Dermaplaning is an exfoliative treatment performed using a scalpel to “shave” away the outermost layers of the skin. This process is painless and very safe but is only recommended for treatment of the face (not the nose or décolleté). Not only will you achieve smoother, brighter skin but this also helps remove peach fuzz. Despite popular belief, the hair does not grow back thicker.
Dermaplaning, also known as blading, skin resurfacing or skin/epidermal levelling, removes the outer most layers of dead skin cells, leaving the skin immediately smooth, supple and vibrant. It is a non-traumatic method of skin rejuvenation.
Dermaplaning is a simple and safe procedure for exfoliating the epidermis and ridding the skin of fine vellus hair (peach fuzz). According to common beauty lore, Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, and Cleopatra all shaved their faces.
Dermaplaning is a favourite in the entertainment industry, especially among models and actresses. The reason is because it eliminates that annoying peach fuzz that cakes up in makeup and can be enhanced by harsh production lighting and high-definition cameras.
Dermaplaning is essentially another form of exfoliation. With each stroke, you are sloughing off dead skin cells that sit on the surface and the constant exfoliation may aid in keeping wrinkles at bay.
Dermaplaning is a non-invasive procedure similar to shaving in which a therapist uses a sharp surgical, sterile blade to gently scrape the outer layers of dead, dull skin cells. After exfoliating with Dermaplaning, the skin is left smoother and, with continued treatments, fine lines are significantly minimised.
This is a great treatment to offer to clients who are pregnant or nursing who want a deep exfoliation, but are not allowed to use peeling agents on their skin because of the risk that the chemicals will be absorbed into the blood stream, and may be transferred to the foetus or the child.
It is also a first choice for clients who have excess vellus hair on the skin. This hair often causes a build-up of dirt and oils in the follicles, so removing the hair gives the client healthier looking skin.
Although merely an old wives’ tale, many patients are often concerned that the hair will grow back heavier and darker after Dermaplaning. This is not the case. As long as the hair is superficial vellus hair, it will grow back at the same rate and texture as before the treatment. Any thicker, darker terminal hair should be waxed/tweezed before planning.
Removing epidermal skin also allows products to penetrate more readily into the deeper layers. Many aestheticians recommend this treatment to prepare the skin for other procedures such as laser treatments or deep chemical peels.
Dermaplaning is most often used on clients with rough, dry skin, superficial hyperpigmentation, mild acne scarring, or fine lines and wrinkles. The treatment results in a more refined, smooth, “glowing” appearance.
Dermaplaning is performed on the face only. We do not plane the eyelids, nose, or chest.
Dermaplaning can be performed every 2-3 months for maintenance and proper skin exfoliation. For correction of acne scars, fine lines and wrinkles, and skin rejuvenation purposes, it may be performed at closer intervals.
What you can expect
Dermaplaning is a painless procedure and can be compared to the sensation of shaving legs, but in this case, it’s on the face.
First, the therapist will cleanse and thoroughly dry the skin. Next, they will gently support an area of the skin taut with one hand, and hold a sterile 10-gauge blade at a 45-degree angle in the other hand and use short, swift swift strokes to scrape off dead skin cells and peach fuzz.
There is no downtime associated with this procedure. The importance of using sunscreen to reduce the chance of hyperpigmentation will be highlighted.
Clients may have some redness and temporary sensitivity. Some post treatment peeling may occur as the treatment has been followed by an exfoliating enzyme peel.
Benefits of Dermaplaning
- Removes surface dead/keratinised skin cells
- Removes unwanted facial hair
- Doesn’t cause any inflammation
- Instant results
- Skin has a nice, healthy glow
- Skin feels incredibly soft and smooth
- Non-traumatic method of skin rejuvenation
- Improves skin tone
- Can accentuate facial features and make clients look slimmer
- Can be used in pregnant women who may be contraindicated to other treatments such chemical peels etc.
- Does not disrupt pH balance of the skin
- Make-up glides on effortlessly for a flawless finish
- Improves superficial pigmentation
- Allows topical treatments to be absorbed more readily into the deeper layers of the skin
- Improves fine lines and wrinkles
- Can help to diminish scars
- Does not cause the skin to ‘peel’: no downtime
- Exfoliation treatment of choice for extremely sensitive skin, redness or rosacea, or visible facial veins
- Stimulates collagen and elastin
- The skin starts to heal itself, immediately producing newer, healthier skin • Stimulates circulation of blood and lymph flow
- Enhances the natural shedding process of the skin
- Stimulates new cell growth
- Can help to minimise pore size
- Risk of scarring is significantly less than with laser treatments
- More cost effective than chemical peels or laser treatments but can command a high treatment cost