Dermaplaning is a non-invasive skin care procedure that uses a surgical grade blade, sometimes called a dermatome, to exfoliate and remove dead skin cells and fine facial hair in a gentle sweeping motion across the face. It works to clear away the outer layers of skin to expose an even, smooth, and glowing complexion.
It can be done on any type of skin, but works best for patients with:
- Dry skin
- Rough skin
- Superficial hyperpigmentation
- Fine line and wrinkles
- Mild acne scarring
How does it work?
Dermaplaning is a painless skin resurfacing procedure. The most common method starts with a trained professional or physician using a sterile surgical grade blade to scrape away the top layer of skin and the fine vellous facial hairs, or “peach fuzz,” that can often hold oil and dirt close to the skin. Note that these vellous hairs will not grow back any thicker, darker, or more course in the future, as their purpose is to regulate temperature.
This procedure is much like microdermabrasion in that it eliminates dead skin cells that can cause minor imperfections on the surface of your face, but without the use of a machine. The dermaplaning process can be done on the whole face or in small areas. It can also help to improve the appearance of scars, smooth out fine wrinkles on the face, and allow for better absorption of skin products. Many patients may have dermaplaning done before a facial or skin treatment to make the effects of those treatments more effective and last longer.
Patients That May Benefit From Dermaplaning
Dermaplaning is a great option for those who are looking to improve the tone and texture of their skin. For example, it can be very beneficial to those who have experienced problems with cystic acne and have deep “pit-like” acne scars. Since dermaplaning can help reduce the appearance of scars, these patients can enjoy a more even texture and feel to their skin, helping to increase self-confidence and give a smoother appearance. Although no treatment can completely remove all scars and flaws, dermaplaning has been shown to be quite effective. It has also been noted as one of the more affordable exfoliation methods available.
Dermaplaning is also a great option for pregnant or nursing women looking for a deep, safe exfoliation procedure. Chemical peels and other peeling agents have the risk of absorption and seeping into the blood stream, which may then flow to the fetus or child. With non-invasive, chemical-free dermaplaning procedures, the possibility of harming your child can be avoided entirely. This is also beneficial for those looking for a natural approach to exfoliation.
Procedure Details and Care Instructions
The dermaplaning procedure often takes about 20-30 minutes and requires no recovery time. The procedure can be completed as often as every 2 weeks, although each patient’s needs may vary. Patients must keep their newly sensitive skin in mind and wear sunscreen on a regular basis to prevent any further pigmentation.
Patients undergoing cancer treatments or have bleeding issues are not good candidates for dermaplaning.