Reston Dermatology + Cosmetic Center

What is Dermaplaning?   Dermaplaning is the process of using a sterile surgical blade (and a steady hand) to gently exfoliate and eliminate surface layers of dead skin cells and unwanted vellus hair (peach fuzz).  It is a relatively quick procedure that leaves your face polished, smooth and radiant without the potential for redness and swelling that can sometimes accompany other medical grade facial treatments.

Benefits of Dermaplaning:   Dermaplaning is effective in smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles, evening skin tone and reducing acne scarring.  It is also a preferred method of facial hair removal for those that are either using home products with anti-aging ingredients (ie. Retinols, AHAs, BHAs, etc) or are getting other facial treatments that involve peeling and/or sensitivity.  

Worried about removing facial hair?   I know what you’re thinking, “but won’t my hair grow back thicker?”  The answer is NO.  There are two types of hair on the human body, terminal and vellus hair.  Terminal hairs are the thick pigmented hairs that grow by the influence of hormones (legs, armpits, scalp, pubic area, etc).  Vellus hairs are fine translucent hairs usually found on a woman’s face, back or chest.  Unlike terminal hairs, when vellus hairs are cut they grow back with the same thickness and length as before, only with a blunt tip and are expected to return in approximately two to four weeks post procedure.  Removal of the vellus hair has more than just an aesthetic benefit.  Excessive “face fuzz” can trap oil and dirt which can lead to other skin problems.

Is Dermaplaning right for you?   Yes!  Virtually every skin type (both men and women) can benefit from this procedure.  Only those with active acne are not candidate.

How often can you be Dermaplaned?   Dermaplaning removes about 2-3 weeks of dead skin cells, so in order for your skin to complete it’s normal skin cycle (approximately 30 days), the treatments should be done about once a month.

Are there risks?   All things considered, Dermaplaning is very safe.  Of course bleeding is possible, the treatment involves the use of a sharp surgical blade   As with your own shaving experiences in the shower, cuts are extremely rare and more annoying than painful.  You should note that your skin may feel a little sensitive after a session, so the proper precautions should be taken to avoid any discomforts.  Makeup may be applied after Dermaplaning, in fact you may note that your makeup glides on and sits much better on your face after a session than before.