What is Dermaplaning?
Skin Resurfacing can reduce the effects of aging on our skin. The term skin resurfacing can be used for procedures that gently exfoliate the top layers of the skin, as well as lasers and lights which work at a deeper level. These procedures improve wrinkles, skin texture and color by removing the topmost layer of skin leaving it more supple and vibrant. Skin Resurfacing also stimulates the elastic tissue and in the case of lasers and light collagen beneath the surface of the skin resulting in a healthier and firmer appearance.
History of Skin Resurfacing
Treatments involving the use of various substances to polish the surface of the skin dates back to the ancient Egyptians. Kings and queens used alabaster and pumice to remove blemishes and rough spots and make their skin soft and smooth.
Dermaplaning is a technique where the outer layers of skin are exfoliated using a surgical blade. A skilled provider simply gently runs the blade across the skin using gentle feather-like strokes, thereby removing the top layer of dead skin (stratum corneum) with the added benefit of removing surface hair [fine villous hair]. It is a quick and effective method with little or no adverse effects. It has gained popularity in that it can be used on all skin types and it can even be offered to pregnant women as there are no chemicals used that could be transferred to an unborn fetus.
It can also be combined with other treatments like chemical peels, to give the skin a radiant glow, and tighter, smoother texture. Monthly treatments are recommended to keep the skin glowing and fuzz free. Many patients are fearful that their facial hair will grow back thicker and darker, this is merely a wives tale and not based on fact or science.