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Dermaplaning

Have unwanted hair in all the wrong places? You’re not alone. Many women are bothered by excessive facial hair, and the easiest and most effective way to get rid of it—and improve the look of the skin, too—is with a painless treatment known as dermaplaning. Often performed alongside other skin-renewing therapies and services, dermaplaning is quickly gaining traction as one of the best universal ways to get super soft, smooth skin. Unlike other permanent hair removal methods, like laser hair removal, dermaplaning is a one-size-fits-all treatment.

But what exactly is dermaplaning, which sometimes goes by face shaving? And why would you choose it over other standby hair removal techniques?

Dermaplaning is an effective mode of exfoliation that uses a surgical blade. While having a blade glide across your face sounds crazy and scary, it’s nothing to be frightened of. Dermaplaning is a safe way to remove dead skin cells and excessive peach fuzz so that the skin looks bright, soft, and downright glowy.

What is peach fuzz?

Technically known as vellus hair, peach fuzz is tiny, fine hair covering the face and body parts. The hair is soft to the touch and is a protective covering for the skin. However, when these hairs are dark or too many, the skin can look dull, aged, and almost like a shadow. They can also create a barrier between your skin and your products, hindering their ability to function.

Women getting dermaplaning

What is dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning is an exfoliating treatment that removes dead skin cells and peach fuzz via a surgical blade, which is why only a professional should perform the treatment. It’s a painless, noninvasive treatment (often an add-on to facials or chemical peels) that leaves the skin super soft and smooth, allowing for better product penetration. It also helps to lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

By removing the hair, the skin emerges brighter and healthier-looking, and you’ll notice that your products penetrate (and work) better. Plus, makeup goes on smoother, and the skin will boast a natural glow.

During a dermaplaning treatment, a special surgical scalpel gently glides across the skin to simultaneously remove dead skin and peach fuzz. Immediately after dermaplaning, you’ll see that the skin is soft to the touch and smooth. Some areas may be slightly pink or red, but this will fade away quickly. It’s also best to avoid the sun and protect your skin with sunscreen since the top layer of the skin was removed, which may make it a little more sensitive. Your skin will stay fuzz-free for three to four weeks.

Who is dermaplaning for?

Dermaplaning is a safe and effective treatment that works for various skin tones and types. It’s most beneficial for:

You’ll also notice that your makeup (if you wear any) will look better—and go on much smoother—after dermaplaning than before. That’s because there’s less dead skin and peach fuzz on the face which can trap foundation, concealer, and powder and make it look thick and cakey.

Women after dermaplaning

What are the benefits of dermaplaning?

The most apparent advantage of dermaplaning is softer, smoother skin, but that’s not all the quick treatment offers. Since it gently exfoliates the skin and safely removes dead skin cells and facial hair, it also boosts the complexion instantly and makes it look clear and glowy. The nice thing about dermaplaning is that the removed hairs will not grow back thicker or darker, which is often a concern with other hair removal methods.

Since dermaplaning uses small tools that are of surgical caliber, they are safe to use on the skin without causing damage. However, a razor isn’t crafted from the same blade type and cannot remove the peach fuzz and dead skin cells to the same degree—nor will you get the same level of smoothness.

Also, dermaplaning shouldn’t instigate any breakouts, which isn’t always the case with some skin treatments. Since dermaplaning removes dead skin cells from the surface that can clog pores and cause breakouts, the treatment is often recommended for those who tend not to exfoliate as often as suggested. However, if you are experiencing an active bout of acne, it’s best to wait until the skin is less reactive so as not to cause any irritation on the surface.

What does dermaplaning feel like?

During a dermaplaning session, you won’t feel much of anything. It’s a painless treatment, and even though it employs a scalpel, the skin has no feeling. If anything, it feels similar to shaving your legs or underarms. Your provider will need to pull the skin taut (again, not uncomfortable in the least bit) to perform the treatment effectively. After the peach fuzz and dead skin cells are removed, the skin will emerge glowy and soft.

How much does dermaplaning cost?

The cost of dermaplaning differs depending on where you get it done, who’s doing it, and if you are stacking on additional skin care treatments. On average, dermaplaning starts at $100 and goes up from there. To determine the cost of your dermaplaning session, book a consultation today.

Common FAQs

The skin may be slightly pink or red after dermaplaning, but it should subside quickly. However, you’ll want to make sure that you use simple and gentle skincare products in the days after the treatment to avoid any potential irritations since the skin is ‘open’ and more susceptible to irritation with anything too intense.

The skin may be slightly pink or red after dermaplaning, but it should subside quickly. However, you’ll want to make sure that you use simple and gentle skincare products in the days after the treatment to avoid any potential irritations since the skin is ‘open’ and more susceptible to irritation with anything too intense.

While the terms are often used interchangeably, face shaving and dermaplaning are different. Shaving can be done at home with a regular face razor, whereas derma-planning is performed by a professional using a surgical scalpel. Dermaplaning provides a much more effective exfoliation and also removes peach fuzz. Shaving, on the other hand, only cuts the hair at the point where the razor and the hair meet, bringing along any dead skin cells that may get trapped in the razor.

One of the reasons why patients love dermaplaning is that there are no side effects, and it’s generally safe for all skin types. So even if your skin boasts signs of dryness, dullness, discoloration, and sun damage, it’s still a safe and effective treatment to do regularly. However, those with active acne or extremely sensitive skin should always have a consultation first to determine if the treatment is right for them.

It’s best to wait at least four weeks, if not longer, between each appointment. Dermaplaning is a form of exfoliation, and doing it too often can leave the skin irritated and raw. Also, you’ll want to wait for the peach fuzz to grow back before doing the treatment again—once you see it on the skin, you’ll know it’s time for another session.

Get started with AdvancedMD Aesthetics of Atlanta

If you’re ready to be fuzz-free and get the skin of your dreams, there’s no better time than now to book a consultation with Advanced MD Aesthetics of Atlanta. A one-on-one consultation with our experienced, professional aestheticians and team of skin experts will determine the best dermaplaning combination for you. We can also customize a package specific to your needs so you can obtain the best results possible.

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