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Dermaplaning Treatment for Acne ScarsDermaplaning as an ablative skin resurfacing procedure for acne treatment and for the removal of acne scars is very similar to dermabrasion Both of the treatments, when used as an acne scar treatment procedure., involve damage to the skin at the dermal level for the removal of acne scars and are equally effective as acne treatment procedures.
The difference between the two acne treatment procedures is limited only to the method by which the removal of the acne scars is accomplished. Both dermabrasion and dermaplaning utilize a rotating instrument for the treatment of acne scars. However, this instrument when used in dermaplanning is called a dermatome, it looks more like an electric razor with a blade that moves back and forth. The action effectively skims away the surface layers of the skin surrounding the flaws. In dermabrasion instead of a razor, a diamond fraise is used for abrading the surface of the skin to remove the acne or acne scars.
The objectives of dermaplanning
- The treatment can be used as an effective acne treatment procedure for the removal of acne and acne scars.
- The procedure can be used for resurfacing the entire face or on smaller areas of skin, depending on the dermaplaning requirements of the patient.
- The procedure can be used for 'freshenning up' a client's face.
- In other cases, dermaplaning may be used for reducing the appearance of crater-like features left by severe acne. By skimming away the surrounding skin, the noticeable difference between the area levels is evened out, thus lessening the overall effect of the defect with the dermaplaning process.
Candidates for DermaplanningAs an acne treatment procedure, dermaplaning is not restricted solely to female patients. Men can also enjoy the benefits that this procedure for their acne treatment and to remove the appearance of scarring.
But not all men and women are suitable for dermaplanning, it is up to the dermaplaning physician to decide if the procedure is the best suited for the prospective patient or not.
Many factors play into the final decision of the doctor. The patient's skin type, medical history, and skin coloring can all influence the decision on whether a patient is suitable for dermaplaning. In order for the best results to occur with dermaplaning, the physician will want to be sure that the patient is at the best possible starting point.
Procedure for dermaplanningMany factors can be considered in the dermaplaning procedure, each dermaplaning patient is different and the procedure needs to be modified to suit. Whether the procedure is to be performed on the entire face or a small area also determines the length and the depth of the procedure.
The procedure can be performed for a few minutes or hours and can be performed as a single procedure or as a series of procedures. Which approach is used depends on the condition to be treated and the patient's medical history.
Location options where dermaplaning may be conducted may include:
- Surgeons office based surgical facility.
- Out patient surgery center.
- Hospital outpatient center.
Anesthetic options for the procedure
- Local anesthesia which can be combined with a sedative (the patient remains awake but relaxed).
- A numbing spray, such as freon, may be used along with, or instead of, local anesthesia.
- General anesthesia (the patient sleeps through the procedure).
- Side effects of the surgery
- Eating and talking may be difficult for a few days following the procedure.
- Tingling, burning, sensations may be present in the treated areas
- Swelling and scabbing may occur.
- Scabbing may occur in some areas after dermaplaning depending on the extent of the procedure
Complications of the surgeryIt can promote fever blisters in those that are prone to them.
There can be noticeable pigmentation changes in the skin surrounding and including the area that was affected by the dermaplaning.
There may also be a thickening of the skin in the treated area. However, this thickening can be prevented by the use of some skin care creams or injections.
On the whole, dermaplaning is another viable option for acne treatment which lessens the appearance of scarring and smooths out the skin in general. But dermaplaning is not for everyone. As the procedure is very similar to dermabrasion, the candidates which are generally suitable for dermabrasion are also suitable for dermaplanning.