Expert Health Articles



Kasey Hume

Aesthetician, Beyond MedSpa

What is a Dermaplane?

Dermaplane, also known as Microplaning, is a gentle, noninvasive exfoliation of the skin that has been in common practice for more than 40 years. It is an alternative to more aggressive exfoliating treatments, such as microdermabrasion. By passing a carefully controlled blade over the skin in slow stroking motions, dead skin cells are lifted off and removed, revealing the healthier skin below. Improvement is seen immediately after the treatment in the tone and texture of the skin. As an added benefit the soft fine vellus hairs (commonly referred to as baby hairs) are temporarily removed, adding to the smoothing quality of the treatment.

Why is dermaplane/exfoliation important?

Exfoliation is a natural occurring physiological process where dead skin cells are sloughed off daily. The skin depends on the regularity of the natural cell shedding process to maintain its health. As we age, our cell turnover rate decreases, so assisting the natural cycle with treatments such as Dermaplane helps serve as a step to anti-aging. Without exfoliation, our skin can look dry, flaky and exhibit an uneven tone. Un-exfoliated skin can itch and can impede the penetration of active ingredients in your skin care products.

What are the benefits of a Dermaplane?

Dermaplane benefits a wide range of people with different concerns. Anti-aging benefits include helping to minimize the appearance of crow’s feet, wrinkles and sun damaged skin. Acne scars and hyperpigmentation can see noticeable improvement especially when this treatment is paired with a chemical peel. This treatment is a great alternative for anyone with sensitive skin that is unable to utilize microdermabrasion or deep chemical peels.

Dermaplane removes up to 21 days worth of dead skin cells so treatments may be done every three to four weeks to allow your skin to complete its rejuvenating cell shedding cycle. There are also no side effects or downtime with Dermaplane. Consult with a skin care professional to see if this treatment is right for you.