Loyal readers know that after a few frustrating experiences, I abandoned my expensive monthly spa visits in favor of DIY at-home versions. For my first self-dermaplaning, I ordered surgical scalpels, specifically Integra Miltex 4-421 Standard Sterile Surgical Scalpel, Size No. 21 (Pack of 10). Next time, for more precision I’ll order a smaller size like a 15 or 18.I watched the youtube videos. I read the precautions and educated myself on the proper technique. My first foray into self-dermaplaning didn’t go disastrously, but I did nick myself and draw blood three times. It isn’t as dramatic as it sounds – think shaving cut – painless and gone tomorrow. Dermaplaning requires patience and technique. Lose the proper angle on the blade and bloodshed ensues. For this reason, I can’t in good conscience recommend you try this at home.I’ve been accidentally sliced by a rushing aesthetician, so I consider the risk differential between home and medi-spa negligible. Therefore, I will continue to practice my self-dermaplaning technique. Neophyte that I am, I still managed to turn out equal to better results to my last expensive spa visit.
Feeling confused and ambivalent by this information? I understand. In sum, you can really slice yourself up with home dermaplaning, so it’s best left to the professionals. That said, by taking every possible safety precaution, perfecting the proper technique, and exercising patience, it’s possible to achieve spa superior results at home.