Dermaplaning is a procedure where a dermatome tool is used to exfoliate facial skin and remove dead skin cells and vellus hair (peach fuzz). Once removed, a smoother skin and brighter complexion is revealed. The treatment helps to clean your skin, so that your daily skin care products can work even more effectively.
It is recommended that patients begin with at least four dermaplaning sessions for best results. To maintain these results long term, it treatment sessions are recommended every four to six weeks.
Dermaplaning is essentially pain-free and involves light feathery strokes, some even consider it to feel pleasant. Many patients report that it is far less painful then other treatments like waxing or lasering.
First, you’ll enter into a clean, comfortable room and lie down on your provider’s chair. If available, you may have the option to use a numbing spray or local anesthesia as a sedative. Once you are relaxed, your provider will use an electronic or manual dermaplaning tool to scrape over your skin at a 45-degree angle. This usually takes 20 to 30 minutes. Your provider will gently work their way across the area of concern and exfoliate the skin. After the treatment is finished, your provider will soothe your skin with a substance like aloe and sunscreen to protect your face.
You can prepare for dermaplaning treatment by discussing your medical history, skin type and coloring, and skin concerns with your provider. If you have active acne, you’ll need to time your treatment correctly to make sure it is not during a flare up, as this could cause further damage by irritating the skin. Be sure to avoid direct sun exposure in the days leading up to your appointment.
While dermaplaning is a low-risk procedure, there are possible side effects. The most common side effect is a slight redness in your face in the hours after getting the treatment. Other less common side effects include whiteheads, infection, scarring, and patchy skin pigment.