You might have seen beauty “influencers” on YouTube shaving their faces using small razors to exfoliate and remove facial hair, but did you know that this can be dangerous?
Dermaplaning is a procedure that involves scraping the top layers of the skin off with a sterile scalpel to improve its appearance. The process itself is simple and straightforward, but the danger comes from improper technique or cuts inflicted on yourself due to lack of experience. It takes a professional trained in this procedure to succeed in this treatment.
Bottom line: any hair removal treatments that involve the use of a blade to the skin (even for gently scraping peach fuzz) should be done by somebody who is qualified to do this. Now that we’ve established why dermaplaning needs a professional’s intervention, let’s have a look at its pros and cons, plus why or why not it’s for you.
So, dermaplaning means shaving facial hair, right?
Dermaplaning is the act of shaving off your peach fuzz (or vellus hairs) and dead skin cells with a single sterile blade, much like when you shave at home. But dermaplaning has some major differences from other hair removal methods for your face – namely that it’s performed by licensed professionals with razor sharp scalpels in a professional setting rather than DIY-ing. It also can’t be accomplished by going to the local store’s “just because” section where they do sell these blades without supervision.
The thing about dead skin cells…
Why do dead skin cells build up? If you don’t exfoliate your face and slough off those pesky old dead skin, they can accumulate and cause problems. Exfoliating is a must for anyone wanting to achieve that youthful and vibrant look all the time.
While it can be 100 percent normal — as it is part of how our skin refreshes itself with new ones — the buildup over time will take a toll on your complexion. Regular exfoliation sessions help remove dirt from clogging your pores or becoming one giant blocked pore that could end in breakouts, acne scars, and cystic bumps.
Dermaplaning is an effective yet gentle physical exfoliation procedure that eliminates dead skin cells and vellus hair from the outermost layer of the skin. This will reduce the build-up of old cells, resulting in a more even skin tone with a smoother texture.
What to expect during a dermaplaning procedure
The benefits of dermaplaning extend beyond simply being relaxing. It is also enjoyable.
While you are reclining, your clinician will secure any hair that may get in the way of treatment. During the procedure, the clinician will hold a sterile blade at a 45-degree angle and then make quick strokes across the face with one swift motion after another.
Pros of dermaplaning
After a dermaplaning session, you’ll notice that your skin is smoother and clearer than before. The lines around the corners of your mouth will also be more defined. Here are some of the benefits to expect from this treatment:
Clearer Skin, Brighter Complexion
The dermaplaning treatment can help patients improve the appearance of their skin in many ways. Many notice that they have brighter, more even-looking skin tone and fewer age spots after a few sessions. Their complexion will also feel softer to touch — their overall texture may change for the better, as well!
This treatment clears away all of the hair from your skin, giving you a smoother appearance. Your cheeks,, chin, and forehead will be completely free of any peach fuzz or fine hairs
Better Skincare Efficacy
After this hair removal treatment, you’ll find that your at-home skincare routine will be more effective. Instead of using less expensive products like you usually do when trying to save money on your beauty regimen — the level of exfoliation you get from dermaplaning now justifies high-quality serums and moisturizers because they’ll go farther.
Cons of dermaplaning
Dermaplaning is a low-risk procedure, but it does come with some side effects. You may experience slight redness in your face for a few hours after. Infections are rare, but they can happen if the procedure is not performed properly. For the most part, the cons of dermaplaning come from incorrect, DIY methods.
I’m concerned. Will hair grow back thicker?
There’s a common myth that dermaplaning will make your facial hair grow back thicker. This is not true at all! We all have hairs on our face. But as we get older, things can change and make them more noticeable in certain areas of the skin.
Can I combine it with other skincare treatment procedures?
Dermaplaning is not only beneficial when combined with chemical peels, but it also works well as an additional treatment to traditional facials or other types of treatments. When you combine one such service with another on your face there are many great effects — including smoother and healthier looking skin. Your clinician will be able to recommend suitable treatment combinations that will make your skin look fresher and brighter.
I have sensitive skin. Is dermaplaning right for me?
If you have very sensitive skin, approach new treatments with caution — especially if those treatments involve blades or similar things that might harm your delicate complexion in some way. Dermaplaning may seem like one such treatment that’s worth exploring for all its buzziness — but only if it doesn’t come at the cost of possible discomfort.
Is your skin sensitized, experiencing active and cystic acne breakouts, or suffering some degree of sun damage from a recent weekend at the beach? You might want to avoid dermaplaning for a while to prevent further irritation. Always consult with your practitioner before considering the blade.
Why the right provider matters
Dermaplaning is a one-of-a-kind service that will improve your skin without any harsh chemical peels or laser hair removal.
AtLovoir Skin Body and Beauty, all treatments include consultation about what we can do for you personally, an analysis on how much time has passed since your last visit (or if this was your first one), extraction of blackheads and whiteheads (if you need them), followed by an application of high-quality skincare products designed specifically for each client’s needs.
Our experienced dermaplaning specialists at Lovoir can help you better understand what this procedure can do for you. Book a consultation with our certified dermaplaning technicians today to learn more.