While having your face shaved at the doctor’s office with a small, surgical scalpel might sound totally cray, dermaplaning is fast becoming a major player in the world of beauty and aesthetics.
Heard of this so-called dermaplaning business, but not sure what the heck it’s all about? Well, in the hands of the pros (*important caveat, right there), dermaplaning is one of the hottest ways to achieve soft, glowing skin – and with the added bonus of saying a fond farewell to peach fuzz at the same time, its momentum is certain to keep on rising.
In short, dermaplaning – otherwise known as the scalpel facial – is an exfoliation treatment that offers similar results to a chemical peel, without the post-treatment redness and/or flaking. It doesn’t offer quite the same deep exfoliation benefits, but it’s a great option for anyone hating the downtime involved with most in-office peels.
So, how does the procedure work? An aesthetician gently sweeps a small, sterile blade in upwards motions over your face, while holding the skin taut. This gentle, shaving action removes the top layer of dulling, dead skin cells to reveal a brighter, fresher-looking complexion. And it goes without saying that as skin is removed, so are those small, downy hairs (aka peach fuzz or vellus hair). You know the hairs we’re talking about, right? Those soft, fair ones that are barely noticeable on most people, but can be super-annoying for anyone who has them in abundance. Not only do they look kind of furry in a certain light, but they have a frustrating need to trap dirt and oil, thus causing pesky breakouts and excess shine. No. Fun.
Dermaplaning is spot-on for most skin types but is best avoided if you have super-oily skin, active acne lesions or extremely thick, dark hairs on your face. Other than that, you’re good to go. The treatment is particularly effective for anyone with uneven skin tone, mature skin, dryness, poor skin texture or superficial scarring and is even safe for pregnant women (unlike other aesthetic treatments such as peels and dermabrasion).
Even better news? Because the treatment takes just 30 minutes or less, one session will only set you back around $100. Now, we’re not great at math, but this means that if you sign up for an aesthetic subscription and add dermaplaning to your schedule every two months, this works out at a mere $50 per month.
$50 a month for visibly brighter, smoother, clearer skin? Hells yeah.
Just remember, NEVER attempt dermaplaning at home unless you want to risk cutting and/or damaging your skin. One word: scarring. Instead, always visit a board-certified dermatologist to get the job done professionally. Oh, and if you’re worried about suffering a 5 o’clock shadow post-treatment – don’t. Your hair will not grow back darker, nor will it grow back thicker.