Dermaplanning

It is considered a clinical procedure that focuses on exfoliation of the superficial layer of skin (epidermis), it also helps eliminating vellus hair and leaving skin smooth and full of life and color. It is a rather simple and safe procedure and happens to be quite popular these days. It can be misconstrued as a facial but it isn’t, given its method and the equipment involved plus a facial can be performed at home and does not require intricate know how of skin structure.

Dermaplaningis recommended for:

  • Dry skin
  • Rough skin
  • Superficial hyperpigmentation
  • Mild acne scarring
  • Fine line
  • Wrinkles

Dermaplaning is not recommended under these conditions:

  • If you are on blood thinners
  • Diabetics (uncontrolled)
  • Chemotherapy
  • If you are on Accutane
  • Active acne or pustular rosacea
  • Skin allergies to metal
  • Sunburn
  • Skin rash
  • Herpes Simplex (active)
  • Open lesions

The procedure entails gentle gliding of a fine stainless-steel scalpel (surgical blade) across the skin to remove keratinized cells and peach fuzz. The procedure can help smooth scarring and acne (mild cases only), reduce uneven skin tone and minimize fine lines and wrinkles.
While conventional methods of exfoliation may help with a temporary and superficial treatment, Dermaplaningtargets skin on a deeper level hence providing a long lasting and thorough exfoliation. Some might be alarmed thinking that it may cause peeling of the skin and leaving it exposed and susceptible to infection but such is not the case and one of the many reasons why it is considered a clinical procedure and not an aesthetical one.

Excess facial vellus hair, especially for women can be nuisance for they serve as pockets in the skin and collect debris, sebum, oils in the follicle, and over time these areas can cause buildup of bacteria and harder to clean which may lead to pimples or other unwanted issues. Removing these hairs not only takes care of these pockets but also leave the skin smoother and radiant.

Once the vellus hair are removed, the skin not only looks better but takes treatments better as well. Application of moisturizer and any other agents that are good for the skin, work more efficiently and have an effective outcome. Skin also stays glowing and in its natural color for longer periods of time.

This procedure not only protects the skin but also saves you money on unnecessary and expensive treatments and cosmetics. Dermaplaning can also be used and even recommended before certain treatments such as: chemical peels, laser treatments and other clinical procedures to increase effectiveness and produce deeper, more even results.
*72 hours prior to the procedure, topical use of retinoid/ retinols/ bleach agents is prohibited. Skin will be extra sensitive to sun and other agents such as cold and heat or cosmetics after the treatment. Medicated sunscreen must be worn 14-days following the procedure for protection.

FAQs

WHAT IS DERMAPLANING?

Dermaplaning is a method of exfoliation that consists of using a 10 gauge scalpel to gently remove the layer of dull, dead skin cells and vellus hair in order to reveal a smoother, brighter complexion.

WHO CAN HAVE DERMAPLANING?

Dermaplaning is recommended for all skin types except those with active breakout and men with heavy facial hair. If you have active acne there are other treatments available that would be more beneficial, and it is necessary to wait until breakouts are healed before trying this treatment. As always, also discuss any allergies or skin sensitivities before starting a treatment. This is a great treatment if you are pregnant or nursing and want exfoliation without the use of chemicals.

HOW IS A DERMAPLANING DIFFERENT FROM A PEEL?

Dermaplaning is a manual exfoliation process that does not use acids or enzymes to remove dead skin cells. All of the exfoliation is achieved during your treatment and you will not peel or visibly shed skin after your service, while Peels can result in dramatic peeling in the days following a service. Dermaplaning provides a good alternative to peels for those who desire professional grade exfoliation without the potential social downtime.

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT DURING MY SERVICE?

Dermaplaning is a painless treatment that includes deep cleansing, professional exfoliation in the form of dermaplaning followed by restorative treatment and finished with skin care suited to your unique skin. Dermaplaning has a similar sensation to close a shave which removes vellus hair and dead skin cells simultaneously.

HOW LONG IS THE TREATMENT?

30 – 45 minutes.

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AFTER MY SERVICE?

You’ll immediately look more radiant with a more even skin tone and texture. While the main objective of this treatment is exfoliation, the immediate removal of peach fuzz is an added benefit which renders the skin exceptionally smooth and soft. Skin care products are better able to penetrate the skin following a dermaplaning service which allows them to work more efficiently. Your cosmetics will also go on smoother. After the treatment, your skin will be highly sensitive to sun exposure and may look pink, so be sure to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher to reduce the risk of hyperpigmentation.

HOW SHOULD I CARE FOR MY SKIN AFTER A DERMAPLANING SERVICE?

After a Dermaplaning treatment your skin needs time to heal and restore. Treat the skin gently, using only hands to cleanse for at least 2 days and wearing sunscreen every day.

WILL MY HAIR GROW BACK THICKER AND DARKER?

No, dermaplaning will not alter your natural hair growth. As we remove the vellus hair we are cutting it at the thickest part of the hair follicle so it may appear thicker or darker for a brief period of time. However, this perceived difference is cosmetic and most clients do not notice.

RECOMMENDED COURSE FOR OPTIMAL RESULTS?

Dermaplaning removes 21 days worth of dead skin cells, so it’s best to allow the skin to complete its rejuvenation cycle before your next treatment.