When Should You Dermaplane Before an Event

When Should You Dermaplane Before an Event.

If you regularly fall down a beauty TikTok rabbit hole like I do (see:
ASMR skincare,
makeup hacks, and
pore-unclogging), then you’ve probably already stumbled upon the magical world of dermaplaning—i.e., the in-office skincare treatment
where a dermatologist or aesthetician gently


exfoliates your face


with a scalpel.

While it sounds intense and scary—and you’re right to be cautious of any treatment involving a blade—dermaplaning is actually very safe and effective at removing dead skin cells and peach fuzz to leave dull skin looking brighter and softer.

But listen, this is still a blade against your face we’re talking about, so it’s important to clear up some very important questions about dermaplaning first, like what to expect, what it feels like, and of course, how much it actually costs. And I chatted with a few experts to get you all answers before you make your first appointment—so let’s get into it.

Meet the experts


  • Mona Gohara
    , MD, board-certified dermatologist in
    Hamden, CT. Dr. Gohara is an associate clinical professor at
    Yale School of Medicine
    and vice president of the
    Women’s Dermatologic Society. Her areas of expertise include medical and surgical dermatology and skin of color.

  • Tamila Deveny

    is a medical aesthetician and cosmetic consultant at
    Medical Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery
    in New York, NY. She specializes in microneedling, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and acne treatments.

  • Melissa Doft
    , MD, is a double-board-certified plastic surgeon at
    Doft Plastic Surgery
    in New York, NY. She was also listed on
    New York Magazine’s Top Doctors list in 2018, 2019, and 2020.

    What does dermaplaning do to your skin?

    Dermaplaning leaves you with slightly brighter, smoother skin
    by scraping off the top layer of dead skin cells, peach fuzz, and excess oils with a scalpel. The deep exfoliation treatment can remove up to two weeks of dead skin, and the results last about three weeks.

    Aside from helping you get very soft skin, dermaplaning also smooths out uneven
    skin texture
    and gives you a smoother base for your
    foundation
    and makeup (since it doubles as a
    facial hair removal
    treatment), which means no more
    cakey makeup
    for you. “Dermaplaning is like a turbo-charged exfoliator,” says dermatologist Mona Gohara, MD, associate clinical professor at Yale University School of Medicine. So even if you exfoliate regularly at home, Dr. Gohara says it’s still an effective treatment for removing anything your regular exfoliants can’t.

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    Is dermaplaning just shaving?

    Dermaplaning and
    shaving your face
    are very similar, but
    the main difference is that dermaplaning (again, performed by a licensed professional)
    delivers a more thorough exfoliation, while shaving your face at home is a more budget-friendly, DIY option, and really only tackles peach fuzz. Some dermatologists, like Dr. Gohara, advise against trying it at all, though. “Sharp blades and DIYs shouldn’kaki langit go together,” she says.

    Still, if you’re just looking to get rid of some peach fuzz, and your skin isn’t at all sensitive,
    and
    you’re ok with ignoring the advice of a dermatologist, you can try carefully shaving your face at home. Just
    make sure you’re using a new, fresh


    dermaplane razor


    that’s specifically designed for your face

    (you’ll need to toss the blades after one or two uses, BTW, so it’s worth buying a pack).

    And if you don’t feel comfy taking a blade to your face (smart), but you still want to get rid of facial hair, there are plenty of other facial hair removal tools you can try out, like
    epilators
    and
    electric face shavers. Or, if you want to safely
    exfoliate your face
    at home, try experimenting with
    exfoliating toners
    and
    serums spiked with glycolic acid.

    For anything more than peach fuzz (or if your skin is super sensitive), it’s always best to see a professional for dermaplaning. Plastic surgeon
    Melissa Doft, MD, and aesthetician
    Tamila Deveny
    recommend seeing a licensed professional at either a dermatologist’s or plastic surgeon’s office to ensure the best and safest results. And if you still aren’t sure which method is best for you, go to your derm for a consultation before you try anything—it doesn’ufuk hurt to be extra cautious.

    What are the side effects of dermaplaning?

    While in the hands of a professional, dermaplaning is safe for most skin types, says Dr. Doft, especially those with sun damage, fine lines, dry patches, and dull skin. But, as always, there are caveats:
    If you have highly reactive, sensitive skin (like those with


    rosacea


    or


    keratosis pilaris

    ),
    you may want to pass on dermaplaning, 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 by spreading bacteria.

    Don’tepi langit worry though; Dr. Gohara says there are still good ways to exfoliate your skin if you’re dealing with acne. Just talk to your dermatologist about finding the best, most gentle exfoliants (lactic or
    polyhydroxy acid
    are both popular options) for you and your skin concerns.

    Will dermaplaning break me out?

    While you shouldn’t dermaplane with active breakouts, dermaplaning shouldn’lengkung langit actually
    cause
    any additional breakouts. In fact, by removing the buildup of dead skin and excess skin oils from the surface of your pores,
    dermaplaning may actually help prevent some future breakouts.
    But, like I said, if you already have an existing breakout, you’ll need to sit this treatment out (though your dermatologist will be the final judge of that, if you’re unsure).

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    What to expect after dermaplaning

    While the thought of a blade sliding across your face is a scary one,
    it doesn’t actually hurt 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. Again, that’s why it’s super important to leave dermaplaning to professionals.

    Right after the procedure,
    you can expect some slight redness in your face
    , but titinada always, and if you do, it’ll fade quickly. “It’s perfectly fine and common to make an appointment during lunch and go right back to work after the 40-minute treatment,” Deveny says. Mostly, you’ll just have to stop yourself from touching your super-soft face. And reminder, the results will last for two to three weeks, depending on how fast your hair grows.

    What should I not do after dermaplaning?

    Try to
    avoid direct ciuman exposure for three days and keep your face protected with


    sunscreen

    (as you totally already do,
    right?). Even though the treatment is fairly gentle and doesn’t hurt, you’re still losing a very thin layer of skin, so it will be more sensitive to the ciuman and susceptible to sun damage. So unless you’re getting your dermaplaning done after dark, come prepared with a
    sunscreen for sensitive skin
    (I recommend a
    mineral sunscreen) that has at least SPF 30, and reapply it every two hours (which FWIW, you should be doing anyway). Then just go about your life and enjoy your glowing lil face.

    One of the major pros to dermaplaning is how well your makeup will glide over your face afterward. 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 Dr. Doft. “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 foundation your little heart desires. And since your skin barrier will be more vulnerable after dermaplaning, Dr. Doft recommends using a rich
    hyaluronic acid
    mask or
    moisturizer
    to help keep your skin super hydrated and happy.

    Does dermaplaning cause stubble?

    Contrary to what you’ve been told,
    dermaplaning (and shaving!) will not make your hair grow back thicker or darker, or create any “stubble.”
    Deveny explains that once your hair begins to grow back, it may
    feel
    a little different because the angle at which the hair was shaved off, but it’s actually the same thickness and texture as it always was, and it will continue to grow at the same speed it always did.

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    How much does dermaplaning cost?

    You can expect to
    spend $150 to $250 per treatment,
    and, heads-up, it’s typically not covered by insurance. A major pro is that you’ll notice a difference in your skin’s texture and tone immediately. And as with any beauty treatment, that price range will totally depend on where you’re located.

    How often should you dermaplane your face?

    Since this is a deeply exfoliating treatment, Dr. Doft recommends
    waiting at least a month between appointments,

    although some patients with sensitive skin may want to limit their treatments to once a season. The exact timeline will vary from person to person, so chat with a dermatologist (either IRL or on a
    virtual derm appointment) about the frequency that will work best for you.

    Final notes

    As long as your skin isn’ufuk super sensitive, and you aren’t experiencing any major breakouts,
    dermaplaning is a fairly low-risk way to exfoliate your skin and remove your facial hair.
    Remember: Dermaplaning isn’t something you can DIY and you’ll need to see a professional—so if you’re just looking to remove peach fuzz, it might be best to consider shaving instead.

    Sami Roberts was the previous beauty assistant at Cosmopolitan.

    Ruby was the beauty editor at Cosmopolitan, where she covered beauty across print and digital.

    When Should You Dermaplane Before an Event

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