Dermaplaning, also known as epi-leveing, was first used by doctors in
the 1990’s as an exfoliation treatment instead of using acid peels.
Dermaplaning provides an alternative to peels or microdermabrasion and
is a good choice for anyone who has fine facial hair, extremely
sensitive skin, redness or rosacea, telangiectasia and is a great
treatment to offer to patients who are pregnant or nursing who want a
deep exfoliation, but are not allowed to use peeling agents on their
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 your esthetician to prepare
the skin for superficial chemical peels or before a cleansing facial.
How does it work?
The treatment is performed using a surgical blade to gently exfoliate
dead skin cells in the Stratum Corneum and removes the vellus hair,
commonly known as “peach fuzz”, which can trap excess dirt and oil. A
noticeable improvement is immediate with smoother texture and fresh skin
appearance. Hair returns softly and will not become coarser, it will
grow back at the same rate and texture as before the treatment.
Minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
Increases the skin’s ability to absorb products better
Reduces the appearance of hyper-pigmentation
Encourages normal shedding (desquamation) of the stratum corneum
Can be used in combination with chemical peels, meso therapy, micro current and other facial treatments
What to expect:
There is no downtime associated with this
procedure. The patient should be educated about the importance of using
sunscreen to reduce the chance of hyperpigmentation. Dermaplaning can be
done as often as every two weeks, although it is usually done when
vellus hair starts to grow back, which is generally in one month’s time.
Dermaplaning is most often used on patients with rough, dry skin,
superficial hyperpigmentation, mild acne scarring, or fine lines and
wrinkles. The treatment results in a more refined, smooth, “glowing”
The only contraindications to dermaplaning include an allergy to nickel, numerous raised lesions on the skin and inflamed acne.