Dermaplaning is a simple and safe medical esthetic procedure for exfoliating the epidermis and shaving the skin of fine hair (peach fuzz). This hair often causes a buildup of dirt and oils in the follicles, so removing the hair gives the patient healthier looking skin. Dermaplaning has been used for many years, but many estheticians don’t even know it exists, and many don’t use it. Using a scalpel and a delicate touch, the provider simply abrades the surface of the skin using light feathering strokes. This is a great treatment to offer to patients who are pregnant or nursing who want a deep exfoliation, but are not allowed to use peeling agents on their skin during this time. Removing epidermal skin also allows products to penetrate more readily into the deeper layers. Physicians may recommend this treatment to prepare the skin for medical procedures such as laser treatments or deep chemical peels. It also may be used by estheticians to prepare the skin for superficial chemical peels or before a cleansing facial.
Dermaplaning is most often used on patients with rough, dry skin, superficial hyperpigmentation, mild acne scarring, or fine lines and wrinkles. The treatment results in a more refined, smooth, “glowing” appearance.”