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7 Answers to your dermaplaning questions

Published on Jul 26th, 2016 by Joyce Pezzulo

Dermaplaning treatment by SkinCare Physicians' aestheticiansWhile dermaplaning has been used for quite some time, it has become a hot aesthetic facial treatment lately. Learn why through answers to the top seven questions our aestheticians get from patients. And if you live in the Boston area and want to try dermaplaning, discover the two Dermaplane facial treatments that SkinCare Aesthetics now provides.

What is dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning is one of these facial treatments that provide instant gratification without the use of chemicals. It is a simple and safe manual technique for exfoliating the skin while removing fine vellus hair, also called peach fuzz. The procedure involves using a small, modified surgical blade to VERY gently scrape the surface of the epidermis with light, feathery strokes, leaving the skin smooth and vibrant.

What are the benefits of dermaplaning?

  • It diminishes the appearance of dry, fine lines.
  • It encourages faster cell turnover and dewy skin.
  • It smooths skin texture.
  • It results in a healthy more radiant appearance of the skin.
  • It allows peels to penetrate more deeply into the skin.
  • It prepares the skin for further rejuvenating procedures such as laser treatments.

Why do patients love dermaplaning?

  • It is non-invasive and has minimal side effects and downtime.
  • It is a quick treatment that busy patients can have done over a lunch break.
  • It provides immediate results with virtually no pain.

Who is a candidate for dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning is suitable at all ages. While most skin types can benefit from the treatment our aestheticians do not recommended dermaplaning for acneic skin.

What areas can be treated?

Dermaplaning is only performed on the face.

Will my peach fuzz grow back thicker?

No, the light vellus hair that you may have on your faces will grow back the same size, shape and color. If you have a few courser, darker hairs, they will come back the same way.

What dermaplaning treatments does SkinCare Aesthetics offer?

SkinCare Aesthetics recently introduced two dermaplaning treatments that are becoming patients’ favorites.

  • Dermaplane Light is a standalone treatment for patients who are sensitive to peels and lasers, yet want the benefit of a deep exfoliation and radiant skin. Dermaplane Light uses the manual exfoliation process with a SkinCeutical biocellulose restorative masque.
  • Dermaplane Deluxe uses the same exfoliation process PLUS a mild clinical grade peel that is suitable for all skin types; it exfoliates and decongests pores while hydrating skin.   A SkinCeutical biocellulose restorative masque is also applied. The result is a glowing, radiant skin.

Both of these dermaplaning treatments will prepare your skin for further rejuvenating procedures using lasers, resulting in optimal and longer lasting results.

Whether you want an effortless solution to your peach fuzz and an instant smoother skin, or you are thinking on embarking on a skin rejuvenation program, dermaplaning is the perfect treatment to start. Book your SkinCare Aesthetics appointment today at 617-731-6000, or reserve a consultation with one of SkinCare Physicians dermatologists.

14 Responses to 7 Answers to your dermaplaning questions

  • Mel says:

    I have psoriasis on my elbows and knees, never have had on my face. Is dermaplaning safe to do, or could there be chances of psoriasis starting for disturbing the skin? I know I’ve never been able to have chemical peels, nor laser hair removal for that reason.

    • Dr Sobell says:

      It is true that significant trauma to the skin can potentially induce psoriasis at the site of injury. However, since dermaplaning is a superficial exfoliation limited to the outer most layer of the epidermal skin, it is unlikely to be problematic to facial skin that is unaffected from psoriasis.

  • Tracy says:

    I would like to have dermaplaning done because the fuzzy hair on my face grew in pretty thick after I finished chemo. Am I a candidate for dermaplaning, or no because I recently finished chemo?

    • Joyce Pezzulo says:

      Dear Tracy, if the hair grew back thick, coarse or dark we would not recommend dermaplaning. You might be a better candidate for waxing in that case. Dermaplaning is for vellous, fine hair.

    • Dr. Sobell says:

      Dear Sam,
      Although dermaplaning is very gentle, I would avoid this procedure if you have active psoriasis in the areas of treatment. But if your psoriasis is well controlled (i.e., with topical creams or other forms of treatment), then dermaplaning would be an acceptable procedure.

  • Nykol says:

    I have pretty severe facial and scalp eczema ( on my mouth, chin, eyes, and forehead), and I have always been told exfoltaions like scrubs can aggravate my symptoms. Would this procedure be a better alternative, or will it aggravate the eczema the Same? *note that it is controlled with Ketoconozole shampoo and Desinide ointment*

  • Lisa Bell says:

    I’d love to have dermaplaning but have very dry sometimes dermatitis on my face. Could I still have this done?

    • Blog Admin says:

      Hi, dermaplaning can be done on dry skin and may even help that condition as it exfoliates the outer layers of skin, thus resulting in the skin accepting products to better hydrate it.
      However, for some patients with very sensitive skin, dermaplaning may irritate the epidermis.
      In the case of an active flare-up of dermatitis, we do not recommend dermaplaning.

    • Blog Admin says:

      Hi, the short answer is no. Dermaplaning (done only on the face) works well to soften the skin and remove hair at the surface but does not remove hair follicles, thus it will not stimulate hair growth and will not worsen their condition. Often times people with PCOS have increased facial hair so this does work well for them as it removes the bothersome excess hair without any pain or discomfort. It is important to know that this method is not a permanent solution and cannot be done on active acne.

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