Dermaplaning 101

Happy Thursday!! I am certain that if you haven’t yet heard of Dermaplaning, you soon will. It is quickly becoming one of the most in demand exfoliation treatments asked for, and you will soon learn why!

What is Dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning is an exfoliation of the skin using a 10 gauge surgical blade. The Aesthetician/PA/or RN will cleanse and de-grease your skin thoroughly before proceeding. They hold the skin taut and glide the blade along the superficial layer of the epidermis, essentially scraping off the top layer of skin in addition to vellus hair (peach fuzz). It is painless, extremely low risk, and can be done on its own as an exfoliation or additional acids or peel products can be applied. From a clinical standpoint, with the top dead layer of skin removed after dermaplaning, acids and other products can more easily penetrate, rendering them more effective depending upon what result the patient desires. The outcome that YOU see is skin that looks and feels smooth and flawless. I always describe it as the skin looking like glass after- clear and reflective like the skin of an apple. Makeup goes on very easily and elegantly afterwards as well.

How often can it be done?

The skin renews itself every 21-41 days (depending upon your health and age). I recommend every 4 weeks or every skin cycle for the best result.

Is it like shaving? Does the hair on the face grow back thicker and darker?

Dermaplaning is not like shaving. I often tell patients “It’s not shaving- it’s dermaplaning. The two are very different things.” The vellus hair on the face absolutely does not grow back thicker or darker. If it did, it wouldn’t be such a popular treatment!

I have cystic acne- am I a candidate?

Unfortunately, cystic acne is one of the only contraindications for this treatment. In my acne patients dermaplaning is usually the very last frequent maintenance treatment for them after their acne has been cleared up by a series of alternative treatments and modalities. (More on adult acne in a later post!)

Some things to ask and some things to make sure of before you receive your first treatment

Make sure that your practitioner uses a fresh blade in sterile packaging. Make sure that she is wearing a fresh pair of gloves. Stay as still as possible and avoid talking- your aesthetician is holding a surgical blade after all! The entire process takes approximately 30 minutes from start to finish.

Shown above is a gauze with the removed vellus hair and dead skin cells post treatment!

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful Thursday! XO Ashli

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