Dermaplaning makes the skin smoother, softer, and brighter. It can help reveal healthy skin beneath dead skin cell layers. It also helps improve the penetration of skincare products and preps the skin for additional procedures like lasers and peels.
What is dermaplaning and how does it work?
- Dermaplaning is a procedure that exfoliates the skin by manually removing dead skin buildup and fine hairs. It’s different from shaving because the intent is to improve the appearance of the skin as opposed to the removal of hair. A No. 10 surgical blade is used at a 45-degree angle to gently scrape the outer layer of the skin, which consists of dull, dead skin cells.
- During the treatment, the technician will pull your skin tightly and lightly while gliding the blade in an upward motion using delicate, feathering strokes. Dermaplaning usually takes about 20 minutes and can be done as a standalone option or as part of a facial. The cost as a standalone treatment is $75.
What are the benefits of dermaplaning?
- Exfoliates skin quickly
- Natural and no chemicals or lasers used
- Reveals smooth, even skin
- Improves product penetration and absorption
- Can be done on all skin types and at any time of year.
- Can be done on pregnant women and people with sensitive skin who are unable to use certain products.
How to prep your skin for dermaplaning
- Arrive to your appointment with a clean face and no makeup.
- Inspect your skin for cuts or scrapes. The skin should be healthy and free of any injuries that may increase the risk of infection. If you have any cuts or scrapes, inform your technician prior to treatment.
- Avoid exfoliants or other skincare products that may make the skin more fragile, such as acne retinoids, a few days before the procedure.
- Active sunburn
- Active acne in the treatment area
- Deep acne scarring in the treatment area
- Active rosacea in the treatment area
- Active inflammatory skin condition such as eczema or psoriasis in the treatment area
Is dermaplaning safe and are there any side effects?
- Dermaplaning is a safe and natural treatment. Your technician uses a sterile, one-time use blade removed from a sterile pouch.
- As for those tiny hairs that dermaplaning removes, many patients worry that they’ll result in stubble after the procedure. Your facial hairs will not grow back thicker. There can be unexpected, rare cases of hair darkening and perceived thickening mainly around the sideburns and chin area.
- If you have areas of hair that you pluck, there’s a chance the dermaplaning these hair could make them grow back thicker. It’s recommended that you consider treating hair that you pluck with Laser Hair Removal instead.
- Let your technician know if you have a history of cold sores as dermaplaning can reactivate them (anything that irritates the skin can reactivate the virus responsible for cold sores). It is recommended that you take an antiviral prior to treatment to prevent outbreaks.
What to do right after dermaplaning
Apply sunscreen. It’s important to protect your skin from the sun after a dermaplaning procedure, as it can make the skin more photosensitive. You also may wish to avoid the use of makeup for up to 24 hours after a procedure.
How often can I do dermaplaning?
For optimal results dermaplane once per month. Since the body naturally replaces skin cells each month, this ensures the old cells are removed and new, healthy skin cells are visible.
If you’re looking for smoother, healthier skin, please contact us in one of the following ways to schedule an appointment.