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What is Dermaplaning? 

Dermaplaning is a safe and effective form of exfoliation that rids the top layer of skin of dead skin cells and vellous hair (peach fuzz). In turn, you will experience a smoother, brighter complexion. This procedure is performed by using a surgical blade which is grazed over the skin with a steady hand and feather like strokes. This may sound intimidating, however there is nothing to worry about with a trained professional. This is a painless procedure with next to no downtime (mild redness depending on sensitivity), and delivers immediate results.

Otherwise known as “epidermal skin leveling,” dermaplaning is a non-invasive technique that will correct facial flaws caused by acne scars, darkened pigmentation or aging. While eliminating dead skin cells and fine facial hair, this will also stimulate new cell growth. As a result, your skin will feel incredibly smooth and makeup will apply flawlessly… and no, your hair will NOT grow back thicker or more coarse!

Lastly, this service is ideal for expectant or nursing mothers who are looking for a deeper exfoliation. Due to the fact that peeling agents can get into the bloodstream, it is not ideal to perform a chemical peel as it can be unsafe. Dermaplaning, however, is a safe, effective alternative.

How is the treatment performed? 

Dermaplaning is safely performed with a sterile surgical blade which is placed against the skin at a 45 degree angle. While one hand holds the skin taut, the blade is stroked along the skin, visibly removing vellous hair and dead skin. The position of your head will be moved around so that the correct position of the blade can be properly achieved. It is very important to remain still as any unforeseen movement can compromise the safety of the procedure.

Is this treatment safe? 

Until you complete your first session, it is very easy to be wary of this treatment. When you think of a surgical blade against your face, it seems like a crazy and unsettling idea. However, your service provider has had plenty of practice and experience on how to successfully perform this method of exfoliation. The treatment is painless, easy, and quick. All you can do is trust that your service provider will deliver a great experience. Please keep in mind the risk is no greater than when a man shaves his face.

Will the hair grow back thicker? 

No, it will not! It is physiologically impossible for vellous hair to grow back thicker. Sure, once the hair is cut it can have a blunt edge, however the hair structure itself will not be altered. There are two types of hair that grow on our bodies: VELLOUS (peach fuzz) and TERMINAL (underarm, pubic hair, eyebrows, legs, arms, and men’s facial hair). Terminal hair is physiologically coarse, which means that when it is removed it will grow back the same way it was…coarse. The same goes for vellous hair. When it is removed, the physiological structure is impossible to be altered.

Can dermaplaning cause the skin to bleed? 

In all honesty, of course it can. Though the chances are extremely slim, a sharp instrument is being used on your skin. Imagine you are shaving your legs, and think about how often a cut occurs…rarely. Sure, for some it may happen more often than wanted, however for most it is second nature and it doesn’t happen often. Dermaplaning has the same risk factor, the difference being a trained professional with proper training and practice is keeping an extremely close eye on where the blade is going and has precise control.

What areas of the skin can be treated? 

Dermaplaning is performed on the face only. We do not go over the nose, eyelids, chest, or base of the neck. Sometimes practitioners who are learning will practice on the arms or legs, however the face is the only recommended area.

How often is the procedure performed? 

This procedure can be performed every 4-6 weeks. Dermaplaning actually removes about 2-3 weeks of dead skin cells. We want the skin to complete its cycle which is approximately 30 days. It is not recommended to treat the skin more often than that.

Can dermaplaning be performed in conjunction with a chemical peel? 

Yes, it can! When dermaplaning is performed prior to a chemical peel, the absorption and efficacy will be greatly enhanced as it removes the dead skin cells and stimulates the surface of the skin, thus the skin formulations are absorbed more efficiently and the results are remarkably improved with this added benefit.

Does the skin actually peel from dermaplaning? 

Sometimes the skin can peel after dermaplaning. If the procedure is done prior to the skin completing its full cycle, discomfort is very likely to occur. Also, if used in conjunction with a chemical peel, you may experience some superficial peeling. The idea is not to over-exfoliate the skin, but to simple assist in the skins natural exfoliation process.

What skin types/conditions can be treated? 

All skin types can benefit from dermaplaning, however, it is not recommended for those suffering from extreme acne or over productive sebaceous glands. The oils from the sebaceous glands need to travel up and connect with the vellous hair (vellous hair does not have oil/sebaceous glands). If the hair is removed, then the oils tend to stay below where they are prone to mix with bacterial colonies, ultimately stimulating more congestion.

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