Dermaplaning! What is it and what are the benefits?

Dermaplaning is a skincare procedure that’s been popular in L.A., New York, Miami and Phoenix, and it’s finally made its way to the Seattle area! As a skincare specialist and licensed esthetician, I’m proud to offer this new service to my clients and new customers.

But since this is a new method of skincare, many people don’t know what it is or why they should have a dermaplaning treatment. So, I’d like to explain:

Your skin is covered with fine hairs called ‘peach fuzz’ by the general population, or fine vellus hair by estheticians. Dermaplaning is a safe, simple procedure that exfoliates your skin and removes that peach fuzz, leaving cleaner, smoother skin behind! Unfortunately, dermaplaning can be confused with a treatment called dermabrasion, which has high risks of infections and scarring because the skin is abraded down to the dermis. Dermaplaning has none of these risks, and is a quick treatment with almost no negative effects or risks when completed by a professional.

So, what are the benefits of dermaplaning? First of all, the process removes hair that might otherwise get built up with oils and dirt, therefore leaving behind healthier and cleaner skin. It also allows skincare products to penetrate deeper in your skin, so if you’re having a facial or chemical peel after the treatment, dermaplaning will make those procedures more effective, with better results. And it’s so safe that it can be added to a facial instead of the usual granular exfoliant process of a facial treatment.

Another benefit of dermaplaning treatments is that there is no downtime. When learning about dermaplaning, some patients might think that the process makes hair grow back thicker or darker, but this does not happen when a skincare professional is only removing the fine vellus hair. Peach fuzz grows back the same texture and color, and usually does so in a month’s time, but sometimes 2-3 weeks after the treatment.

One special benefit of dermaplaning is that it is a fantastic exfoliating treatment for women who are pregnant or nursing. The procedure it doesn’t include peeling agents or chemicals that might get into the blood stream and subsequently be transferred to your baby or unborn child.

Since the process is also exfoliating the skin, a single treatment can remove up to 2-3 weeks of dead skin cells and leave behind refreshed, beautiful skin. The treatment is good for all skin types, except individuals dealing with bad acne.

After a dermaplaning treatment, your makeup and cosmetics also apply to the skin better, staying true longer and avoiding the caking and flaking caused by creasing in the skin. I hope this article has given you a good education on what dermaplaning is and how it could be a great treatment for you! Contact me to schedule your dermaplaning treatment, and any other skincare sessions, including facials, chemical peels, waxing, and more. If you would like more information you can contact Mia at 206-257-9938 or read about it on her website under About Dermaplaning.

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