For those who are looking for a safe and optimal way to exfoliate their skin, dermaplaning is an excellent pathway toward facial rejuvenation. Aesthetic nurses with a skilled hand in cosmetic injections and chemical peels are excellent choices for this treatment.

Elizabeth Reed, an aesthetic nurse for chief of plastic surgery Dr. D. Glynn Bolitho at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, performs dermaplaning regularly. Describing it as a safe procedure, a stainless steel tool gently glides across the facial canvas, exfoliating dead skin cells along the top layer of skin. In tandem, it also removes vellus hair, also known to many as peach fuzz.

According to Reed, any age group can benefit from dermaplaning. Women ranging from their twenties into their sixties and above enjoy the rejuvenating results. Ladies who are getting ready for a special event find that dermaplaning helps them look refreshed allowing their makeup to look incredibly smooth.

And the ridding of this vellus hair helps achieve the aesthetic goal.

The reason why the removal of vellus hair is so important for rejuvenation is because dirt and oil have a natural tendency to adhere to these hairs. When eliminated, the results are healthier and more radiant looking skin.

And it’s not just brides undergoing this treatment. Those who have tried it actually continue with the regimen because the results are that fantastic. Many share that it is also quite relaxing, too.

For a first visit, Reed generally likes to take more time talking with her patients regarding their skin care routine and their skin care goals. From there, the treatment begins.

“Basically, I’m just removing the hair and the top few dead layers of skin so that the skin can just glow and makeup can go on easier,” she said.

The treatment lasts under 30 minutes. However, the best news of all is that there is little to no downtime. Women who are pregnant or plan to become pregnant may be wary about chemical peels. If that is the case, they invite dermaplaning into their monthly beauty routine.

According to Reed, many of her patients like to book their appointments for a treatment every month.

It’s also important to note that there is no relationship between dermaplaning and dermabrasion. While the words may seem relatable, they are entirely two different procedures with a dermabrasion being defined more as a medical treatment.

Reed did admit to a myth about dermaplaning that she quickly debunked. While the stainless steel tool removes vellus hair, by no means does it trigger more aggressive regrowth with darker hair. Vellus hair is considered by medical aesthetic professional experts as superficial.

“I’m doing nothing to increase the rate of growth with dermaplaning. I’m just taking away the hair that will return to how it was originally in time,” she said.

Reed shared that the hair will not grow in thicker or darker. However, it will grow back.

A few times a year, Reed said, patients might like to incorporate a light chemical peel with the dermaplaning for optimal results. However, some patients may prefer just the dermaplaning.

Every patient is unique as are their skin care needs.

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