What is Dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning is a physical skin rejuvenation treatment that removes dead skin and vellus facial hair (peach fuzz), producing more radiant, smooth skin. Gently strokes a sterile scalpel along the surface of the skin to “shave” off unwanted cells and hair.
The service is completely safe and pain-free. Most people explain the sensation being similar to scratching one’s own face.
The scalpel are placed at a 45-degree angle to achieve optimum results.
Benefits of Dermaplaning
Dermaplaning is one of the best methods of exfoliation that has zero downtime – a major plus.
Some clients experience mild erythema (superficial reddening of the skin), but it subsides quickly. Besides that, and the radiant skin recently achieved, no one would ever know a service was rendered.
Top 11 benefits of Dermaplaning:
– Improves skin texture.
– Eliminates vellus hair and dead skin cells.
– Increases product absorption and efficacy (products work better).
– Promotes cellular proliferation (your anti aging BFF.)
– Minimizes fine lines and wrinkles.
– Lessen acne occurrence.
– Makeup application is smooth and flawless.
– No down time. (You can schedule this at lunch – seriously.)
– Brightens skin and reduces hyper-pigmentation.
– Great alternative for those with sensitive skin or rosacea.
– Safe for all skin types.
All of this is dead skin and facial hair!
Exfoliating the skin also stimulates circulation and increases blood flow to the epidermal layers of the skin. The epidermis does not contain blood vessels and receives nutrients through diffusion. By stimulating blood flow, essential nutrients are delivered to the epidermis and thereby supports anti aging and radiant skin.
How to Prepare for Dermaplaning
1. Book a consultation.
If this treatment is first-time for you, this is crucial.
Consultations allow the Esthetician to evaluate your skin and assess if you are a candidate, or if another treatment would be more beneficial.
Dermaplaning is safe for all skin types, but depending on your concerns, there may be other services better suited to help you achieve your goals.
2. Discontinue any manual or physical exfoliation 3-5 days prior.
To ensure the skin is not damaged by over-exfoliation, discontinue use of any products containing ingredients that slough off skin cells. This includes, but is not limited to AHAs, BHAs, enzymes, micro-beads, and retinoids.
If you are currently using Retin-A (the highest strength retinoid on the market) discontinue use for 7-14 days prior to treatment.
3. Avoid sun exposure for 5-7 days prior to the service.
Sun exposure can increase skin sensitivity, so stay out of it before your treatment.
If you are red or burned, you must wait 14 days before receiving a treatment. Arrive in such a condition and your Esthetician will reschedule your appointment and you may be subject to a fee.
4. Do not schedule Botox or facial filler prior to dermaplaning.
5. Schedule your waxing services 1-2 weeks before dermaplaning.
6. Reschedule your appointment if you have open acne lesions or wounds.
Dermaplaning is not a safe service to perform with open wounds or acne lesions nor is it safe to try and shave around the areas.
Acne is controlled 100% by hormones. Not only are breakouts uncomfortable and often bring feelings of insecurity, they’re also unpredictable.
7. Wait 6 months after completing Accutane.
QUESTION: “Will It Make My Hair Grow Back Thicker Or Darker?!!!
In regards to dermaplaning, the answer is no, it will do neither.
Dermaplaning targets vellus facial hair, which is fine and lighter in colour than terminal hair.
Dermaplaning does not interact with the hair follicle itself and cannot physically alter the growth pattern.
It is a common misconception that shaving causes hair to become thicker and darker because shaving (and dermaplaning) splice the follicle. Hair is tapered at one end and when shaved becomes blunt, which can appear thicker or darker.
Once that hair sheds from the follicle, the new growth will have a tapered end once again.
– Inflamed acne.
– Numerous raised lesions on the skin.
– Open wounds.
– An allergy to nickel.
– Use of Accutane within 6 months of treatment.