Dermaplaning is a safe, simple office procedure used to exfoliate the epidermis and remove fine vellus hair (peach fuzz). Dermaplaning is often mistaken for dermabrasion, but they are not the same. Where dermabrasion involves abrading the skin down to the dermis (deep skin layer), dermaplaning is shaving of the epidermis (top skin layer).
Who is a candidate for dermaplaning?
Because no chemicals are involved, dermaplaning is safe for pregnant women who cannot use peeling agents due to the risk of chemical exposure to the child. This is also a good procedure for women with excessive facial hair. Vellus hair often leads to a buildup of oils and dirt down in the hair follicles. Removal of this type of hair will give the client’s skin a glowing, healthy appearance. One good thing about dermaplaning is that the hair does not grow back thicker or darker; rather, it grows back as the same texture and color as before treatment.
How does dermaplaning work?
The average woman has 30 layers of dead skin cells on the face. The top skin layers are called the epidermis, which allows solutions to penetrate easily into the deeper layers (called the dermis). Dermplaningis often done to prepare the skin for a deep chemical peel or laser treatment. By age 30 years, blood flow to the skin slows down, along with the body’s natural ability to exfoliate. This results in acne, discoloration, uneven skin texture, and dull lifeless skin. Dermplaningis often done to prepare the skin for a deep chemical peel or laser treatment. In addition, this procedure leads to renewed and rejuvenated skin, which makes you look younger and brighter.
What are the benefits of dermaplaning?
Physical exfoliation triggers new cell growth and the regeneration process. In addition, it allows skin products to penetrate the skin for more optimal results. Benefits include:Helps in improving rough, dry skin.
- Corrects superficial hyperpigmentation (dark areas).
- Corrects dark areas orhyperpigmentation.
- Treatmentof mild acne scarring.
- Wrinkle and fine lines removal.
- Smooth, refined, glowing appearance.
- Removal of excessive fine hair that can accumulate oil and dirt.
- Makes chemical peels and laser treatments more effective.
How do I prepare for the procedure?
Arrive for the dermaplaning procedure without any makeup. The doctor will discuss the risks and benefits with you and ask you to sign a consent form.
How is dermaplaning done?
With this procedure, the cosmetic medical provider first cleans the skin with an antiseptic solution, and a product is applied to loosen dead skin (alpha hydroxy acid solution). After the skin is completely dry, the doctor uses a scalpel to gently remove the top skin layer of skin. Using light feather strokes, the entire area is treated. Afterwards, a hydrating moisturizer with sunscreen is applied to the skin.
What happens after the procedure?
Dermaplaning has no downtime, so you can return to work and usual activities immediately. Be sure to use sunscreen to decrease the risk for hyperpigmentation. For optimal results, the doctor may schedule several treatment sessions 2-4 weeks apart.
What are the contraindications for dermaplaning?
Dermaplaningis used as an exfoliation treatment. It is effective and safe. You can even have this procedure if you are taking Accutane or Retin-A. The procedure cannot be done for patients with:
- Nickel allergy
- Raised skin lesions
- Inflamed acne
Can I do this at home?
Dermaplaning is a procedure that only is done by qualified, certified medical professionals. This method is different than shaving, which can result in nicks and skin damage. The dermaplaning method requires light-handed short strokes at a precise angle, which is only performed after much training and experience.