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What is Dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning is a physical/mechanical form of exfoliation using a specialized dermaplaning blade for the removal of built up dead skin cells and vellus hair. This treatment involves the use of the sterile, surgical blade to remove dead skin cells and vellus hair. As with the use of any sharp instrument, there is the possibility of nicks or cuts. Following the treatment, skin will be smoother, softer and better able to absorb the active ingredients in treatment and home care products

Benefits of Dermaplaning

This treatment helps anyone concerned about dry, dull skin, sallow complexion, enlarged pores, fine lines, hyperpigmentation, or acne scars. It is also beneficial to remove facial hair for those that are contraindicated for facial waxing.

Worried about removing facial hair?

“But won’t my hair grow back thicker?”  The answer is NO.  There are two types of hair on the human body, terminal and vellus hair. Terminal hairs are the thick pigmented hairs that grow by the influence of hormones (legs, armpits, scalp, pubic area, etc). Vellus hairs are fine translucent hairs usually found on a woman’s face, back or chest. Unlike terminal hairs, when vellus hairs are cut they grow back with the same thickness and length as before, only with a blunt tip and are expected to return in approximately two to four weeks post procedure. Removal of the vellus hair has more than just an aesthetic benefit. Excessive “face fuzz” can trap oil and dirt which can lead to other skin problems. Best of all, the removal of the vellus hair and dead skin cells allows for the proper penetration of other facial products, increasing their efficacy and ultimately their results.

Is Dermaplaning right for you?

Yes! Virtually every skin type (both men and women) can benefit from this procedure. There are contraindications to this treatment, including but not limited to:

  • diabetes (not controlled by diet or medication)
  • cancer
  • active acne (we can go around active acne, depending on the size and area)
  • bleeding disorders
  • blood clotting disorders
  • development of keloids following injury
  • certain medications including blood thinners, higher doses of Aspirin, and Accutane are contraindicated for this treatment due to the possibility of delayed clotting from a nick or cut.
  • nickel allergy

How often can you receive this treatment?

Dermaplaning removes 2-3 weeks of dead skin cells, so in order for your skin to complete it’s normal skin cycle (approximately 28 days), the treatments can be done every 4 weeks.

Are there risks?

All things considered, Dermaplaning is very safe. Of course bleeding is possible, the treatment involves the use of a sharp surgical blade (and haven’t you ever cut yourself shaving before?). As with your own shaving experiences in the shower, cuts are extremely rare and more annoying than painful. You should note that your skin may feel a little sensitive after a session, so the proper precautions should be taken to avoid any discomforts.  Makeup may be applied after Dermaplaning, in fact you may note that your makeup glides on and sits much better on your face after a session than before.