What is a Dermaplaning Facial?
Dermaplaning for facial hair removal
Dermaplaning is a manual exfoliation of the skin that uses a scalpel and a delicate touch, to simply remove the surface dead skin cells and fluffy peach fuzz (vellus hair) using light feathering strokes.
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Will my face be cut with a scalpel?
Dermaplaning uses a scalpel that can seem a bit scary
Dermaplaning is a low risk procedure but the thought of a scalpel being used can naturally cause a bit of anxiety and worry about getting cut during a treatment.
No pressure is applied during dermaplaning, it’s a very light action. The scalpel is angled at 45 degrees, a much flatter angle that what is used for cutting and incisions. It’s not a painful procedure and is actually very relaxing.
Being cut during Dermaplaning is rare
During training and whilst performing case studies, to gain a dermaplaning qualification, small nicks to the skin are common until the skin professional gets used to the proper technique. After this period nicks to the skin are very rare and if they do occur are very superficial, don’t bleed excessively and heal within a day or two, similar to a paper cut.
Uses a scalpel and light touch to remove fluffy blonde facial hair
Dermaplaning; What after effects can be expected?
There is the chance of some post treatment redness associated with dermaplaning. This varies from client to client depending on their skin type. Some clients leave my treatment room and you would not even know they have had a dermaplaning treatment whereas the next client may appear more red.
My advice to all my clients is to expect to be red and don’t make any special plans after your appointment if redness bothers you. I always like to air on the side of caution. The redness will pass and you are able to wear your make-up as normal 6 hours post treatment, if you can wait until the next day before you put on your make-up that is ideal.
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Will dermaplaning bring out acne?
In the year that I have been performing dermaplaning facials I have had two or three clients that have had a breakout after a treatment. This a quite a small number in proportion to the number of clients who have had a treatment but I do like to mention this to clients so they can make an informed decision. It effects clients who have a more oily skin type.
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Can dermaplaning cause adverse reactions?
Sometimes reactions can happen no matter how thoroughly I go through a consultation assessment with clients, this is true of all treatments, in all beauticians and clinics, it is not restricted to dermaplaning.
I will always go through the correct steps to minimise any risk of adverse reactions however breakouts and other issues may still arise and there is no way of knowing until you try a treatment to see how your skin takes to it.
For clients that opt to have an enzyme peel along with their dermaplaning, I will do a patch test on the forehead after the dermaplaning stage (I can’t patch test properly until the skin has been dermaplaned) and wait 2-3 mins to check there’s not an immediate irritation from the product before I do the full face treatment. I regularly do small steps like this to help to minimise the risk of a client having an adverse reaction.
A facial treatment suitable for pregnant and breastfeeding Women
Dermaplaning is one of the few treatments that is safe to offer to clients who are pregnant (after the first trimester) or nursing who want a deep exfoliation but are not allowed to use peeling agents on their skin because of the risk that the chemicals will be absorbed into the blood stream.
Dermaplaning is a safe relaxing treatment that can leave a client with some post treatment redness. The risk of your skin being cut is rare, and if this does occur it’s a very superficial cut with little bleeding and will heal in a day or two.
A small percentage of clients can get a breakout after dermaplaning but it is mainly in clients that have an oily skin type. A pre-treatment consultation is performed to minimise the risk of adverse reactions but in general dermaplaning is a very low risk procedure.
I am happy to have anyone who is considering a dermaplaning treatment in for a free consultation to go through a consultation form and discuss the treatment in more detail.