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Dermaplaning

Dermaplaning, often known as a scalpel facial, is to get rid of hair on the face. During a dermaplaning session, the dermatologist or esthetician uses a medical-grade scalpel to scrape (not cut!) across the surface of the skin. The main reason people do it is to remove the vellus hairs on their faces, also known as 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. 

PROS:

  • It painlessly exfoliates the stratum corneum to stimulate cellular turnover with little to no downtime.

  • It is a great option for clients with sensitive skin and pregnant women who are looking for a deep exfoliation.

  • It can be performed prior to treatments like facials, laser, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels for better product penetration.

  • It can be performed frequently.

  • It helps makeup go on smoother and more evenly.

  • It can help significantly lighten post-inflammatory scars from past acne.

  • It does not make the hair grow back thicker and darker.

CONS:

  • It is typically more expensive than some other hair-removal treatments.

  • The results might not be as long-lasting as other hair-removal methods, such as waxing, as the hair is not removed from the root.

  • Results will differ depending on a client’s individual hair-growth cycle.

  • Not everyone is a candidate. Clients with active and cystic acne should avoid this type of hair removal, as it can cause further irritation. Also, it is contraindicated for clients with hirsutism, a condition of excessive male-pattern hair growth in women.