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Dermaplaning is an advanced exfoliating treatment that aims to exfoliate the skin’s outermost layer. It helps to luminize complexion, reduce pigmentation, diminish appearance of fine lines and allows products to absorb better in the skin.
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Dermaplaning vs face shaving
Due to mainstream media, there is a slight confusion between both Dermaplaning and face shaving. Some inter-use these terms synonymously, however they are two different performances. Here are the predominant differences:
Tool used and technique
Face shaving uses a face shaver/razor. This tool is only suitable to shave down the hair shaft, and isn’t sufficiently sharp enough to efficiently skim all the dead skin. Dermaplaning uses a medical and surgical sterile scalpel, which is designed to be able to skim through thin layers of dead skin. Thus, having better access and conducting a better job.
A lot of face shaving procedures are done with moisture, in most cases, a form of oil. This is to facilitate the gliding motions of the razor. In terms of removing dead skin cells, this is not adequate. It’s much harder to remove dry and dead skin cells once they’ve been exposed to moisture. Your skin adheres and familiarizes with the oil, as your skin produces oil itself. Dermaplaning is performed on clean and moisture-free skin, to be able to remove as much dead skin as possible. Since the scalpel is sharper, it doesn’t need lubrication to glide on the skin.
Who is a candidate?
Like with all treatments, a thorough consultation with your provider is essential in ensuring this treatment is right for you. However, all skin types can benefit from Dermaplaning, as it only works on the most external layers of the skin. There is no heat, light or frequency involved. Some skins that have active inflammatory conditions may not be suitable for the treatment, as it can provoke more unwanted inflammation, however this can be assessed for you prior to the treatment. We would want to treat the inflammation first, and once it has settled down, then we can move onto more invasive treatments. This is definetely a treatment you work up to, meaning: treat any conditions that contrindicate Dermaplaning, and when those are taken care of, you may be able to receive this treatment.
Is there anything I should know/do before my treatment?
To benefit from a full Dermaplaning treatment, there are some pre-treatment protocols to follow, such as:
- No exfoliation of any kind 5-7 days before your appointment (includes facial waxing, acids and/or Retinoids)
- No direct sun tanning or tanning beds
- No fillers or Botox for 2 week prior to appointment
- Update skin therapist of any medications or topicals you are using (some
contraindicate the service)
Are there any side effects?
Unlike other forms of exfoliation, Dermaplaning does have a small downtime involved. Following your first treatment, you may see/feel minimal tightness, burning, redness, and itchiness. This is completely normal and may continue for about 1-2 days. Your skin will begin healing immediately, so the discomfort is very temporary. You may resume all normal activities within 48-72 hours (all depends on the activity).
You’ll notice after a couple days, your skin will begin to desquamate. This means that your skin will begin to shed and feel crusty to the touch. This is completely normal, and is a healthy sign your skin is healing nicely. It’s not recommended to exfoliate during this time, but if for whatever reason you must, you may use a gentle no grain exfoliator to polish the skin. In this instance, we recommend Guinot Gommage Biologique.
We always suggest to receive this treatment at least 1 week before a big event, vacation or anything where you may expose your skin to extreme factors, to allow an adequate healing time.