There is a lot of talk about the advantages of exfoliating the skin and Dermaplaning is one of the most effective procedures for exfoliation. I discuss this topic with my patients constantly because it is simple, easy, and it works! Everyone wants a smooth, glowing (I know, that word again!) complexion. If we have dead skin cells accumulating on our skin, it will not reflect the light and it will appear dull. Dermaplaning is a simple and pain-free treatment for exfoliating facial skin with basically no downtime.
What Is Dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning is the use of a sharp tool, (a scalpel, actually) to exfoliate the surface of the skin. Along with dead skin cell removal, small, fine hairs called Vellus hairs are also removed. A win-win in my book, as those Vellus hairs trap dirt and oil that can cause breakouts.
That soft “peach fuzz” on the face can also make the skin look congested and darker. When the hair on the face is blond, we can look a little like a tennis ball in the sun. Our makeup application can be difficult and look uneven. Dermaplaning’s elimination of this hair and dead skin makes the skin look brighter and smoother, instantly.
How Is It Done?
To begin the procedure, the esthetician cleanses the skin thoroughly and does a pass with 70% isopropyl alcohol, to insure that the face is clean and dry. Then a sterile, disposable scalpel, very gently scrapes the surface of the skin with short, light strokes. The entire face is treated and great care is taken to avoid coming too close to the eyebrows and hairline. Post-treatment a Hyaluronic Acid serum and moisturizer is applied followed by a tinted, Zinc-based sunscreen.
Post-procedure, the skin may be a little pink. Aftercare instructions include avoiding cleansing with hot water or using exfoliating devices. Also, makeup application is best after 24 hours.
Dermaplaning FAQs: Ask Me! I’m A Professional Esthetician
Some frequently asked questions about Dermaplaning include hair regrowth and frequency of treatments.
Is It True That Once You Dermaplane Your Face, The Hair Will Grow Back Darker?
The short answer is, no. It is biologically impossible for hair to grow back thicker or darker post Dermaplaning. After seeing your skin brighter post-treatment, it may seem to you that the regrowth of hair is darker because you have grown accustomed to your improved, brightened appearance. Thicker and darker hair regrowth is an old wives’ tale.
How Often Should I Be Dermaplaning To Get The Best Results?
As far as the frequency of treatments, your skin will look smoother and brighter for three to four weeks. Once-a month-Dermaplaning is recommended to promote healthy cell turnover, eliminate Vellus (“peach fuzz”) hair, and maintain a smooth, flawless complexion.