What is Dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning is the manual exfoliation by way of a surgical instrument (Scalpel) to superficially scrape away the upper most layer of dead skin, upper most portion of the Stratum Corneum, along with fine Vellus hairs ( Vellus Hairs is the fine, non-pigmented hair (a.k.a. “peach fuzz”) that covers the skin.)
Patients who have excess Vellus hair on the skin can create a buildup of dirt and oils in the follicles, so removing the hair results in a healthier looking skin.
Benefits of Dermaplaning
- Exfoliates the top layer of skin (Epidermis)
- Refines the surface of the skin and evens out the texture
- Helps to correct flaws
- Removes fine hairs
- Lightens appearance of pigmentation
- Thins and compacts Stratum Corneum
- Increases absorption of active products
- Thickens dermis
- Minimizes precancerous cells
- Improves acne scars
- Increases firmness and elasticity over time
- Skin becomes hairless
- Helps with fine wrinkles and acne scars
- Make-Up goes on smoothly and flawlessly
- Skin is brighter
- Helps with fine hairs which are difficult to treat with light therapy or laser treatments
- Dead skin cells and hair are shaved off, creating a smoother, brighter complexion.
- Can be done on pregnant women
- Allergy to the metal scalpel
- Small, fine cuts can occur in treatment
- Open wounds
- Stage 4 Rosacea
- Distended Capillaries
- Poor Wound Healing
- Fresh Scarring
- Cystic Inflamed Acne
- Thick Facial Hair (Men)
Post Treatment Care
Use a good sunscreen or sunblock while healing and avoid direct sun and heat which includes simple day to day tasks such as gardening, cooking over a hot stove for long periods of time, sitting next to a bonfire or fireplace.
Discontinue use of any AHA products for 72 hours or until skin is no longer flaking.
Use hydrating reparative products to encourage new healthy cell growth. Products such as Peptides Antioxidants, Stem Cells, Vitamins A, C and E all work well. Do not scratch or peel your skin. drink plenty of water and limit your exercise for the first week.