Submitted by Patrick Hatfield on Sat, 05/01/2021 - 11:01 am


Taking care of your skin, especially on your face, is extremely important if you want to put your best face forward.  Pampering your skin is pretty important and it will look radiant if you keep up with exfoliation and moisturizing and of course protect it with sunblock.


One way to get an excellent exfoliation is by having a dermaplaning procedure performed.  In this procedure, the top layer of your skin is removed by an exfoliating blade.  During this procedure, you will remove dead skin cells and hair from your face.  The result is soft, smooth, and youthfully radiant skin.  It helps to improve fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, dull skin, and sun-damaged skin.  After a dermaplaning session, a chemical peel can be used to penetrate the skin even better than before.  Dermaplaning treatment has no down time and usually only leaves your skin a bit pink afterwards.

How it Works

Dermaplaning is the same as shaving, by using a sterile blade at a 45-degree angle and dragging it slowly across your skin to remove dead cells, scar tissue and debris that makes the skin’s surface look uneven.  You will lie down on a chair and relax as the provider dermaplanes the skin for 20 to 30 minutes.  After treatment, you may partner with an enzyme mask to penetrate the skin properly. They should also apply sunscreen to protect your face.

Side Effects

Dermaplaning is a low-risk procedure and redness is the chief complaint.  Some people develop whiteheads on the skin after the procedure as well.  Infection and scarring can occur, steroid injections can soften the scar tissue.  Patchy skin pigment can also occur, but usually disappears as time goes on.

What to Expect

After the experience, you may not notice results immediately.  After a few days you may be able to see the full results.  You should immediately feel the softness of your face and of course you will see the redness.  The results will eventually show smooth and radiant skin, but these results will only last a few weeks until they fade and dead skin cells begin to collect again.  One important note is to wear sunscreen after this procedure to ensure you don’t get sunburnt and cause uneven pigment.

Difference between Microdermabrasion

Both procedures are exfoliating skin treatments, but dermaplaning uses a knife’s edge to remove dead skin cells and microdermabrasion uses fine crystal particles and a blast of air to make contact with your skin to exfoliate skin cells.  Dermaplaning is often the gentler procedure for those with sensitive skin.  Microdermabrasion can cause inflammation and cause the skin to become irritated.  Either procedure would be a great benefit for your anti-aging beauty routine.


One myth is that dermaplaning will cause the facial hair to grow back thicker and darker.  This is untrue because the vellus hair on your face is soft and thin by design and cannot be changed by shaving.  Another myth is that dermaplaning is painful, which is not the case as it can even be relaxing.