What is Dermaplaning

Dermaplaning is a simple and safe procedure for exfoliating the epidermis and ridding the skin of fine, vellus hair (sometimes known as peach fuzz). It has been used for many years and has recently became popular as a celebrity must have treatment.

Skin care professionals must make sure dermaplaning is within their scope of practice before doing the procedure. Dermaplaning is not to be confused with Dermabrasion. Dermabrasion is a medical procedure in which the skin is abraded down to the dermis using a whisk like device. There can be complications associated with dermabrasion, including infections and scarring, which is why it is not commonly used anymore. Dermaplaning, on the other hand, is a simple physical exfoliation of the epidermis.

Because dermaplaning is a quick procedure with few to no adverse effects, it has quickly gained popularity among cosmetic medical providers across the world. Using a scalpel and a delicate touch, the technician 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 chemical peeling agents on their skin. It is also a first choice for patients who have excess vellus hair on the skin. This hair often causes a buildup of dirt and oils in the follicles, so removing the hair gives the patient healthier looking skin.

Although merely an old wives’ tale, many patients are often concerned that the hair will grow back heavier and darker after dermaplaning. This is not the case. As long as the hair is superficial vellus hair, it will grow back at the same rate and texture as before the treatment. This has been proven as records have been recorded on a regular basis.

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 an therapists to prepare the skin for superficial chemical peels or before a cleansing facial.

Dermaplaning is most often used on patients with rough, dry skin, mild acne scarring, or fine lines and wrinkles. The treatment results in a more refined, smooth, “glowing” appearance.


This can be a one off treatment for a special occasion and photographic make up to ensure make up sits on the skin flawlessly and lasts longer throughout the day or it can be taken as course to improve rough skin conditions, scarring and lines and wrinkles. These would be taken every 2 to 4 weeks depending on skin type.


  • The skin is first cleansed and dried to prepare the skin.
  • The skin is then exfoliated using a disposable and medical grade scalpel using light feathering strokes to remove the top layer of the skin and the fine velds hair.
  • Active serums are massaged into the skin to stimulate new tissue regeneration.
  • A skin tightening mask may be applied for additional anti ageing benefits.
  • The treatment can be combined with other facials such as microcurrent (CACI) or Environ facials so the active serums can be absorbed more readily and promote healthy new collagen and elastin regeneration for a more youthful complexion.