Your top dermablading questions answered

It’s less scary than it sounds

Who Beauty Editor WHO and New Idea / April 28 2019

We all have  hairs on our skin and for the most part, we learn to deal with it (or at least, we know how to get rid of it via shaving, waxing and laser hair removal), but when it comes to facial hair, it’s a whole other story. Especially those super fine hairs around our jaw line. That’s where dermablading comes in. Get the lowdown on the latest salon therapy that is less scary than it sounds.

What is dermablading?

Dermablading is a new treatment that removes vellus hair, or peach fuzz, from the face with gentle strokes from a sterile surgical blade. Sound scary…like shaving your face? Well, it’s not. According to Lisa Sullivan-Smith, co-director of The Clinic in Sydney, it is similar to shaving, but the benefits are very different. “Dermablading is a form of exfoliation
 that improves smoothness of the skin, increases circulation and overall radiance, and diminishes the small hairs around the neck and chin,” says Sullivan-Smith. And it's pain-free.

So it gives you radiant skin, too?

Yep. By removing your baby hairs, oil and debris are less likely to get trapped. Plus, your facial hairs can create a dulling veil on skin as well as an uneven surface for makeup to adhere to. After dermablading, you’re left with a smooth and clean complexion.

Who are the best candidates?

This exfoliation treatment is suitable for all skin types, except for those with active pustular acne; and is ideal for anyone wanting to improve makeup application or seeking smoother skin.

How long does the process take?

The treatment takes no more than 40 minutes. “We start with a thorough cleanse of the face and the treatment is then performed by a trained nurse, who uses a sterile scalpel to stroke the skin,” says Sullivan-Smith.

Will the hairs grow back thicker?

Despite what you may think, post-treatment you won’t experience thicker or darker hair growth. “This is because the hair on the face this treatment targets is vellus hair, not terminal [coarse] hair.”

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Previously from an advertising background, Toni has been working in editorial and beauty at Pacific Magazines for the past five years, and is currently working across Who and New Idea, two of the top five best-selling weeklies in the country. Toni loves being able to make the beauty world seem accessible to the working woman, particularly for those who are time-restricted. As a working Mum, she’s constantly searching for easy beauty and skincare routines on a budget.