Dermaplaning is a specialized technique, performed only by a highly-trained medical esthetician. It used to exfoliate the top layer of skin, remove “peach fuzz” polishing the surface.
It is most often used on patients with rough, dry skin, superficial hyperpigmentation, mild acne scarring, or fine lines and wrinkles. The treatment results in a more refined, smooth, “glowing” appearance.
This is a great treatment for patients who are pregnant or nursing who want a deep exfoliation, but are not allowed to use peeling agents on their skin because of the risk that the chemicals will be absorbed into the blood stream, and may be transferred to the fetus or the child. It is also a first choice for patients who have excess vellus hair on the skin. This hair often causes a buildup of dirt and oils in the follicles, so removing the hair gives the patient healthier looking skin.
Some patients are concerned that the hair will grow back heavier and darker after dermaplaning. This is not the case. As long as the hair is superficial vellus hair, it will grow back at the same rate and texture as before the treatment.
Removing epidermal skin also allows products to penetrate more readily into the deeper layers. Physicians may recommend this treatment to prepare the skin for medical procedures such as laser treatments or deep chemical peels. It also may be used by medical estheticians to prepare the skin for superficial chemical peels or before a cleansing facial.
There is no downtime associated with this procedure. Dermaplaning can be done as often as every two weeks.
The only contraindications to dermaplaning include an allergy to nickel, numerous raised lesions on the skin and inflamed acne.