The world of aesthetic treatments is continually changing and evolving which means consumers are constantly chasing the next “hip” procedure to help them look their best. As a new year has rolled around, we thought it would be interesting to take a look at some of the latest and hottest treatments available that are attracting patients to flood the offices.
Dermaplaning involves using a scalpel to gently scrape off the top layer of dead skin cells. It is an exfoliation technique that leaves skin smoother and brighter and also allows products to better penetrate the skin. One of the major reasons this treatment is so popular is because it also removes fine hairs on the skin (aka peach fuzz). These hairs can harbor debris and oils which give skin a dull look. However, dermaplaning is much more than just your basic shave. It can help minimize superficial acne scars, correct uneven skin tone, and reduce wrinkles and dark spots.
Dermaplaning can be performed monthly and is done in under 30 minutes with no downtime. Depending on the patient, a chemical peel can be added to the treatment for further results.
While Dermaplaning can get rid of the peach fuzz on the face, it can’t be used on thicker hair such as the eyebrows. That is where our next treatment comes into play. Threading is a method of hair removal, where a thin thread is doubled, twisted, and rolled over areas of unwanted hair. The thread plucks the hair at the follicle level. Unlike tweezing, threading can remove short rows of hairs and also allows for a more defined and precise shape. Threading can also be used on the entire face or upper lip to remove unwanted hair.
Depending on your hair type, regrowth can happen anywhere from 2-6 weeks, but with repeated treatments, the hair will naturally grow back thinner. The process is relatively painful and there is no downtime or recovery.
Eyebrows are one of the most important features on the face, so it’s not a surprise that many of the newest beauty treatments revolve around the eyebrows. Some people turn to tattooing or permanent makeup for their eyebrows. A new treatment called Microblading offers a more natural option with semi-permanent results. It involves a pen-like device with a microblade that scratches and etches pigment into the dermis, creating thin, hair-like lines. It helps create a more defined brow, fill in gaps, extend the eyebrows, or can be used as a full reconstruction if there is little to no hair on the brows.
There is no downtime for this procedure, but it does take up to 30 days to heal and a touch up may be required after that. Otherwise, results can last up to three years before beginning to fade.
The important thing to realize with all of these treatments is that it is vital to choose someone who is specifically trained in the individual treatment. It is important to check the person’s certifications, if they hold the needed permits, and what their experience is. These may seem like simple treatments, but they still affect your face, and therefore you need to be able to trust the person who is working on and treating your features.