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  • Writer's pictureJill Stetson

What is Dermaplaning?

Updated: Apr 9

Is Dermplaning Good For You?

If you have a dull complexion and want a smoother look dermaplaning is the treatment for you. Dermaplaning is a method of a mechanical exfoliation using a # 10 scalpel or blade to gently abrade dead surface cells and vellus hair (peach fuzz) using light feather strokes. It has been used for years by estheticians as a mechanical exfoliation; microdermabrasion is also a mechanical exfoliation. Both are performed very differently.

Dermaplaning might sound scary but it really isn’t. It reveals a smoother, brighter complexion. It is one of the favorite treatments in the entertainment world because it eliminates the annoying peach fuzz creating a flawless canvas for makeup to glide on smoothly. And it is the number one treatment at SkinTrust.

Other Treatments for Improving Skin Cells

When people hear the word “dermaplaning” they quickly associated it with dermabrasion, which is a very different treatment. Dermabrasion abrades the skin down to the dermis, thus opening up your skin.

Only a dermatologist can perform this treatment because as a medical procedure that abrades down to the dermis you can have complications including infections and scares. Dermaplaning is simple but effectively shaves the epidermis without significant complications.

Older Women and Dealing with Peach Fuzz

Many women may wax their faces to remove the fine hairs but this is prone to many problems. The hair is so fine that gentle facial waxes may not pick it all up. A mature women’s skin may be more susceptible to burning and tearing, therefore dermaplaning is a wonderful alternative with many more benefits.

This treatment improves the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and acne scarring. Skincare products are more effective because they are not blocked by the buildup of dead skin cells or oil/dirt in the follicle. And the best result is it makes skin younger. It triggers increased cell turnover and the cellular repair process that makes skin behave younger.

Will My Hair Grow Back Thicker?

Although merely an old wive’s tale, you may be concerned that your hair will grow back thicker or darker. This is not the case. As long as the hair is superficial vellus hair (peach fuzz), it will grow back at the same rate, texture, and color as before the treatment.

I have extensive personal experience because I have this done regularly to my skin as well as the number of clients over the years I have treated.

Benefits of a Dermaplaning Treatment

In addition to exfoliating your skin, dermaplaning can:

  • Allow for better product penetration more readily into the deeper layers of the epidermis. This will soften fine lines

  • Dermatologists use this treatment to prep the skin for a peel so the peel can penetrate deeper

  • Safe for pregnancy & nursing clients because it exfoliates your skin without any chemicals transferring to the fetus or child

  • If you have excessive villus hair this can cause a buildup of dirt & oil in the follicles so removing the hair gives you healthier skin

  • Dermaplaning is most often used on clients with rough, dry skin, superficial hyperpigmentation, mild acne scarring, or fine lines & wrinkles. The treatment results in a more refined smooth “glowing” appearance

  • Many women may wax their faces to remove the fine hairs but this is prone to many problems. The hair is so fine that gentle facial waxes may not pick it all up. A mature women’s skin may be more susceptible to burning and tearing with waxing therefore dermaplaning is a wonderful alternative

Types of Dermaplaning Treatments

Dermaplaning is an exfoliating method in skincare treatments. You can have your skin cleansed, dermaplaned, and end with finishing products. But usually, a dermplaning treatment includes a light exfoliating mask, then a hydrating mask, completed with finishing products. This allows your skin to get the maximum benefit of dermaplaning.

At SkinTrust, we customized the exfoliating mask, the finishing mask, and products to your skin. Or you can simply add dermaplaning to your favorite facial.

Cons of Dermaplaning

  • Although unlikely, there is a chance of a small scrape or nick in the skin. It is best to remain quiet during the dermaplaning treatment.

  • If you are on blood thinners or have uncontrolled diabetes you should not have this dermaplaning treatment.

  • If you are allergic to nickel, do not have a dermplaning treatment.

  • After the treatment, your skin will be more sensitive to the sun. Sunscreen must be worn for at least two weeks following this treatment.

  • A dermaplaning treatment should not be done on inflamed acne or if you have raised lesions on your face.

SkinTrust Dermaplaning Options

The cost of a dermaplaning treatment will vary by business or practice. At SkinTrust, we offer the Dermaplaning Treatment for $95 or a Dermaplaning Facial (which includes a massage that is excellent for circulation and additional brightness) for $115.

You can also add dermplaning to your favorite facial for $25. This is the number one treatment at SkinTrust so we have considerable experience.

There is no downtime or side effects associated with this treatment and you can have this done every two weeks. Dermaplaning removes 21 days of dead skin cells so it is best to complete the rejuvenation cycle before your next treatment. Most people wait until their hair grows back which is usually 30 to 45 days.

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