What is it?
Dermaplaning is a double duty treatment.
This popular skin care procedure gets smooth skin fast! The skin is manually exfoliated removing the fine peach fuzz vellus hairs and layers of dead skin on the surface using a special medical scalpel.
It is important to understand that this is not shaving.
The procedure improves the absorption of products and can be used as a prep for lasers and peels/masks. The intent is to improve the skin condition not just removing hair. It is safe for all skin types but not for those with active facial acne, severe acne scarring, active skin infections, rosacea flare-ups or eczema.
It’s a good option for pregnant women and those sensitive to certain chemicals used in some facials.
Is it safe? / What are the side effects?
There are many self-do gizmos on the market! They are not the same thing, therefore cannot give you an effective or lasting result.
It goes without saying that any procedure involving a medical grade special surgical blade is not for trying at home or to have your BF perform.
Electrolysis or plucking hair with a tool is becoming less available and for good reason. The trauma to the tissue, increased pigmentation, and potential hair thickening along with visible scarring are all reasons it has joined the dust bin of old technology.
Dermaplaning is a professional certified aesthetic procedure requiring a trained skill set.
There is always the potential for superficially nicking the skin. Side effects post treatment are minimized with the use of high quality procedure products and recommended hydrators.
It is important to advise the clinic / aesthetician if you are prone to cold sores. Like any stimulating / irritating procedure this virus can be activated. At your consult visit, the doctor can give you a prescription for an antiviral to prevent an outbreak, if this is of concern.
Does the facial hair grow back in thicker?
Unlike electrolysis or plucking dermaplaning will not change the color or thickness of the hair.
This is a common misconception. The hair is cut off at the surface and does not create damage to the follicle structure.
What if peach fuzz is my main concern?
Minus the benefits of exfoliation and skin rejuvenation there is a product in a topical cream prescription that can be applied daily to the face for several months. Vaniqua interferes with the reproductive cycle of hair growth so over time the emergence slows down. Unfortunately there is no laser that works on colorless hair. If you are interested in a longer-term product that is not dermaplaning please discuss it with the doctor or esthetician. A prescription can be written for you.
What should I do before the procedure – the prep?
The aesthetician can recommend medical grade healthy physical blockers, not chemical blockers such as SkinMedica, Zo Skin Health and Jane Iredale
Post treatment care
Dermaplaning leaves the skin smoother softer and brighter.