Dermaplaning is a very popular cosmetic skin-based treatment during which an exfoliating blade is used to remove dead skin cells and the hair that is often referred to as ‘peach fuzz’ owing to its texture from your face. Dead skin cells are a major contributor to some of the most prevalent skin issues that we face, including uneven texture, dullness, wrinkles, and even acne. The goal of dermaplaning is to make the surface of the skin appear smoother, radiant and more youthful without you having to scrub your face to within an inch of its life!
Although the idea of essentially having your facial skin shaved in order to improve the appearance of your facial skin can sound worrying, particularly to females, the process is entirely non-invasive and painless. There is also no downtime and you can return to work or any other activities immediately following your appointment.
As with any cosmetic procedure, understanding what to expect before, during and after a dermaplaning is crucial to ensure that you are well prepared and that it is the right treatment to help you achieve your goals. Here’s what you need to know before a dermaplaning treatment.
How is the treatment performed?
When you arrive at your appointment, you will be asked to lay on the therapist’s table and get yourself comfortable. A headband may be placed over your hair to ensure that it is kept out of the way and the treatment will begin. A sterile surgical scalpel will be held at a 45-degree angle and gently brushed along the skin in order to loosen and move dead skin and hair. Exactly how long your treatment will take will depend on you as an individual, but most appointments require no longer than 90 minutes.
After your treatment, you may be tempted to put cosmetics onto your skin before you go about your day. While there is no reason that you can’t, we strongly recommend that you try and let your skin remain natural for the rest of the day. This is because the outer layer of skin, which forms a protective barrier, has been removed. This means that putting anything directly on the freshly-revealed skin could cause irritation. Instead, you should use a moisturizer that is rich in hyaluronic acid and drink plenty of water t ensure that your skin is hydrated and able to repair naturally.
What are the benefits of dermaplaning?
As you might expect, there are a variety of benefits associated with dermaplaning that have contributed to its popularity. These include, but are not limited to the following:
- Removal of peach fuzz hair that can trap dirt and oils and contribute towards breakouts
- Smoother skin
- Reduced appearance of fine lines and acne scars
- Gives the skin a refreshed and rejuvenated ‘glow’
- Enables skin products to penetrate deeper
- Unclogs pores which can help improve skin quality
- Suitable for virtually all skin types and colors
- Instant results
- No need for anesthetic
- No downtime after your treatment
- Cost-effective and can be repeated when necessary
Are there any side effects of dermaplaning?
One of the biggest concerns that any patient has about any cosmetic procedure is whether or not they will experience any side effects and if so, what these will be. Since dermaplaning is non-invasive, the risk of any side effects is very low – particularly if you make sure to choose a professional who is trained and experienced in the procedure. However, it isn’t impossible. Patients who have particularly sensitive skin are more likely to experience problems such as irritation and soreness and may even be recommended to avoid the treatment at the consultation stage. The same goes for anyone with inflamed acne. Your provider will be able to advise you if you are likely to experience any unpleasant effects as a result of the treatment and if there is an alternative procedure that may be more suitable.
If you have any other questions about dermaplaning, our team would be happy to answer them. Please contact our office to speak to us or to schedule an appointment for this procedure.