The results can vary for everyone, but realistically, you can expect to see smoother skin, zero peach fuzz (until it grows back, of course), and slightly brighter-looking skin. And because you’re removing all your dead skin cells, your skincare products will better penetrate your skin when you apply them, making them all the more effective.
In the hands of a professional, dermaplaning is safe for all skin types, says Riana, especially those with sun damage, fine lines, dry patches, and dull skin. But, of course, there are caveats: If you have highly reactive, sensitive skin (like those with rosacea or keratosis pilaris), you may want to pass on this one, since it might irritate your skin. Same goes for anyone with inflamed acne—unsurprisingly, sliding a sharp scalpel over your zits can irritate them and worsen existing breakouts.
Quite the opposite, actually. A buildup of dead skin can clog your pores and hair follicles, which can not only cause pimples but also block your skincare products from penetrating the skin, which is why exfoliation is essential for maintaining an even, healthy glow. But, like I said, if you already have an existing breakout, you’ll unfortunately need to sit this treatment out.
Don’t trust just anyone to perform the procedure. Riana recommends only seeing a qualified beauty therapist, nurse or doctor or any medical aesthetician from a dermatologist’s or plastic surgeon’s office to ensure the best and safest results. Oh, and please don’t try this at home. Since dermaplaning is performed with surgical scalpels (not your average razor), you should leave it to the pros to avoid nicks, ingrowing hair, and stubble.
You can expect to spend $150 to $250 per treatment, but you’ll notice a difference in your skin’s texture and tone immediately, so at least you know it’s worth the price.
The thought of a blade sliding across your face is a scary one, I agree, but it’s not actually painful at all. Think of it like shaving any other part of your body. Can you feel it? Yes. Does it hurt? Not if you’re doing it right.
Some light redness can be expected but not always. “It’s perfectly fine and common to make an appointment during lunch and go right back to work after the 40-minute treatment,” Deveny adds.
Ever notice how peach fuzz tends to stand out even more underneath foundation and face powders? Well, since dermaplaning removes all the little hairs on your face, your makeup will actually glide on super smoothly. But hold up—although it’s tempting to see the results right away, try to avoid slapping on a face full of makeup immediately after your dermaplaning treatment.
“I love to let the skin breathe for the rest of the day,” says Rianat. “If you need to wear makeup, you can, but your skin barrier is more open and may become more irritated.” Once your skin has had time to settle (about a day), proceed with all the make up your little heart desires.
Since your skin barrier will be more vulnerable after dermaplaning, Riana recommends using a rich hyaluronic acid mask (StemCell and Peptide or Collagen – ask Riana) or Environ Collostrum Serum with a moisturizer to help repair your skin and keep it super hydrated and happy.
Contrary to what you’ve been told, dermaplaning will not make your hair grow back thicker or darker. Riana explains that once your hair begins to grow back, it might feel different because the hair was cut straight across, but it’s actually the same texture as it was before and it will grow at the same speed.
Since this is a deeply exfoliating treatment, Riana recommends waiting at least a month between appointments, although some patients with sensitive skin can limit their treatments to even once a season. Technically, you can do it every week!
Post-exfoliation, your skin will be especially susceptible to the sun, so if you don’t take sun protection seriously (it’s 2019! Come on! It’s time!), you might want to skip this treatment altogether. Otherwise, you’ll need to be diligent with the a sunblock afterward—use Justine Sunblock or Theraderm Sunblock (ask Riana) of at least SPF 30—but that should be the case every day of your life.