Dermaplaning for Acne Scars: What to Expect

Everyone wants to put their best face forward, but having facial scars can have a major impact on your confidence and self-image. The good news is that you don’t have to live with the discontentment of facial scars. There is something you can do to reduce the appearance of scars and restore an even skin tone.

Board-certified physician and aesthetic medicine specialist Dana Brownell, MD, and the team at Westport MediSpa offer a full range of nonsurgical treatments to help you look and feel your best. Dermaplaning is one way to minimize the appearance of scars and restore your self-confidence. 

What is dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning is an exfoliation procedure that removes the top layer of dead skin cells to reveal smoother, healthier looking skin. Additionally, treatment removes peach fuzz (vellus hairs), leaving you with an improved facial appearance.

Peach fuzz is hardly visible, but these hairs can trap dirt, contributing to acne breakouts. Dermaplaning is gentler than microdermabrasion and chemical peels. Dr. Brownell will help you determine which procedure is the best approach for your acne scars.   

Dermaplaning: How it’s done

Dermaplaning is an in-office procedure that takes about 30 minutes. There is no downtime, so patients can return to their normal routine immediately after leaving the office. When you visit Westport MediSpa for dermaplaning, your care and comfort are top priorities.

Dr, Brownell will prep your skin to remove oil and debris before using a surgical scalpel to gently remove dead skin cells from the surface of the skin.

Not only does this remove the outermost layer of skin, but also stimulates cell regeneration. The body goes to work to increase collagen production to repair damage with new skin cells, reducing the appearance of scars. 

Giving your skin a boost

Dermaplaning makes it easier to introduce nutrients into the skin. For optimal results, Dr. Brownell may recommend a nutrient infusion with antioxidant vitamins. For instance, vitamin C supports collagen production and helps to fight the signs of aging by neutralizing free radical damage. 

Skin care following dermaplaning

It’s important to keep your skin hydrated after dermaplaning. Dr. Brownell will apply a moisturizer before you leave the office and can provide you with recommendations on the best moisturizer to use for your skin.

You’ll be instructed to avoid washing your face for at least 12 hours after dermaplaning treatment and to avoid direct sunlight. If you must go out in the sun, it’s crucial to wear the appropriate level of sunblock and to ensure your skin is hydrated.

The skin is sensitive and vulnerable to irritation and sun damage after treatments such as dermaplaning. It’s important to avoid picking at your skin also.

You can expect to follow up with Dr. Brownell to check your progress and results. If you desire continued scar reduction, Dr. Brownell may recommend a light chemical peel to further remove old skin and reduce the appearance of acne scars. 

Boost your confidence today

Many patients have experienced excellent results with dermaplaning. Patients who visit Westport MediSpa receive a comprehensive consultation to discuss current skin health and skin goals. Dermaplaning is appropriate for nearly all skin types and may be the solution you’ve been looking for to diminish the look of your acne scars.

To get started, call our Westport, Connecticut, office to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Brownell. Our team is standing by to help you reach your skin goals!

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