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For people who have fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars, or other skin imperfections, there are many aesthetic treatments available. Microneedling and dermaplaning are two treatments that reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and lead to glowing, healthier skin. But what is the difference between the two? And how does a person know which is the right choice?
Microneedling is a procedure that uses small needles to make micro-perforations in the surface of the skin. The pricked skin reacts as though it were injured and stimulates growth of new collagen and elastin in the healing process. The result is skin that is fuller, smoother, and more supple. Patients who get microneedling treatments experience improvement in the texture and firmness of their skin and a reduction in scarring. Microneedling also reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and makes pores look tighter.
Microneedling is an effective anti-aging treatment for people with fine lines, wrinkles, or sagging skin. It’s also extremely beneficial for people with acne, acne scarring, or a rough skin texture. Microneedling may require a little more down time than dermaplaning. After microneedling treatment, skin will look pink and even red for up to 24 hours. It is not advised to wear makeup or to use products with active ingredients like glycolic acid and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) for up to 24 hours after the procedure. Full results show after 6-8 weeks. For best results, dermatologists recommend getting 4-6 microneedling sessions.
Dermaplaning is a simple, non-invasive aesthetic procedure for smoother, more glowing skin. The process involves using a small sharp blade to scrape off the top layer of dead skin cells. Additionally, dermaplaning also scrapes off the vellus hair, or peach fuzz, on the face and neck. People who get dermaplaning treatments will likely have slightly pink skin for a few hours after the procedure. After this pinkness goes away, however, underneath is a glowing layer of new skin.
Results for dermaplaning are fairly quick. People who get dermaplaning done will notice a difference in the appearance of skin within a week or so. Dermaplaning is best for people who want to remove excess hair. It is a good add-on to other aesthetic procedures, and it allows skin care products to better penetrate the skin. Dermaplaning may also be the best option for women who are breastfeeding or pregnant, as it uses no chemical agents. For best results, dermatologists recommend getting dermaplaning treatment every 4-6 weeks.
Many people worry that the hair removed during dermaplaning will grow back thicker. However, this should not be a worry at all. The hair on the face, or peach fuzz, is thin, vellus hair. Vellus hair grows back at the same consistency and thickness every time.
Both microneedling and dermaplaning will help patients achieve smoother, younger-looking skin. Patients should consult with a dermatologist about which procedure is best on an individual basis.