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The skin can endure years of damage from the sun, acne and aging, leaving the surface leathery and dry.  The negative effects are often extended to superficial hyper pigmentation, wrinkles, fine lines and acne scars.  Many patients would like a gentle solution for repairing these skin conditions, along with removing the vellus hair that develops on the body.  This short, fine, thin hair is often referred to as peach fuzz and can cause an accumulation of dirt and oil to form in the follicles.  Removing it would reveal smooth healthy skin.  One of the most effective and mild solutions is dermaplaning. It involves gently shaving the dermis through a moderate exfoliation process.

Dermaplaning is a fast procedure and is a much gentler process than microdermabrasion or chemical peel.  It helps to refinish the skin and produce a healthier and more radiant complexion without going beneath the skin’s surface.  It’s non-invasive and results in a more effective outcome with other treatments.  It’s extremely safe and is especially recommended for nursing or pregnant patients who are urged to avoid the agents in peels, since it may put their children at risk.

Dermaplaning is often confused with dermabrasion.  At Advanced Skin Fitness, we address some of the most common concerns that patients have for the dermaplaning treatment.  It’s a very popular treatment and is preferred among patients who want a solution that’s comparable to microdermabrasion, but is less invasive, more comfortable and poses less risk for irritation post treatment.

What is Dermaplaning and how does it work?

Dermaplaning is an exfoliation process that gently removes the dead skin cells on the outer layer of the skin, along with vellus hair, also known as peach fuzz.

Dermaplaning is a very mild and simple procedure that involves using a blade to scrape dead skin cells from the epidermis.  Once the cells have been removed, follicles should no longer be clogged with vellus hair and the skin should feel smooth, rejuvenated and stimulated to produce new collagen. Makeup application will be smoother and other skin procedures will have a more enhanced effect.

How often should the Dermaplaning procedure be performed?

Patients should get the treatment about every 3-4 weeks.

3 weeks of dead skin cells that have accumulated will be removed with dermaplaning, so patients should wait until at least 3 weeks have passed before having the treatment performed again.

Is Dermaplaning painful and is there downtime?

No. Dermaplaning is not painful and does not require downtime after the procedure.

Dermaplaning is a non-invasive treatment and only removes dead skin cells, so it’s not painful and involves no discomfort.  Patients can return to their normal daily activities the very same day of the treatment.

What precautions should be taken after having the Dermaplaning treatment?

Patients should avoid any harsh skincare products and use sunscreen.

After the procedure serums, creams and lotions will penetrate the skin a lot easier than before the treatment, so avoid using harsh skin care products and use sunscreen to prevent hyperpigmentation.

Does the vellus hair grow back thicker after Dermaplaning?

No. Vellus hair does not grow back thicker.

Vellus hair or “peach fuzz” is fine and translucent, so it’s not very noticeable and difficult to see. Coarser hair will sometimes grow back thicker, but vellus hair is so thin that it’s not able to grow back thicker.

What’s the difference between Dermaplaning and Microdermabrasion?

Dermaplaning exfoliates the outermost layer of the skin with a surgical blade and microdermabrasion exfoliates with crystals and suction.

Microdermabrasion can be used as an alternative to dermaplaning, but they are two different processes. Dermaplaning uses a blade to remove dead skin cells on the surface and is safe for patients who have Rosacea.  Microdermasion uses crystals to abrade the dead skin cells and can go deeper within the skin to smooth it.  Patients with Rosacea should avoid the treatment, because of the suction component.

What type of skin conditions are best treated with dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning is beneficial for dry, leathery skin, hyperpigmentation, acne scarring, wrinkles and fine lines.

Dermaplaning is beneficial for patients with rough, dry skin; superficial hyper pigmentation; mild acne scarring and those with fine lines and wrinkles.

Can dermaplaning be performed with a chemical peel or microdermabrasion?

Yes. Chemical peels and microdermabrasion can be used with the dermaplaning treatment.

Chemical peels and microdermabrasion are safe to use with the dermaplaning treatment.  The skin is more penetrable, which will make the skin more rejuvenated after each procedure.  Collagen production will be triggered and the skin will have an even healthier glow.

Is Dermaplaning recommended for all types of skin?

No. Patients who have had an acne breakout should avoid having the dermaplaning treatment.  

Patients afflicted with chronic acne are experiencing an overproduction of oil from the sebaceous gland. If the vellus hair is removed, the oils will be combined with bacteria that will trigger another acne breakout.  Also patients who have raised wounds or who have adverse reactions to nickel should avoid the dermaplaning treatment.

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