Dermaplaning: What to expect

Dermaplaning:  What to expect

Dermaplane is a technique in which the outer layers of the skin are gently removed with the use of a surgical blade. This process is non-invasive, painless and very safe to use on all skin types.

Many of my clients enjoy dermaplane because there is no down time and they find it very relaxing. Plus, it offers immediate satisfaction in the way your skin looks and feels.

Dermaplane is beneficial for overall skin rejuvenation, boosting the production of collagen and elastin.

In addition to gently exfoliating the outer layers of skin, dermaplane removes vellus hair, or “peach fuzz.” Facials with dermaplaning offers clients anti-aging benefits as products can now penetrate deeper into the skin.

Dermaplane also smooths out fine lines, wrinkles, superficial acne scarring and hyperpigmentation. This treatment minimizes the appearance of pores, and improves elasticity and texture. By removing the buildup of dead skin cells, the skin will be glowing and feel very soft.

If you wear makeup, you will notice a difference in the way that makeup applies and how it looks much more even. With vellus hair no longer present, makeup cannot get stuck in the hairs and there is no longer flaky skin, which often causes makeup to appear clumpy.

The question that I get the most is “will my hair grow back thicker?” The answer is no. Unlike terminal hair, such as the hair that grows on the head, underarms and legs, vellus hair grows back at the same texture and rate as it did before.

When not to dermaplane

It is best to forego a dermaplane if you have a sunburn or cystic acne breakout (although we can work around minimal breakouts).

It is also important to discontinue the use of retinols and exfoliating treatments one week prior to a dermaplaning treatment. This includes manual scrubs, Clarisonic and chemical exfoliants such as salicylic, glycolic and lactic acid. If using prescription topical exfoliants such as Differin Gel, Epi Duo, Aczone, Tretinoin, alpha and beta hydroxy acids etc., it is recommended that usage be discontinued two weeks prior to treatment.  Someone who has taken Accutane needs to have been off of the drug 6-12 months prior to dermaplaning. You may resume these treatments generally within five to seven days following your dermaplane.

I also recommend that you avoid shaving, tweezing and waxing the areas to be treated one week prior to treatment. I find that it is best to allow the hairs to all grow out prior to treatment so that they are on the same growth cycle. If you have waxed or tweezed your hairs, it can take four to six weeks to grow them back.

Best practices for best results

It is important to avoid the sun following your dermaplane. Avoid sun exposure as much as possible for a minimum of three days post-treatment. If you must be in the sun, apply SPF 30 or greater, reapply often and seek shade when possible. Wear sunscreen daily for the next two weeks.

After treatment, focus on hydration and the rejuvenation of your skin by using serums. Your skin’s absorption levels will be elevated, which will make these products more effective.

I recommend a dermaplane treatment every four weeks. Clients get the most benefits when they do a series of treatments.

To schedule an appointment or more information, contact Marshall Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at 304-691-8910.


Trish McCarty

Trish is a licensed aesthetician with Marshall Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery.