In order to have smooth, healthy skin, it’s important to get rid of dead skin cells on a regular basis. To achieve an even more polished look, it also helps to get rid of unwanted facial hair. Dermaplaning can do both.
After cleansing the skin thoroughly, a 10-gauge scalpel is gently scraped over the face to help remove the build-up of dead skin cells and hair. If LED light therapy is added to treatment, it will follow after dermaplaning has been carried out. The treatment may leave the skin feeling a little tingly during and for a short time post-treatment.
Most patients go straight back to their normal activities after a dermaplaning session. However, it’s important not to apply makeup directly after your appointment. Some patients may experience some redness and a slight tingling sensation for several hours post-treatment, which is why many choose to go home afterwards. It’s important to follow a simple skincare routine for the first two weeks, using lightweight, high-quality products. Sun exposure and excessive heat should be avoided for at least 3 days after treatment. Be sure not to swim in a chlorinated pool for at least 24 hours as the harsh chemicals can have a negative effect on your sensitive skin.
In terms of undergoing facial treatments after a dermaplaning session, patients are encouraged to avoid facial waxing for at least a week. Cosmetic injections and exfoliating should also be avoided for at least 2 weeks, if not more.
What is Dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning is a method of exfoliation that involves using a 10-gauge scalpel to gently scrape off the top layer of dull, dead skin cells in order to reveal a smoother, brighter complexion. Working in conjunction with manual exfoliation it also helps to remove the soft vellus hairs (soft fluffy hair), while aiding the penetration of cosmeceuticals.
What are the advantages of having a series of treatments?
Helps to break down the cross-linkages between aging skin cells
Speeds up the cell turnover rate
Helps stimulate skin molecules to produce plumper, more even skin
Rejuvenated skin has a more youthful glowing appearance e
Helps to reduce the occurrence of pseudo folliculitis and ingrown hairs on people that are prone to having this occur after waxing treatments
Creates smoother skin for makeup application
Reduces the appearance of fine facial hairs
**Results may vary from person to person**
Who are the best candidates for dermaplaning?
Both men and women of all ages
All Fitzpatrick skin types
Good for pregnant women struggling with hormonal hair growth on their faces
Great alternative for people that are not suitable for IPL treatment or have IPL-resistant hair
Great if you are seeking a multi-layered treatment modality
Why should I combine dermaplaning with LED light therapy?
If you want to upgrade your dermaplaning treatment, combine it with LED light therapy? Low-level light therapy (LLLT) with Healite II is the therapeutic use of diode (LED) light to enhance your body’s natural cellular recovery, improving healing times, relieving pain, subsiding active acne, promoting skin rejuvenation and more. The pain-free and non-invasive treatment delivers concentrated energy deep into your tissue affecting your body at a cellular level. By combining a dermaplaning session with LED light therapy, you rejuvenate your skin from the inside out.
How many treatments do I need?
If you’re treating your face, we schedule treatments at 6-week intervals. For the body we schedule treatments every 3 or more months. Some patients may need to go 6 months in between treatments. Your Academy Face and Body clinician will discuss these specific requirements with you following a thorough consultation.
How much does dermaplaning cost?
Every patient will receive tailored recommendations during their consultation. This means it’s difficult to determine an exact cost without knowing exactly what your requirements are. The areas you want to treat, how many sessions you require and whether or not you want to add LED light therapy to the mix will all determine the final cost of your sessions. Schedule a consultation if you want a more accurate quotation.
Will my hair grow back after dermaplaning?
Yes, your hair will grow back. It will also be exactly the same colour and thickness as it once was. It’s not uncommon for your hair to appear slightly darker after a dermaplaning treatment plan because your skin is much brighter.
If I am interested, what now?
Your first step is an initial consultation with Dr Oates. You do not need a GPs referral for this consultation. Or you can have a complementary consultation with one of our Dermal Therapists or Registered Nurses.
You may wish to speak with one of our qualified Dermal Therapists or Registered Nurses prior to seeing Dr Oates. During this free consultation, a Dermal Therapist/Registered Nurse can discuss both surgical and non-surgical options to treat your cosmetic concern(s).