One best-kept beauty secret used by the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, even Cleopatra is that they all shaved their faces. A process being used by the women of today is called Dermaplaning. Dermaplaning is a safe and simple procedure for skin exfoliation and removal of vellus hair, also known as peach fuzz, using a sharp surgical blade to gently scrape at the outer layers of the skin, removing dead and dull skin cells. The process of Dermaplaning is quick and has virtually no adverse side effects. This is the reason for its rapid growth in popularity. This process is great for women who are nursing or pregnant and want a deep exfoliation but cannot use chemical-based peeling agents due to the possible absorption of chemicals. Dermaplaning is also perfect for those who have excess vellus hair and is perfectly safe. Due to the fact that vellus hair often causes a buildup of dirt and oils in the follicles, removing this hair will give the patient skin that looks healthier.
A reoccurring concern involving Dermaplaning is that the process will grow back heavier and darker hair. However, this is not the case. Hair removed will grow back at the same texture and rate as prior to treatment, provided it is superficial vellus hair. Another advantage to Dermaplaning is that the removal of epidermal skin will allow other skin products to penetrate deeper layers and more rapidly than before. Dermaplaning is recommended by many physicians to prepare skin for certain medical procedures like laser treatments or deep chemical peels. Also, patients with mild acne scarring, rough or dry skin, fine lines, and wrinkles or superficial hyperpigmentation. The results show the skin is smoother, more refined and even “glows”.
Dermaplaning: What to Expect
This procedure does not include downtime and can be performed as often as every two weeks. Alternatively, the procedure is usually performed when vellus hair has started to grow back, estimated at one month’s time after.
Dermaplaning, as a process can be performed on the entire face or just small precise areas of the skin. This process can also be performed in conjunction with other skin treatments like cortisone injections or chemical peels, and can even help these processes work more effectively. Dermaplaning promotes the growth of new skin cells that enjoy an enhanced lifecycle and are overall healthier. This process is an extremely effective way to resurface the skin and level out uneven surfaces on the face. Dermaplaning will not break capillaries on the face, unlike some of the more aggressive exfoliators. Individuals with sensitive skin enjoy the benefits of Dermaplaning when they cannot use chemical peels or other chemical treatments. Dermaplaning is a procedure that is non-surgical based and does not require recovery time. Dermaplaning does not produce any visible side effects.