How is Dermaplaning performed?
It is safely performed by using a #10 blade (yes, a sterile surgical blade). The blade is held against the skin at a 45 degree angle and stroked along the skin, just like shaving. However, the practitioner is doing the stroking while holding the area of skin taut.
This treatment, when professionally trained/performed, is extremely safe. There is no more risk to the skin than when a man shaves his face. As long as the practitioner has adequate training, the treatment should be very easy and quick.
Dermaplaning is performed only on the facial areas only.
With exceptions to the nostrils, eyelids, neck and chest areas.
This procedure is similar to microdermabrasions or chemical peels; during said procedure there is typically 2-3 weeks worth of dead skin cells removed and you can safely have this procedure repeated every 3-4 weeks, it is recommended to wait this long between services to allow the skin to complete its normal skin cycle of approximately 30 days.
Dermaplaning can also be performed in conjunction with a chemical peel. It is recommended using a Non-Traumatic Chirally-Correct peels (each ingredient contains only those molecules that will produce positive side effects to the skin). They are made without harsh chemicals that might induce a burn effect on the skin. Being loaded with antioxidants and nutrients as well as chirally-correct acids, such as L-lactic, L-malic and L-tartaric.
Still with the above precautions you still may still see some superficial peeling after a chemical peel and dermaplaning service. If you are seeing skin peeling after a regular dermaplaning procedure without the act of a chemical peel, the procedure may be too soon for your skins normal cycle to be complete. Take note when you are having it done and try to lesson the procedures so you are lessening the skin peeling process that could occur. This will not help with the health of your skin if you are not allowing your skins normal cycle to be completed.
The idea is to not over-exfoliate the skin. We are just assisting with your skin’s natural exfoliation process.
Skin types/conditions that can be benefited or treated by this procedure:
Nearly all skin types can truly benefit from dermaplaning, however, it is not recommended that this treatment be used for those suffering from severe acne and an over production of the sebaceous gland (microscopic glands in the skin that secrete an oily/waxy matter, called sebum). The oils from the sebaceous glad need to travel up and connect with the vellus hair (short, fine, light-colored, and barely noticeable hair that develops on most of a person’s body from his/her childhood. Typically referred to as “Peach Fuzz”). If the hair is removed, then the oils tend to stay below where they are prone to mix with bacterial colonies, ultimately stimulating more acne.
This procedure is often a great alternative to someone that cannot have a chemical peel or microdermabrasion procedure due to contraindications that will prevent them from having said services. Someone pregnant for example, would benefit from this process if they were concerned with the skin texture or were routinely having peels or dermabrasion services.
The only Contraindications to dermaplaning include an allergy to nickel, numerous raised lesions on the skin and inflamed acne.
Procedures for having Dermaplaning:
- You should be explained the procedure and informed that although unlikely, there is a chance that you could obtain a superficial scrape or nick to the skin.
- You should sign a consent form that states possibilities of complications.
- Your skin should be cleaned thoroughly, using a cleanser with mild keratolytic properties, (such as beta or apha hydroxy acids) this will help loosen dead skin and allow for a deeper exfoliation with the scalpel.
- The scalpel being used should have a #10 blade in the handle. Blade may need changed during the process due to dulling that will occur.
- Your skin should be completely dry. If the skin has any moisture on it at all, there is an increased chance of nicking the skin, and the treatment will not be as effective.
- Because the scalpel is being used on your skin, it is very important that you, the client remain still during the procedure.
- The blade will be scraped across your skin at an approx. 45 degree angle. The abrading of the surface with precise movements in the opposite direction of the hair growth, there is a pattern that should develop, such as starting at one side of the face and finishing at the other, to ensure that all of the areas are covered properly.
- After the entire face has been treated, a hydrating moisturizer and sunscreen should be applied to the skin to finish the procedure.
- If another peeling process will be used (such as a chemical peel), it is important that extra precautions are taken. The peel will penetrate more deeply after the removal of the superficial layers of skin.
There is no downtime typically associated with this procedure. You should be educated about the importance of using sunscreen (EVEN during the winter months) to reduce the chance of hyperpigmentation (darkening of an area of skin or nails caused by increased melanin).
Below video is a little bit silly, the commentator is a regular person, he is going for his first dermaplaning and has a very basic detailed process showed before and during and the after effects. I chose this one because he did make me laugh, some of the videos… they get a wee bit too serious! (hope you enjoy!)
The below video is a bit more serious, it has a good amount of details without a LOT of medical jargon. I wanted to find videos that are “client” perspective and client friendly… I hope these gave you some great detail!
Special thanks to two web sites that assisted me with details on my above blog:
Dermaplaning for Skin Rejuvenation
by Edie Pastis
Pure Skin Solutions
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