Dermaplaning is a physical exfoliation procedure. It requires the use of a sterile, surgical scalpel to gently “shave” the skin’s surface, removing the top-most layer of dead skin along with fine, vellus hair (aka peach fuzz). The procedure can be performed monthly, in less than thirty minutes, with no downtime post-treatment.
Physical exfoliation triggers the cell regeneration process and allows products to better penetrate the skin. Dermaplaning is especially effective on those with dry or rough skin texture and helps to minimize superficial acne scarring or uneven skin tone. It is also beneficial for mature skin, which tends to have a buildup of dead cells as cellular turnover slows down with age.
Microdermabrasion, which also physically exfoliates skin, does not remove vellus hair. Exfoliation of dead cells along with the removal of fine hairs results in healthier, brighter skin that has a smoother look and feel. Dermabrasion is a medical procedure in which the skin is abraded down to the dermis using a whisk like device. There are many complications associated with dermabrasion, including infections and scarring.
Dermaplaning, on the other hand, is a simple shaving of the epidermis. Using a scalpel and a delicate touch, the provider simply abrades the surface of the skin using light feathering strokes. It is also the 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.