Whether you’re about to try dermaplaning for the first time or you’ve already fallen in love with this skin rejuvenation treatment, you may be wondering just how many sessions you can have. The good news is that you can schedule multiple treatments, and none of them will involve any downtime. These treatments are easy, painless, and can be seamlessly worked into a busy schedule. Patients at Allure Enhancement Center in Lafayette, LA, love the radiant complexion this treatment leaves behind.
Can I Get Multiple Dermaplaning Treatments?
Once you’ve experienced the benefits of this amazing treatment, you’ll want to keep coming back for more sessions. After all, your facial skin will look brighter, fresher, and more youthful, and all of your peach fuzz will be gone. Patients are usually excited when they realize that they can schedule repeat appointments to maintain their results.
The key is not to schedule your sessions too close together. This treatment exfoliates the face in a way that spurs cell renewal, and to achieve your best results, you’ll want to allow time between sessions for your skin to go through the full cycle of cell regeneration. For most patients, this means scheduling their appointments at least 4 weeks apart, and for some other patients, waiting 6 weeks is ideal.
Once we’ve had a chance to evaluate your skin, we’ll be able to make a more specific recommendation regarding how frequently you should schedule sessions. Patients occasionally ask us if this treatment can be performed on areas other than the face. Unfortunately, while you can schedule an almost unlimited number of dermaplaning sessions for your face, this treatment is not suitable for other parts of the body.
What Happens During Treatment?
Dermaplaning is a cosmetic treatment that is very similar to shaving. You’ll lie on a special chair, and we’ll use a surgical scalpel to scrape away the top layers of the skin. We’ll hold the scalpel at a 45-degree angle and make quick, gentle strokes across your face, holding the skin taut as we work.
This treatment gets rid of dead skin cells, peach fuzz, scar tissue, and debris. It reveals the fresh new skin cells lying just beneath to surface, and those plump, healthy young cells revitalize the appearance of the face. Because of the use of a scalpel, this treatment is sometimes referred to as a scalpel facial.
What Type of Improvement Will My Face Undergo?
Fine lines, sun damage, and other blemishes will be minimized and your complexion will appear brighter and more even. Peach fuzz and other fine facial hairs will also be gone, leaving your skin smooth, soft, and radiant in appearance.
Patients often say their skin after treatment is “as soft as a baby’s bottom.” A scalpel facial is a great way of turning back the clock and achieving healthier, younger-looking skin. It works well as a pick-me-up treatment before an upcoming special event, but many of our patients also view it as a regular component in their long-term, anti-aging regimen.
How Long Will My Appointment Take?
These appointments take no more than an hour, and you’ll be able to return immediately to your schedule, reapplying makeup immediately if you wish. Some of our patients even schedule this treatment for their lunch hour.
Your skin may appear flushed immediately after treatment, but this will subside quickly. For about 24 hours after your treatment, your skin may feel more sensitive, and it will be especially important to avoid excessive sun exposure.
What Does This Treatment Feel Like?
It’s natural to be a little nervous about the idea of a scalpel being used, but this treatment is completely painless, and your skin will never be pierced or irritated. You’ll feel the sensation of light strokes being made on your face, and you may hear a whispering sound as the blade crosses your dry skin. Most patients find this to be a relaxing and enjoyable treatment. Many even drift off to sleep during their appointment.
Is This a Safe Treatment?
Yes. This treatment has been approved by the FDA and has been safely and effectively used on patients for many years.
Can I Combine This Treatment With Other Services?
Yes. Patients often combine a scalpel facial with other services, including botulinum toxin injections and dermal fillers. Chemical peels, which our practice offers, also make a wonderful companion treatment because the peel can penetrate especially deeply after a scalpel facial.
During your initial consultation, we’ll talk with you about your aesthetic goals and develop a custom treatment plan just for you.
Tell Me More About the Benefits of Dermaplaning
The primary benefit of a scalpel facial is its ability to broadly rejuvenate the appearance of the skin. But there are some surprising side benefits as well.
Say Goodbye to Facial Hair
Whether you’ve got a lot of peach fuzz or just a slight amount of facial hair, you’ll be surprised at how good your face will look once it’s all gone. Those seemingly invisible hairs have a big impact on the way your face looks. Your face will practically glow once they’re gone.
And if you wear a cosmetic foundation, that will go on more easily and look better after a scalpel facial. You may have noticed that all of your facial hairs tend to stand up and out when you’re wearing foundation. Once those hairs are gone, that won’t be a problem.
Fewer Acne Outbreaks
This treatment opens up your pores and clears away the oil, skin cells, and dirt that can contribute to breakouts. Getting rid of the facial hair that can trap oil and debris on the surface of the skin is yet another way this treatment can minimize breakouts. And if you apply acne medication to your face, you’ll find that it’s more effective because it’s better able to penetrate your clean, open pores.
Your Moisturizers Will Be More Effective
Acne medication won’t be the only product that will get a boost in efficacy. So will your at-home skincare regimen. Because your pores will be clean, clear, and open, and because facial hair won’t get in the way, the days immediately following a dermaplaning session are a great time to double down on your skincare routine and roll out your most potent moisturizers and serums.
Less Visible Scars
If you have acne scars or other types of scars, this treatment can help minimize them. Scars often form when skin cells build up over old inflammation, usually with a different texture and pattern. Scraping away the upper layers of skin cells can ease the appearance of those old scars.
A Convenient Treatment
For many patients in search of a more youthful appearance, plastic surgery is also an option. But not every individual can commit to the downtime associated with such an invasive approach. Scalpel facials can revitalize your look in a quick and easy treatment. This approach to skin rejuvenation is a terrific option for time-crunched patients, those who prefer a non-invasive approach, and those who aren’t candidates for surgery.
How Does This Differ From Shaving?
This treatment is similar to shaving in that it removes facial hair and exfoliates the skin. The difference is that a scalpel facial, because of the use of a surgical blade and the skill of the practitioner, offers a more aggressive exfoliation that removes the top layers of dead skin cells. That aggressive exfoliation is what triggers cell renewal and a broad rejuvenation of the face that shaving can’t accomplish.
Won’t It Cause My Facial Hair to Grow in Heavier?
An old wives’ tale suggests that hair will grow back darker and heavier after a shave. Fortunately, there is no truth to that old wives’ tale. A scalpel facial won’t influence your hair follicles or trigger faster or heavier hair growth.
Can I Try This Treatment at Home?
Most of us have gotten the hang of shaving our legs at home, so it’s natural to think that perhaps a scalpel facial could be performed by ourselves at home as well. However, this is a treatment that’s best left to the professionals. Handling a surgical scalpel is a lot different than a manual razor.
The sharpness of the tool, combined with the tight angles and contours of the face, can make it difficult for a patient to safely and effectively perform this treatment at home. Besides, when performed by a trained professional, this can be a pampering treatment that allows you to truly relax.
Am I a Candidate?
If you’re interested in finding out if you’re a good candidate for a scalpel facial, the first step is to schedule a consultation with Cindy Cobb, a nurse practitioner and the founder of our practice. Cindy earned her bachelor’s in nursing from the University of Southwestern Louisiana and a master’s in health services administration from the University of St. Francis. She also has a master’s in nursing as a nurse practitioner/clinical nurse specialist from the University of Southern Alabama and a doctorate in nursing practice from Chatham University.
Cindy will evaluate your skin, talk with you about your cosmetic concerns and goals, and determine your eligibility for this treatment. She’ll also be able to give you a sense of how frequently you should plan to schedule your sessions. After your consultation, the next step will be to schedule your first treatment.
There are several signs you may be an especially good candidate:
You Have Healthy Skin
This treatment can be performed on patients with all skin types and tones, but the ideal candidate has skin that is healthy and calm. That means their face hasn’t recently been sunburned, they’re not experiencing an acne breakout, and their skin isn’t otherwise irritated. We also recommend that patients refrain from scheduling dermal fillers or botulinum toxin injections during the week before a scalpel facial.
You Want a Gentle Treatment
Patients with sensitive skin or rosacea, or who are pregnant, often need treatments that don’t involve heavy chemicals. Scalpel facials are a gentle option for patients in search of a chemical-free option.
You Understand How Dermaplaning Works
Ideal candidates understand the treatment and are realistic about the outcomes it offers. They understand that the results will be more subtle than surgery, but they appreciate the convenience of this non-invasive approach. They’re also able to commit to taking especially good care of their skin and avoiding excessive sun exposure during the day or two after treatment.
Get Started Today
That fact that you may be starting to age doesn’t mean you can’t look your very best. A scalpel facial can help you put your best face forward, regardless of how old you are. And because you can schedule multiple appointments, this is a treatment you can come back to again and again. What are you waiting for? Call Allure Enhancement Center in Lafayette, LA, and schedule a dermaplaning consultation today!