Dermaplaning and Facial Hair: Debunking the Old Wives’ Tale
November 04, 2016
Dermaplaning is a safe and simple procedure for exfoliating the epidermis (the outer layer of cells of the skin), and is aimed to rid the skin of dead outer skin and fine vellus hair (peach fuzz). Contrary to popular belief, dermaplaning is a fairly fast and effortless procedure; it’s a simple shaving of the epidermis.
How Does Dermaplaning Work?
Dermaplaing requires the use of a sterile, round-edged surgical scalpel to gently slough away the dead skin found on the skin’s surface. Using this small device and a delicate touch, the dermaplaning provider will gently scrape the surface of the skin using delicate strokes, manually exfoliating the top layer of the skin. The procedure can be performed monthly, in less than thirty minutes, with no downtime post-treatment. Dermaplaning is only performed on the face, and is not meant to shape the eyebrows, which are made up of terminal (not vellus) hair.
Is Dermaplaning Safe for Everyone?
Dermaplaing can be used in combination with a chemical peel, or as a standalone treatment. For example, dermaplaning as a standalone treatment, and not accompanied by a peel, can be offered for patients who are pregnant or nursing who want a deep exfoliation, but are unable to use the peeling agents of a chemical peel due to the risk that the chemicals will be absorbed into the blood stream.
Dermaplaning and Facial Hair: Is There A Correlation?
Although merely an old wives’ tale, many patients are often concerned that the hair will grow back heavier and darker after dermaplaning. This is simply not the case. As long as the hair is superficial vellus hair, it will grow back at the same rate and texture as before the treatment.
Furthermore, when the hair begins to grow post-dermaplaning, it may feel a bit stubbly, but that is only because it has yet to push through the surface of the skin. Once the hair pushes back through the surface to its original state, there will be no noticeable changes in thickness or colour.
Hairless Skin is the Cleanest
The benefits of removing dead outer skin/hair through dermaplaning include a brighter, more baby soft complexion. Why? This is because these finer, more refined hairs are known to trap debris and oil, giving the skin a duller, more oily complexion. After dermaplaning however, skincare products and treatments that are applied directly to the face perform more efficiently since they can penetrate more easily into the skin.
Dermaplaning at The Plastic Surgery Skincare Clinic
Restore your skin’s natural glow with one of our peel treatments that combine unique a dermaplaning approach with either a lactic, glycolic, or salicylic acid peel, a fruit enzyme scrub, and a soothing clay mask. These peels are guaranteed to facilitate a quicker turnover of skin cells, all while drawing out impurities and damage from the skin. These treatments can also be modified for the individual needs of each patient.
In addition to being a deeper, non-abrasive exfoliation, our peels will help to hydrate, lift hyperpigmentation, and speed up cell turnover, all while revealing brighter, healthier, more youthful-looking skin.
Learn more about the dermaplaning peel treatments and packages available at The Plastic Surgery Skincare Clinic, and we why are recognized as an innovative leader in transformative non-surgical skincare.
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