Clear and smooth skin is something every woman wants, and removing facial hair has become a rather popular interest. Some women decide on simply plugging the unwanted hair themselves, while others turn to their beauticians. And then there are women who decide on dermaplaning, which provides smoothness of the entire face. But what exactly are we talking about here?
WHAT IS DERMAPLANING?
Dermaplaning is a skin treatment that skims dead cells and hair from your face. It is a non-invasive procedure done by a licensed professional and the goal is to make your skin smoother.
The treatment is done with an exfoliating blade and it is completely painless. The blade gently removes the top layers of your skin, including acne scarring and fine wrinkles, and the final result is glowing and softer skin.
HOW DOES THE TREATMENT WORK?
The first thing you might have noticed is that the blade resembles a shaving razor and the concept is also basically the same as shaving. The sterile blade is positioned at a precise angle, and slowly and gently drawn across your skin. This removes all the scar tissue, dead cells, and any other scraps that make your skin appear uneven.
On daily basis, your skin is exposed to a lot of harmful elements, including sun damage. Because of these factors, your skin may appear aged and colorless. Dermaplaning removes the top layers of your skin, making room for the new cells, giving your skin a fresh and healthy glow.
HOW DOES THE PROCEDURE GO?
The procedure is absolutely painless; there might be a slight tingling sensation, but there is no pain.
The treatment requires you to lie down so you feel more comfortable. There are also a few numbing options you can choose from, such as a numbing cream. After you relax, your specialist of choice will use a manual or electronic dermaplaning tool and gently scrape over your skin. The process usually takes from twenty to thirty minutes.
After the procedure, the specialist applies a substance that soothes your skin (aloe, for example), and also sunscreen, so your face is fully protected from all harm.
WHAT PREPARATIONS ARE NEEDED BEFORE DERMAPLANING?
When you decide on dermaplaning, and once you choose the specialist to perform the treatment, a consultation will be scheduled. Your provider will go through your medical history with you, discuss your skin type and skin coloring, and you will go over the wanted results.
In case of any active acne flare-ups, the appointment may be rescheduled to avoid further irritation of the skin. And because sun damage can compromise your skin, you will have to stay clear of direct sunlight for about a week before your appointment.
WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER THE PROCEDURE?
There is no recovery period after the procedure. There may be redness and a feeling of scraped skin but this will disappear within three days.
Immediately after the treatment, your skin might appear brighter, but it normally takes a few days to see the full results. The outcome will become clearer when the redness calms down. What you need to be extra careful about after the dermaplaning treatment is sun exposure. The effects of the procedure could be reversed by sun damage and there is a possibility of hyperpigmentation since your skin is freshly exposed. Putting sunscreen on your face will prevent this from happening.
The results of dermaplaning are not permanent; they will clear up after three weeks to a month.
BENEFITS OF DERMAPLANING
Besides giving your skin a fresh glow, there are quite a few other benefits of this procedure. There are fewer wrinkles and fine lines, peach fuzz is reduced, the absorbing of products is better, application of makeup is easier, the pores are smaller, and the appearance of acne scars is reduced.
And since this is a non-invasive treatment, it can also be a very enjoyable and relaxing experience.
RISKS AND SIDE EFFECTS
Although it is done with a sharp blade, dermaplaning is a very low-risk procedure. There might be some temporary redness, itchiness, and irritation, but it goes away after a couple of days. In case any of these side effects become more severe, asking your doctor for advice is the way to go.
It is very rare, but scarring and infection do sometimes occur after dermaplaning. If it happens, your doctor will treat the scar tissue with a steroid injection in order to subside the inflammation. Patchy skin pigment is another possible side effect, but it might disappear on its own after a few days.
WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR DERMAPLANING?
A good candidate is anyone who wants to minimize wrinkles, and get rid of peach fuzz, and improve the health and look of the skin. The gentle approach of this service also makes it a great option for people with different limitations. Not everybody is open to every treatment, and people with more sensitive skin can benefit greatly from dermaplaning.
IS DERMAPLANING SAFE TO DO AT HOME?
It is possible to do dermaplaning effectively and safely from the comfort of your home. By using proper instruments, and the correct technique, the results can be very satisfactory. Various tools can help you perform the procedure by yourself, and doing a little research will help you decide on the instruments and supplements that suit your needs best.
HOW FREQUENTLY CAN A TREATMENT BE DONE?
The effects of treatment usually fade after three to four weeks. It is important to not rush to your next appointment; your skin needs to bounce back. Waiting at least four weeks is enough but since facial hair does not regrow that fast, you probably will not be in any hurry for another treatment.
THE FINAL VERDICT
Scraping your face with a blade may sound strange and unconventional to a lot of people. As you can see from the article, dermaplaning is a non-invasive and for many reasons even beneficial treatment. Is it the right treatment for you? Why not contact a certified specialist and schedule a consultation. And if you feel confident enough to do it alone, there are numerous instruments that can help you achieve your goal.