Dermaplaning is one of the most effective exfoliation treatments available for the face. Dermaplaning has been offered at finer cosmetic providers for almost 20 years now. It is a quick and simple process that uses a specially designed instrument called a dermatome to skim off the fine upper layers of dead skin and hair leading to resurfaced and exfoliated skin. Dermaplaning is an ideal treatment to prepare thin skin for peels in patients who cannot tolerate Micro-Dermabrasion. Dermaplaning is non-traumatic and leaves the skin smooth, vibrant and supple.
The dermatome is a sterile surgical blade that is run across the skin as it is pulled taut. Dermaplaning should be offered by trained professionals only. While dermaplaning is very safe, because the procedure involves the use of a sharp instrument the risk of small nicks and cuts (similar to those maintainted while shaving) remains. For most professionals who regularly provide dermaplaning services the incidents of cuts are few.
Dermaplaning is performed exclusively on the face, although we do not treat the eye lids or nose. Patients can come in as often as once a month and the process can remove about 2-3 weeks of accumulated dead skin cells. Coming in more often is not recommended because it can interfere with the skin’s normal renewal cycle and may cause peeling from over-exfoliation, because the body will not yet have created enough new skin.
Dermaplaning uses no chemicals and is perfect for those with sensitivity to chemical peels and products. The session can be over in as few as 20 minutes and the process is gentle enough that most patients can go out for lunch or dinner afterwards without red skin or signs of irritation. The exfoliation benefits can lead to a reduction in wrinkles and often to a reduction in the appearance of scars and other imperfections.
Patients will all skin types can benefit from dermaplaning. However, dermaplaning providers often advise against treatments for those with acne scarring and overactive subaceous glands. Contact a doctor for a consultation if you are concerned about whether dermaplaning is right for your skin.