What is dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning is a technique for controlled exfoliation of the skin and removal of fine hair. The term comes for combining two words, epidermis and planing. The epidermis is the top layer of skin. It provides the skin with protection, and it is waterproof. Planing is a term that comes from woodworking. It is a technique that removes the top layer of wood making it smooth by shaving it. It prepares the wood to be primed with chemicals to enhance its look. Dermaplaning shaves the top layer of skin in order remove impurities and “peach fuzz” type hair on the body.
How may dermaplaning help you?
Some people use dermaplaning to remove excess hair on the body such an unwanted beard or mustache. For example, if you are a woman with dense hair on the upper lip or extra long sideburns you are tired of wearing, dermaplaning will safely and painlessly remove the hair. The hair will grow back eventually, and the treatment usually lasts about 60 to 90 days. Once the hair has returned, the treatment can be performed again.
It is a simple treatment and it takes about 30 minutes to complete a whole face. The procedure is performed with special blades, unlike the over-the-counter types that you can pick up at the store. These are sterilized surgical blades that are used to exfoliate the skin. This totally eliminates the need for typical razors and harsh, abrasive creams on the face or body.
What are the benefits?
In addition to the obvious benefit of hair removal, dermaplaning leaves the skin feeling smooth and soft. The primed skin is then ready for treatment by skin creams to prolong the effect of the procedure. Combining dermaplaning with a gentle chemical peel may provide more even skin, and acne scar relief, while also reducing premature wrinkling and pore size.
Who needs it?
Dermaplaning is ideal for people with unwanted hair and sensitive skin. It is also a good alternative to microdermabrasion. Microdermabrasion uses fine crystals to achieve the same effect, but the crystals can get into the eye and cause irritation. Microdermabrasion can also be performed by a person that is not certified skin professional, and the tools must be sterilized, or there could be a risk of infection.
Why do you need it?
People want to look and feel their best. Investing in the health of your skin is smart medicine and helps boost self esteem. We may be self conscious and believe others are staring at our imperfections. Or maybe you are simply tired of looking at certain inherited aspects of yourself and want to make a change.
Dermaplaning can safely remove dead, flaky skin as well as unsightly hair that is constantly a problem. It is much better than using a razor and has a longer effect so you don’t have to shave every other day to maintain your desired look.
If you are considering dermaplaning, you should consult a dermatologist or a licensed Aesthetician to make sure this process is right for you and your skin.