Derma-planing is a manual form of exfoliation. This procedure removes the outer most layer of dead skin cells and vellus hair (peach fuzz) from the face. By removing dead skin and surface hair, make up will go on smoother, skin care products will absorb better, and you will have a smooth healthy glow to your skin.
How is it done?
After cleansing and drying the face, a trained professional will gently use a #10 scalpel blade held at a 45 angle°, to lightly feather the blade across taut facial skin. This “deep shave” will be done in a specific pattern and against the hair growth.
Is it safe?
If your procedure is done by a trained professional, it is completely safe! Since there are no chemicals used, it is even safe for pregnant and nursing moms!
Will it hurt?
If done properly, it will not hurt! As with any other type of “blade therapy,” there is always the chance that you may be nicked. That is why it is important to relax and be still while the procedure is being performed.
Won’t my facial hair grow back thicker?
This is an old wives’ tale. As long as the hair is superficial vellus hair, it will grow back at the same rate and texture as before the treatment. It is physiologically impossible for your vellus hairs to grow back thicker. It is true that once the hair is cut, it has a blunt edge, but this blunt edge does not mean that the hair structure itself has been physiologically altered.
We have two types of hair that grows on our bodies, vellus hair which is tiny translucent blonde hair, and terminal hair which is the thicker hair that grows under the arms, legs pubic area, eye brows, mustache and beard area on men.)
When vellus hair is cut or removed, it will grow back the same. The structure of the hair does not become damaged, therefore it is impossible to alter. Terminal hair is naturally coarser than vellus hair. When terminal hair is cut, it grows back the same way…coarse.
What is the downtime for Derma-planing?
There is no downtime associated with this procedure. You should use sunscreen to reduce the chance of hyper-pigmentation though.
How often do I need to get Derma-planing done?
Derma-planing can be done as often as every two weeks, although it is usually done when vellus hair starts to grow back, which is generally in one month’s time.
Is there anyone who should not do Derma-planing?
Anyone who has open or raised lesions or active acne should probably not get this service done. We also recommend that anyone who has Parkinson’s or any other kind of tremors or disability that prevents them from being still to consider other options. The derma-planing blades are made of stainless steel, so if you are allergic to stainless steel, you should not have it done. We also caution folks that are on blood thinners to advise their practitioners that they are on this type of medication. Of course our practitioners are as careful as they can possibly be, but the chance of getting nicked is there just as much as if you were shaving yourself!
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