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About Dermaplaning

Woman with smooth skin after dermaplaning

Dermaplaning, also called microplaning or blading, is a skin treatment that uses an exfoliating blade to remove dead skin cells and hair from the face.

The treatment helps make the skin smooth, radiant, and youthful by removing deep scarring from acne and uneven pockmarks on the skin. It’s also used to remove “peach fuzz,” or the short, soft hairs growing on the face. 

Dermaplaning Uses

Acne scars

Dry skin

Dull skin

How Dermaplaning Works

How Dermaplaning Works

On a daily basis, skin is exposed to harsh environmental toxins, irritants, and sun damage. This can cause the top layer of skin to appear dull, and cause individuals to look older than they are. Dermaplaning removes damaged skin cells so that newer skin cells can come to the surface.

The tool used for dermaplaning looks like a razor typically used to remove body hair. Dermaplaning utilizes the same concept as shaving. By slowly dragging a sterile blade at a 45-degree angle across the skin, the aesthetician removes dead cells, scar tissue, and other debris that may cause the skin’s surface to look uneven. 

What to Expect

Comfort Level

Individuals may feel a tingling sensation during treatment, but shouldn’t experience any pain.


The aesthetician may offer a few sedation options, which may include a numbing spray or local anesthesia combined with an oral sedative.

Dermaplaning Tool

The aesthetician will use an electronic or manual dermaplaning tool to scrape over the skin at a 45-degree angle for 20 to 30 minutes.

Soothing Skin

Once the treatment is finished, the aesthetician will apply a substance like aloe to soothe the skin.

Protecting Skin

Sunscreen will also be applied to protect the face from sun damage.


Immediately after dermplaning, skin looks brighter. However, it typically takes a few days to see full results.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are there any side effects?
Dermaplaning is very safe. Side effects may include a patchy skin pigment and slight redness in the face for a few hours after treatment. Some individuals may develop whiteheads on their skin in the day or two after dermaplaning. Rare risks of dermaplaning include infection and scarring.
What is recovery like?
Individuals won’t need to plan any downtime after dermaplaning treatment. They may experience redness or feel like the skin has been scraped in the two or three days after the procedure. After treatment, individuals will need to minimize sun exposure as this could create pigment blotches on the young and healthy skin cells. It’s important to wear sunscreen when stepping outside in the weeks after a dermaplaning treatment.

The results of dermaplaning aren’t permanent, as the treatment can only clear away up to three weeks’ worth of dead skin cells. After three weeks to a month, the individual will need to undergo dermplaning to maintain clear skin.

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