What Is Dermaplaning?

At Omniya Clinic in London

Dermaplaning is a safe and effective manual exfoliation treatment. It is carried out using a sterile, surgical scalpel to gently shave the skin’s surface, removing the outermost layer as well as the peach fuzz(vellus hair). This leaves the skin visibly smoother with an instant glow and because of the removal of dead skin cells, your skincare products will penetrate better.

One of the easiest ways of removing unwanted hair from the face is dermaplaning treatment. In the same way that shaving works, it uses a painless blade to gently scrape away facial hair (often referred to as ‘peach fuzz’) and rids the skin of any build-up of dead skin cells, all of which can contribute to making your skin look dull or uneven. Just like exfoliation, it removes any barriers which would stop your skincare from penetrating – meaning your products often work much more effectively after a treatment.

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How Does Dermaplaning Work?

The basic concept of dermaplaning is the same as shaving. By aiming a sterile blade at a 45-degree angle and dragging it slowly across your skin, you remove dead cells, scar tissue, and other debris that may be making your skin’s surface look uneven.

Your skin is exposed daily to harsh environmental toxins, irritants, and sun damage. This can cause the top layer of your skin to appear dull, and it can make you look aged. It clears away those damaged skin cells so newer skin cells are what you see when you look in the mirror.

Can Dermaplaning Be Combined With Other Treatments?

HydraFacials and chemical peels can be combined with dermaplaning, especially for patients who are beginning a new skincare regimen. It can also help prepare the skin for more invasive procedures, such as laser facials or Morpheus8.

Who Should Avoid Dermaplaning?

Those with active acne, infection or cold sores in the areas of concern should avoid Dermaplaning treatments due to the spreading of potential bacteria or virus as this can lead to a wider spread infection that can cause more inflammation, sometimes pigmentation and even scarring.

Another reason to steer clear is if this was used on darker hair in a patient with medical conditions such as polycystic ovaries disease (who suffer from excess hair), misuse could lead to potential worsening of the hair growth.

Risk And Side Effects Of Dermaplaning

Dermaplaning is a low-risk procedure. Side effects may include slight redness in the hours after getting the treatment. Some people develop whiteheads on their skin in the day or two following treatment. Infection and scarring are rare after treatment, but they do occur.

Another possible side effect is a patchy skin pigment in the area where you have the treatment, which may decrease or disappear as time goes on.

Will Dermaplaning Cause Breakouts?

A buildup of dead skin can clog your pores and hair follicles, which can not only cause pimples but also block your skincare products from penetrating the skin, which is why exfoliation is essential for maintaining an even, healthy glow.

Does Dermaplaning Make Hair Grow Back Thicker?

Once your hair begins to grow back, following dermaplaning, it might feel different because the hair was cut straight across, but it’s actually the same texture as it was before and it will continue to grow at the same speed. It does not make your hair grow back thicker or darker.

How Often Do I Need Dermaplaning Treatments?

Since this is a deeply exfoliating treatment, we recommend waiting at least 4-6 weeks between appointments, although some patients with more sensitive skin can limit their treatments to once every couple of months.