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Dermaplaning Santa Barbara – Facial Rejuvenation Santa Barbara

Dermaplaning is a skin care procedure that is non-invasive and focuses on the exfoliating of the skin’s surface layers. A scalpel is used in order to reduce the appearance of deeper acne scars. This results in a much more even complexion for the patient and restores the smoothness of the skin. Dermaplaning is the best course of action for treating smaller, deeper scars that take place due to cystic acne. Gentler versions of the procedure can be used as hair removal or exfoliation treatments.

Who can have it?

Dermaplaning is often an attractive option for those who are looking to improve their skin’s tone and texture. It is also effective for those looking to remove deep acne scarring without risking the possibility of experiencing the irritation that chemical peels can cause. Dermaplaning is also a great way to avoid the high expenses associated with laser skin resurfacing. While no treatment is going to be able to fully eliminate all flaws and scars, dermaplaning tends to produce excellent results.

If you would like to find out more information about dermaplaning and to see if you’re an ideal candidate for this procedure, contact Carmen, our patient coordinator at our Sant Barbara office location 805.318.280

Are there any contraindications to worry about?

Dermaplaning contraindications include:

  • Inflammation of acne lesions
  • Skin cancer
  • Cold sores that are currently active
  • Diabetes that is not controlled
  • Dermatitis
  • Opened skin lesions
  • Current Accutane usage or within the past six months; and/or
  • Usage of prescription retinol within seven days of treatment.

What is the pain level on a scale of 1-10?

2. The patient can be placed under anesthesia in order to reduce any pain that he or she may be feeling in that moment.

How long will the treatment take?

The physician may need anywhere from a few minutes to a full hour.

in order to complete the procedure. The time needed will depend entirely upon the needs of the patient. In some cases, patients may opt to undergo the procedure in a series of stages.

How long are the results going to last?

Much like microneedling, it is recommended for patients to schedule the procedure every 3-4 weeks. This will coincide with the normal skin cycle, which lasts approximately 30 days. The results will usually last for a long period of time.

Who can safely administer this treatment?

There is a certain amount of confusion over who is able to perform dermaplaning. For our part, SB Aesthetics believes that the majority of states consider (or soon will) consider dermaplaning as a viable medical treatment. Many state boards have indicated that it is a medical treatment because a scalpel is used during the process. Dermaplaning is a medical treatment that should only be performed under the close supervision of a physician by medical professionals. SB Aesthetics is aware that estheticians commonly perform the procedure; however, the majority of state boards do not currently approve of the practice. Since it is considered to be a medical treatment, the medical spa should be conducting an in-person exam prior to the initial treatment. A doctor, physician assistant or a nurse practitioner can perform the exam. Please be sure to check with your local medical board, health care attorney or nursing board for further information.

What should I be concerned about?

Dermaplaning is usually safe if performed by an experienced, board-certified physician who is well qualified. The most common risk that patients will experience is a change in their skin’s pigmentation. Some patients could experience permanent darkening due to exposure to the sun in the days or months following the procedure. On the other hand, other patients will find that their treated skin has a blotchy appearance that is a bit lighter. Tiny whiteheads may develop after surgery. They often disappear by themselves. Some patients may ask the surgeon to remove them or use or use an abrasive soap or pad. Enlarged skin pores may develop and they will usually shrink back down to near normal size after the swelling has gone down. While scarring and infection are rare with skin refinishing treatments like these, they can be possible. Excessive scar tissue is developed in some individuals (in the form of hypertrophic or keloid scars); they are often treated with the injection or application of steroid-based medications that soften the scar.

What else do I need to Know?

After the procedure has been completed, the skin is often swollen and red. The aches and tingles are managed with pain medication that is carefully prescribed by the doctor. The patient’s results will start to emerge over the following three months. The new skin is going to be sensitive, so it is important to keep exposure to the sun at a minimum during this time.

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Whether you are thinking about having an aesthetic treatment, a non-surgical procedure or have had prior surgery and are seeking to additional touch-ups, it is critical to work with a skilled plastic surgeon who specializes in facial procedures. Dr. Robert Sheffield is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon at SB Aesthetics offering aesthetic and cosmetic services to those in Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, San Luis Obispo, Oxnard and Ventura, CA, and the surrounding communities.  Dr. Sheffield offers patients a customized treatment plan and is available to answer your questions. To schedule a consultation, call 805.318.3280 today.


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