What is it?
Dermaplaning is a method of exfoliation to gently scrape off the top layer of dulling dead skin cells in order to reveal a smoother, brighter complexion. Dermaplaning is a favorite in the entertainment industry, specifically among models and actresses. Why? It also eliminates that annoying peach fuzz that cakes up in makeup and can be enhanced by harsh production lighting and high-definition cameras. Dermaplaning also allows for greater penetration of skincare products and creates a flawless canvas for makeup to glide on smoothly. In fact, it is sometimes used to help prepare skin for more intrusive procedures such as laser treatments and chemical peels.
Dermaplaning vs. Microdermabrasion
Wondering if you should try dermaplaning versus microdermabrasion? They are both forms of physical exfoliation, but the methods are very different. Microdermabrasion sands and suctions dead skin cells, which also helps to uproot clogged pores around the nose, mouth and chin. Dermaplaning safely scrapes off the top layer of skin, so it is well suited for drier skin types and anyone who wants to get rid of peach fuzz. But, keep in mind, both methods are good for almost everyone and it could just boil down to your personal preference.
Who is it for?
Dermaplaning is recommended for all skin types except those with acneic skin. If you have deep cystic acne, wait until breakouts are clear before trying this treatment. As always, also discuss any allergies or skin sensitivities before starting a treatment.
This is a great treatment if you are pregnant or nursing and want exfoliation without the risk of harsh chemicals absorbing into the blood stream and potentially harming your baby.
What does it feel like?
Dermaplaning is a painless procedure and can be compared to the sensation of shaving your legs, but in this case, it’s on your face.
First, the aesthetician will cleanse and thoroughly dry your skin. Next, she’ll pull an area of your skin taut with one hand, and hold a sterile 10 gauge blade at a 45 degree angle in the other hand and use short, swift strokes to scrape off dead skin cells and peach fuzz.
Are there immediate side effects?
There are no side effects and zero downtime. After the treatment, your skin will be highly sensitive to sun exposure and may already look very pink, so be sure to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher to reduce the risk of hyper-pigmentation.
What are the anticipated results?
You’ll immediately look more radiant with a more even skin tone and texture. All of your peach fuzz will be gone, which is why first-timers say their skin has never felt so soft before.
How do I get optimal results?
Dermaplaning removes 21 days worth of dead skin cells, so it’s best to allow the skin to complete its rejuvenation cycle before your next treatment. If you have resilient skin, try coupling microdermabrasion and dermaplaning in the same session for incredible results.
Who should perform this treatment?
Dermaplaning should be administered by a licensed aesthetician who specializes in this procedure.
The truth about hair growth.
Many women are often concerned that shaving peach fuzz will make it grow back heavier and darker, but that’s just an old wives’ tale. Superficial vellus hair (that’s the science-y name for clear or white soft fine facial hair) will grow back at the same rate and with the same texture as it was before the treatment.
BOTOX + DERMAL FILLERS
Appointment Time Varies | Consultation Required
We provide a variety of dermal fillers at Virago Skin + Body Studio. When injected into the skin, the filler restores otherwise sunken features in order to eliminate lines and smooth the skin.
BOTOX® is an injectable that temporarily relaxes the muscles. When used for cosmetic purposes, BOTOX® can target the muscles in the face and alleviate wrinkles. It works by blocking specific nerves in the face that are in control of muscle movement. The result is less distinct wrinkles as well as the prevention of wrinkles from deepening further.
Benefits of BOTOX®
- Natural-looking results
- Adjustable dosages
- Minimally invasive
- Smooth complexion
- More alert features
- Reduced lines and wrinkles
FIBROBLAST SKIN TREATMENT
Please note that this is only offered at our medical spa.
Fibroblast is the only cosmetic treatment to use plasma to reduce the volume of excess skin. Low risk, minimal downtime and more affordable than surgery. Fibroblast Treatment is known for it’s success with Non Surgical Eye Lifts, Tummy Tightening, Neck Tightening and so much more.
How does it work?
Fibroblast is a relatively new innovation in the beauty industry in North America but has been used for a number of years in Europe. The extremely accurate hand held device works by utilizing the voltage in the air between its tip and the natural gasses emitted from our skin, to form a plasma charge. A small electrical arc is created and instantly shrinks the targeted skin. The tissues retract and tighten giving you more youthful looking skin.
How long does it last?
As Fibroblast is more than a simple tightening treatment (skin volume is actually reduced), the effects should last as long as they would with invasive surgery. Like all surgical and cosmetic procedures, the effects of fibroblast are not entirely permanent as it does not stop any further aging, but the positive results should last years depending on the area treated. The positive effects of treatment will be noticeable immediately after the first treatment, but the final results will be seen after 8 weeks. For some, an additional treatment may be required after 8 weeks for maximum results. Additionally, there are lifestyle factors that can prevent the result from lasting as long as they can, such as smoking, alcohol consumption, and prolonged sun exposure.
How many treatments are required?
The number of treatments required will vary according to the area being treated, skin’s laxity, the desired degree of correction and the individual’s response to the treatment. Most clients see results instantly and this continues to improve over the course of the following 8 weeks. Further treatments can be carried out to achieve better results. Appointments must be spaced out by 8 weeks.
Who is the ideal candidate?
– Clients skin should not be inflamed in the area we are treating prior to procedure.
– Clients prone to keloid scars are not ideal candidates.
– Clients with diabetes, healing disorders or lymphatic draining issues should not undergo treatment.
– Clients with a sunburn/suntan should postpone treatment.
– Clients who have a history of Hyper-pigmentation/Hypo-pigmentation are not ideal candidates.
– The client must not display any tanning at the time of the treatment.
– The client must not display herpes simplex (cold sores when working in the lip area) It is recommended they consult with their medical Doctor and begin taking the prescription Valtrex 3 days prior to treatment and 4 days following treatment.
– If the client wears a pacemaker avoid treatment with electrical arcing.
– Clients who are pregnant or nursing are not ideal candidates.
– Clients should have eyelash extensions REMOVED prior to eye lift treatment.
– This treatment is only recommended on Fitzpatrick Scales 1-3
– Fibroblast Treatment is not advised for those with very dark skin. This is because there is a higher risk of hyperpigmentation (dark spots) or hypopigmentation (light spots) following treatment.
– The client should be in good health at the time of the appointment, with no preexisting health conditions. If the client displays signs of cold or flu the treatment should be rescheduled.
What is it used to treat?
Fibroblast is able to treat a number of imperfections without any actual cutting of the skin. It can be used for:
– Eyelid Tightening, including under eyes and excess upper eyelid skin.
– Skin imperfections, including skin tags and sunspots.
– Improvement in the appearance of acne scars
– Tightening loose stomach skin after pregnancy.
– Lines and wrinkles around the mouth.
– Jowls and Neck Tightening.
– Knee Caps and Under Arms
Side Effects & Risks
Fibroblast has been shown to be a safe treatment due to its non-invasive nature when done by a fully certified technician. Still the majority of clients are likely to experience some minor side effects in the 7-10 days following treatment.
There will be small carbon crusts (little polkadots) in the treated area that will last 7-10 days before naturally lifting, revealing new pink skin beneath. Swelling in the eye area is to be expected for a few days following an upper eyelid treatment. To avoid any more serious side effects such as hyper-pigmentation, follow the aftercare recommendations given to you by your technician.
Day of treatment
On the treatment day, it is recommended that no make-up is worn on the treatment area. You may take an anti-histamine 30 minutes prior to your appointment to help with swelling and continue to take anti-histamines for 2-3 days following your appointment.
A numbing agent is applied and left to take effect for up to 30 minutes. When the treatment area is sufficiently numb, the session begins with multiple connections of the fibroblast tip, spaced closely together. You may feel some heat in the treatment area, which may be uncomfortable and slightly irritating. Treatment time is usually between 10-40 minutes, depending on the size of the area.
Immediately after treatment the area may be red and mildly swollen with small carbon crusts (spots). You may experience a sensation similar to a sun burn which will likely last a few hours. Swelling may intensify over the following few hours and more so when eyes are treated and may last 2-3 days. The carbon crusts will lift within 5 -12 days depending on the individual and area treated. Results gradually improve over the course of the following 8 weeks.
Following treatment you will be given thorough aftercare instructions to ensure that you see the best results. . In the week following treatment (or until the treatment area has fully healed) an exfoliating wash or cleanser should not be used. Instead opt for a pH balanced soap (dove), and avoid rubbing the area.