Dermaplaning is a safe non-invasive and painless procedure that exfoliates the skin and removes the surface layer of dead skin cells, resulting in more refined, smoother, glowing skin. It effectively reduces rough, dry skin, superficial hyperpigmentation, mild acne scarring, and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The procedure increases skin cell regeneration and removes the fine vellus hair (or peach-fuzz) on the face, which causes buildup of dirt and oil in the follicles and can leave you with a dull, uneven, splotchy appearance.
Dermaplaning essentially consists of a simple ‘shaving’ of the epidermis. Using a sharp blade and a delicate touch, the procedure simply and painlessly abrades the surface of the skin using light feathery strokes, removing the top layer of dead skin cells and the fine vellus hair on the face.
This is a great option for patients who are pregnant or nursing and who want the benefits of a deep exfoliation with healthy, glowing results, but who do not want to use other treatment methods, including laser or chemical peels.
There is no downtime associated with dermaplaning, but you will need to protect your skin through the use of sunscreen for several days after the procedure in order to avoid any chance of hyperpigmentation when outdoors. Dermaplaning can be performed as often as every two weeks, although the procedure is typically not needed again until the fine facial hair starts to grow back, which is generally in about one month’s time.
Patients who do not know about the incredible benefits of dermaplaning are often concerned that the facial hair that is removed will grow back heavier and darker. Don’t worry! This is not the case! The superficial hair removed as part of the procedure will grow back at the same rate and with the same texture as before the treatment.
Often combined with other procedures, dermaplaning allows products to penetrate more quickly and fully into the deeper layers of skin. For this reason, dermaplaning may be recommended prior to having other treatments, including any of our laser treatments or chemical peels. It is also very effective in helping to prepare and thoroughly exfoliate the skin before a purifying facial.