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Scrape back the years. Forget cleansing, scrubbing and peeling, dermaplaning favours a razor blade for revealing those glowing, luminous layers of skin. A cosmetic treatment for the face, it was traditionally used to remove acne scarring, fine wrinkles, hairs, age spots and sun damage, however it’s now frequently popping up on beauty treatment menus as a remedy to refine the appearance of skin. Regardless of its scary-sounding method, it’s actually a non-invasive procedure that will help you shed your old skin in under an hour.

How does it work

Dermaplaning involves scraping away the top layers of your skin, to expose silky, beautiful new skin underneath. To do this, various instruments can be used, so don't be alarmed if your dermatologist bears down on you with a sharp glinting object, be it a knife or a razor blade, however in most instances a hand-held instrument called a 'dermatome' is used. Resembling an electric razor with an oscillating blade, the dermatome moves back and forth evenly skimming off surface layers of skin as it goes. The removal of these damaged layers then encourages new collagen to be produced and allows fresh, healthy skin to grow.

Often used in conjunction with other procedures such as peels to intensify and prolong the result, recovery time varies from person to person. Either way, reports suggest that although a redness will occur following the treatment, it will resemble nothing more than a very mild sunburn and your skin will return to its regular shade within a few days. The treatment’s also considered to be pain free, so much so, there isn’t even the need for any anaesthetic and because of the quick treatment time, it’s often used as a 'lunchtime' skin fixer. In fact in most cases it's perfectly possible to head back to work following the appointment, should you wish to.

Is it for me?

Dermaplaning is for anyone who wishes to improve the appearance of their skin without burning a hole in their pocket. As far as cosmetic treatments go, it's relatively inexpensive and although a course may be recommended, a one off scrape will produce glowing results and set you back no more than £100 at a reputable skin clinic.

If you can get over the initial shock of 'going under the knife', Dermaplaning will result in a fresher face and provides an incredibly smooth base on which to apply make up, however as with all cosmetic procedures there are a few possible side effects. In essence Dermaplaning is similar to a deep shave and just like shaving, the occasional nick can occur or produce the odd ingrown hair. The bigger risk is a change in skin pigmentation, so if you’re particularly fond of your freckles there is the possibility they may disappear.

Although the procedure is also a very effective cosmetic solution to improving acne scarred skin, in no instances should it be performed on an active outbreak of acne as this will lead to further irritation of the skin and a whole lot of mess.

Good to know

Although relatively new in the UK, the Japanese have been enjoying the effects of Dermaplaning for over 13 years.

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