Both men and women have a love/hate relationship with removing hair from their bodies. We have been waxing, plucking, shaving and tweezing hairs since the beginning of recorded history! The ancient Egyptians removed all of their body hair from head to toe in the pursuit of a smooth, sleek and sexy look. Just like many of their numerous advances in beauty technology and medicine, Egyptians could very well be the unknowing inventors of the very first dermaplaning procedures. So if you’ve never heard of dermaplaning or you’ve been uncertain about scheduling your first appointment, hopefully this article will give you the insight you need to decide if this popular procedure is right for you?
What is the purpose of dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning is a safe, effective and painless exfoliation procedure. Using a sterile scalpel, your licensed and trained professional will lightly scrape along your skin’s surface to remove vellus hair (peach fuzz), dirt, dead skin and impurities from the outermost layers of your skin. This will stimulate fresh skin cell development.
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How soon will I see results from dermaplaning?
The best part about dermaplaning are the immediate results! Dermaplaning actually provides many of the same benefits as a light chemical peel without any down time or post treatment peeling. Many first time dermaplaners say their skin has never felt so smooth before!
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How long does a dermaplaning treatment take?
Your licensed and trained dermaplane technician will carefully and meticulously exfoliate the top layers of your skin with their specialized surgical blade. Even though they take their time to ensure you’ll get the safest and most effective results possible, the procedure will normally take less than 30 minutes.
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What are the benefits of dermaplaning?
There are a lot of really great reasons to dermaplane your skin and there’s a good chance it may be the best method of exfoliation for you:
- There are no chemicals involved. This means irritation is a lot less likely to occur.
- Your perfectly smooth new skin enhances the benefits of concealer and improves the application of your makeup!
- The procedure is short (less than 30 minutes).
- The benefits are immediate!
- The blade that’s used is small. This tiny blade allows your skincare professional to target specific problem areas easily and more effectively than procedures using large instruments and focuses on the whole face.
- Dermaplaning promotes the growth of new skin cells by scraping and removing the old ones away.
- Exfoliation helps your skincare products penetrate the skin and improves their results.
- Dermaplaning removes excess fine hairs which are known for trapping the dirt, oil and dead skin cells in your pores that are the main cause of acne and blemishes.
- Dermaplaning leaves your skin brighter, and healthier giving you that “baby smooth” look and feel.
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What does the treatment feel like?
Dermaplaning is a painless procedure that does not require any numbing cream (unlike intense microneedling). Many people say it compares to the sensation of shaving your legs, armpits or neck. First, your trained professional will cleanse and dry your skin. Next, they’ll pull your skin taut with one hand and hold a sterile blade at a 45-degree° angle using short, swift strokes to scrape dead skin cells and fine hairs from the top layers of your skin.
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Will I experience any down time after the dermaplaning treatment?
Most people experience no down time and immediately return to their busy schedules and finish out the day. Clients that routinely get dermaplane treatments constantly comment on the smoothness of their complexion and their new “baby like skin.” The reason dermaplaning has become so popular is because in less than 30 minutes you will see immediate improvements in the radiance and smoothness of your skin tone. Many feel dermaplaning is the perfect exfoliation procedure because it generally has zero side effects.
One quick caution!
Immediately following your dermaplaning treatment, skin can be highly sensitive to sun exposure and may look slightly pink. We always recommend wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher to reduce the risk of experiencing unnecessary hyperpigmentation from the sun.
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Will my facial hair grow back thicker?
Have no fear! It is physiologically impossible for your vellus hair to grow back thicker. It is important to know there are two different types of hair on our bodies – vellus hair and terminal hair. Vellus hair is most often located on our face and ear lobes and is translucent or blonde. This type of hair cannot change into terminal hair and will not come back thicker and more visible.
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Who is a good candidate for dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning is not for everyone. People who have thick, dark facial hair or those with overactive oily acne prone skin should avoid dermaplaning procedures. It has been found that skin tones which are sensitive to hyperpigmentation may not be good candidates for dermaplaning. Procedures on hyperpigmentation prone or acne scarred individuals can leave permanently blotchy, discolored skin. Also, be careful if you are a person who has shown susceptibility to rashes, fever blisters and cold sores as dermaplaning can cause an increase in flare-ups if you are susceptible to them.
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How often can I get it done?
Dermaplaning can remove 21 days’ worth of dead skin cells. It is highly recommended that you allow your skin to complete its full rejuvenation cycle before you go in for your next treatment. Over exfoliation can cause a ton of unintended consequences that can easily be avoided by following the scheduling advice of your trained skincare professional.
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Try dermaplaning if having immaculate, beautiful, younger looking skin is important to you. The result will likely be smoother, cleaner, younger healthier looking skin! Just make sure if you love dermaplaning you schedule it every 21 days. Dermaplaning is a safe chemical free way to manually exfoliate your skin to give you that red carpet look that everyone strives for. Take action and pick up the phone! Don’t wait. Schedule an appointment with a local dermaplaning professional today.