Remember how your mother always told you that shaving your fine facial hair would actually make it grow back faster, darker and coarser? Well, we hate to say it: mom might have been right about a lot of other things, but — at least in this one instance — she was wrong. The small light hairs on your face are called vellus hairs, which don’t have the same thick subcutaneous tissue as the hair on your head. They grow back exactly the same every time, and nothing — except hormonal changes — can change their color or texture. These fine vellus hairs usually aren’t noticeable, but they can prevent moisturizers and serums from fully penetrating your skin, and can cause makeup to go on unevenly. Since you probably don’t want wax all over your face, and plucking is just NO, what’s left?
Even though dermaplaning may sound similar to shaving, it’s really quite different. Think of it as deep exfoliation… with an ultra-sharp blade. Don’t worry, this blade is in the hands of one of our skilled medical estheticians, and does an amazing job of removing fine hair and dead skin cells from the surface layer of the skin. The esthetician uses light “feathering” strokes. Most patients report that dermaplaning is not only painless, it’s actually very relaxing. Your skin is cleansed, exfoliated, moisturized and given SPF protection, all within about 30 minutes. After that, you can go on with the rest of your day enjoying softer, more radiant skin.
Dermaplaning is ideal for patients who are especially sensitive to facial peels, facials or other chemically based treatments. Since it requires no use of skin product (other than a simple cleanser), it can even be used by women who are pregnant or nursing. It’s also effective at smoothing and blending the skin in areas where moles, warts and other blemishes have been removed. Acne scars are minimized and can virtually disappear with repeated dermaplaning sessions — each one usually lasting no longer than 45 minutes. It’s a short investment of time, especially compared to its long-lasting results.
The results of dermaplaning are similar to — even sometimes better than — microdermabrasion. It’s a fast, effective way to brighten your skin and encourage the growth of healthy new cells, while removing all the gunk that you didn’t even know had built up in your pores. The only way anyone will ever know you had dermaplaning is if you answer them honestly when they say, “Wow! You look great, what’s your secret?” Don’t worry — we won’t tell!
Your mother would want you to contact Azul at any of our locations in Naples, Fort Myers and Bonita Springs, because she taught you to be a careful shopper. Book your free consultation with a member of Azul’s esthetic team today, and find out if you’re a good candidate for dermaplaning (which you should be, unless you have active acne). After that, it’s simply a matter of sitting back and relaxing while we do the work of restoring your skin to its naturally radiant glow.