What is Dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning- A Gentle ExfoliationDermaplaning removes the outer most layers of dead skin cells leaving the skin immediately smooth, supple and vibrant.Dermaplaning is a non-traumatic exfoliation method of skin rejuvenation. This technique refinishes the skin through a controlled scraping by removing dead skin cells and stimulating collagen and elastin to rejuvenate the skin. Dermaplaning also gives the added benefit of removing fine velous (peach fuzz) hair on the surface of the skin. Vellus hair, or peach fuzz, can trap excess dirt and oil as well as cast a shadow on the skin causing it to appear dull. By removing the excess hair, the skin instantly appears brighter and is much smoother in texture.

Is Dermaplaning right for me?

If you have dull, dry, dehydrated and/or congested skin, it is often because you have a surface barrier of dead cells that are not allowing topical products to penetrate properly. Inadequate exfoliation can cause impurities to get trapped in the skin and prevent underlying new healthy cells surface. Once your skin is dermaplaned, it accelerates and aids in the sloughing off of the dead skin, that barrier is removed and the skin begins to respond to the skin products being used. Also, it is able to expel the impurities from within creating healthier and more revitalized skin. Dermaplaning may also be used to reduce the appearance of acne scars. By skimming away the surrounding skin, there is a noticeable difference in the area being evened out.

What are the benefits of Dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning has many skin benefits including refining the appearance of pores, minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, increasing the skin’s ability to absorb products, reducing the appearance of hyperpigmentation or dark spots, stimulating circulation, encouraging normal shedding of the top layers of skin, improving elasticity and texture, encouraging healthier skin cells to the surface of the skin, and is a gentle enough to be a great treatment for people with sensitive skin and Rosacea.

How is this treatment performed?

It is safely performed by using a #10 blade (yes, a sterile surgical, one-time use only, blade). The blade is held against the skin at a 45 degree angle and stroked along the skin, similar to shaving. The medical aesthetician is doing the stroking movements with the blade, while holding the area of skin taut.

What areas of the skin can be treated?

Dermaplaning is recommended for the face only.

How often is this procedure performed?

Dermaplaning can be performed every 3 – 4 weeks. Dermaplaning the skin actually removes about 2-3 weeks worth of dead skin cells. We want the skin to complete a normal skin cycle of approximately 30 days, therefore we do not recommend treating the skin more often than that.

Is this Treatment Safe?

This treatment, when administered by a skilled and thoroughly trained medical aesthetician, is extremely safe. While this procedure is different from shaving, there is no more risk to the skin than when a man shaves his face. As long as the medical aesthetician has adequate training, the treatment should be very easy and quick.

Does Dermaplaning cause the hair on the face grow back thicker?

No, absolutely not. It is physiologically impossible for your vellus hairs to grow back thicker. True, once the hair is cut, it has a blunt edge. But this blunt edge does not mean that the hair structure itself has been physiologically altered.There are two types of hair that grow on our bodies. Vellus (tiny translucent blonde hair- like the hair on your face) and Terminal (thicker hair that grows under the arms, pubic area, eye brows, mustache and beard for men and legs).
Vellus hair when cut or removed will grow back the same. The structure of the hair does not become damaged, therefore it is impossible to alter. Terminal hair is physiologically coarse. When Terminal hair is cut, it grows back the same way…coarse.

Can Dermaplaning be used with other treatments?

Dermaplaning is an excellent preparation prior to other skin treatments like Peels and Laser treatments that work down toward deeper layers of the skin. By removing the top dead skin layers first with a Dermaplaning treatment, these other skin treatments can be more effective without needing
to make their way through the layers of dead skin cells.

Can dermaplaing cause the skin to bleed?

The incidence of nicking the skin is slim, however the possibility is there due to this procedure being performed with a sharp instrument. Dermaplaning should only be performed by someone who has had the proper training and practice.

Does the skin actually peel from Derma Planing?

Not necessarily. Sometimes the skin can become slightly dry or flaky after a Dermaplaning treatment. A proper medical grade moisturizer should be applied after treatment and recommended for home usage. If the procedure is done at a 2 week interval, then the skin cycle has not been completed. Thus, you are blading skin that does not really need to be dermaplaned yet then peeling can occur. If a chemical peel is applied after, you may experience some peeling, dependent upon the peel strength.

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