Dermaplaning is one of the most effective cosmetic procedures for safely and effectively managing dull, “lifeless” skin. This gentle exfoliating treatment helps remove dirt and vellus hair, known as “peach fuzz,” leaving behind smooth, baby soft skin. 

What is Dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning, also called microplanning or blading, is a process that uses a specialized blade that resembles a scalpel to scrape away the top layer of dull skin cells, leaving you with a brighter, more youthful complexion. Dermaplaning treatment can: 

  • Remove unwanted vellus hair (peach fuzz) 
  • Help soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Be an effective at-home skincare regimen
  • Improve signs of damage from sun exposure

Dermaplaning procedures are safe for all skin types, making them a universally effective cosmetic procedure. 

Dermaplaning Benefits

There are many benefits to using dermaplaning to remove the top layer of dead skin cells. Removing these allows skincare products to penetrate the skin more easily because dead skin no longer inhibits penetration. By gently shaving off the top layer of skin, this non-surgical procedure boosts levels of collagen production, helping reduce the appearance of stubborn fine lines and wrinkles. 

If you are prone to acne, dermaplaning may not be right for you. Some oily/acne-prone skin types may develop unwanted clogged pores as a result of removing the vellus hair. If you have oily/acne-prone skin, you may want to try a test spot first.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning is a cosmetic procedure that is good for people with:

  • excess vellus hair
  • normal to dry skin types
  • uneven skin tone and texture

Dermaplaning is also helpful for people with mature skin. Mature skin often has a greater buildup of dead skin cells. This is because the rate of cell turnover slows with age. Because microdermabrasion does not use chemicals, it is safe for people who are sensitive or allergic to products used in chemical peels or other cosmetic procedures. 

How Does Dermaplaning Work?

Dermaplaning procedures use a small tool that resembles a razor commonly used on body hair and is similar to shaving. The blade is aimed at a 45-degree angle and dragged slowly across the skin. This process removes scar tissue, dead skin cells, and debris that affects the complexion and appearance of your skin. 

Dermaplaning is not considered painful, and some people only report feeling a mild tingling sensation during their treatment. In some cases, mild sedation options may be available if needed. The entire dermaplaning procedure takes between 20 and 30 minutes. 

Will Hair Grow Back Thicker?

A thin layer of fine hair covers most of the human body. It is designed to help regulate your body temperature along with other functions. Unfortunately, the hairs on your face and neck may seem more visible, especially if your hair is naturally dark. This can lead to the appearance of uneven skin tone, sideburns, a mustache, or a beard. For women, these can be highly undesirable. It may also make applying skincare products and makeup more challenging. 

Dermaplaning temporarily removes the layer of facial hair, but this effect is not permanent. In time, the facial hair grows back. But contrary to popular belief, the hair does not grow back thicker or darker. 

Recovery & Results

It may take two or three days for the full results of dermaplaning to appear, although most people notice brighter, smoother skin immediately after treatment. The results of dermaplaning procedures generally last three to four weeks. To learn more about dermaplaning in Austin, TX, contact Dr. Tjelmeland of Meridian Plastic Surgery Center at (512) 617-7500.