What is Dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning is the removal of dead skin and peach fuzz from the surface of the skin using a scalpel. This leaves the skin smooth, allowing better penetration of products into the skin and allowing makeup to go on smoother, leaving you with a glowing and more youthful look. With derma-planing, you can define sideburns and the hairline, technically improving the face shape. Derma-planing can be used in conjunction with other treatments. It's an excellent treatment to use before skin peels, micro-needling, and chemical peels.
Benefits of Dermaplaning
Skin is left glowing and smooth for up to 4 weeks.
Derma-planing removes the outer layers of the skin, so it is a great exfoliation treatment. It also removes peach fuzz and fine hair.
Improves skin texture
It's good to prevent acne breakouts.
Improves product absorption into the skin; promotes collagen and elastin growth
Less aggressive than shaving
Razor is more likely to blunt than a derma-planing blade.
How often can I have a derma-planing treatment?
Treatments can be done every 4 weeks, approx. 30 days so that it works alongside the skin's natural cycle. A derma-planing treatment will take away approx 2-4 weeks of dead skill cells. Hair will not grow back faster! Contrary to what you may hear these fine and vellus hairs take approximately 2-4 weeks to reappear. However, reports have been made that by frequent derma-planing treatments, the hair does grow back less. The repeated treatment would have an effect on hair growth. Derma-planing is a treatment that is totally safe for pregnant women as we are not injecting or disturbing the lower layers of the skin. This is a minimally invasive treatment. This treatment takes approximately 20 minutes including pre-cleansing and an application of a peel or serum.
Contraindications of Dermaplaning
Cold sores: These are highly contagious.
Active acne: This can spread the acne and make it worse.
People who suffer from keloid scarring
Any medication that causes thickening of the skin
Chemotherapy, Radiation – a Dr note must be required if you are no longer receiving treatment
Anyone on blood-thinning medication as in case of a nick or scrape bleeding could be excessive
Open cuts or wounds
Sun bed or recent sun exposure
Possible side effects of Derma-planing.
Although this is a minimally invasive treatment, the following side effects can occur:
Nicks and grazes
Acne may worsen even though a therapist will be avoiding any active areas.
Cold sores may occur if you are prone
No waxing for 1 week before or after this treatment.
No retinols, retinoids, glycolic acid, or other acne treatments can be used three days before
No bleaching treatments 3 days before
Avoid sun exposure and exfoliating for a few days before this treatment.
Aftercare for Dermaplaning
Use an SPF of 30 or higher.
Avoid direct sunlight.
Avoid too much heat, hot showers, etc.
Do not use any exfoliators.
Use a good moisturiser or serum.