Get Rid of Peach Fuzz and Dead Skin in the Milwaukee and Madison Area
Our skin is constantly subjected to damage from external stressors—such as sunlight, pollution, strong chemicals, weather changes, dirt, and grime—and our lifestyle habits can also have a negative impact on our appearance and health. As skin ages, skin cell regeneration slows, and it produces less of its own collagen and hyaluronic acid for hydration. Eventually, the pores might become clogged with dead skin, oil, and dirt, giving the skin a rough, uneven, and discolored appearance. Dermaplaning at the Milwaukee area’s Parkins Plastic Surgery is one of the most effective ways to make dull, rough skin look vibrant and youthful again.
What is Dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning is a manual exfoliation system that removes built-up dead skin cells, fine vellus hairs (also known as “peach fuzz”), and debris without acids, lasers, injections, or chemicals. The nonsurgical treatment also gently removes fine facial hair to reveal a smoother surface that’s ideal for makeup application. A razor-like, medical-grade tool is moved back and forth on the skin’s surface to carefully peel away the outer dead layer and remove fuzzy hairs at the same time. Dermaplaning corrects several skin concerns, including uneven skin tone and texture, hyperpigmentation, fine lines, wrinkles, and more. It can even reduce the severity of deep acne scars.
Who is a Candidate for Dermaplaning?
Most people would be good candidates for dermaplaning, as it is a mild treatment that won’t irritate most skin types. It is ideal for people who want to get rid of fine vellus hairs on the face and improve other forms of skin damage without any recovery time. However, this exfoliation treatment isn’t recommended for patients who have certain skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, skin cancer, cold sores, active acne, and infections. It may also not be suitable for patients who have a history of raised lesions, hypertrophic scarring, or keloid formation.
Preparing for a Dermaplaning Treatment
Prior to dermaplaning, patients will have to avoid other types of hair removal treatments. They will also need to refrain from having injectable treatments and peels or other forms of exfoliation for at least one week. We also advise patients to avoid tanning or exposure to direct sunlight for several days in advance of the procedure.
The Dermaplaning Procedure, Recovery, and Possible Side Effects
Unlike some other skin resurfacing techniques, dermaplaning doesn’t cause irritation or discomfort. During a dermaplaning session, a trained professional will aim a sterile blade at a 45-degree angle, then move it back and forth, gently skimming the top layer of skin to remove peach fuzz and dead skin cells that can make the complexion look dull. This process shaves away the stratum corneum (the outermost layer of the skin, comprised of dead cells) and vellus hair (“peach fuzz”). The procedure takes about 30 minutes.
As the treatment creates a more even surface, it also unclogs pores and stimulates the production of skin-firming collagen. Serums may be applied once this is finished, and they can penetrate the skin better when the barrier of dead skin has been removed. Results are seen and felt right away, since the skin is smoother, cleaner, and more even overall.
Some minor, short-term side effects—such as redness, swelling, and tingling—may occur for some people, but patients can resume their normal activities right after a treatment session.
Dermaplaning doesn’t require any downtime, making it an ideal way to prepare for big events. Your skin will be especially sensitive to sunlight after a session, so wear a broad-spectrum, SPF 30+ sunscreen.
The results typically last for three weeks. Multiple sessions may be needed to optimize results.
More Skin Resurfacing Options Aside from Dermaplaning
Patients interested in dermaplaning may also consider exfoliating chemical peels, collagen-stimulating microneedling, or HydraFacials® for skin rejuvenation. Peels involve a mild chemical solution applied to remove dead skin while allowing new, healthier skin to get to the surface. Microneedling uses fine needles to create tiny pinpricks on the outer part of the skin to trigger the production of collagen for skin renewal. HydraFacials® are advanced types of facials that include a three-in-one cleansing, exfoliating, and hydrating treatment. Contact us to determine which is best for you!