Notes About Dermaplaning

Dermaplaning is where an aesthetician will use a fine medical-grade blade to gently scrape away dead cells on the surface of the skin along with vellum hair (otherwise known as "peach fuzz") designed to offer a smoother and more even-toned appearance. There is a tedency for many to focus on the removal of facial hair alone, though there are advantages with regard to general skin condition.

You can see many variations of how dermaplaning works only, it is quite a simple procedure. The aesthetician uses an action akin to actual shaving where the blade is run over the same area with a gentle and repetitive action. It is still using a medical grade blade on your face so it is vital to make sure that the practitioner is well skilled and qualified. The usual procedure is for the skin to be held taut and starting with the forehead, the practitioner gently strokes the blade at a 45-degree angle. Some practitioners begin along the jaw line and work their way up, treatment is usually one side of the face at a time.

Downsides and when not to consider dermaplaning: It is not for anyone with active acne or hypersensitive skin. The action can spread bacteria, which may produce a wider spread of infection, inflammation and possibly even scarring. You should not have any filler or botox treatments at least 3 days before dermaplaning and consideration must be given if you are taking any topical or other medication with regard to acne.

The tools used in dermaplaning must be applied precisely so that it does not catch on the hair or drag on across the skin, again, as there is a risk of scarring. Dermaplaning is for use on vellus hair however you may have a different type of facial hair and the use on non-vellus hair could lead to thicker regrowth; one should also consider that even vellus haor may re-grow darker or thicker than before.

You may also consider dermaplaning with suitable consecutive treatments, like AHA resurfacers and LED light therapy. These can be carried out at the same time but again, make sure that you seeking advice from a suitably qualified, skilled practitioner!

Aftercare treatment is also extremely important to help maintain the results. You should discuss with your practitioner, products with active ingredients that promote cell turnover such as vitamin C, retinol, kojic acid, lactic acid as well as an SPF of at least factor 30. Always stay out of any sun for at least the first 48 hours and avoid using any further exfoliation products for at least a week (use a Gentle Cleanser after treatement) Procedure may be repeated after 3 weeks.

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