FAQ


WHAT IS DERMAPLANING?

Dermaplaning is a method of exfoliation that consists of using a sterile, medical-grade scalpel to gently remove the outermost layer of dull, dead skin cells and vellus hair (“peach fuzz”) in order to reveal a smoother, brighter complexion.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

The layer of dead skin cells and facial hair that trap dirt and bacteria are removed, allowing for better product absorption and efficacy. Dermaplaning smoothes, tones, tightens, and brightens skin, creating a flawless canvas for makeup application.

WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER THE SERVICE?

You’ll immediately look more radiant with a more even skin tone and texture. Your cosmetics also will go on smoother due to freshly exfoliated skin and the removal of your vellus hairs. After the treatment, your skin will be highly sensitive to sun exposure (and may look slightly pink), so be sure to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher to reduce the risk of hyperpigmentation.

HOW OFTEN CAN I GET IT DONE?

Every 4-6 weeks

WHO IS NOT A SUITABLE CANDIDATE?

Dermaplaning is suitable for most all skin types (including sensitive or rosacea) except for individuals with the following:

  • Currently undergoing cancer therapy (chemotherapy, radiation)
  • Actively taking blood thinners
  • Currently on Accutane (or have taken it within the last year)
  • Open lesions
  • Active acne (cystic acne)
  • Active shingles
  • Hemophilia
  • History of keloids or hypertrophic scarring
  • Sun, wind, or chemically-burned skin

Please make sure to include these conditions on your intake form.


WHAT IS HIGH FREQUENCY?

When applied to the surface of the skin, a mild electrical current passes through the neon or argon gas-filled glass electrode (the electrodes produce either a neon red/orange light or violet/blue light depending on the inert gas that they are filled with). During the high frequency treatment, enriched oxygen molecules are produced that have an antibacterial action, which can aid in reducing acne, as well as a “natural” thermal tissue warming. This reaction causes a natural contraction of underlying blood vessels, pushing away toxins, while the cells in your skin are enriched with nutrients and hydrating volume. The skin is left feeling instantly energized, firm, and refreshed.

DOES IT HURT?

No, high frequency skin care treatment is very safe and does not cause any discomfort or pain. If you are new to the application of high frequency, it may take some time to get used to the gentle buzzing sensation experienced during treatment.

HOW OFTEN CAN I RECEIVE HIGH FREQUENCY TREATMENTS?

The recommended treatment time will vary depending on your skin type and individual concerns. More frequent application, or applying beyond recommended treatment time, will not enhance results and may cause redness. High frequency also can be drying especially during the winter months.

With these stipulations in mind, clients can book a high frequency treatment once a week to achieve cumulative results.

WHO IS NOT A SUITABLE CANDIDATE?

Contraindications include:

  • Pacemakers
  • Epilepsy
  • Pregnancy
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Metal Implants
  • Braces

Please make sure to include these conditions on your intake form.


WHAT IS MICRONEEDLING?

Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy (or CIT), works by creating tiny, microscopic channels in the skin with a handheld device that uses a single-use, disposable tip covered in tiny needles. This prompts the skin to begin healing itself, which also promotes the increased production of collagen and elastin.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

The channels created during the microneedling procedure kickstart the skin’s natural healing process. However, no tissue is destroyed, and the microscopic punctures close up quickly. At this time, collagen and elastin production is increased in the affected area, resulting in softer scars and fine lines. The needle tip in the device can be adjusted to various depths, ranging from 0.25mm-2.0mm.

WHAT AREAS OF THE BODY CAN BE TREATED?

Technically, just about any part of the body can be treated with microneedling, but the majority of microneedling treatments are performed on the face. However, it also is effective on the neck, hands, and décolleté.

WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR MICRONEEDLING?

Microneedling is safe for most skin types, so you can undergo this procedure whether you have normal skin, combo skin, oily skin, or dry skin. The ideal candidate for collagen induction therapy is someone who is looking for an effective and efficient way to minimize or eliminate various cosmetic imperfections including: hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and acne scarring.

WHO ISN’T A VIABLE CANDIDATE?

Contraindications include, but are not limited to:

  • History of keloids or hypertrophic scarring
  • Active eczema, psoriasis, and other chronic conditions
  • Glycation
  • Rosacea
  • Have a freshly tanned/sunburned face
  • History of actinic (solar) keratosis
  • History of Herpes Simplex infections
  • History of allergic reactions to topical products
  • Diabetes (consult physician)
  • Are currently using Accutane or have used Accutane within the past 6 months
  • Are currently taking any photosensitizing medication
  • Presence of raised moles, warts, or any raised lesions (active acne) on targeted area
  • Scleroderma, collagen vascular diseases, or cardiac abnormalities
  • Blood clotting problems or Hemophilia
  • Active bacterial or fungal infection

IS IT PAINFUL?

A topical lidocaine is applied before the service to maximize your comfort, and most people don’t feel any pain whatsoever. For mild imperfections, some people describe the sensation being akin to sandpaper or even a cat’s tongue. For deeper imperfections, longer needles may be used, and a bit more discomfort may occur.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?

The length of time that it takes to complete a microneedling treatment depends on various factors. In most cases, this procedure can be completed in about an hour (including numbing for 20-30 min).

WHAT IS RECOVERY LIKE?

You may experience some redness and pinpoint bleeding in the area where the device was used. The bleeding should subside almost immediately, but it may take 1-3+ days for the redness to go away. Many people describe the aftermath as being comparable to having a sunburn. Your skin usually feels very tight directly after the procedure, and some may experience skin dryness and flaking.

Aftercare is key with microneedling! Your skin will be exposed to the elements, and product absorption is significantly increased. Make sure to keep skin hydrated and wear at least SPF 30 every day to protect your healing skin. Try to avoid sun exposure for about 7-10 days after your appointment, or you will be at risk for hyperpigmentation.

WHEN WILL I SEE RESULTS?

For some minor imperfections, you may notice results immediately after undergoing microneedling treatment. However, for more extensive imperfections, multiple treatments (3+) are generally required. With each subsequent treatment, you should notice more and more improvement. As an added bonus, this procedure boosts the production of elastin and collagen, so the appearance of your skin will steadily improve as it heals from the treatment.

HOW LONG DO RESULTS LAST?

Results from microneedling tend to last for extended periods of time. Many people notice permanent improvements with issues like hyperpigmentation, scars, sun damage, and other imperfections. Most of the time, multiple sessions are needed. Over time, additional treatments may be required to maintain the appearance of your skin.

ARE THERE ANY RISKS?

Microneedling is generally very safe and noninvasive, but there are always risks when creating any type of wound to the skin.

Allergic dermatitis (or allergic reaction) is the most common risk. Other risks include worsening pigmentation, scarring/granulomas, or (in rare cases) worsening of wrinkles.