What is Dermaplaning?

Can an expert explain more about the treatment called dermaplane?

Doctor Answers 8

Dermaplaning = Medical Exfoliation

Dermaplaning is an exfoliative treatment performed using a scalpel to "shave" away the outermost layers of the skin.

This process is painless and very safe but is only recommended for treatment of the face (not the nose, neck or decollete).

Not only will you achieve smoother, brighter skin but this also helps remove peach fuzz. Despite popular belief, the hair does not grow back thicker.

Dermaplaning for exfoliation

Dermaplaning is an effective way of exfoliation. Using a blade we shave, or remove, the dead skin cells from the epidermis. Along with exfoliating, dermaplaning also helps remove the unwanted velus hairs from the face. Usually, you can see a difference after the first treatment. While this is an aggressive treatment, dermaplaning does not break the capillaries on the face.

William J. Hedden, MD
Birmingham Plastic Surgeon
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Dermaplaning has many different implications. Literally, it should mean shaving layers of the dermis. In reality and practice, it tends to mean shaving of the epidermis and is an aggressive method of exfoliation that generally uses a blade. It can be an excellent method of rapdily achieving control of conditions limited to the upper epidermis (stratum corneum and above).

Estheticians can perform this as long as they remain in the epidermis. However, this is impossible to control and can easily transition to the dermis. The usual sign of entering the dermis is bleeding.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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What is dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning is an exfoliating treatment generally performed on the face. Results are similar (perhaps a little better) to microdermabrasion. This procedure is generally performed by a licensed esthetician under the supervision of a plastic surgeon or facial plastic surgeon. 

Brian Harmych, MD
Cleveland Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Dermaplaning removes peach fuzz in addition to exfoliating.

Dermaplaning removes peach fuzz in addition to exfoliating.The primary difference between dermaplaning and dermabrasion is that dermaplaning can remove the fine vellus hair known as peach fuzz in addition to sloughing away rough, dulling surface skin cells. While both procedures exfoliate, dermaplaning exfoliation occurs at a much deeper level yet doesn’t require any harsh abrasives. The smooth surface that follows a dermaplaning session is perfectly primed for further skin rejuvenation treatments like facials, chemical peels or even laser resurfacing. Because dermaplaning requires a skilled hand, it’s essential to only visit a board certified plastic surgeon for this treatment.

Gary Motykie, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Derma Planing

This procedure is a manual exfoliation treatment that removes the outer most layers of dead skin cells, leaving the skin immediately smooth, supple and vibrant. Once the exfoliation is done the patient will enjoy the benefits of having no villus hair on the face and better skincare product penetration and performance.

Be sure to go to an experienced esthetic practitioner for best results.

Kristin J. Tarbet MD, FACS
Bellevue Oculoplastic Surgeon
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Dermaplaning Works Well For Exfoliating Skin And Smoothing & Contouring Skin After Mole Removals

Dermaplaning is an exfoliative technique that uses the edge of a scalpel moved at an angle superficially along the surface of the skin to smooth and exfoliate the surface and to remove fine hairs. While it is effective for exfoliation, I find dermaplaning, which I have personally been performing for years, to be especially effective as a second technique for blending the borders of a mole (birthmark, beauty mark, nevus) after it has been sculpted off flush with the surface. It also works well for the same purpose following the removal of heaped up age spots (seborrheic keratoses). Naturally, these procedures should only be performed by a board certified aesthetic physician experienced in these techniques.


Nelson Lee Novick, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
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Dermaplaning defined

Dermaplaning is a technique where the outer layers of skin are exfoliated with the use of a blade. Dermaplaning is an effective way to resurface the skin. However, care must be taken to remain only the superficial layer of the skin. When the blade enters the deeper layers of the dermis you can expect small areas of pinpoint bleeding. For this reason, dermaplaning should be done by a physician or under direct physician supervision.

Pat Pazmino, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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