When it comes to the latest 'must have' beauty treatment, dermaplaning is a highly desirable skincare essential, that's become a firm favourite of celebrities and medi-aesthetics clients over the last couple of years, who are passionate about retaining a natural glowing, flawless complexion.
With so many blog posts and editorial feature articles having been dedicated to this on trend treatment and the benefits that it brings, we wanted to explore in detail some of the most frequently asked questions that we're often asked about dermaplaning.
Advocated by millions of women around the globe dermaplaning contrary to popular belief, has been one of the industries best kept beauty secrets for decades and a procedure which Dermatologists have adopted since the early 90's.
As a non-invasive aesthetic facial treatment, dermaplaning has the ability to address a number of skincare concerns, ranging from unwanted signs of premature ageing to mild scarring and pigmentation. Key benefits are;
Dermaplaning encourages the normal shedding (desquamation) of the stratum corneum and the removal of dead keratinised cells from the epidermis (top layer) of the skin.
Dermaplaning minimises the appearance of fine lines and superficial scars.
Dermaplaning increases the skin's ability to absorb topical products and high performance cosmeceuticals which have been developed to target specific skincare issues.
A dermaplaning treatment actively stimulates circulation, increasing the delivery of oxygen to the cells.
Dermaplaning primes the skin for other medi-aesthetics modalities such as chemical peels, micro needling, mesotherapy and LED light mask therapy.
Dermaplaning removes fine 'vellus' hairs from the face and creates an even surface free from sebum and excess keratin.
THE HISTORY OF DERMAPLANING
Also known as Kai Sori in Japan, Epidermal Levelling, Microplaning and Blading, Dermaplaning has been a form of manual exfoliation embraced by women across the globe, with accounts even suggesting that the likes of individuals such as Cleopatra, Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor endorsed the procedure to keep their skin vibrant and healthy. As a popular salon service in Asia, where women have been praising the benefits of dermaplaning for years, the treatment has gradually made its way across the ocean and has become a welcomed addition to many spas and medi-aesthetic clinics throughout the UK, Europe and USA.
WHAT DOES A DERMAPLANING TREATMENT INVOLVE?
Dermaplaning is a form of manual skin exfoliation. After a detailed client consultation and skin analysis has been carried out by a qualified beauty therapist or licensed skincare aesthetician, your face, neck and decollete will be thoroughly cleansed and depending on the preferred modalities of your therapist, ultrasound may be applied to plump the skin. A sterile 10 gauge single blade scalpel will then be used to physically remove and desquamate any loose and keratinised dead cells from the epidermis (top layer of the skin), using a series of gentle movements whilst gliding the blade at a 45 degree angle over the skin, which will be kept taught. After the dermaplaning part of the facial has been carried out, your therapist may apply a mild skin peel to provide a deeper exfoliation and further enhance your complexion, before selecting a range of professional antioxidant rich cosmeceutical products, which will be absorbed into the epidermal-dermal intercellular junction of the skin to address any specific needs you have, after which a relaxing lymphatic facial massage may be administered before finishing the treatment off with the application of an LED light therapy mask, to reduce any redness and speed up the healing process. A dermaplaning treatment is not painful and is often found to be very relaxing, with clients occasionally falling asleep throughout the procedure.
HOW LONG DO THE BENEFITS OF A DERMAPLANING LAST FOR?
We would advise that a minimum of 60 minutes is set aside for a dermaplaning treatment. The exact procedure and modalities carried out will be dependent on your therapist, however here at DermaSkin Training we encourage our students to make each treatment unique, address any specific issues their clients may have with a bespoke tailor made range of results driven procedures, in addition to incorporating a results driven skin peel and LED light therapy into the facial, to provide optimum benefit.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD A DERMAPLANING TREATMENT TAKE PLACE?
A dermaplaning treatment can if necessary be performed as often as every two to three weeks if clients suffer from excessive hair growth which has no underlying medical concerns such as those associated with; polycystic ovarian syndrome, thyroid issues, hirsutism and an imbalance of hormones, which would need to be addressed directly by a medical practitioner. However as as a general rule, clients are usually encouraged to book monthly maintenance treatments or regular dermaplaning sessions every 4-12 weeks when vellus hairs start to grow back.
HOW MUCH DOES A DERMAPLANING FACIAL COST?
As with any beauty therapy or advanced medi-aesthetics treatment prices will vary depending on the location of your salon, additional modalities incorporated into the facial and experience of the therapist, however generally range from between £80-100 for a 60 minute treatment.
WHAT WILL MY SKIN LOOK LIKE AFTER A DERMAPLANING TREATMENT?
Immediately after a dermaplaning facial the skin may look slightly red and flushed, due to the circulation being enhanced and any unwanted sebum and dirt which had been trapped by vellus hairs being removed. Erythema (redness) of the skin will subside within a couple of hours with new fresh cells creating a glowing complexion, which will last for several days post treatment and create a perfect base upon which to apply makeup.One of the key benefits associated with a dermaplaning treatment is that due to the gentle yet effective nature of the procedure, there is no down time required so you will be able to carry on with your day to day activities as normal and are able to apply a mineral based makeup and sunscreen a couple of hours after the treatment has taken place.
IS DERMAPLANING SUITABLE FOR ALL SKIN TYPES?
Absolutely, unlike more invasive treatments such as laser skin resurfacing, mild grade chemical peels and microdermabrasion, dermaplaning is suitable for all skin types, due to the procedure itself being gentle yet highly effective. The treatment is recommended for individuals who suffer from conditions such as Rosacea, Telangiectasia, are prone to skin sensitivity and who are contraindicated to other types of facial electrical treatments i.e if pregnant or epileptic.
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DERMAPLANING AND MICRODERMABRASION?
Whilst both demaplaning and microdermabrasion are forms of exfoliation, they do differ considerably in technique. Dermaplaning is a manual treatment which uses a sterile scalpel to remove fine vellus hairs and keratinised skin cells from the epidermis, whilst in contrast microdermabrasion is slightly more abrasive employing an electrical vacuum suction device and mechanical hand piece containing a diamond tip, aluminum oxide crystals or other similar products to in essence 'sand, buff and polish' the skin.
WILL MY HAIR GROW BACK THICKER AND DARKER AFTER A DERMAPLANING TREATMENT?
No, hair growing back thicker and darker after a dermaplaning treatment is a myth. Dermaplaning removes the fine light coloured vellus hairs from the face, which are sometimes affectionately known as peach fuzz or baby hair. As the hair producing follicle is located under the top layer of the skin in the dermis, actions taking place above skin level will have no negative impact on the follicle itself, with hair re-growth only producing hairs of the same consistency and density as they were originally before being removed.
WHY SHOULD DERMAPLANING BE CARRIED OUT BY A PROFESSIONAL BEAUTY THERAPIST?
Whilst you're able to purchase dermaplaning tools online for home use with relative ease on the internet, we'd always encourage that the treatment is carried out by a qualified and fully insured beauty therapist for several reasons. As with any aesthetic procedure there will be instances where it would not be advisable to carry out the treatment, if for example you are suffering from inflamed skin, had recent facial surgery, or are severely sun burnt to name but a few. During the consultation and skin analysis, you're therapist will be able to indicate if the treatment will be suitable for your particular concerns and if not, would be able to suggest alternative treatments which may be more beneficial. Post treatment, specific aftercare advice will also be provided which must be adhered to in order to maintain the benefits of dermaplaning and protect your skin from harmful environmental pollutants and UV rays. The quality of the blade and way in which is it used are also key to the outcome, as if positioned or maneuvered incorrectly, the blade can cause damage to your skin that may lead to infection. Another reason for having a dermaplaning treatment carried out by a professional is that as a stand alone treatment it will not be nearly as effective as when incorporated into an advanced facial using professional products and additional modalities such as ultrasound, a mild skin peel for deeper exfoliation, cosmeceutical products and LED light therapy to decrease inflammation, soothe the skin, combat excess erythema and actively encourage the regeneration of new skin cells.
DERMAPLANING TRAINING & CPD MEDI-AESTHETICS COURSES
For further information about our one day dermaplaning courses in London, Cambridge, Cheshire and Bedfordshire, which are designed for professional beauty therapists and aesthetic practitioners who are looking to expand their portfolio of medi-aesthetic treatments and advanced skills, please email us directly at email@example.com
Dates are available online for future courses up to February 2018.
It is important to take into consideration that Dermaplaning is not a medical treatment and that any advice associated with it is not intended to replace that of a Dermatologist or medical practitioner. The dermablade is a tool designed for professional use only to help aid and enhance topical aesthetic beauty and medi-aesthetic treatments. DermaSkin Training take no responsibility for self administration of this procedure or treatments carried out by salons or practitioners. This article is for information only and is not to be used in any way to replace professional beauty training carried out by an accredited lecturer and assessor.