Dermaplaning is an effective, safe, non-invasive, non-surgical physical exfoliation procedure. It requires the use of a sterile, surgical scalpel to gently “shave” the skin’s surface, removing the top-most layer of dead skin along with fine, vellus hair (aka peach fuzz). The procedure generally will remove between two to three weeks of dead skin from the facial area. Dermaplaning is performed on the face only; however, it is not meant to be used to shape eyebrows, which are made up of “terminal” (not vellus) hairs, and the nose is avoided. Dermaplaning poses no severe side effects, and patients can resume normal activities immediately following treatment.
Benefits of Dermaplaning:
Provides deeper product penetration
Removes soft facial hair that traps dirt and oils
Promotes smoother skin and brighter skin appearance
Safe procedure for removing dead skin cells and “peachfuzz”
Make-up goes on more fluid and more evenly
Reduces the appearance of acne scars
Diminishes the look of fine lines
Works on all skin types
Instant results and no downtime
Contrary to popular belief, vellus hairs, as opposed to terminal hair, will not grow back thicker or darker, it is physiologically impossible. However, dermaplaning is not suitable for those with excessive facial hair.
Who should consider dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning is especially useful on those with dry or rough skin texture and helps to minimize superficial acne scarring or uneven skin tone. It is also beneficial for mature skin, which tends to have a buildup of dead cells as cellular turnover slows down with age. Dermaplaning is safe for sensitive skin as well as pregnant or lactating clients who cannot have chemical peels (peels penetrate the skin to act at the cellular level, thus are contraindicated).
People who suffer from acne or have excess oil should not have dermaplaning performed. The reason why you want to avoid this procedure is that if the hair is removed from the area, the oils may cause bacteria growth, which could lead to acne breakouts.