Dermaplaning is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure for your skin. Your healthcare provider uses a special instrument to shave away the uppermost layers of your skin.

Dermaplaning can help reduce the appearance of acne scars or other skin imperfections by revealing newer, undamaged skin. It can make your skin look younger; though, it doesn’t stop the aging process. Some people also get dermaplaning for hair removal. This is only a temporary fix because your hair will grow back.

Who gets dermaplaning?

You may consider dermaplaning if you have skin concerns such as:

  • Acne scars.
  • Actinic keratosis (scaly skin patches that can lead to skin cancer).
  • Dull or dry skin.
  • Peach fuzz (light, soft hair on your face).
  • Skin damaged by sun exposure.
  • Fine lines (wrinkles).
Who shouldn’t have dermaplaning?

Some people with pre-existing skin concerns shouldn’t have dermaplaning. Before getting this procedure, talk to your healthcare provider if you have:

  • An active case of acne.
  • Cold sore outbreaks.
  • Eczema.
  • Moles, freckles, skin tags or other skin growths.
  • Psoriasis.
  • Skin burns, such as those from radiation therapy.
  • Skin rashes (contact dermatitis).
What are the benefits of dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning can help minimize the appearance of acne scars, fine lines, wrinkles and dull skin. The procedure can reveal smoother, firmer and healthier skin.

What can I expect after dermaplaning?

Recovery is different for everyone in the weeks and months after dermaplaning, but you can expect:

  • After 1 week: Redness and swelling should subside. You may notice enlarged pores or small whiteheads on your skin, which usually go away with the swelling. Don’t shave the treated area.
  • After 2 weeks: A scab may form over the treated area, which falls off. The skin underneath will look tight and pink. It might be itchy. Most people can return to work after two weeks, but you should avoid strenuous activities.
  • After 4–6 weeks: You can gradually get back to playing sports or other activities, but you should stay out of the sun.
  • After 6–12 months: Continue staying out of the sun until the treated area has returned to your normal skin color.

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