What is Dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning is the manual exfoliation with a scalpel to superficially scrape away the uppermost layer of dead skin and the uppermost portion of the Stratum Corneum, along with the fine vellus hairs.
Excess vellus hairs can cause a build-up of dirt and oils in the hair follicles and removing them yields healthier looking skin.
Vellus Hairs: The fine, non-pigmented hair (aka “peach fuzz”) covering the skin.
Results and 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
What are the Advantages?
- Skin becomes hairless
- Make-up goes on smoothly and flawlessly
- Skin is brighter
- Dead skin cells and hair are shaved off, creating a smoother, brighter complexion.
- Can be done on pregnant women
- Helps with fine wrinkles and acne scars
- Helps with fine hairs difficult to treat with light therapy or lasers
What are the Risks?
- Allergy to the metal scalpel
- Small, fine cuts can occur in treatment
- Poor wound healing
- Open wounds
- Fresh scarring
- Distended capillaries
- Stage-4 Rosacea
- Cystic Inflamed Acne
- Thick Facial Hair (men)
- Use a good sunscreen or sunblock while healing
- Avoid direct sun and heat. This 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.
- Use physical sunscreen
- No scratching or peeling
- Limit exercise for the first week
- Drink plenty of water