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Dermaplaning

Dermaplaning uses a blade to gently scrape the skin and remove unwanted vellus hairs as well as provide a mild exfoliation to smooth out uneven skin texture. After dermaplaning, skin appears fresher with virtually no down-time of discomfort.

Dermaplaning

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The Skinny


Average Recovery

0 days

Permanence

Temporary

Application

Mechanical Abrasion

Surgical

No

Cost

$75 - $200

The Specifics


What is dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning, sometimes referred to as ‘face shaving,’ is a professional skin resurfacing mechanical abrasion technique. Under the care of a certified dermatologist, a fine surgical blade is used to gently scrape the surface of the skin exfoliating dead skin cells and removing vellus hairs (a.k.a. peach fuzz).

Commonly, nourishing and rejuvenating serums are then applied to the skin surface to augment the rejuvenating and refreshing procedure. This type of face shaving procedure should only be performed by a licensed aesthetician as the average razor is not comparable to, or as safe as, a sharp scalpel.

What cosmetic concerns does a dermaplaning procedure treat?

  1. Uneven Skin Texture: Dermaplaning precisely removes layers of unwanted skin cells and vellus hairs to smooth and even the skin surface.
  2. Unwanted Hair: Dermaplaning precisely removes layers of unwanted skin cells and vellus hairs.

Who is the ideal candidate for a dermaplaning procedure?

The ideal candidate for a dermaplaning treatment wishes to exfoliate and refresh the complexion while also removing unwanted vellus hairs or peach fuzz. Dermaplaning is safe in most skin types. Dermaplaning is not recommended for those with active acne breakouts, eczema, raised skin lesions, or a history of keloid or hypertrophic scarring.

What is the average recovery associated with a dermaplaning procedure?

Most patients resume all normal activity directly following a dermaplaning procedure. Patients should take care to not manipulate the treated area. Skin will heal and stop peeling after one to two days. The blotchiness and stinging sensation typically resolve within 24 hours. Normal skin care can be resumed but may cause the skin to tingle or mildly sting.

What are the potential side effects of a dermaplaning procedure?

Side effects associated with a dermaplaning treatment are mild and resolve quickly. A more aggressive dermaplaning may cause redness and mild flaking to persist for up to one week.

What can someone expect from the results of a dermaplaning procedure?

The results of a dermaplaning procedure are immediate hair removal and improvements to skin texture. A smoother, brighter complexion will finalize after skin heals within a few days. Maintenance treatments are generally pursued monthly.

What is the average cost of a dermaplaning procedure?

Dermaplaning costs anywhere from $75 to $200. The actual cost of a dermaplaning procedure is dependent upon location, dermatologist, and length and involvement of the cosmetic procedure. Learn more in our complete guide to the cost of dermaplaning.

Pros

immediate resultsno painno downtimebetter penetration of productseven skin textureeven skin tonehair removal

Cons

Multiple Treatments NeededTemporary resultslimited results

Invasiveness Score

mildmoderatesevere
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Invasiveness is graded based on factors such as anesthesia practices, incisions, and recovery notes common to this procedure.

What to Expect


Dermaplaning uses a blade to gently scrape the skin and remove unwanted vellus hairs as well as provide a mild exfoliation to smooth out uneven skin texture. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after dermaplaning.

The Takeaway


Dermaplaning is a mechanical abrasion skin resurfacing technique to exfoliate dead skin cells and remove unwanted fine hairs for a refreshed, smoother, and brighter complexion.
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  1. A Bayat Skin Scarring pubmed.gov; 2003-01-11
  2. American Academy of Dermatology Many Ways to Firm Sagging Skin
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