What is Dermaplaning?

13 July 2019
Kay Cooper

A new treatment this summer is Dermaplaning, many people have questioned me, what is Dermaplaning? Is it good for your skin? What will it look like after?

Dermaplaning is also known as blading, skin resurfacing or skin leveling. Dermaplaning removes the outer most layers of the dead skin cells, immediately leaving the skin feeling soft and smooth. It is a non-traumatic facial and most are suitable to have this treatment. This is another form of exfoliation. With this exfoliation of the dead skin cells, the vellus hair is removed, causing the skin to be perfectly silky smooth. This is turn allows make-up to sit flawlessly on the skin, as it will not clog the hairs. Dermaplaning is using a surgical sterile blade to remove to excess dead skin and downy hair.

Dermaplaning before and after facial treatment

Why have Dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning is very popular with celebrities in this high definition era. It makes the skin look more defined and sharp, perfect for all those Instagram photos.

Dermaplaning is a manual method of exfoliation, this means most people can have this treatment. It helps with rough, dry skin and can help with superficial pigmentation and scarring.

Treatment results are a more refined, smooth, glowing appearance.

But what about the hair growing back?!

The hair that is removed from your skin is called vellus hair, it is soft and downy. This can grow back slightly blunt, but will always be vellus hair. If the hair is terminal (darker and/or thicker) it will come back as terminal. Dermaplaning cannot change the hair to something it wasn’t in the first place.

What happens in the facial?

A thorough consultation is done at the start of the treatment, to ensure the treatment is suitable and what will be needed for each individual client. As with any facial, I start with a cleanse and tone of the skin, the Dermaplaning is then performed and an Alumier MD mask is applied to the face. Depending on what was discussed during the consultation, the face mask that is applied will be what is needed for the skin i.e Deep Moisture Mask, Enzyme Therapy Mask or Refining Clay Mask. After the mask is washed off, Recovery Balm and SPF 40 is applied to the skin.

What happens after the facial?

You will be given aftercare to ensure that you take good care of your skin. Your skin will feel bare or someone described to me one ‘naked’! So always make sure you follow the aftercare and a big must is wearing SPF all day every day, especially in the summer months.

How often do I have this treatment?

This is entirely up to you. Clients love to have Dermaplaning for special one-off treatment or some like to have it as a regular, every 4 - 6 weeks treatment. It is recommended that anyone having it done for a wedding has a trial facial five weeks before the big day, to ensure their skin is suitable and not too sensitive for the deep exfoliation.

I hope this has answered your questions on Dermaplaning and has helped you decide whether it is suitable for you. If you have any more questions please don’t hesitate to contact me.

This treatment is available at Kay Cooper Skin Centre, and you can book here online.

Watch the video of Dermaplaning here

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