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All you need to know about dermaplaning

What is dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning, also known as microplanning or blading, is a skin rejuvenation treatment that’s done in-office by a dermatologist or aesthetician, who uses a surgical scalpel to gently scrape away dead cells and peach fuzz facial hair from your skin’s surface.


Health professionals started incorporating it as an add-on to their treatments in the past few years as a way to professionally remove hair from your face without lasers, tweezers, wax, or other painful alternatives.


The procedure aims to remove fine wrinkles and deep acne scarring, as well as make the skin’s surface look and feel smooth and youthful.

What are the benefits of dermaplaning?

The benefits of dermaplaning are many and includes:


  • Smoother skin texture

  • Brighter skin tone

  • Diminishing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and acne scars.

  • Improvement of skin-care products absorption

  • Stimulates collagen

  • No downtime

  • Ideal for people with sensitive skin and pregnant women who are looking for a deep exfoliation.

  • It does not make the hair grow back thicker and darker.

Who is an ideal candidate for dermaplaning?

An ideal candidate for dermaplaning is someone who wants to treat:


  • Acne scars

  • Dull skin

  • Dry skin

  • Sun-damaged skin

  • Fine wrinkles

Which are the side effects of dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning is safe and effective for most people, especially those with sun damage, fine lines, and dull skin.


However, people with the following skin issues should avoid dermaplaning:


  • Active acne

  • Open wounds or raised lesions

  • An allergy to nickel

  • Use of Accutane within six months


Those with extremely sensitive skin like rosacea or keratosis pilaris, should not consider a dermaplaning procedure.


Other side effects may include slight redness in your face in the hours after getting the treatment. Some people develop whiteheads on their skin in the day or two after dermaplaning.


Infection and scarring are rare.

How is the dermaplaning procedure like?

Your skin is typically prepped with an alcohol swab to remove excess oil and no local anesthesia is needed.


Then, your doctor or aesthetician uses one hand to stretch each area of skin gently, so it’s taut and smooth, then carefully slides the scalpel over the skin’s surface, scraping away dead skin cells and facial hair with short, quick strokes.


During a dermaplaning procedure, you may feel a tingling sensation.


Most treatments take between 20 and 30 minutes and it will not make your hair grow back thicker or darker. 

What should I expect right after dermaplaning?

You should expect to avoid direct contact with the sun for the first 48-72 hours after treatment as recently exfoliated skin is more susceptible to the effects of the sun.


Also, your doctor will advise you to discontinue the use of any exfoliants for a week following the procedure and rather switch to a gentle cleanser and super hydrating skincare products.

What should I expect in a dermaplaning recovery?

Dermaplanning doesn’t require any downtime for recovery, which makes it extremely convenient.


You may experience redness or feel like your skin is scraped in the two or three days right after the procedure.

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