What is Dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning is a facial treatment where the vellus hair (also known as “peach fuzz”) and dead skin cells are removed for a smoother, revitalized finish. Makeup can grab onto vellus hair making it look powdery, taking away the look of a healthy glow. Dermaplaning in Richmond should only be done on healthy skin. Patients with burns, moderate to severe acne and delicate skin should avoid this treatment as it could further irritate compromised skin.

How is Dermaplaning Done?

The tool used to perform dermaplaning is a sterile stainless-steel blade specifically created for safely and painlessly removing vellus hair and dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. It is important that this is done by a Licensed Master Aesthetician and not at home. The treatment is done on clean, dry skin while the skin care professional gently pulls your skin taut and moves the blade against the growth of the hairs to remove them. This treatment may have a gentle scraping sensation to it but should not be painful.


Post-treatment your skin may be a little red but redness should soften with a few hours. The skin will also have the ability to better absorb product, so using this to your advantage and hydrating the skin, can have a very positive effect on it, making your results look even better. Your skin will look more luminous with the removal of the facial hair and dry, dead skin cells. For continued results, you may want to receive this treatment on a somewhat regular basis as the hairs grow back in.

If you are interested in seeing a more luminous complexion in the mirror, contact DWH Med Spa today to schedule an appointment.

How does dermaplaning work?

Dermaplaning is a skincare treatment that uses a surgical scalpel to “shave” and exfoliate the surface of the skin. It can remove built up debris, dead skin cells, and fine peach fuzz hairs for smoother, softer skin.

How can I prepare my skin for dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning does not require any preparation before treatment. However, make sure to discuss your skincare regimen with your skincare specialist since certain products can make your skin more sensitive.

What results can I expect from dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning can produce instant results, and your skin will feel noticeably softer after treatment. You’ll also see brighter skin tone and an improvement in the way makeup products sit on your skin.

Who is a good candidate for dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning can be an excellent option for virtually anybody – even pregnant women who are not typically good candidates for other skincare treatments. If you have active acne or a history of scarring, you should discuss your options with our skincare specialists.

How long does a dermaplaning last?

Dermaplaning results can last for 2-3 weeks before debris and dead skin cells begin to accumulate again.

What are the side effects of dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning can produce minor redness and sensitivity after treatment, but side effects usually subside within a day.

Does hair grow back thicker after dermaplaning?

Hair does not grow back thicker or darker after dermaplaning.

Is dermaplaning just shaving?

Dermaplaning is actually an exfoliating treatment, meaning it also gets rid of dead skin cells and debris from the surface of the skin. Because dermaplaning is performed using a surgical scalpel and a careful scraping technique, it should always be performed by an experienced skincare professional.

How often can I have dermaplaning done?

Dermaplaning can be performed once per month as a regular part of your skincare regimen. It can also be performed ahead of big events for a quick boost to your skin without downtime.

What is the difference between dermaplaning and microdermabrasion?

Dermaplaning uses a surgical scalpel to “shave” the surface of the skin while microdermabrasion uses a specialized diamond-tipped device to exfoliate the skin. Both treatments accomplish the same goal, however.

Can I go back to work after dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning does not require any downtime and you can return to your normal schedule afterward (with sunscreen). You can even apply makeup after treatment, but should make sure to avoid any harsh or irritating products.