Dermaplaning Frequently Asked Questions
What is Dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning is one of the trendiest hair-removal and facial aesthetic treatment options being offered in spas and clinics today. It is performed using a medical scalpel to gently exfoliate the outer layer of dead skin cells and remove fine facial hair commonly known as “peach fuzz” but technically called “vellus” hair.
It can be used as an alternative to laser treatments and microdermabrasion or alongside them for enhanced results. This procedure will give your skin a more radiant appearance and smooth texture. Following the treatment, makeup application is smoother and other skincare products are able to penetrate deeper into the skin in turn, making them more effective.
It painlessly exfoliates the stratum corneum to stimulate cellular turnover with little to no downtime.
It is a great option for clients with sensitive skin and pregnant women who are looking for a deep exfoliation.
It can be performed prior to treatments like facials, laser, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels for better product penetration.
It can be performed frequently.
It helps makeup go on smoother and more evenly.
It can help significantly lighten post inflammatory scars from past acne.
It does not make the hair grow back thicker and darker.
It can aid in less skin congestion - Less vellus hair means less trapped dirt.
It can stimulate collagen production and tighten the skin, reduce the appearance of fine lines.
Am I a good candidate?
The ideal candidate for Dermaplaning has aging, dry, rough, or uneven skin tone. Although, it is generally safe to perform on most skin types and can sometimes be advised as a more gentle form of exfoliation for pregnant/nursing women or those with sensitive skin. Dermaplaning can also help reduce the appearance of shallow acne scars, fine lines and superficial hyperpigmentation.
Is the treatment safe?
This treatment is extremely safe when performed by a properly trained skincare professional. There is no more risk to the skin than when you shave your legs. There is also no downtime associated with this procedure making it desirable to many individuals looking for immediate results with no downtime.
Does it hurt? Will it cause cuts?
Dermaplaning is effective by performing a gentle scraping motion across the skin’s surface. With hair removal such as waxing and threading, most people have the idea that all hair removal is painful, but dermaplaning is entirely painless. There are risks of cuts on the skin, however they are small and very minor as the pressure used for Dermaplaning cannot cause a deep cut. These nicks and scrapes are rare but do heal within 24-48 hours not unlike when shaving with a razor.
Will it make the hair on my face grow back thicker and darker?
No. This is a common misconception. There are different types of hair that grow on the body; vellus hair and terminal hair. Vellus hair is found on most areas of the body except palms, soles, lips and genital areas, whereas terminal hairs are found on the scalp, underarms and pubic region. The soft and fine vellus hair grows back at the same rate and texture always whereas terminal hair can grow back more coarse. For those with facial hair that is dark and coarse (usually related to hormones), this treatment may not be advisable, or those areas can simply be avoided.
What is the benefit of adding a chemical peel with Dermaplaning?
Hyperkeratosis is a build up of dead skin cells on the skin’s surface. By removing this initial layer, a chemical peel is able to penetrate deeper into the dermis resulting in a more effective treatment. The conjunction of dermaplaning and a chemical peel leaves the skin refreshed and rejuvenated. Together they promote new skin growth and target problems such as aging, sun spots and environmental damage.
How long is the treatment? How often can I have it done?
Dermaplaning takes anywhere between 30-45 minutes and can be performed every 3-4 weeks. The treatment itself removes approximately 21 days worth of dead skin so it is important to let your skin repair itself and rejuvenate before your next appointment.
What is the difference between dermaplaning and microdermabrasion?
Both options are a form of physical exfoliation. Dermaplaning removes vellus hair (peach fuzz) and dead skin cells from the skin, whereas microdermabrasion exfoliates the surface of the skin, but not quite as thoroughly or as deeply as dermaplaning does.
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Top 3 Reasons to Add Dermaplaning to Your Spa
Growing in popularity, it has quickly become one of the top-requested services in many aesthetic business’. We’ve listed our top reasons as to why it is a service that you won’t want to opt out of!
ATTRACT NEW CLIENTS
This service is not only very popular but it is also very affordable! For those that might not usually invest in a facial treatment, dermaplaning offers an affordable and effective alternative. Taking only about 30 minutes to perform, and with an average price tag of $79/treatment, it is a great way to bring new clients into your business.
EASY TO UPSELL
Because the effects of Dermaplaning only last 4-6 weeks, it is often recommended as a monthly treatment. A package or a ‘course’ of treatments can easily be sold to maximize your upfront revenues. Due to the wonderful effects that dermaplaning can have on your skin (hello enhanced product penetration!), it is also advised that you discuss at-home skincare products that will take advantage of the skin’s enhanced absorption.
STACK + COMBINE TREATMENTS
The beautiful thing about dermaplaning is the increased product absorption and penetration that occurs as a result of removing the outer layer of the skin. Due to this, many aestheticians use dermaplaning as an “accelerator” when paired with other treatments such as facials, microdermabrasion, chemical peels etc. It’s also easily paired with more affordable facial treatments and add-ons like sheet masks, enzyme peels, extractions etc.