My skin secrets: Dermaplaning

Dermaplaning still seems to be a procedure that is in its relative infancy but it’s a treatment that needs to become part of your skincare routine asap! Your skin is left glowing and feeling brand new for weeks.

I first had this treatment earlier this year when it was introduced to me by Dr Shyrose Pirani at Cosmesurge, whom I’m an ambassador for, and I can’t believe I hadn’t tried it before!

What is Dermaplaning?

For those not in the know, Dermaplaning is a skin resurfacing treatment whereby a scalpel is used to remove the top layer of skin (the part where the dead skin cells and dirt are) and remove the fine hairs on your face also known as peach fuzz. Essentially – it’s shaving your face, delicately!

What does it do?

By removing the top layer of skin and the peach fuzz, Dermaplaning essentially provides a deeper level of exfoliation than can be achieved through your regular skin care routine.  The ‘peach fuzz’ found on most women’s faces are not usually too problematic but they do mean that dirt, grease, make up and oil get trapped more easily.

The benefits

Baby smooth skin, unclogged pores, brighter complexion……need I say more? Dermaplaning also provides an excellent base for your make up as there is no hair for make up to cling to so the coverage improves exponentially!

What you should know

Dermaplaning is a procedure that should only be performed by a medical practitioner who specialises in Dermatology. Your skin is your biggest organ and your face is precious – don’t just let anyone come at it with a scalpel who hasn’t been medically trained to do so.

Unfortunately, the skin care industry is still a highly unregulated one and there are many non-medically trained people offering this service in beauty salons. Though the price may be attractive, please don’t take the risk.

Is Dermaplaning suitable for me?

Though most people can benefit from skin resurfacing, those that reap the most benefits are those with only fine, blonde hair on their face and not thick, dark hair.  If you have thick dark hair on your face, you should instead consider laser hair removal which will be more beneficial for you long term.

If you have sensitive skin conditions such as rosacea or acne, this procedure is not for you. It is not really suitable for men for obvious reasons.

Is it a lunchtime procedure?

Absolutely.  You can be in and out within an hour and back at your desk ready for the compliments to start!

Will I get more facial hair after Dermaplaning?

Definitely not! The peach fuzz hair on your face will grow back in exactly the way it was before.

How much should I expect to pay?

It varies, but anywhere in the region of $170-$250 is the norm.

How often should I get it?

Every 5-7 weeks is preferable to keep your skin looking it’s healthy best but make sure to leave at least a month between appointments.

The procedure

Step 1: My skin is prepped with a deep cleansing solution followed by an anti-bacterial gel.  This prepares the skin for the scalpel and removes any surface dirt and pollution.

Step 2: Starting from the forehead area, the scalpel lightly scrapes my skin.  It doesn’t hurt at all and I could easily have fallen asleep while having it done!

Step 3: Once my whole face has had the scalpel, my doctor shows me what my skin has deposited – it isn’t pretty! Plenty of dirt and make up. She then shows me my skin and wow! Though there is some slight redness, it is immediately brighter and feels so smooth.

Step 4: Enzyme chemical peel.  This is an added extra but one I highly recommend doing. The peel solution is applied directly to your face and left on for around 1-2 minutes.  It stings for around 30 seconds but it isn’t bad. The peel is then removed and you are left with glowing skin, free of impurities!

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