Dermaplaning is a simple and safe procedure for exfoliating the epidermis and ridding the skin of fine vellus hair (peach fuzz). Using a scalpel and a delicate touch, the provider simply abrades the surface of the skin using light feathering strokes. This is often a first choice for patients who have excess vellus hair on their skin. This hair often causes a build-up of dirt and oils in the follicles, so removing the hair gives the patient healthier looking skin. Many patients are often concerned that the hair will grow back heavier and darker after dermaplaning, but this is not the case. As long as the hair was superficial vellus hair, it will grow back at the same rate and texture as before the treatment.
For women who are nursing or pregnant and want a deep exfoliation, dermaplaning is a great alternative to the use of peeling agents, which are not allowed due to the risk that the chemicals will be absorbed into the blood stream and may be transferred to the baby.