How does it work? Dermaplaning is a form of manual exfoliation similar in theory to microdermabrasion but without the use of suction or abrasive crystals. An esthetician grade, sterile blade is stroked along the skin at an angle to gently “shave off” dead skin cells from the epidermis. Dermaplaning also temporarily removes the fine vellus hair of the face, leaving a very smooth surface. As with any type of exfoliation, the removal of dead skin cells allows home care products to be more effective, reduces the appearance of fine lines, evens skin tone and assists in reducing milia, closed and open comedones, and minor breakouts associated with congested pores. Dermaplaning can be an effective exfoliation method for clients that have couperose (tiny blood vessels near the surface of the skin), sensitive skin or allergies that prevent the use of microdermabrasion or chemical peels. Due to the contours of the face, certain areas of the face (such as the eyelids and nose) are not treatable using this method.
Who is not a candidate? Any person:
Active infection of any type, such as herpes simplex or flat warts
Any raised lesions
Any recent chemical peel procedure
Chemotherapy or radiation
Eczema or dermatitis
Hormonal therapy that produces thick pigmentation
Using blood thinners
Recent use of topical agents such as glycolic acids, alpha-hydroxy acids and Retin-A
Use of Accutane within the last year
Maximum results are obtained by participating in a series of treatments as well as following a home care regimen
Client may experience excessive dryness or peeling between sessions
More sensitive skin may experience some redness after several sessions. This normally goes away after 2 to 3 hours
Dermaplaning may cause minor superficial abrasions which may not appear until a day or two following your treatment. If this should occur, please contact me so that I can do a post-treatment follow up with you
What to do before treatment?
Client should discontinue use of any irritant topical agents 48 hours prior to their treatment
The client should arrive for treatment with clean skin, there should be no lotion, make-up, perfume, deodorant, powder or bath/shower oil present on the skin
Avoid skin irritation or skin tanning
What can I expect after the treatment?
Avoid direct sunlight exposure immediately following the treatment (including any strong UV light exposure or tanning beds)
Use high factor Sunscreen on the treated areas for at least two weeks post procedure. Tanning is now allowed during the course of the treatment. Twice daily cleanse the treated area with a posttreatment cleanser, followed by a serum or treatment cream and follow with SPF 30+ sunscreen