What Is Dermaplaning? What Are Its Benefits?

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Dermaplaning is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure, shaving away the skin’s top layers to help reduce the appearance of acne scars or pitted skin. While it can make the skin look younger, some people get dermaplaning to remove unwanted hair. Those who want smoother and brighter skin can benefit since it offers many benefits associated with this procedure.

What To Expect During The Dermaplaning Session?

Dermaplaning is painless, but there may be a slight tingling or heightened sensitivity as the top skin cells are removed. However, some technicians offer a numbing spray. The procedure is carried out with the patient lying down, which usually takes around half an hour. 

Once completed, the provider will usually apply a soothing balm and sunscreen. Moreover, here are some pre-treatment tips to follow to ensure getting the best dermaplaning results:

  • Don’t exfoliate for a week. 
  • Don’t remove facial hair for two weeks.
  • Communicate with a doctor or esthetician to reconsider the treatment if having an active breakout or any of the following medical conditions: rosacea, keratosis pilaris, polycystic ovaries disease (PCOS), and Nickel allergy.

What Are The Benefits Of Dermaplaning? 

Immediate Results

Even after the first treatment, dermaplaning helps reduce facial hair and dead skin cells, making patients’ faces visibly brighter. This is because the top layer of our skin is exposed to harsh toxins and irritants daily. When the dermatologist slays off the damaged skin, it reveals a fresher, more youthful layer.


This treatment is suitable for most skin types, including dehydrated ones. After the procedure, some redness in the face may subside in a day or two afterward. When performed by a qualified and trained professional, dermaplaning can be considered the perfect exfoliation procedure since it generally doesn’t cause any side effects.

 Quick Procedure

It is a quick, non-invasive skin treatment that only takes 30 to 45 minutes. No preparation time or recovery time is needed from having dermaplanation, which means it can fit into the schedule without compromising other commitments. Dermaplaning is usually performed every 3-4 weeks.

After the procedure, the patient may experience temporary shedding (called “exfoliation”) for up to 7 days, but for most people, this only lasts a few days. 

 Reduce Fine Lines And Reveal Younger Skin

As indicated, it is an exfoliation type that removes dead skin, exposing younger, brighter skin and reducing fine lines and wrinkles naturally. A natural cell turnover does not occur in our later years since the body is busy with other functions like growth, reproduction, etc. 

That said, removing dead cells is necessary to expose new ones to do their jobs properly. As a result, the face will also have a smoother texture since peach fuzz or vellus hairs are eliminated, which can be prickly.

 Promotes Collagen Production

Due to the aging process, collagen production slows down as age increases. Aside from revealing younger skin, the procedure also stimulates the production of collagen through oxygen exposure, resulting in a smoother texture on the face by removing peach fuzz that irritates the skin.

 Makeup Looks Better

With the help of exfoliation, skincare products can penetrate deeper into the skin and dramatically improve results. This means that the days immediately following a dermaplaning treatment are the best time for the makeup. In fact, vitamin C serums or hyaluronic acid-based products can penetrate the layers of the dermis because these products are lightweight enough, although they can’t go much deeper than that without assistance. 

 Triggers Regeneration

Another benefit of dermaplaning is helping the facial cells regrow, allowing serums and moisturizers to seep into the skin. Dermaplaning can help those with dry and uneven skin tones since it eliminates cracked epidermis. In fact, this type of exfoliation can even take away some types of acne scars. 

Moreover, the skin can become less prone to acne breakouts because the skin pores are unclogged. Before treatment, the skin should undergo its normal rejuvenation cycle, which is thirty days. 

 Prevents Breakouts

During exfoliation, the sebum, a natural oil, will spread out and prevent it from piling up in one area, eliminating dead skin cells. That said, breakouts can be prevented, as the chances of clogged pores decrease when dead skin cells are eliminated. Exfoliating also promotes cell turnover to get healthier, glowing skin over time.

 Suitable for all Skin Types

The treatment can be performed on all skin types, including sensitive skin. However, suppose you have an allergy to aspirin, consult a dermatologist before the procedure because sterile blades might not be safe for those allergic to salicylic acid (found in Aspirin). 

What’s The Dermaplaning Aftercare?

After dermaplaning, protection from sun exposure should feature highly in the dermaplaning aftercare. The practitioner should apply sunscreen immediately after the treatment. Ensure to apply sunscreen (at least SPF 30) when outside (even on cloudy days) for several weeks.

Additionally, the following aftercare tips are recommended:

  • Avoid the sun entirely, including sunbathing, steam rooms, and saunas for three days.
  • Use fragrance-free natural moisturizers and serums to nourish and soothe the skin.
  • Avoid too much heat for three days not to exacerbate the redness. 
  • Don’t exfoliate since dermaplaning is already an extreme exfoliation. Avoid scrubs and other exfoliation for at least one week.
  • Don’t swim in a chlorinated pool or hot tub for a week following the treatment.
  • Don’t exercise for 24 hours to minimize sensitivity, redness, and the potential for outbreaks following the treatment.
  • Don’t wear makeup for 24 hours following the treatment.
  • Avoid other facial treatments for at least a fortnight.

Most importantly, the dermaplaning technician should explain the aftercare procedure thoroughly. Aftercare can ensure to get the best results for as long as possible. 

The Bottom Line

Dermaplaning is a skin resurfacing procedure that gives the skin a smoother appearance. The Spa at Aestique offers Dermaplaning, a treatment consisting of scraping the face that removes dead skin cells, and “peach fuzz,” which exfoliates dead skin cells that trap dirt and oils. Ultimately, it immediately brightens the face, reduces the appearance of acne scars, diminishes the look of fine lines, and promotes smoother skin allowing products and cosmetics to penetrate deeper.

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