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A woman getting a dermaplaning treatment from a certified aesthetician to gently exfoliate her skin

If you’ve ever fallen down the rabbit hole of beauty TikTok, you’ve likely stumbled upon dermaplaning content, the cosmetic treatment where an aesthetician gently exfoliates your face using a scalpel.

It can appear intimidating at first, but it’s a non-invasive cosmetic treatment to achieve smooth, soft skin by removing dull, dead skin cells and peach fuzz. Dermaplaning is a quick procedure, typically lasting 30 minutes, and you only require monthly appointments to maintain results since the benefits last for 3–4 weeks.

What Is Dermaplaning?

The short dermaplaning videos online don’t do the skin treatment justice. The procedure can dramatically transform the skin’s surface, removing many things your regular exfoliants can’t.

It’s an increasingly popular procedure because it’s gentler than chemical exfoliants and removes peach fuzz, which other exfoliants leave behind. Removing peach fuzz and dead cells allows your products to deeply penetrate the skin, giving you maximum results.

What Are the Benefits of Dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning isn’t just about hair removal. Every day, your skin is exposed to environmental toxins and irritants that can make your skin appear dull or tired. Harsh environments can also contribute to the appearance of skin’s uneven texture. Since you can’t control the conditions, you have to take charge of your skincare.

Instead of trying to cover rough texture, dry skin, and visible pores with makeup you don’t need, dermaplaning can unveil the new skin’s surface hiding beneath. The incredible results from dermaplaning include:

  • Soft, smooth skin
  • Brighter complexion
  • Gentle exfoliation
  • Removal of peach fuzz

You don’t need to have ‘perfect’ skin to reap the benefits of dermaplaning. We can use dermaplaning on any skin type, including those with:

  • Fine lines
  • Sun-damaged skin
  • Acne scars
  • Dry skin

With a new, fresh skin layer, your skincare products can better sink in, and cakey makeup will be a thing of the past.

Beyond removing buildup and bacteria, dermaplaning can help promote cell turnover and increase collagen production for youthful, radiant skin.

If you have active breakouts, dermaplaning will have to be put off, so the skin doesn’t become irritated or inflamed, but our team can help you find the right products and treatments to make breakouts stay firmly in your teenage memories.

A close up of a woman's face showing how smooth and soft her skin is after a dermaplaning treatment

What Happens During Dermaplaning?

Typically, a dermaplaning appointment lasts around 30 minutes to an hour. Your aesthetician will use delicate, feather-like strokes to scrape away the top layer of your skin.

No need to cringe from the mental image—most patients report that dermaplaning is a comfortable procedure. The blade puts very little pressure on the skin, and the exfoliation is superficial. At most, you may feel some tingling during the process.

Once the buildup is removed from your skin, we’ll apply moisturizer to soothe your skin and keep your newly revealed skin looking fresh and glowy.

Since this clean, healthy skin is exposed for the first time, it’s hypersensitive, so don’t forget to apply your broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect against ultraviolet (UV) rays.

How Long Do Dermaplaning Results Last?

Dermaplaning’s results are noticeable immediately following the treatment. You may experience a slight redness, but it disappears quickly, and you can typically return to your routine without downtime. The only struggle will be stopping yourself from touching your ultra-soft skin.

You can have too much of a good thing, and exfoliation is no different. Since dermaplaning is an effective exfoliating treatment, overdoing it can irritate the skin. While every person is unique, the peach fuzz typically takes 3–4 weeks to reappear.

Aestheticians generally recommend making monthly appointments. However, depending on your skin’s sensitivity and other factors, your aesthetician may recommend a different treatment schedule.

Dermaplaning vs. Microdermabrasion

Exfoliants are masterful at removing buildup that regular cleansers can’t. Exfoliating scrubs, masks, and peels tend to be more intense, using micro-crystals and suction to remove dead skin from your face.

Dermaplaning is a thorough exfoliation that also removes hair, while microdermabrasion is ideal for more powerful exfoliation.

Post-Dermaplaning Care

Dermaplaning post-treatment care is low maintenance, but there are some things you can do to maximize the results. 

You’ll want to keep your face as clean as possible, so avoid touching your face and be sure to change your pillowcase. It may seem odd, but pillowcases can trap dirt, dust, and oils from your hair and skin, so rotating them more often can help keep your skin healthy.

After dermaplaning, you should be careful about which products you use for a few days. Prioritizing moisturizers and avoiding retinol and acid exfoliants can help reduce redness and maintain skin comfort. A gentle cleanser will be your best friend.

Staying out of the sun for a few days following your treatment can help your photosensitive skin get a break from UV rays. It’s especially important after dermaplaning treatments, but ensure you’re applying sunscreen daily to maintain your youthful brightness.

Makeup isn’t forbidden after dermaplaning, but your newly exposed pores can benefit from a break from unnecessary products. Your skin looks great without it, so show off your natural beauty!

Visit Iconic Beauty Aesthetics for a Skin Consult

Dermaplaning is on everyone’s minds these days. If you’ve been thinking about trying it, schedule a consultation at Iconic Beauty Aesthetics so our team can get to know you and your skin, answer your questions, and come up with a personalized treatment plan. We want you to walk out the door shining from the inside out with skin you’ll love to show off.

Written by Sarah Noble

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