What is Dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning is a skin exfoliating procedure that uses a surgical scalpel to remove dead skin cells and vellus hairs, also called ‘peach fuzz’. This is done by holding the scalpel at an angle and gently ‘shaving’ the face. This rids the skin of dead cells and hair that can prevent products from penetrating the pores or accumulating debris and oil. Dermaplaning can be especially effective when combined with other skin treatments like chemical peels or facials for an overall rejuvenation.
Who is a Candidate for Dermaplaning?
Patients who benefit most from dermaplaning are those with dry, rough, or mature skin, since dermaplaning doesn’t require harsh substances that can augment these conditions. Skin that is oily or acneic should avoid this treatment, since dermaplaning can cause irritation to these types. Patients with thick and dark facial hair should avoid this treatment, since dermaplaning can cause rash or ingrown hairs. Pregnant or nursing patients can benefit from this procedure, unlike other skin treatments like chemical peels which are contraindicated.
What Happens During Dermaplaning?
Because dermaplaning requires unique and detailed training in freehand use of a surgical scalpel, you should always receive dermaplaning treatments from a licensed and experienced aesthetician. The first step in a dermaplaning treatment is gently cleansing the skin and preparing it for the exfoliating process. The aesthetician then applies the scalpel to the taut skin using short, precise strokes to remove hair and debris from the skin. The skin is then soothed and treated afterwards— overall, this treatment can take around thirty minutes to complete.
What Can I Expect After Treatment?
Dermaplaning doesn’t require any downtime afterwards, and you can return to your regular schedule immediately. Many patients notice immediate results in texture and appearance after their treatment, and results usually last for a few weeks, after which the treatment can be repeated as needed. Most patients notice better absorption of their skincare products and improved appearance of makeup and foundation during this time, since the product isn’t blocked by fine hairs or debris. Contrary to the popular belief, the vellus hairs grow back to their normal length and appearance, not darker and thicker.
Dermaplaning can be a great option to augment your skincare regimen or boost your skin’s texture and appearance before a big event. To discuss how you can benefit from dermaplaning, contact our office and schedule a consultation with Dr. Kayastha and our skincare experts.