We are living in an age where youthful, glowing, and smooth skin is king. The internet is chalk full of “quick fix” ways to improve the appearance and clarity of your skin - however, it’s safe to say that visiting a licensed aesthetician is your best bet. An aesthetician can lead you in the right direction when it comes to what’s best for your skin as well as explain a variety of treatment options. One of the best ways you can quickly and safely transform your skin via aesthetician is a treatment called dermaplaning.
You may have heard of this new method for brightening the skin but you might not know all the ins and outs of what makes it so great. So let’s dive in.
Dermaplaning is Truly Transformative
Dermaplaning is a rather intense form of exfoliation, which is why it is handled by a medical professional such as a licensed aesthetician. This method uses a 10 gauge scalpel, again wielded by an aesthetician who knows what they are doing, to gently scrape off the top layer of dulling dead skin cells. This removal gives your skin a smoother, brighter complexion. The word “scalpel” might sound a little daunting, but it’s truly a very gentle and effective process. In fact, it’s painless and has been compared to the same feeling you get when shaving your legs (but on your face).
This professional exfoliation provides these benefits for your skin:
- A bright, glowing look with no downtime
- Reduced look of “peach fuzz”
- A smooth finish that’s perfect for applying makeup
- Allows for increased penetration of your skin care products you use at home so they work better and you see results faster
- Your skin photographs beautifully so perfect to receive this treatment before a big event
- It is safe to combine with several in-office treatments such as Hydrafacials or Laser Facials to “boost” the treatment results
This pain-free process takes only about 30 minutes and there are virtually no side effects or downtime needed. Wear sunscreen and avoid intense sun exposure afterwards, however, since your skin might feel a little sensitive and prone to hyper-pigmentation. Receive this treatment about once a month, as the skin needs time to turn over new cells and rejuvenate.
Who Should Try Dermaplaning?
This professional exfoliation process will have immediate (and beautiful) results, but it is not for everyone. Dermaplaning is recommended for all skin types, except for those who are acne prone. Those with acneic skin or deep cystic acne should probably not receive the treatment. This is because this treatment removes the vellus hairs on your face which are needed for removing excess sebum or oil. If you are prone to clogged pores, you probably need your vellus hairs.
A consultation with an aesthetician can help you to decide if this treatment is right for your skin type. This treatment is a great option for pregnant or nursing mothers who want professional exfoliation without the potential for any harsh chemicals entering their bodies.
This treatment is also perfect for anyone looking to combine facial treatments. Dermaplaning creates a skin surface that’s better prepared to absorb the benefits of additional skin care, such as a HydraFacial treatment or an enzyme treatment. It acts as a “booster” to achieve even better results with deeper penetration. This is because you are removing any barrier that might be on the skin prior to treatment.
Dermaplaning Vs. Shaving
Dermaplaning and shaving are two completely different services, with different tools to achieve different goals. While they both involve the use of a blade moving across the skin - that’s the only commonality they share.
A shaving blade is a flexible blade designed to remove only hair from the surface of the skin. The proper angle to use a shaving blade is 30-35 degrees, and the blade is flexible so that it ‘floats’ over the surface of the highly lubricated skin. (Think about a man’s double-edged shaving blade: it is bendable so that it flexes as it glides over the skin. Even the blades women use to shave their legs are flexible blades that are housed in a plastic guard or sleeve.)
On the other hand, a dermaplaning blade is a rigid surgical blade designed to exfoliate several weeks of dead surface cells from the face. The proper angle to use a dermaplaning blade is 45 degrees, and we gently stretch the skin into sections to match the blade so that it can clear away the vellus hair with the first 2-3 strokes. Then we begin to remove or “plane” away the dead skin cells with the subsequent strokes. A shaving blade can only shave the face. A dermaplaning blade (in the hands of a trained professional) exfoliates the face.
People who are using the tools labeled as Dermaplaning tools on the home shopping channels and beauty stores to ‘dermaplane’ themselves at home, are simply doing a glorified shave. The vellus hair is removed, but the buildup of dead skin remains!
Dermaplaning Vs. Microdermabrasion
You may be wondering, “what’s the difference between dermaplaning and microdermabrasion?”.
Microdermabrasion is where dead skin cells are sanded and suctioned. This is done in order to uproot clogged pores around the nose, mouth, and chin. Dermaplaning doesn’t involve any suction, it’s just a gentle scraping of the top layer of skin and peach fuzz. Both treatments are effective and work to clear and brighten skin. It’s just a matter of preference and what’s recommended by your aesthetician for your skin.