What is Dermaplaning?
The procedure involves the use of a sterile scalpel, which curves into a sharp point. An aesthetician uses the small, sterile blade while holding the skin taut, swiping the blade in gentle upward motions. The blade is used on clean, dry skin on the forehead, cheeks, chin, nose and neck. You can expect to see an instant improvement in skin texture and tone, while the long-term effects are increased cell turnover, fewer wrinkles and dark spots, reduction of acne scarring, and the removal of fine facial hair...(aka Peach Fuzz).
Dermaplaning vs Microdermabrasion
Dermaplaning and microdermabrasion are both forms of physical exfoliation, but the methods are very different. Microdermabrasion sands and suctions dead skin cells, which also helps to uproot clogged pores around the nose, mouth and chin. Dermaplaning safely scrapes off the top layer of skin, so it is well suited for drier skin types and anyone who wants to get rid of peach fuzz. But, keep in mind, both methods are good for almost everyone and it could just boil down to your personal preference.
Who is Dermaplaning for?
Dermaplaning is recommended for all skin types except those with acneic skin. If you have deep cystic acne, wait until breakouts are clear before trying this treatment. This is a great treatment if you are pregnant or nursing and want exfoliation without the risk of harsh chemicals.
How is Dermaplaning Done?
Dermaplaning is a painless procedure and can be compared to the sensation of shaving your legs, but in this case, it’s on your face. First, the aesthetician will cleanse and thoroughly dry your skin. Next, she’ll pull an area of your skin taut with one hand, and hold a sterile blade at a 45 degree angle in the other hand and use short, swift strokes to scrape off dead skin cells and peach fuzz. The treatment will finish with the application of a moisturizer and broad-spectrum sunscreen.
What are the Side Effects?
There are no side effects and zero downtime. After the treatment, your skin will be highly sensitive to sun exposure and may look very pink, so be sure to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher to reduce the risk of hyperpigmentation.
What are the Benefits?
You’ll immediately look more radiant with a more even skin tone and texture. All of your peach fuzz will be gone, which is why first-timers say their skin has never felt so soft before.
How Often Should Dermaplaing be Repeated?
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. In many cases, patients select monthly dermaplaning treatments in order to remove new hair growth and maintain fresh skin cells.