Dermaplaning before and after: watch what happened when one editor had her face shaved

Congested skin, ineffective products and a dull complexion were all skin battles digital content producer Terri Dunn grappled with on a daily basis… until she tried dermaplaning: a treatment that involves using a surgical-grade scalpel to remove layers of dead skin cells, fine facial hair (vellus or peach fuzz) plus trapped makeup from the face and neck.

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Does dermaplaning hurt? How long does it take?

When you think about gliding a scalpel across the skin, the immediate question for many is “does it hurt?” The short answer is no. The pressure is minimal and the pain is the equivalent of running the edge of a plastic credit card along the face – so virtually none at all!

Completed within a lunch hour, dermaplaning is a quick yet effective alternative to microdermabrasion or a chemical peel, meaning it’s ideal for sensitive or reactive skin types but with the added bonus of removing facial hair.

Before you freak out at the prospect of accidentally shaving off an eyebrow, know that this is not even a possibility. The surgical-grade scalpel used for dermaplaning is not sharp enough to cut through hormonal hair – only the fine vellus hair commonly referred to as ‘peach fuzz’.

How often do you need to have dermaplaning done? How does the hair grow back?

Dermaplaning can be done as a one-off (no it doesn’t grow back thicker or darker) with instant results. Complexions appear more dewy, clear and plump. “The fresh new skin cells that have just been revealed are still juicy and round, and therefore plumping out the surface of your skin,” says Renay Robertson, founder of Haven Skin Spa.

Big event coming up? A dermaplaning session may just be your ticket for that sought-after glow pre-party. Not to mention, without all of that fine vellus hair, your makeup will glide across your newly smooth skin meaning you’ll use less product. How’s that for economical?

Why dermaplaning?

“Our skin’s natural shedding process, known as desquamation, allows new skin cells to come to the surface and give that soft, fresh feeling. However, as we age this process slows down resulting in a build-up of thickened skin, clogged pores, uneven skin tone and essentially a dull and lacklustre complexion.”

But the benefits of dermaplaning live on long after the first session. With dead skin cells and congestion removed, the products you use in your daily regimen will be better absorbed into the skin and thus accelerate your skin’s goals. “This is a great treatment to have on a regular basis as it boosts your home care regime to achieve results faster,” says Renay.

The treatment costs $125 at Haven Skin Spa.

*Treatment was gifted by Haven Skin Spa  |  All opinions are my own
Words: Terri Dunn
Photos: Michael James Rooke
Video editor: Melissa Tapper