What is it?
Dermaplaning is an superficial and safe exfoliation procedure. It uses a sterile surgical blade to remove excess dead skin and "peach fuzz" from the face. We prefer to perform dermaplaning during a specific facial protocol that includes a light enzyme peel and creates deeper product penetration boosting the products effects. The increased absorption of active ingredients also helps home care products work better so you see results faster. The procedure makes skin look and feel smoother and will reduce the appearance of fine lines and you'll find that make up goes on smoother and easier too.
What it's NOT:
Derma planing is not the same as shaving your face. Dermaplaning, unlike traditional shaving, uses a smaller blade to slough off dead skin cells in addition to removing wispy facial hair, so skin is more even in tone and texture. Never try this procedure at home, see a licensed and trained esthetician.
How often should I get dermaplaned?
We recommend dermaplaning every 3 to 4 weeks or when the skin has completed it's natural rejuvenation cycle.
Who should NOT be dermaplaned?
If you have active acne or excessive oily skin we do not recommend dermaplaning since too much oil can get trapped under the surface without the hairs to help it exit the pores and can lead to more breakouts for some with this skin condition. It's important to note that if you have acne thee is a risk a pimple could be nicked by the blade used during dermaplaning. If you have other active lesions on the skin such as cold sores you will not be able to be treated until the lesions have fully healed and we recommend those with a history of cold sores consult their doctor or be on anti-viral medication. (Those with uncontrolled diabetes, bleeding or blood clotting disorders or those undergoing cancer treatment also should not be dermaplaned.)
Other thoughts on dermaplaning...
If you have an ultra-sensitive skin type you may prefer dermaplaning over waxing because it is far less dramatic for the skin with little or no downtime.
Since dermaplaning only removes villus hair or "peach fuzz" this treatment will not make hair grow back faster or darker. After your dermaplaning treatment you should avoid direct sunlight and wear a good SPF and you may want to avoid retinol or exfoliating products for 72 hours since your skin will receive a light exfoliation during this treatment.
Last but not least, dermaplaning is not a substitute for peels or other aggressive exfoliation treatments. It removes only superficial dead cells and does not disturb the deeper layers of the skin.
If you have questions about this or any other treatments we offer, drop me a line!