If you struggle with excess facial hair, fine lines, hyperpigmentation, or acne scars, dermaplaning could be an ideal solution for you. This painless treatment instantly rejuvenates the skin, removing facial hair, minimizing wrinkles, diminishing dark spots, and leaving the face brighter. It’s one of the many cosmetic treatments offered by Beauty 2.0 Aesthetics in Port Moody, British Columbia.
What Is Dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning involves shaving the face with a medical-grade scalpel. After cleansing your face and applying a solution that opens up the pores, one of our medical aestheticians will gently scrape the surface of your skin with a surgical steel blade held at a 45-degree angle. While working on various parts of the face, the aesthetician will hold the skin taut. You may hear a whispering sound as the blade is used to make quick strokes across your face.
This treatment sloughs off dead skin cells as well as the fine vellus hairs that are otherwise known as peach fuzz. Dermaplaning also stimulates the creation of new skin cells: a process that rejuvenates facial skin and offers a more youthful look. After the treatment, our aesthetician will apply a post enzymatic mask to improve skin tone and texture.
What Are the Benefits?
There are a number of benefits associated with this treatment. The treatment almost instantly improves the look and feel of the skin. The quick and noninvasive nature of this treatment also makes it a popular option for patients who can’t afford a lot of downtime. Here are some of the benefits you’ll experience if you opt for a dermaplane treatment at our office:
Instant Hair Removal
Dermaplaning quickly and easily removes facial hair. Getting rid of those fuzzy hairs will make your skin look smoother and younger. You’ll be surprised at just how much better you look when that hair is removed. Many patients find that their face practically glows after a treatment.
Your Skin Will Look and Feel Dewy and Fresh
Dermaplaning removes the top layer of dead skin cells and stimulates new skin cell growth. The effects of this treatment can vary with each patient, but for many individuals, it leaves the skin looking fresher, brighter, and more radiant.
The treatment can also even out skin tone and ease hyperpigmentation, or the darker spots that can sometimes occur on skin when there is an excess of melanin, the brown pigment that produces natural skin color. Your skin will also feel softer and smoother after a treatment. Many patients say this treatment leaves their skin feeling as soft as a baby’s bottom.
Fine Lines, Wrinkles, and Pores Will Be Minimized
The new skin cells the treatment generates will give the face a younger look and minimize the look of fine lines and wrinkles. This treatment will also reduce the size of your pores by removing excess dirt and oils.
Moisturizers and Serums Will Be More Effective
The days after a treatment are an ideal time to focus on your best moisturizers, serums, and other elements of your at-home skincare routine. Your clear pores and hairless skin will leave the face especially receptive to treatments, and your skincare products will be especially effective.
Because dermaplaning improves the efficacy of other skincare treatments, many patients opt to combine this treatment with additional same-day treatments at our clinic, including chemical peels. Dermaplaning can promote a deeper penetration of the peel, leading to rapid results in fewer treatments.
It Will Minimize Acne Breakouts
Although we don’t recommend this treatment for individuals with active breakouts, if you’ve struggled with acne in the past, dermaplaning may be able to help you. When dead skin cells build up, they can clog your pores and hair follicles. By getting rid of them, your skin and pores will be clean, clear, and less likely to break out again.
And if you are using acne products, they’ll be more effective after this treatment, much like your moisturizers and serums will be more effective. This treatment may also be able to even out your skin tone and ease some of the redness associated with scarring you may have from previous acne outbreaks.
Cosmetics Will Go On Like a Dream
Your cosmetics will also be much easier to apply after treatment. You’ve probably noticed that facial hair tends to stand out, even more, when you are wearing foundation and facial powder. After this treatment, your foundation will go on smoothly, and you won’t have to worry about the look of those fine facial hairs. You’ll shave minutes off of your morning cosmetics routine and feel better about your appearance.
The Treatment Is Relaxing
One of the great things about this treatment is that the treatment itself is painless, noninvasive, and very relaxing. You will feel a light sensation as the scalpel is guided across your face, but it’s not an uncomfortable experience. Some patients compare it to the sensation of shaving your legs in the shower with a manual razor. This is an easy treatment that many patients enjoy.
This is an ideal option for busy patients whose schedules don’t allow a lot of downtime. The treatment can be performed in less than an hour, and you’ll be able to get back to your schedule immediately. Some patients even schedule treatments for their lunch hour and then head right back to work, which is why this treatment is fondly referred to by some fans as a lunchtime facial.
It’s Completely Noninvasive
Because this treatment is noninvasive, your skin won’t be harmed or stressed in any way during the treatment. You also won’t need to worry about using numbing creams, ice, or other special pre- or post-treatment steps.
Safe for All Skin Types
This treatment is safe and effective for all skin types and all skin tones. This treatment can even be performed on those with sensitive skin or rosacea.
A Better Option
Vellus hairs cover the body and work to keep us warm and protect our skin. But on some individuals, the vellus hairs are thicker and more visible, prompting patients to seek ways of removing it. Other hair-removal treatments — like waxing, threading, and lasers — can make it difficult to get ride of vellus hairs on some patients. Laser treatments, for example, won’t work on blonde or gray hairs. Dermaplaning is both safe and effective on most patients.
Common Questions About the Process
Interested in learning more? We’re not surprised, because there’s a lot to like about this treatment. Here are answers to some of the most common questions we get about this treatment:
How Does It Compare to Shaving?
Both remove hair while also exfoliating the skin. The surgical scalpels used in this treatment, however, are significantly sharper than the manual razors used for a routine shave. The dermaplaning process also offers a more aggressive exfoliation that removes more of that top layer of dead skin cells. It relies on a small scalpel that allows the aesthetician to navigate small areas and tricky angles on the face.
Will It Cause My Hair to Grow Back Thicker or Darker?
No. There is a common misconception that shaving will cause hair to grow back thicker and darker, but this treatment won’t have this effect. The treatment does not interact with the hair follicles or have any impact on the rate at which the hair on your face grows. After the treatment, your hair will continue growing at the same rate it always has. Genetics are the main determining factor in how fast hair grows.
What Does It Really Feel Like?
Some patients say it feels much like it does when you scratch or rub your face with one of your fingers. Others compare it to the sensation you get when shaving your legs with a manual razor. You may also hear a slight scratching sound as the scalpel gently scrapes over the surface of your face.
Who Can Benefit?
Just about any patient who wants to get rid of peach fuzz and other fine facial hairs, and who wants exfoliation, can benefit from this treatment. Because it is gentle and noninvasive, the treatment is also ideal for patients who have limitations that prevent them from seeking other treatments, including pregnant women, individuals with extra-sensitive skin, and those who need to avoid the chemicals found in some other products and services.
Is It Different From Dermabrasion?
Although their names are similar, and both treatments offer exfoliation, they are quite different. Dermabrasion, which is rarely performed now, uses micro-crystals and suctioning to exfoliate the skin.
What Should I Do After a Treatment?
Sunscreen and sun avoidance are an important part of any skincare routine, and they’ll be especially important in the days following treatment. We also recommend that you refrain from using retinol and exfoliants for 24 hours after treatment. Otherwise, the post-treatment days are a great time to indulge in your favorite high-potency moisturizing masks, creams, and serums.
Can I Wear Makeup After a Treatment?
The treatment really opens up your skin and your pores. Some patients like to go makeup-free for a few hours or even a full day to enjoy that fresh-faced experience and to keep their pores clean and clear. However, if you need or want to apply cosmetics right away, you certainly can.
Can I Do This Myself?
Working with a surgical scalpel is a lot different from using the manual razors you’ve probably become accustomed to. Scalpels are super sharp, and if you don’t know what you’re doing, you run the risk of leaving yourself with nicks, ingrown hairs, stubble, or other injuries. It’s best to seek out a doctor or a trained aesthetician for this treatment, which some patients refer to as a scalpel facial.
How Frequently Should I Schedule Appointments?
After your first treatment, you’ll likely be excited about your results and eager to keep going. However, we recommend going at least 4 weeks between treatments to give your skin the proper amount of time to rejuvenate after those dead skin cells have been sloughed off.
Besides, it will take a few weeks for your facial hair to begin growing back in, so you won’t need a return treatment right away. Some patients who have facial hair that naturally grows slowly may be able to go even longer between treatments.
Beauty 2.0 Aesthetics offers dermaplaning and a complete line of other cosmetic treatments in our brand new clinic in Port Moody, British Columbia. Our services are offered in a warm, comfortable environment, and our clinic is conveniently located nearly free underground parking and close to the SkyTrain. Take the first step toward a healthy rejuvenated look by calling Beauty 2.0 Aesthetics in Port Moody, British Columbia today to schedule a consultation.