Dermaplaning tips

What is dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning is a form of manual exfoliation similar in theory to microdermabrasion but without the use of suction or abrasive crystals. An esthetician grade, sterile blade is stroked along the skin at an angle to gently “shave off” dead skin cells from the epidermis. Dermaplaning also temporarily removes the fine vellus hair of the face, leaving a very smooth surface.

As with any type of exfoliation, the removal of dead skin cells allows home care products to be more effective, reduces the appearance of fine lines, evens skin tone and assists in reducing milia, closed and open comedones, and minor breakouts associated with congested pores.

Dermaplaning can be an effective exfoliation method for clients that have couperose (tiny blood vessels near the surface of the skin), sensitive skin or allergies that prevent the use of microdermabrasion or chemical peels.

Due to the contours of the face, certain areas of the face (such as the eyelids and nose) are not treatable using this method.

What should I expect during the treatment?

As your esthetician, I will perform a thorough skin analysis prior to your first dermaplaning.
If dermaplaning is not appropriate, you will be informed during this session and an alternative treatment may be recommended instead.
If dermaplaning is not contraindicated, maximum results are obtained by participating in a series of treatments plus following a home care regimen.
The technician will review your current daily regimen and skin care products, advise you on which products you should continue to use, and recommend any additional products or changes to your regimen to enhance your desired outcome.

The esthetician/technician will take every precaution to ensure that your skin is well hydrated and calm following each session. However, you may experience excessive dryness or even some peeling between sessions, which may or may not be normal.

Possible side effects

More sensitive skin may experience some redness after the first couple of sessions. This normally goes away after 2 to 3 hours. Dermaplaning may cause minor superficial abrasions which may not appear until a day or two following your treatment. If this should occur, please contact me so that I can do a post-treatment follow up with you.
After your treatment, SPF 30+ MUST be worn at all times. Tanning beds should never be used. You are making an investment in your skin: therefore, it is to your benefit to continue to protect it long after your series of treatments is completed.

Some clients may experience a post-dermaplaning allergic/histamine reaction. This may appear as tiny bumps on the surface of the skin. Should this occur, consult your physician for an appropriate antihistamine to calm the allergic reaction. Topical or oral anti-histamines may be recommended to calm the reaction. Please be sure to keep the skin clean, you may use fresh aloe to calm sensitivity. Also, be sure to wipe your cell phone, change pillow cases, cleanse your makeup brushes, limit touching your face with your hands, and do not workout or sweat for 24 hr to 48 hrs (preferred).

Is satisfaction guaranteed?

The majority of my clients receive noticeable, satisfactory to above average results with a series of treatments and a commitment to a daily skin care regimen. However, this outcome cannot be guaranteed as maximum results are highly dependent on age, cumulative sun exposure, health, lifestyle, genetic traits, general skin condition, and willingness to follow recommended protocols.
Be aware that many changes may occur deeper within the skin over time. To continue the maintenance of your skin after you complete your treatment(s), I may inform you of long-term age management programs.


Although it is impossible to list every potential risk and complication, the following conditions are recognized as contraindications for dermaplaning treatment and must be disclosed prior to treatment.

• Active acne
• Active infection of any type, such as herpes simplex or flat warts
• Any raised lesions
• Any recent chemical peel procedure
• Chemotherapy or radiation
• Eczema or dermatitis
• Family history of hypertrophic scarring or keloid formation
• Hemophilia
• Hormonal therapy that produces thick pigmentation
• Moles
• Oral blood thinner medications
• Pregnancy
• Recent use of topical agents such as glycolic acids, alpha-hydroxy acids and Retin-A • Rosacea
• Scleroderma
• Skin Cancer
• Sunburn
• Tattoos
• Telangiectasia/erythema may be worsened or brought out by exfoliation
• Thick, dark facial hair
• Uncontrolled diabetes
• Use of Accutane within the last year
• Vascular lesions