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What is dermaplaning and how might it help me?

Posted on January 11 2018

Q: What is dermaplaning and how might it help me

A: It is a physical exfoliation procedure that is safe and highly effective in removing dead skin from your face. A trained and skilled technician uses  a sterile, surgical scalpel to gently "shave" the skin's surface, removing the top-most layer of dead skin along with fine, vellus hair, which is also called peach fuzz. That being said, it is not meant to be used to shape eyebrows, which are made up of "terminal" (not vellus) hairs. Dermaplaning is only performed on the face, excluding the beard area of a man. Furthermore, the nose, which can be a highly sensitive area should be left to the discretion of the Esthetician upon consultation. You can have the procedure done as frequently as once a month and takes approximately 30 minutes. This procedure should only be performed by a licensed Esthetician, nurses or doctors.     

Q: What are the benefits of dermaplaning

A: By removing the top layer of dead skin, meaning physical exfoliation, it immediately triggers the cell regeneration process and allows products to better penetrate skin.  Some practitioners perform a chemical peel, post-dermaplaning (We wouldn't recommend this if you've never had either treatment before or have sensitive skin). 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 hairs, will not grow back thicker or darker. Microdermabrasion, which also physically exfoliates skin, does not remove vellus hair. Exfoliation of dead cells along with the removal of fine hairs results in healthier, brighter skin that has a smoother look and feel.

Q: Why should I consider dermaplaning

A: Dermaplaning is beneficial for mature skin, which tends to have a buildup of dead skin cells as cellular turnover slows down with age. Dermaplaning is also especially effective on those with dry or rough skin texture and helps to minimize superficial acne scarring or uneven skin tone and is safe for pregnant or lactating women, however they cannot receive a chemical peel, post dermaplaning as others can . Those with very oily or "active acne" should always avoid this procedure as well as anyone with thick, dark facial hair.

Q: Why can't I just do this at home

A: As with any other flesh removal procedure with a scalpel, such as that which dermaplaning employs, it requires a very specific and delicate touch, by a skilled individual. If attempted at home by an inexperienced person it would most likely end in injury. Thus, we would not recommend attempting this at home as an alternative to professional dermaplaning. Unlike shaving with a common razor, dermaplaning is performed freehand with a surgical scalpel (the average razor has two to three 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 being addressed.

 

Note: Please do your homework. It takes training to handle a scalpel properly; thus, we can't stress how important it is to ensure you visit a licensed, skilled professional for dermaplaning. If you're interested in dermaplaning give us a call today to set up a complementary, individualized consultation with our licensed  Esthetician.

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