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What is dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning is a form of manual exfoliation similar in theory to microdermabrasion but without the use of suction, abrasive crystals, or diamond tips. A sterile blade is glided across the skin’s surface at an angle to gently remove or “shave off” dead skin cells on the skin’s most external layer, the epidermis. Dermaplaning temporarily removes the fine vellus hair on the face, leaving a smooth surface and dewy glow.

As with any type of exfoliation, the removal of dead skin cells allows home care products to be more effective by allowing them to penetrate deeper into the skin’s surface. It also helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, evens skin tone and assists in reducing milia, closes and open comedones, and minor breakouts associated with congested pores.

Due to the contours of the face, please note that certain areas of the face are not treatable using this method such as eyelids and parts of the nose.

What to expect during treatment?

First, a thorough skin analysis will be performed to determine the health of the skin and what the appropriate treatments will be for your skin. If you are found to not be a candidate, an alternative treatment will be suggested and discussed.

The skin will be properly cleansed and the use a light oil will be applied to the skin to help the blade glide better along the skin and prevent flaking and irritation that could result with performing the service on dry skin. Dermaplane can be performed with or without the use of oil.

Dermaplane can be performed with other services such as chemical peels, microneedling, and hydrodermabrasion to name a few. Your session will be completed per the protocols of AB Artistry & Aesthetics, LLC.

It must be noted that all precautions will be taken to keep your skin well hydrated and calm after each session. In some cases, you could experience excessive dryness or peeling between sessions which may or may not be normal. Please reach out if you experience any issues.

More sensitive skin may experience some redness after the first couple of sessions. This normally goes away after a few hours.

During the session, all efforts will be made to avoid any knicks to the skin, but it can happen. In some instances, minor superficial abrasions may not appear until a day or two following treatments. Please note this is not done on purpose. If this does occur, the abrasion typically heals without any issues unless you have issues with poor wound healing which will have already been discussed and not performed if there is a known history of poor wound healing.

After your treatment, SPF 30 or greater must be worn. You should wear SPF even when not outside and reapplied throughout the day. You should make it apart of your routine skin regimen.

If dermaplane is not contraindicated, maximum results are achieved by participating in a series of treatments plus following a home care regimen. Your home care regimen will be reviewed and recommendation on current and potential products will be made.

Is satisfaction guaranteed?

The majority of clients receive noticeable, satisfactory results. Unfortunately, no guarantees can or will be made as results will vary with each client and various factors such as age, sun exposure, health, lifestyle, genetic traits, overall skin condition, and willingness to follow recommended protocols could affect overall results.

Be aware that many changes may occur deeper in the skin over time. To continue the maintenance of your skin after you complete your treatment(s). You will be informed of long-term management programs.


Although it is impossible to list every potential risk and complication, the following conditions may or may not completely disqualify you from receiving a dermaplane treatment and must be disclosed prior to treatment.

  • Active acne

  • Active infection of any type such as herpes simplex or flat warts

  • Any raised lesions

  • Chemotherapy or radiation, especially within the last 6 months

  • Eczema or dermatitis

  • Family history of hypertrophic scarring or keloid formation

  • Hemophilia

  • Hormonal therapy that produces thick pigmentation

  • Moles

  • Oral blood thinning medications

  • Pregnancy

  • Recent use of topical agents such as glycolic acids, alpha hydroxy acids, and retinoids or recent chemical peel

  • Rosacea

  • Scleroderma

  • Skin cancer

  • Sunburn

  • Telangiectasia/erythema may be worsened or brought out by exfoliation

  • Thick dark facial hair

  • Uncontrolled diabetes

  • Use of Accutane within the last year

Post-Treatment/Home Care

Aerobic exercise or vigorous physical activity should be avoided until all redness has subsided or for at least 24 hours post treatment. Direct sunlight exposure is to be completely avoided immediately following the treatment (including strong UV light exposure or tanning beds). Please wear SPF 30 or higher sunscreen after treatment, especially within the first 2 weeks after treatment. Dermaplane can be done every 4 weeks.

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