If you’re someone always chasing a glow with your skincare treatments, it is very likely that you’ve heard of dermaplaning. It is occasionally a stand alone treatment but it is often added onto our medical-grade facials. Dermaplaning benefits are immediate, making it a treatment you should definitely add to your list of facial services to try.
What is Dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning is a pain free exfoliating treatment with zero downtime. During this service, a licensed skincare professional uses a medical grade, 10 gauge scalpel to gently remove the top layer of dead skin from the face. The very sharp blade is held at a 45 degree angle and gently drawn over the face in short but firm strokes that safely and effectively get the job done. As a result, any vellus hair (aka peach fuzz), dirt, impurities, and buildup is also removed from the face leaving behind smooth, glowy skin. The results will last between 2-4 weeks.
What are the benefits of dermaplaning?
In addition to the gorgeous appearance of the skin post treatment, dermaplaning benefits are plentiful. Its exfoliation removes the barrier of hair, dirt, and dead skin, making all your skincare products even more valuable as the skin is prepared to absorb more, and high powered ingredients can penetrate more easily. When performed during a facial, the dermaplaning step is usually done before any final maskin, serums, or moisturizers so that your skin can experience the maximum benefit of those treatments.
Another benefit is all over hair removal. Not only will your skin feel incredibly smooth and soft, but you can also experience the benefits of facial hair removal without the discomfort of waxing or threading. In addition, your foundation will never apply more flawlessly. Dermaplaning can also soften the appearance of fine wrinkles, help to fade sun spots and minor scarring, and stimulate the growth of healthy new cells.
Are there any side effects?
There are minimal side effects and zero downtime with proper aftercare. Occasionally, some redness and minor sensitivity may occur and resolve within 24-48 hours. As with all exfoliating treatments, it is important to be diligent with the use of sun protection to prevent future sun damage and hyperpigmentation. Another important myth to bust is that no, your vellus hair will never grow back thicker or darker.
Can I perform dermaplaning at home?
True dermaplaning cannot be performed at home. In order to maintain the safety and integrity of your skin, the service should only be performed in a sterile environment by a licensed skincare professional. The scalpel is much sharper than a traditional razor and, used incorrectly, can cause scarring and infection.
What is the difference between dermaplaning and shaving?
You may have seen many products touted as appropriate for dermaplaning at home. However, that is not actually correct. While it is possible to shave your face at home to remove vellus hair, it is not possible to get the same exfoliation results as dermaplaning with a traditional razor or an over the counter facial blade. Additionally, without proper knowledge of sanitation, it is possible to cause harm to your skin.
Dermaplaning, when performed by a professional, is a very satisfying treatment that is appropriate for anyone. It provides instant results, is affordable, and although we recommend making it a regular part of your treatment plan, it can be done on a special occasion basis as well. Consider booking a dermaplaning session before your next big event to ensure a flawless makeup application and a beautiful natural glow. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions about this or any other treatment. We look forward to seeing you soon!