WHAT IS DERMAPLANING?
Dermaplaning is the virtually painless physical method of exfoliation that consists of using a surgical scalpel to gently remove dull, dead skin cells & vellus hair in order to reveal a smoother, brighter complexion. By alleviating congestion, this treatment helps makeup to go on smoother & skincare products to penetrate deeper for more maximum effectiveness.
WHO CAN HAVE DERMAPLANING?
Eventhough regular dermaplaning can decrease breakouts thanks to the prevention of hyperkeratosis (a buildup of the top layer of your skin, which causes dull complexion & acne) and is safe & recommended for most all skin types, those with active breakouts or men with heavy facial hair should not be treated with dermaplaning. If you have active acne, there are other treatments available that would be more beneficial. As always, also discuss any allergies or skin sensitivities before starting a treatment. This is a great treatment if you are pregnant or nursing for exfoliation without the use of chemicals.
PRE TREATMENT INSTRUCTIONS
Please alert your skincare specialist to any of the following:
- if you are on any medications (topical and/or oral), have any medical conditions, or are being treated by a physician for any conditions
- if you have been diagnosed with cold sores or Herpes simplex
Things to avoid prior to treatment:
- No shaving, peels, waxing, or aggressive exfoliations within one week prior to dermaplaning.
- Wait 7 days after receiving Botox or Dermal Fillers prior to receiving treatment.
There is no pain or discomfort during the procedure. It is best to relax and allow the skincare specialist to move and manipulate the position of your head and face. Try to remain still. There is no gum chewing allowed during the treatment and talking will be restricted by your skincare specialist at certain key times during the treatment.
POST TREATMENT INSTRUCTIONS
- Avoid harsh cleansers for 3 days following treatment (in the SkinMedica line this means avoiding the AHA/BHA Exfoliating & Purifying Foaming Cleansers). Opt instead for more gentle-normal cleansers lacking acids (in the SkinMedica line this would mean the regular gel Facial Cleanser or the Sensitive Cleansers).
- Avoid sun exposure as much as possible for a minimum of 3 days post treatment. If you must be in the sun: apply SPF 30 or greater (as should already be implemented into your daily skincare routine already), reapply often, wear a wide brimmed hat, and seek shade when possible.
- Avoid excessive heat for a minimum of 3 days post treatment, i.e. heavy workouts, steam rooms or saunas, etc.
- Avoid chlorine for 24 hours.
- Avoid facial waxing for 7 days.
- Avoid Dermal Fillers or Botox for 2 to 4 weeks based on area.
- Do not pick, scratch, or aggressively rub the treated area.
- No scrubs, polishers, or aggressive brushes should be used for 7 to 14 days.
- Do apply serums as absorption levels will be elevated, although you may watch antioxidant application in the first 3 days following treatment as antioxidants can be harsh on post-op skin.
- You may experience slight peeling for the first few days. Slight windburn sensation and/or blotchiness may all be normal for the first few days. Skin care products may tingle or slightly burn for the first 2 days.
- Small or slight, superficial abrasions or scratches may appear on the skin in the first hours following the procedure due to the fresh/sharp nature of the surgical blades used in the procedure. These resolve quickly. Our skincare specialists are always careful to minimize these incidents all together, but some skin types (looser skin due to poor collagen quality) and certain area (along the jawline or other boney projections) may be more difficult to treat and therefore more susceptible.
For best results, Dermaplaning treatments are recommended every 3‐5 weeks since each session removes about 2-3 weeks worth of dead skin cells along with vellus hair.
Q: How is darmaplaning different from a peel?
- Dermaplaning is a manual exfoliation process that does not use acids or enzymes to remove dead skin cells. All of the exfoliation is achieved during your treatment & you will not peel or visibly shed skin after your service (other than the potential for dry skin if post-op skincare is not followed). Peels, on the other hand, can result in dramatic peeling in the days following service. Dermaplaning provides a good alternative to peels for those who desire professional grade exfoliation without the potential social downtime or for those unable to use chemicals for the exfoliation process (pregnant, nursing, hypersensitive skin types, etc). While each are methods of exfoliation, it should be noted that dermaplaning cannot achieve the same results as the deeper penetration of mid-dermis peels. Dermaplaning can, however, be administered at more regular intervals than peels for great skin maintenance.
Q: Will dermaplaning make the hair on my face grow back darker?
No, your hair will grow back exactly the same color & thickness as it was previously. Repeat after me: dermaplaning will not alter your natural hair growth! You can’t change the structure of your hair follicle by dermaplaning. The hair on our face is vellus hair (aka peach fuzz) and chances are you may have never noticed it prior to dermaplaning (or seeing your face without it for the first time). Women with darker complexions have darker vellus hair. After the hair grows back, it seems like it is darker, but that is not the case. It’s simply that after dermaplaning, because you are removing the dead layer of skin and vellus hair, your skin will appear much brighter than you may have ever experienced in the past, and then after the regrowth, it seems darker in comparison to your new glow.
Q: Will derma planing cause the hair on my face to grow back in thicker?
- Again, repeat after me: dermaplaning will not alter your natural hair growth! Dermaplaning involves cutting the hair off on the surface level of your skin, without even affecting the actual follicle. Hair grows at a blunt edge, so if you touch your face often (don’t because ew germs), you may feel the hair growth coming back in leading you to think that it is thicker, but that’s not the case. Once the hair has fully grown back in, it will look and feel exactly the same as before.
Q: Can darker skin tones be dermaplaned since we have to be more careful with procedures that may cause further darkening of the skin?
- There is no risk of hyperpigmentation for women with deeper skin tones and darker hair, unlike waxing and laser hair removal.
Q: Will dermaplaning cause breakouts?
- Not only will dermaplaning not cause breakouts, it will actually prevent them from happening. By exfoliating the dead skin, dermaplaning can help keep your skin clear. It will also allow for much better product penetration. With the dead skin cells, oil, & debris removed in the follicle will help alleviate congestion while allowing active ingredients to absorb quicker & more effectively, speeding up cell turnover & killing more bacteria.
Q: Why do I need a professional dermaplane? Can I not just use a regular razor or DIY kit at home?
- You can absolutely use a regular razor to shave your face IF shaving is your primary goal, but you will not get the same dermaplaning results with home kits as a skincare specialist would by using a proper dermaplaning tool, which uses a sharp, single-use, specialized medical blade. So don’t count on getting that dewy dermaplane glow since you won’t get nearly the amount of dead skin & peach fuzz removed at home as you will with a professional dermaplaning treatment in the office. Plus, home kits can contaminate quickly, introducing bacteria to your skin.
Q: What should I expect after my session?
- You’ll immediately look more radiant with a more even skin tone and texture. While the main objective of this treatment is exfoliation, the immediate removal of peach fuzz is an added benefit which renders the skin exceptionally smooth and soft. Skin care products are better able to penetrate the skin following a dermaplaning service which allows them to work more efficiently. Your cosmetics will also go on smoother. After the treatment, your skin will be highly sensitive to sun exposure and may look pink, so be sure to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher to reduce the risk of hyperpigmentation.
Q: Is there downtime with dermaplaning?
- No, although afterward your skin needs time to heal and restore. This can be easily achieved by treating the skin gently (use only hands to cleanse for at least 2 days, avoid harsh products, use instead gentle products, and wear sunscreen every day). See post-op care instructions above for more.