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How Do I Prepare For Dermaplaning?

How Do I Prepare For Dermaplaning?

How Do I Prepare For Dermaplaning
Medically Reviewed by Dr. Lauren Nawrocki

Medically Reviewed by Dr. Lauren Nawrocki

Dr. Nawrocki splits her time between a local hospital, teaching at a university, and offering advanced treatments like anti-aging and IV nutrient therapies at Green Relief Health in Baltimore. She personally attends to each patient for various services and is certified in Botox, Dysport, Medical Weight Loss, and Dermal Fillers, as well as IV nutrient therapy. Dr. Nawrocki is a member of the AAFE, AAAM, and IFM.

In the realm of skincare, dermaplaning is currently a hot trend. You may have overheard your friends and neighbors gushing about how wonderful their skin felt after receiving treatment.

Dermaplaning has been around for quite some time. Facial “shaving” has been used as an anti-aging treatment by Japanese women for decades. Only in the past several years has it become popular in the West. 

What better approach is there to remove the peach fuzz and show the radiance beneath? However, there are a lot of conflicting reports on social media about what you should do to get ready for your dermaplaning appointment.

This article will teach you all you need to know to get ready for a dermaplaning treatment. But first, let’s discuss what dermaplaning is all about.

What Is Dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning is a non-surgical method of improving the appearance of your skin. A medical professional will use a razor-like instrument to remove the outermost layer of skin.

It is possible to reduce the appearance of acne scars and other skin flaws by dermaplaning. Even though it can help your skin look younger, it won’t slow aging. Some people also use dermaplaning to remove unwanted body hair. Because hair grows back, this is simply a short-term solution.

However, while the face is the most common location for the procedure, it can be done virtually anywhere on the body.

Preparing For Your Dermaplaning Appointment

One of our experts will hold a dermatome at a 45-degree angle to your skin and gently brush your skin to remove only the epidermal layer, all without causing any pain. It’s so gentle that you could think someone is giving you a very smooth shave. No incisions are made, and no post procedure bandages or ointments are required.

However, there are numerous things to think about in advance, just like with any other kind of cosmetic procedure, and some of them are as follows:

1.) Consider Reaching Out To A Professional

You should consult a professional before arranging a dermaplaning appointment if this is your first time getting this treatment. Dermaplaning has minimal recovery time and few risks, but a pre-service consultation is still recommended.

2.) Discontinue Using Exfoliation Products Or Services

Half of the results you achieve will come from facial home care. Stop using exfoliating products, such as retinol, serums, enzymes, face polishes, or scrubs. Some side effects of excessive exfoliation are acne, hyper or hypopigmentation, redness, and dry skin. For the best results from an exfoliation service, you should wait until your skin has had time to regenerate its cells fully.

3.) Avoid Sun Exposure

Are you someone who has shaved while sunburned? What were your thoughts and feelings afterward? Picture yourself doing it with a blade at least ten times sharper than your average razor. We still advocate getting some sun (in moderation), but you should know that it can cause cell damage and make you more photosensitive than usual.

4.) If You Are Considering Waxing, Do It Before Your Dermaplaning Appointment

You should plan facial epilation services, including waxing, sugaring, and threading, for at least seven days before or fourteen days after your treatment.

Those who had planned on getting their facial hair waxed might cancel their appointment if they so choose. While dermaplaning does not directly affect hair follicles, monthly visits to the salon for both services could add to unnecessary waste.

It is recommended to have epilation (follicular hair removal) done for “whiskers” around the chin before service, but only if done promptly.

It is not the purpose of dermaplaning blades to glide over terminal hair easily. Sugaring and waxing gently exfoliate the skin by removing dead skin cells. You should wait if you plan on getting any exfoliation done around the same treatment as your threading.

Keeping your skin in good condition requires that you keep your scheduled visits.

5.) If You Are Considering Botox Or Fillers, Do It After Your Dermaplaning Appointment

Only someone interested in skin care would read this post. This does not rule out the possibility that you have had cosmetic procedures like Botox or fillers done to improve your appearance.

Avoid scheduling any injectable procedures before your dermaplaning treatment. 

For four hours after receiving Botox injections, lying down is not recommended. To avoid disturbing the filler’s location, avoid getting any face procedures done for at least three to four days after the injection.

6.) If You Have Acne Or Open Wounds, Reschedule Your Dermaplaning Appointment

That’s a simple one. It would be dangerous to shave over an open incision with our sterile scalpel blade; therefore, we’re not going to. If you’re debating whether or not to reschedule your appointment, include images of your skin in an email to your service provider.

If you have any active acne or lesions, please do not bring them to your appointment. You will need to reschedule your work, and there may be a charge if you change the date.

During the Procedure: What to Expect

When you go in for a dermaplaning procedure, here’s what you’ll experience: First off, you’ll be asked to lie back in a comfy chair or on a table that reclines, designed to keep you relaxed throughout the session. The professional handling your treatment will start by thoroughly cleaning your skin. This step gets rid of any dirt, oil, or debris that’s built up, making sure your face is primed for the procedure. Next, they’ll apply a special solution that helps the scalpel glide smoothly over your skin.

The main tool used in dermaplanning is a handheld scalpel with an angled blade. Your specialist will use this to gently scrape across the surface of your skin. They’ll cover your entire face, working on one small section at a time. Although it might sound a bit intense, it’s actually a gentle process. You might feel a slight tingling sensation, but there shouldn’t be any pain involved. The whole thing takes about 30 to 60 minutes from start to finish.

Aftercare Recommendations

Proper aftercare is vital following any dermaplaning facial treatment. The exfoliation process leaves skin highly sensitized and vulnerable. Patients must avoid sun exposure after treatment, as UV radiation can easily damage the freshly revealed layers of skin, leading to burns. 

Broad spectrum SPF 30 or higher sunblock with UVA/UVB protection is strongly advised whenever going outside. The skin should also only come into contact with very gentle cleansers like micellar water and soothing products free of acids, retinol, or harsh physical exfoliants. 

The dermaplanning procedure strips away protective oils and dead skin cells that normally defend against external irritants. Harsh scrubs or chemical solutions can cause severe inflammation and dryness, which delay healing. 

It is best to use hydrating creams, gels, and ointments specifically made to comfort sensitive complexions whenever washing or moisturizing post-treatment. Refraining from abrasive skin care regimes allows the exfoliated facial skin to regain its natural defense barriers without interference. 

Patients must treat their face very delicately after dermaplanning and follow all aftercare directions to avoid complications.

Dermaplaning’s Effectiveness for Smooth, Radiant Skin

Dermaplaning is highly effective at revealing smooth, radiant skin by removing dead skin cell layers and fine vellus hairs that can create a dull, dreary complexion. 

Using a sterile surgical blade allows for precise exfoliation that refreshes the epidermis in a safer, more targeted manner than harsh chemical peels or scrubs, which can damage sensitive skin. 

Trained aestheticians perform controlled scraping motions to lift away built-up debris, allowing brighter and more even-toned skin to shine through. Most patients see an immediate improvement after just one session, with fewer fine lines and pores, reduced scarring, and a vibrant glow. 

When combined with hydrating masks, serums, and moisturizers that can better penetrate the freshly exfoliated skin post-treatment, dermaplaning promotes a truly luminous, youthful radiance and silkier texture. 

The procedure must be performed regularly, about once a month, in order to maintain results, but it is fast, relatively comfortable, and very effective for revealing smoother-looking beautiful skin when done properly by a licensed professional.

Avoid Dermaplaning Home Kits

Is it possible to perform dermaplaning alone, presuming it is as easy as shaving? Do not, under any circumstances, attempt “Do It Yourself” dermaplaning methods. Although you may find do-it-yourself dermaplaning tool sets in some online stores, we recommend staying away from them.

Dermaplaning is only for some, and only those with the training and experience to conduct it safely and effectively should attempt it. Attempting this at home is not without risk. The user will experience unnecessary distress.

Very sharp razor blades and faces do not mix unless you are a trained professional. The face is a vulnerable area, so you should think again if you’re considering purchasing do-it-yourself dermaplaning equipment online.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I use on my face before dermaplaning?

It’s best not to apply any skincare products before your dermaplaning appointment. You’ll want to come in with a clean face that has been washed with a gentle cleanser and thoroughly dried. This allows your esthetician to properly prep and sanitize the skin beforehand.

How do I prepare my skin for dermaplaning at home?

To prepare at home, avoid using any scrubs, chemical exfoliants, retinol, or harsh products for 24-48 hours pre-treatment. Shave 12 hours prior if needed, applying moisturizer after. Come in with clean, dry skin without makeup, lotions, or oils so your provider can fully sanitize and degrease the area.

What are the dos and don’ts of dermaplaning?

DO – Wash face before treatment, allow exfoliated skin time to heal post-procedure, keep skin moisturized but avoid makeup for 24 hours, and wear SPF 30+.

DON’T – Pick or peel the skin after, expose treated skin to direct sunlight, submerge face under water for 24 hours, and book other facial treatments for 2 weeks.

Should I wax my face before dermaplaning?

Waxing right before dermaplaning is not necessary or recommended. The procedure itself removes vellus facial hair along with dead skin cells, making waxing redundant. Dermaplaning can be scheduled immediately following waxing once any irritation has resolved. 

The blunt edge of the scalpel makes removing unwanted peach fuzz simple and effective during treatment.


Skin that has been dermaplaned is smooth and healthy looking. Be aware of its seeming ease of use. The cosmetic treatment works well for people of all skin tones and ethnicities.

Contact Green Relief Health if you are seeking a dermaplaning center. Numerous services are available to help bring out your inner glow.

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