Ask The Experts with
Tammy Young, Licensed Aesthecian
What is derma-planing?
Dermaplaning is the controlled scraping of skin that efficiently removes the layer of dead skin and what we commonly call the fine “peach fuzz” on the face.
Is dermaplaning a new procedure?
No, but up until now, it has been offered more commonly on the West Coast and major cities. In the past, it has been commonly used among Hollywood celebrities and Country Music stars.
How does it differ from microdermabrasion or peels?
Microdermabrasion is an abrasive, rapid exfoliation that sands off 3 layers of dead or damaged skin to reveal an undamaged layer of skin underneath. Whereas with dermaplaning, it is not abrasive, there are no products involved with the procedure, and there is no discomfort or pain. There is no recovery time.
How does it work and what are the benefits?
We use a dermaplaning device to remove the dead skin cells and fine facial hair to reveal healthy, undamaged skin. Because there are no products involved, there is no risk of allergies. It provides the client immediate gratification – you can apply makeup immediately afterward. It’s great for special occasions where you want to look your best.
Are there clients that especially benefit from dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning is very gentle and very efficient. Dermaplaning works great with clients with sensitive skin who tend to be allergic to certain products. It is also very beneficial for those clients who naturally have a lot of fine facial hair.
Are there clients that would not be suitable for dermaplaning?
People who are going through cancer treatment or have an uncontrolled bleeding problem are not dermaplaning candidates. A client with active acne, cycstic acne or those who have taken Accutane within the past year are also not good candidates. For all of these conditions or situations, there are other treatments that would be more beneficial for these clients.
What do clients need to do prior to dermaplaning?
The only “pretreatment” we require is that if a client is on a Retin-A regiment, we ask that you do not use Retin-A for several days before dermaplaning. Other than that, there is none.
After dermaplaning treatments, is there a recovery time or special instructions to do at home?
There is no recovery time – results are immediate. However, because we have eliminated the dead skin cells, new, undamaged skin is revealed, we recommend wearing sunscreen for a couple of days afterward. Obviously, no tanning bed immediately afterward. Also, we provide an ointment afterwards to wear to help keep your skin baby-soft. Other than this, you can apply makeup immediately afterwards.
Is dermaplaning painful or uncomfortable?
How long does the dermaplaning procedure take?
The dermaplaning procedure itself takes only 20 – 30 minutes.
Can I combine dermaplaning with facials?
Yes. In fact, we offer a DermaplanePro Facial that includes a natural enzyme peel to get rid of any additional dead skin after dermaplaning. It also includes extractions, if necessary, and a moisturizing mask. If a monthly skin treatment is already part of your regiment, we can certainly add dermaplaning to a client’s regular routine.
How often can you get dermaplaning treatments?
Dermaplaning is so gentle you could actually do it weekly. However, we recommend once a month for eliminating damaged skin. For the facial hair aspect alone, dermaplaning will last from 6 – 8 weeks.
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