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A single use sterile scalpel is used to remove dead skin and vellous hair.
What is Dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning is a safe (provided the person performing it is properly trained) and highly effective physical exfoliation procedure. It requires the use of a sterile, surgical scalpel to gently "shave" the skin's surface, removing the top-most layer of dead skin along with fine, vellous hair (peach fuzz). The procedure can be performed every three weeks, in less than thirty minutes, with no downtime post-treatment. Dermaplaning is only performed on the face; however, it is not meant to be used to shape eyebrows, which are made up of "terminal" (not vellous) hairs. Nurses or doctors may perform the treatment as can specially trained beauty therapists. remember the scalpel must be expertly used,
Benefits of Dermaplaning
Physical exfoliation triggers the cell regeneration process and allows products to better penetrate skin. Some practitioners perform a chemical peel post-dermaplaning. Dermaplaning is also excellent to rid the face of excess fine hairs which can often accumulate dirt and oil. Contrary to popular belief, vellus hairs, as opposed to terminal hair, will not grow back thicker or darker. Microdermabrasion, which also physically exfoliates skin, does not remove vellous hair. Exfoliation of dead cells along with the removal of fine hairs results in healthier, much brighter skin that has a
smoother look and feel. Makeup application is far better after Dermaplaning.
Who cannot have Dermaplaning?
Although Dermaplaning is a very safe procedure there are some instances where you may not be suitable to have this treatment, for example, if you have an active skin infection near or on your face you cannot have Dermaplaning. If you have moderate or severe acne Dermaplaning cannot be performed. Pregnant and breast feeding women are safe to have this procedure as no chemicals are used. If you have an uncontrolled bleeding condition you should not have Dermaplaning. If you have sunburn it is not possible to perform dermaplaning as the skin is already compromised. If you are currently taking or have taken a medicaltion called Roaccutane for acne within 9 months you cannot have dermaplaning.
Who should consider Dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning is especially effective on those with dry or rough skin texture and helps to minimize superficial acne scarring or uneven skin tone. It is also beneficial for mature skin, which tends to have a buildup of dead cells as cellular turnover slows down with age. Dermaplaning is safe for pregnant or lactating clients who cannot have chemical peels (peels penetrate skin to act at the cellular level, thus are contraindicated). Clients with active acne, skin infection or who take Roaccutane should avoid this procedure as well as anyone with thick, dark facial hair.
It's important to note that dermaplaning employs a specific technique requiring a delicate touch and a skilled approach to resurface skin. Thus, I don't recommend shaving at home as an alternative to dermaplaning. Unlike shaving, dermaplaning is performed freehand with a surgical scalpel (the average razor has two blades which are also duller than surgical blades) on tautly stretched skin. The methodology requires short strokes at a certain angle in particular patterns depending on the facial region.
Note: Please do your homework prior to receiving treatment. It takes training to handle a scalpel properly; thus, I can't stress how important it is to ensure you visit a licensed, skilled professional for dermaplaning.
How long will my results last?
Results typically last 3 weeks and can be scheduled any time after three weeks. If you want more dramatic results you can combine Dermaplaning with Glycolic Peels as long as you dont have any contraindications to Glycolic.
What aftercare should I adhere to?
As with any exfoliation treatment you should wear SPF 50 for one week, avoid sun exposure, however any products you normally use will have more dramatic results as the top layer of dead skin, the stratum corneum has been removed.