enjoy the treatments and find them to be a relaxing spa-like treat.

What if I’m Interested in Other Treatments As Well?

If you’re interested in other cosmetic services as well, we can help you with those. Our practice offers a full lineup of facial cosmetic treatments, including dermal fillers, botulinum toxin injections, threading, laser resurfacing, and chemical peels. We can work with you to develop a comprehensive treatment plan that meets all of your cosmetic needs.

Chemical peels are particularly good to combine with dermaplaning because they pick up where the scalpel facial left off for a deeper and more extensive exfoliation. Chemical peels involve the application of an acidic substance that will cause old, dull skin to begin flaking away to reveal fresher skin just below. Peels are especially effective when they follow a scalpel facial, which gets the exfoliation process started.

Is This Treatment Safe?

Scalpel facials are an FDA-cleared treatment that has been safely used on patients for years.

Can I Try This at Home on Myself?

We don’t recommend trying this technique at home. Although many of our patients are comfortable shaving at home with a manual razor, exfoliating with a surgical blade requires a great deal of precision and care. This is a treatment that is best left to professionals.

What Advantages Does This Treatment Offer?

There’s a lot to like about scalpel facials. This treatment removes unwanted facial hair and exfoliates the face in a way that leaves it fresh, radiant, and brighter. There are a number of benefits associated with this approach to facial rejuvenation.

No More Facial Hair

Your face will look terrific once the peach fuzz and fine facial hairs have been removed. Your skin will be smoother and clearer, and cosmetics will go on like a dream. Have you ever noticed that facial hairs tend to stand out when you’re wearing foundation? Once you have gotten rid of those hairs, that won’t be a problem.

Brighter, Radiant Skin

A scalpel facial is so much more than a hair removal treatment. This wonder treatment also leaves your skin brighter, rejuvenated, and healthier overall. Hyperpigmentation, age spots, and even acne scars will be less evident. And the skin tone and texture will appear more even and supple. Some patients say that after treatment their skin feels as soft as a baby’s bottom.

A Younger Look

Who doesn’t want to look a little younger? The exfoliation associated with a scalpel facial spurs collagen production, which plumps up the skin and smooths the appearance of fine lines associated with aging. After this treatment, you’ll look rested and relaxed.

Less Chance of Acne

Although this treatment is not recommended for patients who in the midst of an active breakout, it does a nice job of preventing such flareups. This is a cleansing treatment that opens up the pores and clears away dirt, dead skin cells, oils, and other irritants that can contribute to acne. If you use topical acne medication, the clean, hairless nature of your skin after a scalpel facial will also allow that medication to work more effectively.

At-Home Skin Care Gets a Boost

Your clear skin will also allow your at-home skincare products to penetrate more deeply. Patients often roll out their heaviest and highest quality serums and moisturizers during the days after treatment because the skin is able to fully absorb them and allow them to do their work.

Am I a Candidate?

Scalpel facials are gentle, non-invasive, and suited for a wide range of patients. Here are signs you may be a good candidate:

You Have Healthy Skin

The best patients have facial skin that is healthy. If your face is sunburned, in the midst of an active acne breakout, or otherwise inflamed or irritated, it may be wise to postpone treatment. It’s also a good idea not to schedule dermal fillers or botulinum toxin injections during the week before a scalpel facial.

You Need a Gentle Option

Patients who have sensitive skin or rosacea, as well as those who are pregnant, often need treatments that are gentle and free of heavy chemicals. If you’re in search of a gentle treatment option, a scalpel facial is a nice option.

You’re Seeking More Than Hair Removal

This treatment temporarily gets rid of the fine facial hairs that some patients are bothered by, but it’s really much more than a hair removal system. A scalpel facial works to fully rejuvenate the face and give the patient a fresher, more youthful look. When done a couple of days before a special event, this treatment can help you look your very best. It also works well as a regular component in your overall anti-aging strategy.

Convenience Is Important to You

A scalpel facial is a convenient, no-hassle way of improving the overall health and look of your skin. You won’t have to commit to anything in the way of advance preparation or downtime, and the appointments are short enough that they can be easily worked into a busy day. If you want to take care of your skin and take steps to improve it, but you can’t commit to the time and hassle of a more invasive treatment, a scalpel facial could be just what you’re looking for.

Let’s Figure Out Your Treatment Schedule Today

If you love the results you’ve gotten from scalpel facials and are wondering just how frequently to schedule them, we can develop a custom treatment plan for you. It’s likely that we’ll recommend appointments that are spaced about a month apart, to allow your face to completely rejuvenate itself between treatments and give you the best results possible. Call Beverly Hills Sculptress, in Beverly Hills, CA, and ask about a dermaplaning treatment plan today!