Please find below information relating to the most frequently asked questions around Dermaplaning treatments. We understand the importance of transparency and ensuring that you, our valued clients, are fully informed and able to make the best decision you can. If you would like further information that can not be found below please feel free to contact us.
WHAT IS DERMAPLANING AND IS IT SAFE?
Dermaplaning is a simple and safe procedure for exfoliating the epidermis and ridding the skin of fine vellus hair (peach fuzz). It is extremely safe when performed by a professionally trained technician. The technique is performed by using a specialised sterile surgical instrument. Once the skin is properly prepped, the technician holds the skin taught and gently scrapes the blade at a 45-degree angle.
ONCE THE VELLUS HAIR IS REMOVED WILL IT GROW BACK QUICKER AND THICKER?
No, this is physiologically impossible. The soft, fine vellus hair will grow back slowly – usually in about 4 weeks and no different than it was previously.
CAN DERMAPLANING CAUSE DAMAGE TO THE SKIN?
Excessive scraping, nicks and cuts can cause damage to the skin. This is why it is imperitive you have a professional technician who has had the highest level of training, and who has the correct tools to do this treatment.
WHAT AREA CAN BE TREATED?
Dermaplaning is only to be performed on the face (excluding eyelids and lips). The treatment cannot be offered on any other part of the body.
HOW OFTEN CAN THIS PROCEDURE BE DONE?
Dermaplaning can be carried out every 3-4 weeks. Treating the skin in this manner removes about 2 – 3 weeks’ worth of dead skin cells. You should always leave enough time between treatments to allow the skin to complete its normal skin cycle of approximately 30 days before repeating.
CAN DERMAPLANING BE PREFORMED ALONGSIDE ANY OTHER TREATMENTS?
Yes. Dermaplaning is generally at its most effective right before an LED Light Therapy treatment as it helps to enhance the absorption of light into the skins epidermis, speeding up the benefits
WHO CAN BE TREATED?
All skin types can benefit from Dermaplaning. Even men can be treated (over non-bearded areas only). It is particularly beneficial for clients suffering with:
• Fine lines and wrinkles
• Acne scarring
• Fine vellus facial hair (peach fuzz)
• Uneven & rough skin
• Dull skin
It is important to always discuss any allergies or skin sensitivities with your technician before starting a treatment
IS IT PAINFUL?
No, Dermaplaning is an exfoliative technique that uses the edge of a scalpel moved at 45 degrees (superficially) along the surface of the skin to smooth and exfoliate the skin and remove dead cells and fine vellus hairs. This is enhanced along with a facial massage and is surprisingly relaxing and pain free. It is a procedure that can be compared to the sensation of shaving your legs.
WHAT ARE THE PRE AND POST CARE PROCEDURES?
In order to achieve the best results, it is best to follow the pre and post care instructions.
Prior to your procedure, clients are advised of the following:
• Do not use Retin-A or other exfoliating creams 72 hours prior to your treatment.
• Avoid sun tanning or tanning creams/sprays for at least a week before treatment
• You must NOT have recently had laser surgery or used Accutane. Accutane (isotretinoin) therapy, also known as isotretinoin, is a medication on the market to treat acne. During therapy and up to 6 months after completing isotretinoin, the skin is highly sensitive and chances of scarring are high; therefore, it is recommended you wait at least 6 months after completing therapy to consider Dermaplaning
• Clients who have had a recent chemical peel or other skin procedure, such as Botox or filler injections, should wait two weeks before undergoing Dermaplaning.
• Clients should also refrain from waxing the skin to be treated for 72 hours prior to Dermaplaning
• Clients must not have an active cold sore. If you are prone to cold sores, please let us know so we can discuss your options
To maximize dermaplaning recovery time and results, it is important to follow all post-procedure instructions below:
• Wash your face with a gentle, acid-free cleanser, tepid water and avoid topical products that contain alpha or beta hydroxyl acids, retinols or Retin-A for approximately 72 hours (longer if possible). If irritation occurs after applying the above products, wait a few more days to allow your skin to heal. Under no circumstances should you use a product that abrades the skin within the 72-hour period (no scrubs), nor should you submerge the treated area in chlorinated pool or hot tub for 3 to 5 days.
• Avoid sun exposure as much as possible for a minimum of 14 days post treatment. If you must be in the sun, apply SPF 30 or greater, reapply often, wear a wide-brimmed hat, and seek shade when possible.
• Avoid excessive heat 14 days post treatment, i.e. heavy workouts, steam rooms or saunas, etc.
• Avoid chlorine for 24 hours
• Avoid facial waxing for 7 days
• Avoid dermal fillers and Botox for 2 to 3 weeks.
• Do not pick, scratch or aggressively rub the treated area.
• No scrubs, polishers or aggressive brushes should be used for 7 days.
• Makeup may be worn if the skin is not broken.
• Do apply serums as absorption levels will, and therefore effectiveness is increased.
You may experience slight peeling for the first few days. Slight windburn sensation and/or blotchiness are normal for the first few days. Skincare products may tingle or slightly burn for the first 2 days.
WHAT IS THE RECOMMENDED COURSE FOR OPTIMAL RESULTS?
Dermaplaning can be offered as a one off treatment, or as a course of treatments – depending on the clients needs, and expected results from the treatment. This will be discussed with you during your consultation. Dermaplaning can only be carried out every 3-4 weeks.