What it is
A Dermaplaning Facial exfoliates the outer layer of dead skin cells and removes hair. Disruption of your surface cells reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, micro-scars, and sun damage. Sunscreen and makeup sit better on smooth skin.
This treatment uses a surgical blade, held at a 45-degree angle and stroked along the face.
While the chance is slim, nicking the skin with the blade is possible.
This treatment removes mature cells. An Enzyme Peel initiates cell separation. The Resurfacing Wand spins cells off. When this layer is reduced, the blade stays sharper during the treatment and provides a superior finish.
Shaving the skin on the face doesn’t cause the hair to grow back thicker or darker. The root of the hair isn’t altered unless it’s tweezed. It continues to grow. Because the blade cuts the hair at its thickest part, there is a blunt edge that you may feel. Tweezing removes the more whiskery hairs.
If your hair is dark, and your skin is light, you may not want to shave it at all. Darker hair is more noticeable as it grows on lighter skin. I recommend shaving as part of your home care.
There is a possibility of the skin feeling grainy afterward. Proper home care reduces the likelihood.
I love to smooth your skin and teach you how to maintain its luster at home. The Gorgeous Appointment is like having a magic wand that reveals a youthful glow.
I specialize in facial rejuvenation for mature, environmentally stressed faces. The secret sauce for an outstanding dermaplaning facial is the prep work.
After certification in 2015, and after my first 500 faces, I determined that I didn’t like “dry” dermaplaning. I don’t want to depend on the blade for everything.
After dermaplaning more than a 1,000 faces, I started not wanting to do “just a dermaplane,” “just a facial,” or “just a brow.” One without the other two isn’t as Gorgeous.
My location is private. Rarely are there ten people in the building on a given day, much less at the same time.
It’s a calm, clean, relaxing environment.
For the best analysis, arrive without makeup on.
Mature skin cells are part of your protective barrier. If you’ve had a recent chemical peel or laser resurfacing, please wait at least four weeks before getting a Dermaplaning Facial.
If you get Botox or other injections, please wait at least two weeks before getting any type of facial service.
If you have lashes applied, the steam may loosen the adhesive glue.
If you have broken capillaries, the steam may make them appear worse.
Facials stimulate your Lymphatic and Circulatory Systems. Please check with your doctor if you are on medications.
A week before your appointment, discontinue using Adapalene, Essential Oils, Benzoyl Peroxide, Retinols, Retin-A, any HydroxyAcids, or products that claim to lighten, brighten, or reduce wrinkles. Let your skin have a few days off from your products so it can return to a more natural condition.
Is it for you?
Most skin types benefit from a Dermaplaning Facial. However, the procedure aggravates acne and can stimulate oil production.
Oil needs to travel up the hair shaft to disperse. Without the hair, the oil stays below the skin where it can back-up and cause an eruption.
Mature skin with diminished oil production is the best skin-type match for this procedure.
Within each skin type, there are subtypes. If you have Acne, Rosacea, Eczema, Psoriasis, Dermatitis, Scleroderma, etc., you may not be a good match.
Please do not get this treatment (for the first time) right before a big event or a vacation.
Stress and change of climate may affect your results. Avoid hot water and extreme climate exposure.
Aerobic exercise or vigorous physical activity should be avoided until all redness has subsided, and skin reaction is determined.
For 48 hours after treatment, direct sunlight is to be avoided (including any UV light exposure and tanning beds). If some sun exposure can not be avoided, first apply sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher.
Results are dependent on your age, cumulative sun exposure, health, stage of life, lifestyle, medications, genetic traits, general skin condition, and your willingness to follow recommended home care.
Please cleanse with a non-foaming cleanser and avoid any exfoliation for one week before and after the treatment.
While I take every precaution to ensure that the treatment is a match for your skin, I can’t guarantee the outcome. Your skin may be drier than usual, may feel itchy, or look irritated.
Considerations before your appointment
Never get treatment if you have pustular outbreaks, open sores, or are sick. More sensitive skin may experience redness, itching, or superficial abrasions lasting a few hours to a few days.
If you blush easily, stay red after exercising, have a sensitivity to nickel, or irritation from costume jewelry, you may be sensitive following this treatment.
If you do have sensitive, reactive skin, please avoid extreme temperatures and sun exposure for at least 48 hours before and after.
There are contraindications to this treatment, including but not limited to having a compromised immune system, Lupus, Diabetes, cancer, active acne, or bleeding disorders. If you take certain medications, blood thinners, higher dosages of aspirin, or Accutane, you may not want this treatment.
Over-the-counter medications that prevent acne and blemishes (like Proactive, Differin, Adapalene, Benzoyl Peroxide, etc.) may make your skin more sensitive to treatment.
Even heavy consumption of alcohol the prior evening can make your skin sensitive. If you drink alcohol after your treatment, and you tend to get flushed from drinking, it may take longer to subside.
Active infections of any type, Herpes Simplex Virus, warts, and moles shouldn’t be exfoliated.
It’s never a good idea to exfoliate if you have sun or windburn. Shield your skin between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
A family history of hypertrophic scarring or keloid formation is not a match. If you have/had skin cancer, chemotherapy, or radiation, you should consult with your doctor to see if your skin would tolerate this type of exfoliation.
If you are pregnant, your skin is more sensitive, especially to hormonal surges. Hormones may cause sensitivity and uneven discolorations. Any hormonal therapy medications may cause discoloration.
After your appointment
More sensitive skin may experience redness, itching, dryness, or superficial abrasions lasting a few hours to a few days.
Makeup can be applied after the treatment, but it’s better to let the face rest naturally for a few
hours- preferably the rest of the day. Reapply sunscreen every two hours.
Post-care recommendations: no sun exposure for 48 hours, moisturize as needed, use gentle cleanser only.
Alpha and Beta Hydroxy acid, Retinals, Benzoyl Peroxides, etc., may be resumed 7 days after treatment. The removal of dead skin cells allows home care products to penetrate better.
Your skin will feel like a newborn. Treat it like one. Don’t do anything to your skin that you wouldn’t do to a baby.
The use of sunscreen is essential post-treatment for at least the first 7 days. (SPF 30 or higher, preferably Zinc Oxide SPF 50). The goal is to reapply it during the day, every day, for the rest of your life. Please follow the manufacturer’s directions.