What is dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning is essentially a type of facial treatment that involves gently scraping the surface of your skin with a sterile surgical scalpel to remove dead skin and vellus hairs(peach fuzz). Peach fuzz can appear almost colorless, blonde, gray, or brown (or the same color as the hair on your head). Everyone has these fine vellus hairs coating our bodies, and they are meant to keep us warm and add another layer of protection to the skin. But some people’s vellus hairs are thicker and more visible than others, and so they might want to have it removed. These hairs are mostly thin and light colored, which means it can be tough to get rid of these hairs with typical hair-removal methods like waxing and threading and laser hair removal, which makes dermaplaning a better option. However, laser hair removal may be effective if the hair is not too light colored, but laser hair removal will require multiple sessions and months to see more permanent results, making dermaplaning a favorable option for peach fuzz.

How does dermaplaning work?

As discussed, dermaplaning is a type of facial done using a scalpel. This means that the dermaplaning procedure you essentially shave off that entire top layer of dead skin using a scalpel, reducing the effects of fine lines , hyperpigmentation and acne scars. This makes the skin look more awake and revitalized, which gives you that younger appearance. If this all sounds scary to you, no need to worry as the scalpel is held at a 45 degree angle simply intended for scraping the skin, which will protect your skin from being penetrated by the blade. Dermaplaning is most commonly done for taking care of vellus hair(peach fuzz) but it has the benefits of most facial treatments such as:

When will I see results?

The results of the procedure are immediate, as the procedure is effectively completed at the end of the session, but skin rejuvenation and regeneration of new skin cells takes some time after the treatment(up to a week).

Precautions and side-effects of dermaplaning

If you have acne, there is a chance that the blade could nick a pimple, which means it would take longer to heal. So, if you have a serious cystic breakout, it might be best to postpone. After dermaplaning, skin is temporarily more sensitive to the sun, so wear sunscreen every day. It should say "broad-spectrum" on the label, meaning it protects against the sun's UVA and UVB rays. Also, it should be a physical sunscreen and be above SPF 30. Limit your time in the sun, especially between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and wear a wide-brimmed hat.

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