What is a Dermaplaning Facial?

A dermaplaning facial is a cosmetic procedure that involves using a sterile, surgical scalpel to gently scrape off any dead skin cells on the surface of your skin along with the vellus hair (peach fuzz) from your face. The aim is to make the skin’s surface smooth, youthful, and radiant. This procedure can be performed by a licensed esthetician, dermatologist, or cosmetic surgeon and is often used to help prepare the skin for more intrusive procedures such as laser treatments and chemical peels.

Benefits of Dermaplaning

  1. Exfoliation: It removes dead skin cells, leading to a brighter and smoother complexion.
  2. Peach Fuzz Removal: It eliminates soft facial hair that traps dirt and oils, making the skin look smoother and more refined.
  3. Better Skincare Product Efficacy: By removing the top layer of dead skin, skincare products can penetrate more deeply and effectively.
  4. Makeup Application: It allows for smoother application of makeup by creating a flat, smooth surface.
  5. Reduction of Acne Scars and Fine Lines: Regular treatment can help reduce the visibility of acne scars and fine lines over time.
  6. No Chemicals: It’s a great option for those sensitive to chemicals found in peels or other exfoliating products.
  7. Instant Results: Unlike some skin treatments, the results of this treatment can be seen immediately after the procedure.

Downtime needed for this treatment

One of the advantages of dermaplaning is that it requires little to no downtime. Most people can return to their daily activities immediately after the procedure. There might be some slight redness or sensitivity immediately following the treatment, but this typically subsides within a few hours to a day. Unlike chemical peels or laser treatments, dermaplaning is non-invasive, making it an attractive option for those looking for effective exfoliation without significant downtime.

However, it’s crucial to protect the skin from direct sun exposure and to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher following the procedure, as the skin can be more susceptible to sunburn and damage. As with any cosmetic procedure, it’s essential to consult with a professional to determine if dermaplaning is suitable for your skin type and to discuss any potential risks or side effects specific to your skin condition.


How long does it take to perform a dermaplaning add-on during a facial?

A dermaplaning session typically takes about 20 to 30 minutes to complete. This duration allows the professional performing the procedure to thoroughly cover the entire face, carefully removing the dead skin cells and peach fuzz. The process is relatively quick, making it a convenient option for people looking for an effective exfoliation method without a significant time commitment.

However, if dermaplaning is being combined with other treatments, such as a facial or chemical peel, the total time spent in the treatment session will be longer. It’s always best to consult with the provider beforehand to get an accurate estimate of the time required for your specific treatment plan.


Can dermaplaning be added to microdermabrasion or Hydrodermabrasion facial?

Yes, dermaplaning can be added to both microdermabrasion and hydrodermabrasion treatments, often enhancing the overall results of facial rejuvenation procedures. Combining these treatments can provide a more comprehensive approach to exfoliation and skin renewal by addressing different layers and aspects of the skin. Here’s how they complement each other:

Dermaplaning and Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is a mechanical exfoliation method that uses fine crystals or a diamond tip to remove the outermost layer of dead skin cells from the epidermis. When combined with dermaplaning, which removes the superficial layer of dead skin along with fine vellus hair, it allows for deeper exfoliation. Dermaplaning is typically performed first, removing the peach fuzz and the very top layer of dead skin, which can then enhance the effectiveness of microdermabrasion by allowing it to act more deeply and uniformly.

Dermaplaning and Hydrodermabrasion

Hydrodermabrasion is a newer method that combines exfoliation with the infusion of specific serums tailored to skin types and concerns. It uses water and oxygen at high velocity to exfoliate the skin, making it gentler than traditional microdermabrasion. Adding dermaplaning to hydrodermabrasion can maximize the absorption of the nutrient-rich serums applied during the hydrodermabrasion process, as the removal of the outer layer of dead skin and hair can enhance serum penetration.


  1. Combining these treatments can lead to more significant exfoliation and improved texture and tone of the skin. However, it’s essential to consider the individual’s skin type, sensitivity, and any specific skin conditions to avoid over-exfoliation or irritation.
  2. It’s generally recommended to have these combined treatments done by experienced professionals who can assess the appropriateness of the combination for your specific skin needs and concerns.
  3. Aftercare is crucial, as combining treatments may leave the skin more sensitive to sunlight and prone to irritation. A good skincare regimen, including the use of moisturizers and sun protection, is important to support the skin’s healing and maximize the benefits of the treatments.

Consulting with a medical professional can help determine the best approach for combining these treatments based on your skin type and goals.


What skin conditions warrant a skin consult with a doctor before a dermaplaning facial?

Dermaplaning is a safe and effective treatment for many people, but there are certain skin conditions that can make this treatment riskier or less advisable. If you have any of the following conditions, you should consult with a dermatologist or skincare professional before undergoing this treatment:

  1. Active Acne or Cystic Acne: Doing this treatment over active breakouts can cause irritation and potentially spread bacteria, leading to more acne.
  2. Sensitive Skin: Those with very sensitive skin might experience excessive irritation and redness.
  3. Rosacea: Especially for those with active flare-ups, this treatment can exacerbate redness and irritation.
  4. Eczema or Psoriasis: Performing this treatment over these areas can lead to irritation, flare-ups, and discomfort.
  5. Skin Infections: Conditions like cold sores, warts, or fungal infections can be aggravated or spread by this treatment.
  6. Skin Cancer: Avoid this treatment over areas with skin cancer or precancerous conditions to prevent complications.
  7. Recent Chemical Peels or Laser Treatments: These treatments can leave the skin too sensitive for immediate dermaplaning.
  8. Sunburn: Performing this treatment on sunburned skin can increase irritation and hinder the healing process.
  9. Accutane Use: Due to the increased risk of scarring and sensitivity, it’s advised to wait before undergoing this treatment after Accutane treatment.


Waiting Period Before Dermaplaning

After Accutane (Isotretinoin): Generally, it is recommended to wait at least 6 months after finishing a course of Accutane before undergoing dermaplaning. Accutane significantly affects the skin’s healing capabilities and increases sensitivity.

After Chemical Peels or Laser Treatments: The waiting period can vary depending on the intensity of the peel or laser treatment. For light peels, a few weeks may suffice, but for deeper treatments, waiting a few months is advisable. Always follow the guidance of the professional who performed the previous treatment.

After Healing from Active Acne, Eczema, or Psoriasis Flare-Ups: It’s important to wait until the skin has fully healed and is no longer inflamed or irritated. This period can vary widely based on the individual’s skin condition and healing process.

Post-Sunburn: Wait until the burn has completely healed and any peeling has stopped, which might take several days to a few weeks, depending on the severity of the sunburn.

The precise waiting time can vary based on individual circumstances, the specific condition’s severity, and overall skin health. Consulting with a skincare professional or dermatologist before scheduling dermaplaning is crucial to ensure it’s safe for you and to determine the optimal timing for the procedure, considering your skin’s condition and history.


Why shall I consider doing Dermaplaning at your Medical Spa in Pleasanton?

Dr Anuja Garg is a board-certified doctor in Internal Medicine and Obesity Medicine. She has been practicing medicine for the last 15+ years, seeing patients with various skin concerns and other medical concerns. Performing this treatment under a doctor’s supervision at our Medical Spa in Pleasanton is recommended for several important reasons:

Expertise and Experience: Dr Garg works closely with out esthetician who performs this procedure, minimizing the risk of cuts, irritation, and infection. They can also evaluate your skin type and condition to determine if this treatment is suitable for you.

Hygiene and Sterilization: At our Medical Spa in Pleasanton, we ensure a sterile environment and use medical-grade tools, reducing the risk of contamination and infection.

Customized Treatment: Dr Garg closely works with our esthetician, and they can tailor the treatment to your specific skin needs and concerns, potentially combining this treatment with other treatments for optimal results.

Precaution and Risk Management: Dr Garg can help identify contraindications and manage any potential risks associated with dermaplaning, especially for individuals with skin conditions that may complicate the procedure.

Post-Treatment Care: They provide professional advice on post-treatment care to ensure proper healing and maximize the benefits of dermaplaning, including recommending products that are safe to use after the procedure.

Overall, the supervision of a medical professional like Dr. Anuja Garg at our medical spa in Pleasanton ensures a safer, more effective treatment and a personalized approach to skincare, making it a preferred option for this treatment.


Where can I get the list of all Medical Spa treatments available at your facility in Pleasanton?

You can look at our Medical Spa page to learn more about the treatment. You can check all the treatments and prices at this link.