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Dermaplaning – Who Knew a Razor Could Do So Much? MARK A. SCHUSTERMAN, MD, FACS

Fellow of the American College of Surgeons American Society of Plastic Surgeons American Board of Plastic Surgery American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery American Board of Cosmetic Surgery Association of American Physicians and Surgeons Texas Surgical Society Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons

Dermaplaning has proven to be an excellent method of manual exfoliation.  In some circles, it’s also referred to as blading or leveling the skin.  Essentially, it removes the outer layers of dead skin cells which expose your smooth, vibrant, supple skin underneath.  If you are new to derma planning that I’m sure you have some questions.  This is a quick look at what it is and why it has become such a popular option for facial rejuvenation.

What Exactly is Dermaplaning?

In its most basic form, a skilled professional will use a sterile surgical blade to remove the outer layers of dead skin cells.  Of all of the types of exfoliation available, this one continues to be one of the most effective.  Not only is a versatile, but it allows you to easily and quickly improve your skin.  The overall process is fairly straightforward.  It is actually extremely similar to shaving except the skilled professional will hold your skin taut in order to slice off the dead skin.

The Hidden Benefit of Dermaplaning

Along with immediately rejuvenating your skin, dermaplaning offers a hidden benefit as well.  It can help with wrinkles, scarring, and pigmentation issues because it allows for better product penetration.  Many products are designed to soak directly into your skin.  Dead skin cells form a fairly rigid barrier that many products have trouble penetrating.  By utilizing this method of exfoliation, you will notice all of your other facial products suddenly have a more pronounced effect.

What about Facial Hair?

The most common question about dermaplaning is centered on the myth that facial hair will grow back thicker.  If you have facial hair, don’t be afraid of dermaplaning.  Physiologically, it is impossible for your facial hair to grow back thicker.  The only difference is that once the Harris cut it has a blunt edge.  In some cases it may appear a little thicker; however the hair itself is exactly the same.  This myth largely stems from waxing.  Many people claim that waxing your hair makes it thinner.  In reality, all it does is pull the hair out from its route so it appears thinner.  Then when it regrows, it has a smooth tip which makes it feel softer.  Laser hair removal is also an effective option.

The important fact to understand is that your body has two types of hair.  The most common type is Terminal hair.  This is the type of hair that can be found under the arms, eyebrows, legs, and pubic region.  It is also the type of hair seen when growing a beard or mustache.  It is characterized by being thicker and often times less smooth.  The type of hair on your face is known as Vellus hair.  It is the tiny translucent blonde hair which can cover the face.

How Often Should You Get a Dermaplaning Treatment?

The general rule of thumb is that blading can be performed once every 3 to 4 weeks.  During each session, 2 to 3 weeks’ worth of dead skin cells will be removed.  This allows the skin to complete its normal growth cycle (about 30 days).

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