Frequently Asked Questions About Dermaplaning
Dermaplaning is a safe provided the person performing the treatment is properly trained and it is a highly effective physical exfoliation procedure. It requires the use of a sterile, surgical scalpel to gently shave the surface of your skin, removing the top-most layer of dead skin cells along with fine, vellus hair (face fuzz).
Dermaplaning is a method of exfoliation that consists of using a 10 gauge scalpel to gently scrape off the top layer of dulling dead skin cells in order to reveal a smoother, brighter complexion. Dermaplaning is popular in the entertainment industry, specifically among models and actresses, because it eliminates that annoying soft hair fuzz that cakes up in makeup and can be enhanced by harsh production lighting and high-definition cameras.
Dermaplaning removes all the dead skin cells and the facial hair leaving the skin surface very smooth. Dermaplaning also allows for greater penetration of skincare products and creates a flawless canvas for makeup to glide on smoothly. Cosmetic dermatologists often use dermaplaning to help prepare skin for more intrusive procedures such as laser treatments and chemical peels.
Wondering if you should try derma-planing versus microdermabrasion? They 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. Derma-planing safely scrapes off the top layer of skin and it is suitable for drier skin types and anyone who wants to get rid of face fuzz. Keep in mind, both methods are good for almost everyone and it could just be down to your personal preference.
Derma-planing is recommended for all skin types except those with acne skin. If you have deep cystic acne, wait until breakouts are clear before trying this treatment. As always discuss any allergies or skin sensitivities, before starting a treatment. This is a great treatment if you are pregnant or nursing and want exfoliation without the risk of harsh chemicals absorbing into the blood stream and potentially harming your baby.
Dermaplaning is a quick, effective procedure that normally takes 30 to 45 minutes to complete. It is recommended that patients space treatments approximately two to four weeks apart for the best results. No, there is absolutely no recovery or down time with this treatment.
The cost of derma-planing varies, mostly depending on the size of the area being treated and the extent of treatment that is needed. On average, patients can expect derma-planing to cost £50.
Dermaplaning is a painless procedure and can be compared to the sensation of shaving your legs but in this case it is on your face. See video of dermaplaning procedure click this link.
First, the aesthetician will cleanse and thoroughly dry your skin. Next, she will pull an area of your skin taut with one hand and hold a sterile 10 gauge blade at a 45 degree angle in the other hand and use short, swift strokes to scrape off dead skin cells and face fuzz.
It needs to be done by a professional, so please do not take a scalpel to your own face in your bathroom mirror. It takes only 30 to 45 minutes and doesn’t hurt at all. It is basically shaving off the dead cells of your skin, instead of your hair and will leave you positively glowing. The main difference from shaving is that dermaplaning is done with a single blade and a dermatologist or aesthetician will use small upward strokes to remove the dead layer of skin with the blade. Although it sounds scary, the process is safe and can be done every three to four weeks.
There are no side effects and zero downtime. After the treatment, your skin will be highly sensitive to sun exposure and may already look very pink, so be sure to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher to reduce the risk of hyper-pigmentation of the skin.
You will 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.
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.
Dermaplaning should be administered by a board certified dermatologist or licensed aesthetician, who specializes in this procedure.