Dermaplaning is a physical exfoliation procedure. It requires the use of a sterile, surgical scalpel to gently “shave" the skin’s surface, removing the top layer of dead skin. The procedure is excellent to rid the face of excess fine hairs which can often accumulate dirt and oil.
Benefits of Dermaplaning
Physical exfoliation triggers the process of cell regeneration and allows for better penetration of skin care products. Often, dermaplaning can be followed by a light chemical peel to further accelerate improvement in hyperpigmentation, or it can be combined with a light microdermabrasion to “buff” out the skin.
Contrary to popular belief, vellus hairs (thin, light hair found on the face), as opposed to terminal hair (coarse darker hair with deeper follicles), will not grow back thicker or darker when cut. However, dermaplaning is not suitable for those with excessive facial hair or who are experiencing active acne.
Dermaplaning is especially effective for 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 pregnant and lactating women who cannot have chemical peels (peels penetrate skin to act at the cellular level, thus are contraindicated).
Those with very oily or active acne should avoid this procedure as well as anyone with thick, dark facial hair. Acne prone skin can become sore and irritated with this procedure. Those with excessive facial hair will notice stubble as it grows back and experience “razor rashes", spots under the skin and ingrown hairs.
Dermaplaning is a painless procedure that can be performed monthly, in less than thirty minutes, with no downtime post-treatment. Dermaplaning is only performed on the face