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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.

24 Responses to 7 Answers to your dermaplaning questions

  • Elizabeth says:

    Hi, my 73 year old mum would like to get a dermaplaning treatment. Are there any issues with older skin types getting it done? Thanks

    • Joyce Pezzulo says:

      It is best for your mother to come in for a visit to see if she is the proper candidate for Dermaplaning. During her visit we can get a better look at her skin and have a better understanding of her skincare goals. In case Dermaplaning isn’t the proper treatment for her, we may provide her with other options.

      That being said, the following information may help you decide if you would even like to proceed with a visit.
      The only contraindications for Dermaplaning are:
      -Current inflamed acne lesions;
      -Skin cancer;
      -Active cold sores;
      -Uncontrolled diabetes;
      -Open skin lesions;
      -Use of Accutane currently or in the past six months; and/or
      -The use of prescription retinol within a week of treatment.

      In addition to these contraindications, please be aware that we do hold the skin very taut during the treatment to ensure a smooth exfoliation of the hair and skin. Therefore, if your mom is deeply wrinkled and we cannot get a smooth surface, it is probably not the proper treatment for her. If the surface of the skin is uneven or bumpy, the blade would cause nicks on her skin, which is not the goal. In that case, another type of treatment may be more appropriate for her.
      But, if your mother’s skin is not deeply wrinkled, we would love for her to visit our practice.

    • Joyce Pezzulo says:

      Your question is very common, but hard to answer without seeing your acne scars. There are quite a few variables and a visual analysis of your skin by one of our skilled dermatologists would be recommended.
      Peels may be an option for you, but the physicians would be the ones to determine that.
      Feel free to call our office at 617.731.1600 to book a consultation with one of our providers.

    • Joyce Pezzulo says:

      Great question. I did consult with Dr Sobell, who is our psoriasis specialist here at SkinCare Physicians and he confirmed that it “should not be a problem since it is a surface procedure and not traumatizing to the skin.”
      I hope this answer helps.

  • Chris Robertson says:

    There seems to be mixed thoughts when it comes to someone pregnant and wanting dermaplaning. Some practitioners list it as a contraindication while others do not. Why is this? Are there any concerns or risks if someone is pregnant? Does it matter how far along they are?

    • Joyce Pezzulo says:

      Dear Chris
      Thank you for your question and congratulations if the question is for you!
      Dermaplaning is a simple and safe procedure for exfoliating the epidermis and ridding the skin of fine vellus hair (peach fuzz). It is completely safe for pregnant patients as a stand alone treatment.
      I can only speculate as to why other practitioners list this as a contraindication for pregnant women and my thought is that they offer Dermaplaning along with some sort of chemical peel after (which would be a contraindication).
      Here at SkinCare Physicians, we offer DermaLite (dermaplaning as a stand alone treatment) and DermaDeluxe (dermaplaning followed by a peel -which we would not perform on pregnant patients). When a chemical peeling agent is added to a procedure there is a risk that the chemicals will be absorbed into the bloodstream and may be transferred to the fetus so that would be an obvious contraindication.
      One final comment: While having the procedure done, the patient lays on his or her back. So, in terms of how far into the pregnancy Dermaplaning can be done, that is up to the individual as to how comfortable she is in that position.
      I hope this helps.

  • Yalda says:

    Can I use Dermaplaning before at home laser hair removal ? And how long I have to wait after dermaplaning to do my laser treatment ?

    • Joyce Pezzulo says:

      Yes, it is safe to have a Dermaplaning treatment before your at home laser hair removal. In fact, Dermaplaning uses a scalpel to remove the outer, dead layer of skin and vellus hair from the face. So when performed before laser hair removal, Dermaplaning allows the laser treatment to penetrate deeper into the skin and can yield better results. Dermaplaning can be done right before the hair laser removal, or later if you prefer.

      I’m not sure if you are aware that our Registered Nurses perform laser hair removal here at SkinCare Physicians. Our lasers are stronger and more effective than home use ones and the treatment is performed by experienced licensed professionals.

    • Joyce Pezzulo 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.

  • Lisa Bell says:

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

    • Joyce Pezzulo 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.

  • 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*

    • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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