Dermaplaning: Procedure, Cost, and Benefits



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What is Dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning is a minimally invasive facial treatment that uses a sharp blade to gently scrape off dead skin cells and vellus hair (a.k.a. peach fuzz) from the skin’s surface to leave it smooth and glowing. Unlike shaving, it is done by a licensed professional using a small surgical scalpel rather than a typical razor. While shaving focuses on hair removal, it is all about exfoliating the skin to reveal a radiant complexion.

Despite the fact that it uses a razor-sharp scalpel, the dermaplaning treatment doesn’t hurt. Some people report experiencing a tingling or ticklish sensation. However, it should be painless if it’s done properly and safely. Dermaplaning is typically done by an esthetician who learns how to perform the treatment through formal education and training.


What are the Benefits of Dermaplaning to The Skin?

Immediately after the treatment, you can expect your skin to look smoother, brighter and more even-toned. The treatment creates a flawless canvas for makeup application and also allows skincare products—like serums and creams—to better absorb into the skin, resulting in increased hydration levels.


The Side Effects of Dermaplaning?

When performed by a professional, it has minimal side effects. Sensitive skin types might notice redness or irritation for a few hours afterward, which is normal and temporary.


Is Dermaplaning Suitable for My Skin Type?

While dermaplaning is suitable for most skin types, it isn’t safe for people with extremely sensitive skin, active acne breakouts, or inflammatory skin conditions like rosacea or eczema. In these cases, it could further irritate the skin and even spread the infection. When there’s an infection involved on the face, it can potentially lead to pigmentation and even scarring. Those with thinning skin that’s prone to cuts and tears should also avoid dermaplaning.


People who suffer from conditions that cause excess facial hair growth (such as polycystic ovarian syndrome) should consult a physician to deal with the root of the problem rather than its symptoms. The same goes for people with sensitive or acne-prone skin—a dermatologist can recommend alternative products or treatments.


How Do You Prepare for a Dermaplaning Treatment?

In the week prior to your appointment, it’s important to discontinue the use of exfoliants (including microbeads and chemical exfoliants like salicylic, glycolic, and lactic acids) as well as retinol products to prevent irritation.

Those with a history of cold sores should let their esthetician know prior to booking their appointment, as dermaplaning has the potential to cause inflammation and reactivate the cold sore virus. Physicians can prescribe antiviral medication to prevent any potential outbreaks.


How Do You Take Care of Your Skin After Dermaplaning?

Since it strips the skin of its protective layer, post-care is essential. It is very important to be diligent about sun safety and to use sunscreen afterwards. She also suggests incorporating a gentle moisturizer into your skincare routine and avoiding products that contain retinol and chemical exfoliants for three to four days after the procedure.


Will Dermaplaning Therapy Make My Hair Grow Back Thicker?

Despite popular belief, shaving or dermaplaning won’t make peach fuzz grow back thicker or darker—cutting the hair at skin level doesn’t affect the number of hair follicles or how quickly hair grows. Whatever hair is there originally will come back the same. You might feel like the hair is growing back jagged or thicker at first, but the sharp edges will blunt over time.

While it is uncommon, terminal hair (the thick, pigmented hair that is influenced by hormones and found on the scalp, armpits, and occasionally on the face) can grow back darker when shaved. For better results, Thrive Aesthetics suggests threading those spots instead, which is a hair-removal method that uses a thread to pull the hair out from its root.


How Many Dermaplanning Sessions Do You Need?

We recommend getting a touch-up once every four to six weeks, depending on how quickly your hair grows. People with sensitive skin should limit their treatments to once a season to avoid irritation and give the skin time to heal.

Can you Dermaplane at Home?

While you can DIY a dermaplaning treatment, you probably shouldn’t. Dermaplaning tools are available on the shelves of major beauty retailers and tutorials often make the rounds on YouTube, but we recommend leaving it to a trained professional. Not only is using a razor-sharp blade on your face a recipe for potential complications, but a professional will also be able to assess if you’re a good candidate for dermaplaning in the first place.


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