Dermaplaning is a simple and safe procedure for exfoliating the epidermis and ridding the skin of fine vellus hair (peach fuzz). When patients hear the word dermaplaning, they confuse the term with the procedure known as dermabrasion. Dermabrasion is a medical procedure in which the skin is abraded down to the dermis using an abrasive, suction device. There are numerous complications associated with dermabrasion, such as infections and scarring. Because of this, dermabrasion is no longer commonly used within the cosmetic, medical field. Dermaplaning removes the outer most layers of dead skin cells leaving the skin immediately smooth, supple and vibrant.
Dermaplaning is a quick procedure with few to no adverse effects. There are many benefits to dermaplaning. Once we get into our 30s, the natural cell turnover process begins to slow down causing some individuals to have up to 90 days of dead skin cells layered upon the surface. This build up accentuates the appearance of wrinkles, dulls the skin tone and results in makeup looking cakey. Using a scalpel, the provider simply abrades the surface of the skin using light strokes. This is a great treatment to offer to patients who are pregnant or nursing and need a deep exfoliation, but are not allowed to use chemical peeling agents on their skin. It is a excellent choice for patients who have excess vellus hair on the skin. Vellus hair often cause a buildup of dirt and oils in the follicle, by removing the hair the patient achieves brighter, healthier looking skin.
Many patients are often concerned that the hair will grow back heavier and darker after dermaplaning. This is not true. As long as the hair is superficial vellus hair, it will grow back at the same rate and texture as before the treatment.
This removal of the skin barrier allows for even and increased penetration of active ingredients in both treatment and home care products. Dermaplaning is an excellent preparation to enhance the effectiveness of chemical peels and laser procedures. It is also used post-peel to remove remaining shedding skin once the peel has concluded. Physicians may recommend this treatment to prepare the skin for medical procedures such as laser treatments or deep chemical peels, to achieve an optimal result.
Dermaplaning is most often used on patients with rough, dry skin, superficial hyperpigmentation, mild acne scarring, or fine lines and wrinkles. The treatment results in a more refined, smooth, glowing appearance.
Clients love the way their skin feels and looks immediately following treatment. Makeup glides on beautifully following treatment, so it is often requested by clients prior to important events. It is truly an instantly gratifying experience.