Everything You Need to Know Before Dermaplaning

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“Dermaplaning is a non-invasive cosmetic treatment that involves scraping off dead skin cells and peach fuzz with a scalpel to leave your face brighter and smoother,” explains Monroe, LA dermatologist Janine Hopkins, MD. Essentially, dermaplaning “is a less intrusive method of removing the top layers of your skin,” says Miami dermatologist Anna Chacon, MD. Hear from experts before trying this technique.

The benefits of dermaplaning

Dermaplaning is most commonly used to gently remove unwanted hair. Houston dermatologist Jennifer Segal, MD says it’s a “superior alternative to procedures such as waxing and plucking.” It’s also often used to “safely remove dead, dull dry skin cells for a smooth, soft complexion,” adds Dr. Hopkins. Dr. Chacon says there’s some evidence that it can reduce the look of acne scars, fine lines, wrinkles and dull skin. Dr. Hopkins says dermaplaning can even help make “skin pits or acne scars less noticeable.”

Is it the best way to remove unwanted hair?

Preference plays a role when it comes to this. Dr. Segal says dermaplaning is her favorite method of removing fine hairs on the face. However, for thick, dark hair, she generally recommends laser hair removal.

There are some risks to consider

Dr. Hopkins warns that if “not performed with a sterile, precise technique, there is risk of infection and trauma to the skin.” Since it involves a blade and mild skin abrasion, it carries the risk of bacteria like staph or viruses like warts or herpes, says Dr. Segal. To avoid this, she recommends having dermaplaning performed by an experienced practitioner in a setting with high hygienic standards and practices.

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