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What is dermaplaning and how does it work?

by | May 4, 2022 | Lakewood Skincare

If your skin looks dull and tired and could use a refresh, dermaplaning could give you the glowing skin you desire.

Dermaplaning primarily works to remove dead skin cells on the face. Dead skin cells build up over time, and if not removed, they can cause dull-looking skin and unwelcome breakouts. After a treatment, you’ll experience brighter, more even skin. Your skin will look healthier, and your makeup will go on more smoothly.

If you’re interested in learning more about dermaplaning and how it could benefit your skin, schedule an appointment at Therapy World Med Spa today.


What Is Dermaplaning?  

Dermaplaning is a skin care treatment with two main focuses: exfoliation and hair removal.

Although dermaplaning is an exfoliating treatment, it doesn’t work the same way that at-home chemical or mechanical exfoliation products do. A sharp blade removes all of the dead skin cell buildup, revealing soft, smooth skin.

The treatment also removes hair. Vellus hair, also referred to as peach fuzz, is short, fine hair that grows all over your body, including on your face. Dermaplaning removes these hairs, giving you glowing skin.

How Does Dermaplaning Work?

Treatments are performed using a sharp, sterile blade. The process looks and feels a little like shaving. We lay the blade on your skin at a 45-degree angle, holding your skin taut and gently moving it across your face. As we do this, we can physically see the peach fuzz and dead skin coming off your face.

Dermaplaning removes the top layer of the skin, which often appears dull. By removing this layer, we reveal fresh, new skin.

What to Expect During Your Dermaplaning Treatment

Your dermaplaning treatment should be a soothing self-care experience. Before your treatment, we’ll cleanse your skin, removing any makeup or products, as you lie comfortably on one of our treatment chairs. Treatments are usually relaxing, and you should not feel discomfort as we smoothly guide the blade over your face.

We work calmly and carefully as we remove the hair and buildup on your skin. Treatments are quick and easy, with the average appointment lasting about 30 minutes. Dermaplaning requires no downtime. After your appointment, you’re free to return to normal activity. We can provide tips on how to protect your skin to make the most out of your treatment.

Dermaplaning Benefits

Dermaplaning is an excellent treatment offering patients several benefits, including:

  • Nonabrasive exfoliation
  • Immediately noticeable results
  • Hair removal
  • No downtime
  • Unclogs pores and prevents blocked pores
  • Stimulates the production of new skin cells
  • Gives patients glossy, silky-smooth skin

Once you see what dermaplaning can do for your skin, it may quickly become part of your skin care routine.

Frequently Asked Questions About Dermaplaning

Patients, especially first-time patients, often have several questions about dermaplaning. The following are some of the most commonly asked questions. If you have additional concerns, we’re happy to address them during your appointment.

Is There a Difference Between Dermaplaning and Shaving?

Yes! Many confuse dermaplaning for regular shaving, but this treatment provides certain advantages that shaving cannot.

First and foremost, shaving cannot achieve the level of exfoliation that dermaplaning can. A razor will likely glide over the outermost layer of skin, the dead skin layer, while a dermaplaning razor goes deeper to remove this layer of skin.

Shaving with a razor can also cause two disturbances in the skin that dermaplaning will not: razor burn and ingrown hairs. Dermaplaning razors should not irritate the skin or the hair follicle.

While many individuals opt for shaving, it won’t provide the same results and benefits that dermaplaning will.

How Often Do I Need Dermaplaning Treatments?

Because of how your skin cells cycle, you can schedule dermaplaning treatments once a month. These monthly dermaplaning sessions can help you maintain your smooth and clean skin.

What Results Can I Expect to See After My Dermaplaning Treatment?

Unlike other types of skin care treatments, you’ll see some results of your treatment immediately after. Skin will have a glowing, shiny appearance. However, to see full results, it may take a few days.

Does the Hair on the Face Grow Back Thicker After Dermaplaning?

This is one of the most asked questions concerning dermaplaning. We understand everyone fears thick, fast-growing hair on the face. But no, the vellus hair on the face does not grow back thicker if you have dermaplaning!

The thickness of the small hairs and how quickly they grow back after dermaplaning varies by patient, as every patient is different. However, dermaplaning has little to no effect on your peach fuzz besides removing it temporarily. When the hair grows back, it will not look any different than it did before.

Can I Get Dermaplaning Treatments If I Have Acne?

The answer to this question depends on the current state of your acne at the time you wish to get your treatment.

If you have active acne, it is better to wait. If you get dermaplaning while you have a breakout, the acne-causing bacteria could easily get on the blade and spread throughout the rest of your face, which could result in additional acne.

Dermaplaning could help those with acne-prone skin. Acne is often caused by clogged pores, and treatments can prevent clogged pores by exfoliating the skin. Therefore, patients with acne-prone skin could benefit from dermaplaning if they are not currently having a breakout.

Schedule Your Dermaplaning Treatment at Therapy World Med Spa

Dermaplaning can work wonders for your appearance. We encourage our Arvada, CO patients to schedule a dermaplaning treatment to enjoy smooth, glowing skin. Contact us today for more information or to schedule your appointment.

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