What is Dermaplaning? Procedure, Benefits, and Side Effects

What is Dermaplaning? Procedure, Benefits, and Side Effects

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Dermaplaning is a cosmetic procedure that is getting more attention by the day. Depending on your skin type and the results that you want to achieve, this treatment can be the very solution to your need to have super smooth and glowing skin. Not only is it a fast-rising Hollywood trend, it’s also FDA-approved.

Given all the raves it’s been getting lately, it’s hard to ignore what a dermaplaning treatment can potentially do for you. Fortunately, we have that right within arm’s reach in New Zealand.

But what is this procedure all about, and is it truly good for our skin? We looked for the answers so you don’t have to! Read on to find out more everything you need to know about dermaplaning, the process itself, and its benefits and side effects.

what is dermaplaning

What is a dermaplaning treatment?

Dermaplaning is a cosmetic treatment that uses a surgical-grade scalpel to gently scrape off the outermost layer of dead skin.

A highly trained aesthetician moves the razor-like tool in smooth, singular strokes against the hairs, with the goal to remove dirt and vellus hair (also known as peach fuzz). In the simplest terms, it’s like having your face shaved to remove those fine baby hairs so that your skin feels softer and smoother.

Thismanual exfoliation procedure is pain-free, and if you like the results, you can schedule to have this treatment done once a month.

What does dermaplaning involve?

During the procedure, the aesthetician will gently pull on the skin to tighten it and then lightly glide the blade over the skin using feathering strokes in an upward motion. The single blade is typically angled at 45 degrees for optimal coverage until the entire treatment area is covered. A dermaplaning procedure usually takes 10 to 20 minutes and can be performed as a single treatment or as part of a more comprehensive facial package.

Take note that you shouldn’t be exfoliating your skin at least three days before your dermaplaning appointment. You also shouldn’t have been tanning or getting exposed to direct sunlight.

Dermaplaning step-by-step procedure

Step 1: Cleansing: The aesthetician ensures that all makeup is removed from your face using a cleanser.

Step 2: Scraping: Using a surgical blade, the aesthetician performs the actual dermaplaning process, covering the entire face to just below the jawline.

Step 3: Toner: When the procedure is done, the aesthetician will apply a gentle, alcohol-free toner to all areas of the face.

Step 4: Moisturizing and massage: A moisturizer or soothing balm is applied to the skin for a radiant finish.

what is dermaplaning

Benefits of dermaplaning

If you’re looking for a thorough surface exfoliation, this hair removal solution might be for you. It removes facial hair and all the dead cells from the top layer of the skin, leaving it with a brighter, more glowing surface that can absorb skincare products and professional treatments better.

How well results turn out will depend largely on your skin type and condition, so it’s important that you always consult with your trusted aesthetician to ensure that you are on the right path.

If you’re apprehensive about the idea of a scalpel on your face, these dermaplaning benefits will convince you it’s a safe procedure that deserves a try.

  • It gently exfoliates to remove dead skin cells
  • It removes those fine, unwanted hair (vellus hair or peach fuzz)
  • It promotes smoother and healthier skin
  • It improves your skin’s appearance from acne scars and hyperpigmentation
  • It addresses dull skin and promotes skin regeneration
  • It eliminates dirt and excess oils
  • It pairs well with other skin treatments
  • It has minimal to zero downtime
  • It is painless and generally suitable for sensitive skin

Although many have seen positive results from dermaplaning, it’s important to understand that the success of the procedure is dependent on your skin type and how it was performed. It might not be the solution for all skin concerns, so it’s always best to consult with a licensed aesthetician before undergoing any kind of cosmetic treatment.

what is dermaplaning

Dermaplaning side effects

Most will have little to no reaction during and after a dermaplaning procedure, though experiencing someshort-term side effects like tenderness, redness, and, if the wrong products are applied, a burning or tingling sensation on the treatment area can be expected after.

Perhaps the biggest side effect from dermaplaning can happen if it’s not performed by a professional. There are plenty of at-home kits and beauty products available that encourage you to perform the procedure yourself. However, in the hands of the inexperienced, this hair removal treatment could do more harm than good, as it requires the trained use of a blade.

Is dermaplaning right for you?

The ideal candidate for dermaplaning is someone who has a lot of peach fuzz hair that they want to remove.

It is not recommended if you suffer from inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema, sunburn, rosacea, moderate to severe acne (or cystic acne), cold sores, and psoriasis. If you are under medication to treat your skin, the best practice would be to wait at least six months before getting a dermaplaning procedure and to talk to your dermatologist or clinician first.

Lovoir Skin Body & Beauty offers dermaplaning services in Christchurch, NZ. We have many happy clients who come in regularly for this procedure as a standalone treatment or alongside other cosmetic procedures.

When you consult with our expert therapists, we will create a personalised treatment plan that will set up the best path towards having always smooth, forever glowing, and brighter skin.Book an appointment with us today.

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