Dermaplaning is a simple and painless procedure for exfoliating the dead skin while removing the fine vellus hair (peach fuzz) on the face. Dermaplaning is an exfoliation treatment with no adverse effects and no downtime. The procedure uses a scalpel and a delicate touch to exfoliate and remove dead skin cells using light feathering strokes. 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. This treatment is great for patients who are pregnant or nursing and want deep exfoliation, but are not allowed to use peeling agents on their skin because of the risk that the chemicals will be absorbed into the bloodstream.
What does dermaplaning do?
Dermaplaning increases the skin’s cell turnover rate (also known as the cell renewal factor) which is what keeps dead skin cells from getting built up. The process of cell turnover slows down as we age and we then see changes in our aging skin. As dead skin cells build up, the result is noticeable in the skin’s texture and health. Dermaplaning removes excess accumulation of dead skin cells and encourages new cells to grow and be seen at the surface. This creates improvement in skin texture and increase in cell turnover, hydration, barrier function, moisture retention, elastin, and collagen production. Regular dermaplaning treatments reduces fine lines, wrinkles and pigmentation. After treatment, skin looks and feels smoother and softer.
Dermaplane is also a first choice for patients who have excess vellus hair on the skin. This hair often causes a buildup of dirt and oils in the follicles, so removing the hair gives the patient healthier looking skin. Although merely an old wives’ tale, many patients are often concerned that the hair will grow back heavier and darker after dermaplaning. This is not the case. As long as the hair is superficial vellus hair, it will grow back at the same rate and texture as before the treatment.
There is little to no downtime with a dermaplane treatment.
Some people can experience pink skin following the procedure but high quality skin care and makeup can be applied immediately following the treatment. Many people have dermaplanes done before a big event to create the healthiest looking glow and smoothest skin texture.