What is Dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning is a safe, painless exfoliation treatment with no downtime that gently removes the “peach fuzz” and excessive dead skin cells from the outer layers of the skin. Removal of this upper layer of skin provides a gentle resurfacing of the skin reducing the appearance of fine lines, pigmentation, acne scarring and it also allows topical products to penetrate more readily into the skin. Dermaplaning is often used on patients with dry, rough, superficial hyperpigmentation, mild acne scars, fine lines, and wrinkles or for those who are simply looking for a great procedure to smoothen their skin without a long downtime.
Contrary to beliefs this procedure will NOT result in darker, coarser hair growth on the face. Women have vellus hair on their faces whereas men have terminal hair. Vellus hair does not turn into terminal hair. Although, some women may have a few terminal hairs on their face as a result of a change in their hormonal status.
People often confuse dermaplaning with medical dermabrasion, which is a medical procedure done under sterile conditions performed by a physician where the skin is removed down to the deeper dermal layers. There are many complications associated with medical dermabrasion and it is not commonly performed anymore. Dermaplaning, on the other hand, is simply like shaving. It only removes the outermost layers of skin and vellus hair with no associated downtime.
Dermaplaning may also be combined with other skin care treatments such as prior to chemical exfoliation for deeper penetration of the acids, after medical microneedling or laser resurfacing to enhance the superficial results, or before a cleansing facial to allow for superior absorption of topical products.
This process immediately reveals smoother, softer, more radiant skin. Dermaplaning may be repeated as frequently as every 2-4 weeks.