Dermaplaning is a staple in my skin care regimen. When I am done with my bi-monthly treatment my face feels like a baby’s butt (without the diaper rash).
Yes, I said scalpel. Yes, it’s super sharp and applied to the most noticeable skin on your body, but don’t get histrionic about it guys! It’s not as scary as it sounds.
What is Dermaplaning?
Sometimes referred to as ‘dermabrasion‘ (but not to be confused with microdermabrasion), dermaplaning employs the use of a scalpel against your facial, neck and decollete skin for the purpose of removing dead cells and, as a happy aside, that annoying peach fuzz we all love.
Benefits of Dermaplaning
There are many benefits for dermaplaning. Let’s talk about some.
To keep your skin healthy and glowing it’s a definite must to exfoliate on a regular basis. Dermaplaning should be part of your skin care regimen and can be considered for use after certain laser treatments (with permission from your physician, of course!).
It can also be used in conjunction with a chemical peel for extra skin smoothing. Dermaplaning makes your skin feel wonderfully soft and smooth. You’d be surprised what lies under all those dead skin cells!
Removing Peach Fuzz
Peach fuzz, camel chin, pelt, moustache – call it what you want, but vellus hairs, which is the correct term for the light hair growth that layers our face, should be removed when it’s no longer something between you and your mirror but becomes a topic of general conversation.
And don’t freak out, it’s important to mention that despite popular belief, vellus hair will not grow back thicker and darker when shaved.
TIP: DO NOT be tempted to whip out your Lady Bic®! I tried that once and lost a perfectly innocent mole in the process. Not a good thing. Also, with the protective strip on razors at the store, you won’t be doing much good anyway!
Smooth out Scarring
Dermaplaning is a great first resort for smoothing out post-surgical scarring as well as minor acne scars. It’s quick and cost effective which can be invaluable when addressing challenges such as those.
How it Goes Down
Basically, a physician or licensed aesthetist lightly runs a scalpel across the top layers of your skin. Pretty self-explanatory but I thought I’d share my post CO2 dermaplaning experience.
Cost of Dermaplaning
The cost depends on where you go but I can give you a broad idea and say that I’ve paid anywhere from $45 to $95 across the country for this procedure.
Make sure to go to an experienced aesthetician, or even better, a physician. Otherwise you can end up with nicks, scars, or just not getting the level of treatment for the best results.