Ever noticed how our face looks uneven after makeup application? Well it is the dead skin cells and tiny hair on the face that make our complexion look dull and make the foundation and face powders stand out. Well not to worry! Now there is an effective and easy treatment to help you exfoliate your face and deliver a youthful, bright complexion. It is called dermaplaning. Although it resembles shaving, but unlike traditional shaving it uses a medical grade scalpel to scrape off tiny hairs on our face. This creates a better base for makeup and also allows deeper penetration of skincare products thus increasing their effectiveness.

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What is it?

Dermaplaning is a super effective exfoliating treatment. Which an aesthetician or a dermatologist uses a surgical scalpel to gently scrape off any dead skin cells and vellus hair. Also known as peach fuzz (very tiny hair that grows on our skin surface). It is necessary because the buildup of dead skin and microscopic hairs can make our complexion appear flaky, dull, and can even cause breakouts due to clogged pores and hair follicles. Which is why this form of mechanical exfoliation is essential for maintaining a smooth, even and healthy glow.

The primary use of dermaplaning is to get rid of vellus hair on the face. Everyone has these very fine hair coating our bodies, which are almost the same as our hair color. In some people, these hairs might be more visible which makes it necessary to be removed. It can be tough to get rid of these hairs with typical hair-removal methods like waxing and threading. While laser treatments are considered as a permanent solution to remove vellus hair. It will take several sessions to achieve the desired results. Also, lasers do not work on blond and gray hair. All of which makes dermaplaning the best treatment for vellus hair removal.

Cost, Lastingness, Celebrities: The entire procedure can take anywhere from 15-30 minutes, so it can be easily done in our lunch break. Also, there is absolutely zero downtime and the results are almost immediate.

The average cost of dermaplaning will range anywhere from $100-200 per session. Each treatment will remove 21 days’ worth of dead skin cells so our glow will last up to 4 weeks. We will need to schedule our appointment every month to maintain the glow.

Dermaplaning is a favorite in the entertainment industry, specifically among models and actresses. Like Lily Collins and Hailee Steinfeld because it eliminates the vellus hair and dead skin cells that makes the layer of makeup look uneven and can be enhanced by harsh production lighting. It is often used to get celebrities ready for high-definition cameras and make their make-up go smooth.


Dermaplaning allows better penetration of skincare products and creates a flawlessly smoother skin for makeup application.

This treatment is great for pregnant women or nursing mothers who want to exfoliate their skin without the risk of harsh chemicals absorbing into the blood stream and potentially harming their baby.

Dermaplaning removes the top layer of dead skin cells and vellus hair (the tiny hair that grows on our skin surface) revealing a smoother, brighter skin that’s very soft to touch.

This treatment is a painless procedure. The sensation felt can be compared to that we may feel if we shave our face.

Dermaplaning is recommended for all skin types, patients with sun damage, fine lines, very dry skin and dull skin are great candidates. Since dermaplaning safely scrapes off the top layer of skin, it is also well suited for drier and sensitive skin types.

Dermaplaning will not make our hair grow back thicker or darker. The hair has the same texture as before and grows at the same speed.

Pre-treatment: We must administer dermaplaning only by an experienced board certified dermatologist or licensed aesthetician who specializes in this procedure at a plastic surgeon’s office to ensure the best and safest results.

We must discuss any allergies or skin sensitivities with the dermatologist or aesthetician before starting a treatment.


First, the aesthetician will cleanse the skin with a gentle cleanser and following with a toner and thoroughly dry our skin. Even though we’re not piercing the skin. It’s important to make sure our face is clean so we don’t introduce germs to freshly exfoliated skin.

Next, we’ll pull an area of your skin taut with one hand, and hold a sharp and sterile 10 gauge scalpel (one that’s used in surgeries) at a 45 degree angle. Using the other hand and use short, swift feathery strokes from our hairline towards the centre of our face. While avoiding our brows, eyes, nose and mouth, to scrape off dead skin cells and peach fuzz.

Post-treatment: Immediately after the treatment, our skin will be highly sensitive to sun exposure because the top layer of skin has been removed and for this reason it may look slightly red. However, after a while we’ll look more radiant with a more even skin tone and texture. All of the peach fuzz will be gone, which is why first-timers say that their skin has never felt so soft before.

Aftercare: To protect our skin, we should wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen every day with SPF 30 or higher. Especially when we’re outside for a prolonged period of time because post-exfoliation our skin is especially susceptible to the sun. So, if we don’t take sun protection seriously we are at a great risk of hyperpigmentation.

Disadvantages: Dermaplaning is not recommended to those with acneic skin. People with deep cystic acne must wait until breakouts are clear before trying this treatment since the procedure requires use of a sharp scalpel. This treatment is also unfit for those who have pustular acne, eczema, rosacea, or cold sores.

It is more expensive than other hair-removal treatments such as waxing.

Dermatologist perform dermaplaning to prepare their clients’ face prior to more intrusive treatments such as chemical peels and laser treatments. 

We should not try this at home. Since dermaplaning is performed with surgical scalpels which are very sharp and not our average razor, as they are not as sharp or effective. Also, there’s always a chance that we’ll cut ourselves in the process, so we should leave it to experts.

Conclusion: Dermaplaning is an established exfoliation technique used in Asia, and one of the most requested treatments in skin clinics. It is the secret to clear, even, smooth and hair-free skin. Dermaplaning is the most effective and efficient way to exfoliate, brighten, and de-congest our face. Which makes dermaplaning one of trendiest hair-removal options today.

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