Dermaplaning… Everything you need to know

Dermaplaning… it seems that the last few years the popularity of this service has become all the buzz…(because of all that fuzz) Aestheticians are jumping on board to offer the service and women are either die- hards, or extremely hesitant because of all the tales that they are hearing about it. The truth is that dermaplaning has been around for decades, but as of late, has taken on a life of its own. Bloggers are blogging about it, beauty experts are touting it and even “The Doctors” did a segment on their day time show featuring an Aesthetician and a live dermaplaning. This is hands down my most requested service and over the years I have dermaplaned over a thousand faces. So, let’s break it down. I want to explain the benefits, debunk the myths and make sure that you are informed and in safe hands before that blade moves toward your gorgeous face!

Have you ever looked in the mirror and thought  that your face just looked dull… or caught that rear view mirror glance just to see hair on you face? Or, have you gotten to a point where it feels like your products and your make up are just sitting on top of your skin? Well, that’s because, the odds are that you have a barrier of dead skin on your face that is keeping your products from penetrating and not allowing your makeup to glide on like it once did. Scientifically, our Cell Renewal Factor (CRF) or cell turnover rate, slows down as we age, which leads to unnecessary build up of dead skin. Hence, the dull look that we don’t want. We need to help the skin get rid of the dead skin cells through exfoliation. There are a myriad of means by which we can exfoliate, but over time, some can cause skin sensitivity or irritation… which is another issue in itself. To make matters worse, every month, there is more dead skin on your face… YIKES! That’s just how the body works. So, along comes that trusty scalpel.

Now, to clarify… there is razorplaning and there is dermaplaning, and the two get confused and even misrepresented at times on spa menus. The difference is quite simple. Razorplaning is the use of a razor, yep… a good old razor, on a damp face to remove peach fuzz. (vellus hair) That is all that it is removing. It may give a little bit of exfoliation… but for the most part, you are just losing the peach fuzz. Dermaplaning is the use of a sterile scalpel, which by a trained professional, removes not only the peach fuzz, but that dead layer of skin as well. Depending on the face, I can usually do three passes before we are down to that baby smooth face. The first pass is usually the removal of a lot of hair, then, the next pass or two starts to gently lift up dead skin. The result is super smooth, extremely soft, fresh skin! At that point, depending on the skin type, any number of facial treatments can be done.

So, I get an overwhelming amount of questions about dermaplaning… due to old wives tales and the abundance of misinformation that is just a click away. Let’s set the record straight.

  • Dermaplaning should only be performed by a licensed Aesthetician, with additional training and certification to provide the service… and should only be done in a Medical setting or under the supervision of a Medical Director. This is for your safety and in Tennessee, it is the law.
  • The hair on your face is called vellus hair, as opposed to terminal hair. It is like peach fuzz…very soft. It will not, I repeat…. will not grow back thicker, darker or longer. The only reasons the hair on your face may change would be due to hormonal shifts or age… yep, some of us get a little harrier with time… and not always where we want!
  • If performed by a trained professional, dermaplaning should not hurt or leave any type of cuts or nicks on your face. It is very rhythmic, and I actually have clients who doze off during the process. Unless the client moves or reaches to the face, there is no reason that there should be anything but a gorgeous glow on your face when you leave.
  • There is no way to predict how long it will be before the hair on your face makes a reappearance, but being that this is a good service to consider as a “maintenance facial”, due to the rate of cell turnover, in a four to six weeks period, trust me, you will be ready to dermaplane again.

And, there  you have it… dermaplaning 101. I call this service “instant gratification” because in less than an hour we can truly go from a dull, fuzzy face to a glowing, smooth, baby’s bum, soft kind of face. Your  skin will look and feel healthier, your products will actually penetrate and provide the benefits intended and your make up will glide on like a dream… that is if you need any make up at all. Check out my Instagram page @marymatts for plenty of examples of dermaplaning in action and that post dermaplaning glow. So here’s to dermaplaning… because scalpels aren’t just for surgery anymore!


Happy dermaplaning!




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  • […] Now, for the outside. Your product routine has to change in the winter time to compensate for the lack of hydration that you are getting due to the elements. If you are using a lot of exfoliating products, such as those with salicylic or glycolic ingredients, pull back on your usage of them by about a half. In other words, if you are using a glycolic cleanser to wash your face, only use it once a day instead of twice a day… and use a gentle cleanser in replacement. If you are a Retin A user, cut that in half also. If you use the product four nights a week, drop back to two. Also, moisturize on top of your Retin A. It will make a huge difference! Use a serum with hyaluronic acid in it. This will help your skin retain moisture…. and always apply your serum on a damp face, for better penetration. The serum is always the closest to the skin, then moisturize on top of that. I am also a big fan of pure facial oils. Mixing them with your moisturizer can do double duty! Lastly, once a month, get an exfoliating facial to rid the skin of the dead, dry layer, so that your moisturizing products will work. I highly recommend dermaplaning, because it gently lifts off the dead layer of skin in a much less abrasive way than other forms of exfoliatiation. (For more information on dermaplaning, see my blog post from October 3, 2017) […]

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