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To Shave or Not to Dermaplane?

Both shaving and dermaplaning are used for different things, and therefor have different results. Let's dive into what dermaplaning is and if it might be right for you.

What is Dermaplaning?

Put simply, dermaplaning is the use of an exfoliating blade to remove dead skin cells, oil, bacteria, and hair from your face. It's different from dermabrasion, where an Aesthetician will use a high-speed, rotating brush to exfoliate the skin. Dermplaning involves a painless scalpel-like tool and is angled on your skin to gently remove debris.

What are the benefits of Dermaplaning?

One of the most common benefits that patients seek out for dermaplaning is the way the skin looks and feels after. The gentle exfoliation creates a rejuvenated appearance where the skin looks more youthful and smooth. But there are also other benefits of the scalpel facial that intrigues patients.

Cleaner, Smaller Pores

This treatment removes dead skin cells, oils, and dirt from the pores. Once you clean out your pores, they look smaller - contributing to the rejuvenation of the skin.

Less Dry Skin

Dermaplaning removes tons of dead skin cells from your face. Its actually pretty cool (or gross) to see the pile your face creates after the facial!

No More Peach Fuzz

My favorite part! No little hairs are left on your face after a treatment. Keep in mind that the hair will not come back "thicker and darker", as this doesn't actually happen. The hair on your face is different from the hair on your extremities and pubic areas. Facial hair is also different for a woman than it is for a man (in most cases). During dermaplaning, the hair on your face is shaved off above the root, nothing happens to the actual hair follicle so your hair will grow back at the same rate and thickness as before.

Makeup Goes on Smoother

The scalpel facial removes debris like dirt, oil, dead skin cells, etc., making cosmetics easier to apply because of your super smooth skin. Have you ever had dry skin that you didn't know was there until you applied liquid foundation? And then the game begins of seeing if you can kind of brush it off but then it just creates more dead skin? Yeah, annoying I know. After your dermaplaning procedure, you won't have to worry about that!

Good for Acne-Prone Skin

When dirt, dead skin cells, bacteria, and/or sweat combine with the oil secreted from the sebaceous glands in your skin, you get blackheads, whiteheads, and pimples. By removing these acne-causing elements, there is less of a chance of breakouts.

It's Pretty Relaxing

I don't know about you, but to me dermaplaning feels...nice. Contrary to the scary image you get when you think of a scalpel gliding across your skin, it's not at all that. The scalpel is angled and will not cut you! And it feels a whole lot better than waxing, threading, and getting laser treatments the skin.

In addition, more benefits from dermaplaning include:

  • Reduces the Appearance of Fine Lines and Wrinkles

  • Improved Hyperpigmentation

As well as removing peach fuzz from your face, take a look at the difference in the fine lines and wrinkles this client had. Skin rejuvenation, how amazing!!

This picture was used from the amazing people @DermaplanePro on Instagram. Go check it out!

What is the difference between shaving and dermaplaning?

The two are similar, but only one has multiple benefits. Shaving with a razor only trims your hair, while dermaplaning involves exfoliating your epidermis as well as all of the listed above. With a surgical scalpel, you can get much closer to the skin for a deeper "shave" that also picks up the top layer of dead skin cells.

Is Dermaplaning Right for You?

The exfoliating procedure can be used for many, many things on every skin type. Those with extremely sensitive skin or a lot of present acne breakouts should use more caution. You should avoid exfoliating a couple days before and after as you don't want to over-exfoliate your skin. Dermaplaning should be done at least once a month.

For more information or advice, or to book with our amazing team, please click here, call or text 210-774-2850, or go to our Instagram: @thelotusmedspa.

To book a dermaplaning session, click here or find "@browsandaesthetics.byerica" on Instagram.


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Picture of before & after dermaplaning

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