Dermaplaning is an exfoliation procedure involving a dermatologist gently scraping dead skin cells off the surface of the skin. Since dermaplaning does not impact hair follicles or phases of hair growth, it will not make your facial hair thicker or darker. In fact, dermaplaning removes vellus (peach fuzz) hair that contributes to a dull, lackluster complexion.
Vellus hair helps moderate body temperature and protect the skin. People with black or brown hair often have highly visible dark vellus hair that contributes to irregular skin tones, breakouts, and the appearance of unwanted mustaches or sideburns.
Dermaplaning safely and effectively removes vellus hair for several weeks but does not cause vellus hair to regrow more thickly or in a darker shade.
5 Great Benefits of Dermaplaning
1. Removes Dead Skin Cells
Every 20 to 30 days, your skin sheds dead skin cells to make room for new cells. The visible layer of skin--the epidermis--is composed of keratinocytes. These cells are essential for forming fingernails, toenails, and body hair. New keratinocytes develop below the epidermis. Eventually, keratinocytes push into the epidermis, where they experience damage due to environmental factors and lifestyle activities. Once skin cells die, they fall off your skin to allow new cells to replace them.
However, not all dead skin cells fall off as they should. Over time, dead skin cells form their own layer that conceals your skin's natural tone. Exfoliating your skin with dermaplaning can give you a rosier, healthier, and more youthful complexion.
2. Reduces Pimples, Blackheads, and Mild Acne Breakouts
Pores clogged with dead skin cells retain oil and debris that causes breakouts. Dermaplaning clears pores so you can thoroughly cleanse your face with a moisturizing soap. In addition, dermaplaning decreases the size of large pores by removing dead cells that clog and enlarge pores.
3. Smooths Away Fine Lines
Along with a buildup of dead skin cells, aging and UV radiation from sunlight or tanning beds worsens the visibility of fine lines. Dermaplaning removes the damaged outer skin layer to reveal smoother skin underneath the epidermis.
4. Improves Hyperpigmentation Treatments
Creams and serums are sometimes used to reduce the appearance of dark age spots. Dermaplaning the skin prior to applying hyperpigmentation products makes it easier for the serum to thoroughly penetrate the skin.
5. Improves Non-inflammatory/Non-pustular Acne Treatments
People with mild to moderate acne often rely on topical lotions to minimize acne outbreaks. Dermaplaning skin with mild to moderate acne removes dead cells and debris to facilitate lotion penetration. However, dermaplaning skin affected by inflammatory (severe) acne is not recommended.
What to Expect During a Dermaplaning Treatment at Reflections Med Spa
Prior to dermaplaning your skin, an esthetician will prepare the skin by washing it with a special cleanser that helps loosen dead cells. Once your skin is patted dry, the process of exfoliation begins. Using a sterilized scalpel, your doctor will gently abrade the epidermis with short, swift movements while holding the skin tautly. The scalpel moves in the opposite direction to vellus growth. Most dermaplaning sessions take less than 20 to 25 minutes.
After treatment, a moisturizer is applied to your skin by the esthetician. No downtime or recovery is needed with dermaplaning.
Dermaplaning can be done once every two weeks as a standalone procedure or in conjunction with other skin rejuvenating treatments.
Schedule a free consultation with Reflections Med Spa today to find out if dermaplaning is right for you.