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Everyone knows that exfoliation is the key to younger-looking skin. To show the healthy skin beneath, you need to get rid of the dead skin cells on top. Women have always been somewhat envious of the results that daily shaving gives men. After all, shaving, along with clipping whiskers, also removes dead skin cells at the same time.

Such is the idea behind dermaplaning in Dr. Gurley’s medical spa. Dermaplaning can be done alone or in combination of a manual exfoliation procedure coupled with a light chemical peel to energize your skin. Dermaplaning will leave your skin tingling with no downtime.

Derma what?

There are different “derma” procedures out there, and it can get confusing. Dermaplaning should not be confused with dermabrasion, however. Dermabrasion is an aggressive skin resurfacing procedure that requires extensive recovery time. Microdermabrasion is a more mild form of physical re-texturing of the skin with less downtime, and is a good adjunct to many chemical procedures performed in our office.

Dr. Gurley believes that combining the two procedures allows deeper penetration that softens fine lines and uneven pigment, and encourages the body with the cell turnover that is key to younger-looking skin. The entire procedure takes only 45 minutes. This can be done over a lunch hour, you can reapply make up and go straight back to work.

It has to be painful, right?

No, you won’t need any topical numbing cream or anything. There is a slight tingling with the light peel, but that’s normal.


Many resurfacing procedures have some downtime, but not dermaplaning. Your skin will likely have a pink appearance, but that passes within a few hours. There may be some light tightening and flaking of your skin, but that is gone within two days.

If you have a big event coming up, dermaplaning is a great way to give your skin a radiant glow. There isn’t any limit on the number of times you can have dermaplaning performed. It’s a good monthly exfoliation.

Want to energize your skin? Call Dr. Gurley at 636-812-4300 and let’s talk about dermaplaning.

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