What is Dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning is a simple and safe procedure that has been around for nearly 35 years. It is performed in order to exfoliate the epidermis (top dead layer of skin). In simple terms, dermaplaning is a simple shaving of the epidermis. Because it is a quick procedure with few to no adverse effects, it is quickly gaining popularity and has become a highly requested service in the medical esthetics field across the country. Hollywood is hooked on dermaplaning since “high definition” is the future of television and movies—great for us viewers, but it shows every detail, flaw, and hair on the actors.
Esthetic providers use a “butter blade” (essentially, a scalpel with a rounded edge) against tautly pulled skin, and lightly glide the blade against the skin in feathering strokes with a delicate touch. It will remove the dead layer of skin without chemicals or “sanding down the skin” like a microdermabrasion. This leaves the skin with a smooth and healthy glow. Dermaplaning also has benefits in the ability to allow your skin to absorb your skincare products more readily into the deeper layers of skin, making them more beneficial and effective.
In addition to being a great way to exfoliate the skin, dermaplaning also rids the face of the superficial vellus hair (or peach fuzz) which can trap dirt and oil in its follicles. A common question with this service is, “will it leave the hairs on the face growing back thicker or darker?” Truth be told, that is just an old wives tale. As long as the hairs are the superficial vellus hair, it will grow back at the same rate and texture as before the service.
There is no downtime with this service and can often times be combined with other light, superficial, aesthetic services. Dermaplaning can be done as often as every 2 weeks; however, the majority of patients request this service every 4-6weeks on average.
As with any facial treatment, sunscreen is essential to use post-procedure to protect the delicate skin.