As we age, we might notice our skin becomes duller, the tone uneven and fine lines and wrinkles more pronounced. This not only affects our outward appearance but can impact our self-esteem, confidence and even overall enjoyment of life. The caring professionals at Hanna Facial Cosmetic Surgery in Hinsdale, IL have an innovative, safe and effective way to uncover glowing, more youthful-looking skin—dermaplaning.
What Is Dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning is a safe and effective deep exfoliation treatment. Your skincare specialist or doctor will use a sterile, surgical-grade scalpel to scrape the dead skin and peach fuzz from your face. The scalpel is held at a 45-degree angle and brushed along the skin on your face to slough away hair and layers of dead skin cells.
Safe for all skin types, this is a non-invasive treatment requiring no prep or downtime. Clients can instantly see a glowing, brighter and more even complexion.
If you experience an acne flareup close to your appointment date, you must call your provider because they may want to reschedule you. You may have to until the flareup has been resolved.
What to Expect
On the day of your treatment, you’ll start with a clean face. Your skincare professional may offer you a topical anesthetic but because there’s virtually no pain—clients only report a slight tingling sensation—it’s usually unnecessary. You’ll lie back in the treatment chair in a comfortable room as your skincare specialist goes over the treatment with you.
When the treatment begins, your provider may use a manual or electronic dermaplaning tool to brush over your skin. The treatment generally takes 20-30 minutes. If you want to, you can even see the dead skin and hair that’s been taken off your face. It amazes clients to see how much dead skin dermaplaning removes in just one session.
When the treatment is over, your provider may apply a soothing cream to your face along with sunscreen. Your skin will be sensitive to the sun, so applying at least SPF 30 afterward is a necessity. There is no downtime with this treatment, so you can resume your normal routine immediately afterwards.
You’ll see brighter skin because those dulling layers have been scraped away. Scraping away peach fuzz will also help with a brighter complexion, even if you’re fair-haired, because hair collects oil, dirt and microscopic debris, adding to a duller complexion. Removing weeks’ worth of dead skin means a reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Results last for about four weeks, but if you use a high-quality skincare line, they can last up to six months. This treatment makes your skin more receptive to the products you put on your face because you don’t have layers of dead skin blocking their absorption. Ask your skincare specialist if there’s a specific product or line of products that will help you maintain your results.
It’s important to wait about four weeks between treatments. Because it removes three weeks of dead skin, it’s advisable to let your skin complete its natural regenerative process before repeating. Your skincare specialist will advise you on the right treatment course for you.
Am I a Good Candidate?
A positive aspect of this treatment is how versatile it is. It’s appropriate for just about any skin type, tone, and budget. As long as your skin is in good health with no active infections, you’re a good candidate for this non-invasive treatment. Dermaplaning could be a good option for anyone seeking solutions for:
- A dull complexion
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Uneven skin tone
- All over peach fuzz
- Acne scars
- Rough feeling skin
- Better penetration of skincare products
Only you and your skincare professional can decide if dermaplaning will give you the results you’re looking for by addressing your skin concerns. For many, it is an affordable and easy way to uncover younger-looking, smoother and radiant skin.
This treatment will not affect how peach fuzz continues to grow. It will not make it thicker or darker, so no need to worry about a change in your hair growth.
There are many other treatments available to target fine lines, wrinkles, sagging skin, and scarring. A comprehensive treatment center will have a menu of treatments available. After understanding your concerns and desired outcome, your skincare specialist will recommend the right course of treatment for you.
A heavy hitter in the anti-aging, anti-scarring world, microneedling uses hair-thin needles to make micro-sized pinpricks in your skin. This triggers the body’s natural healing process and boosts the production of collagen. Collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies, making up hair, skin, nails, ligaments, and bones. It’s responsible for our skin looking supple, plump, smooth and bouncing back like it did in our youth. As we reach our mid-20s, collagen production slows and continues its decline the older we get.
After microneedling, the body treats the microscopic pinpricks as an injury it produces collagen to repair. In as little as a week, clients can see results in the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles which only get better as time goes on. This treatment works well for acne scars and pitting. The concave scars on your face will be filled in and repaired by newly produced collagen. Clients who have suffered from scarring their whole lives see major results after just one treatment.
On the day of treatment, your skincare specialist will apply a topical anesthetic to your skin to maximize your comfort. Immediately after your treatment, you will see a natural plumping effect as your body responds to the activity of the needles. Because this is a minimally invasive treatment, you can go back to most normal routines immediately. You must use sunscreen because the treatment will leave your skin more susceptible to sun damage until it completely heals.
Over time, our lack of collagen production can leave fine lines, sagging skin, and medium to deep wrinkles our faces. For clients wanting immediate and long-lasting results, injectables may be a solution. Dermal fillers can be injected to fill wrinkles and recreate a youthful appearance by minimizing or eliminating the lines. Some fillers are made of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the body, and will stimulate the production of collagen.
Another injectable option is BOTOX. BOTOX targets the underlying cause of wrinkles—movement. Over time, you repeat the same expressions, and your skin pays the price by forming wrinkles to highlight those expressions. BOTOX blocks the neurotransmitters from reaching the targeted muscles. When the movements are stopped or reduced, the muscle relaxes, and the wrinkles smooth out.
All injectables have relatively long-lasting results ranging from six to nine months. Touch-up treatments can make results even more pronounced and last longer between visits. Both kinds of injectable appointments take only minutes and you can resume your normal routine immediately. Because injectables are so versatile and minimally invasive, they remain one of the most popular anti-aging treatments.
This non-invasive treatment uses micro aluminum oxide crystals to exfoliate off layers of dead skin by vacuuming them over the surface of your face. As the small wand with the crystals is moved over the face, it removes the dead skin cells. This stimulates the production of collagen to leave skin looking and feeling more youthful, smoother and evenly toned.
Microdermabrasion may be suitable for clients with the following skin concerns:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Acne and acne scars
- Uneven skin tone
- Uneven skin texture
- Sun damage
- Dull looking complexion
- Enlarged pores
This treatment can be done over several weekly visits until you achieve your desired outcome. There is no downtime and no lengthy healing process, making this a good universal fit for many clients.
Pixel Skin Resurfacing
If you’re looking to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, have hyperpigmentation because of sun damage or age, acne scarring or uneven skin tone, pixel skin resurfacing is an innovative technique that may help. Using a fractional laser, it creates many microscopic perforations just under the surface of the skin, triggering your body’s natural healing response.
As your body heals what it perceives as injury, new collagen growth rapidly heals the skin, filling in lines and scars while evening out skin tone and texture. This treatment allows clients to get back to their normal routines almost immediately without the healing time associated with other ablative resurfacing treatments because the microscopic perforations are so shallow.
You and your provider can decide if this is the right treatment to address your skin concerns. This treatment does not damage healthy tissue so it can be performed on more delicate skin areas like:
You and your specialist should discuss a peel as part of your treatment plan for uneven skin tone, fine lines and wrinkles, and blemishes. There are different intensities of peels, depending on the results you want, and some require almost no downtime because of their restorative properties. There are peels to address:
- Large pores
- Sun damage
- Uneven skin tone
- Dull complexion
- Fine lines
- Breakout prone skin
Your provider may suggest a treatment plan comprising different peels over several months to achieve the results you want.
Many of the skincare products available to us over the counter from drug or department stores don’t provide the results they promise. A comprehensive MedSpa will offer one or more lines of truly effective skincare products they recommend to their clients based on their individual needs.
Scientists develop these skincare lines to help the overall health of your skin by preventing future damage, correcting previous damage, and protecting the healthy skin you have. You may not need an entire line, so your skincare specialist can recommend the products they feel you’ll benefit from the most.
Facials are another important part of any skincare routine. Your skincare concerns may change according to the season, a special event in your life, stress levels or lifestyle changes. There are facials to address most common concerns to improve skin health and give your skin the immediate boost it craves.
When you and your plastic surgeon determine the right step for you is cosmetic surgery, there are many options for various areas of concern. The right plastic surgeon will understand your concerns while managing your expectations. There is no need to live with signs of aging that distract you from having the life you’ve dreamed of.
Call for a Consultation
You can have the complexion you’ve always wanted or reclaim the look of your youth. Call Hanna Facial Cosmetic Surgery in Hinsdale, IL to schedule a consultation. The professional, knowledgeable and caring staff led by Dr. Wafik Hanna will take time to understand your individual concerns and give you options to achieve the results you’re looking for. Dr. Hanna believes when his patients are more confident in their appearance, they become more satisfied and happier in their lives. A happier you is just a call away.