At 49 years old, I know that lotions and potions will only get me so far with my skin. So I started to ask my girlfriends (who seemed to be defying aging) what they were doing. Over and over, the same name kept reappearing…Anne from Dr. Anthony Terrasse’s office in Lake Forest. Within Dr. Terrasse’s aesthetic surgery practice, he also has Erase Medispa, where Anne makes all of the locals look like the best version of themselves.
I decided to book myself an appointment for the “scrapey” treatment all of my wrinkle-free friends said was a must. The actual name for this procedure is called “dermaplaning.” Think face-shaving, but with a surgical-grade scalpel in the trained hand of a qualified practitioner like Anne. The blade is scraped over your skin surface to gently remove the dead surface cells and that little layer of peach-fuzz facial hair, leaving the skin ultra-smooth, fresh, and glowing. This is done on a freshly washed face and Anne doesn’t use any chemicals during the dermaplaning. The scraping doesn’t hurt at all.
At the risk of being a little gross, here are a couple of pictures from my dermaplaning treatment. (My kids are going to love this!!)
You can see how the “glow” is immediate as all of the gross dead skin is scraped away (bleh!). While I wouldn’t recommend doing this procedure the day of an event, there is no downtime after it. I do like to try and avoid putting any makeup on the day I have this done just so my skin can breathe, but that’s not required. In fact, if you use any deep moisturizers or serums, they really really soak in after having dermaplaning done.
Typically when I visit Anne, she offers a Micropeel or a Hydrafacial after the dermaplaning. I prefer the Micropeel because I find it to be more gentle. The Micropeel is a chemical exfoliation and cryogenic (cold) therapy to reduce the signs of fine lines, wrinkles, dullness, and visible skin imperfections. The medical grade chemicals used are safe and effective and are customized to your skin type and needs. My skin always feels hydrated, glowing, and clean when I’m finished.
The last time I visited Anne she suggested we do the Hydrafacial because I had never had one before. The HydraFacial treatment is administered with something that looks like a pen. It starts with removing any dead skills that might still be left on the skin after the dermaplaning. Next, a mix of salicylic and glycolic acids are applied to the skin to break up any dirt and oil that’s clogging pores. Then, the HydraPeel Tip is used to vacuum out blackheads, dirt, oil, and impurities, while hydrating, plumping, and nourishing serums are simultaneously applied to the skin. I had a little more downtime with this facial, as it seemed to make me a little dry even with all of the infused hydration. It took about a week for my skin to feel like my skin again but it was definitely a better, softer, rosier version after that week.
These gray days are the perfect time to be working on your skin. I tend to have one of these facials about every 8-12 weeks. Anne says she sees some patients as often as once per month. The cost ranges between $110-$190 depending on what facial you choose with the dermaplaning and regardless of which facial you choose, the whole process takes about an hour. I also can’t say enough about Anne. She has never once tried to upsell me or offer something I didn’t need. She is THE best!
I hope this is helpful, and of course, as always, I’d love to know what you’re doing to look and feel you’re best.