What is a Dermaplaning Facial?

A dermaplaning facial involves using a surgical scalpel to gently scrape off dead skin cells and peach fuzz from the surface of your skin. The purpose of this procedure is to give your skin a smooth, youthful, and radiant appearance. Typically, a licensed esthetician, dermatologist, or cosmetic surgeon will perform this procedure. It is common to use this procedure to prepare the skin for more invasive procedures such as laser treatments and chemical peels.

Benefits of Dermaplaning

  1. Eliminating dead skin cells through exfoliation can give you a smoother and brighter complexion. 
  2. Peach fuzz removal can help to eliminate soft facial hair that tends to accumulate dirt and oils, providing a more polished and refined appearance. 
  3. After exfoliation, skincare products can penetrate deeper into your skin by removing the top layer of dead skin. 
  4. Exfoliation evens out the surface of your skin, making makeup application more effortless. 
  5. With regular exfoliation, the visibility of acne scars and fine lines can be reduced over time. 
  6. Exfoliation doesn’t involve any chemicals and is an excellent alternative for those who are sensitive to the chemicals in peels and other exfoliating products. 
  7. Unlike other skin treatments, exfoliation produces immediate results that give you instant gratification.

Downtime needed for this treatment

Dermaplaning allows for a speedy recovery time, enabling individuals to quickly resume their daily activities after the procedure. Although one may experience some slight redness or sensitivity immediately following the treatment, these symptoms typically subside within a few hours or a day. Dermaplaning is a non-invasive treatment, setting it apart from chemical peels or laser treatments, and making it an ideal choice for those seeking effective exfoliation without significant downtime.

However, it is crucial to protect the skin from direct sunlight exposure after the procedure. It is recommended to apply broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher since the skin may be more susceptible to sunburn and damage. As with any cosmetic procedure, it is essential to consult with a professional to determine if dermaplaning is appropriate for your skin type, and to discuss any specific risks or side effects related to your skin condition.


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

A typical dermaplaning session usually lasts for about 20 to 30 minutes. During this time, the professional performing the procedure covers the entire face, meticulously removing dead skin cells and peach fuzz. If you are looking for an effective exfoliation method that doesn’t require much time, dermaplaning is a convenient option. However, if dermaplaning is combined with other treatments like a facial or a chemical peel, the total time spent in the treatment session will be longer. To get an accurate estimate of the time required for your specific treatment plan, it’s always best to consult with the provider beforehand.


Can dermaplaning be added to microdermabrasion or Hydrodermabrasion facial?

Integrating dermaplaning into hydrodermabrasion and microdermabrasion procedures is a viable option that could potentially enhance the overall results of facial rejuvenation treatments. By combining these procedures, a more comprehensive approach to skin renewal and exfoliation can be achieved, as they target different layers and aspects of the skin. Below are some ways in which they complement each other:

Dermaplaning and Microdermabrasion

Mechanical exfoliation technique called Microdermabrasion is used by the professionals to remove the outermost layer of dead skin cells from the epidermis using fine crystals or a diamond tip. To achieve a more profound exfoliation, another technique called dermaplaning is combined with Microdermabrasion, which helps in getting rid of the top layer of dead skin along with fine vellus hair. The sequence of these techniques is essential, and it usually involves performing dermaplaning first to remove the peach fuzz and the very top layer of dead skin. This helps in enhancing the effectiveness of microdermabrasion by allowing it to penetrate more deeply and uniformly.

Dermaplaning and Hydrodermabrasion

Hydrodermabrasion is a technique used in skincare that employs a blend of water and oxygen to exfoliate the skin in a gentle manner. During this process, there is also the application of serums that have been specially formulated to cater to various skin types and issues. In comparison to traditional microdermabrasion, this technique is less harsh on the skin. Dermaplaning can enhance serum absorption by eliminating hair and dead skin, resulting in improved serum penetration when combined with this method.


  1. Combining different skin treatments can lead to significant exfoliation and improve the texture and tone of the skin. However, it is crucial to take into account an individual’s skin type, level of sensitivity, and any specific skin conditions to avoid over-exfoliation or irritation. It is typically recommended to have these treatments combined by trained professionals who can assess the suitability of the combination for your specific skin needs and concerns.
  2. Proper aftercare is essential since combining treatments can make the skin more sensitive to sunlight and more prone to irritation. A good skincare regimen that includes the use of moisturizers and sun protection is necessary to promote skin healing and get the most out of the treatments.
  3. Consulting with a medical professional can help determine the best approach to 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 treatment that many people find safe and effective. However, certain skin conditions can make the process less suitable or more risky. If you fall under any of the following categories, it is recommended that you consult with a skincare specialist or dermatologist before undergoing the treatment:

– Active or cystic acne: Dermaplaning can cause irritation and worsen bacteria, leading to more acne if done over active breakouts.

– Sensitive skin: People with highly sensitive skin can experience excessive redness and irritation after the treatment.

– Rosacea: Dermaplaning can worsen redness and irritation, particularly during active flare-ups.

– Eczema or psoriasis: If performed over these areas, dermaplaning can cause discomfort, irritation, and flare-ups.

– Skin infections: This treatment can aggravate or spread conditions such as cold sores, warts, or fungal infections.

– Skin cancer: Dermatologists suggest avoiding this treatment over areas with skin cancer or precancerous conditions to prevent complications.

– Recent chemical peels or laser treatments: The skin may be too sensitive for immediate dermaplaning after these treatments.

– Sunburn: Dermaplaning on sunburned skin can increase irritation and hinder the healing process.

– Accutane use: Due to the heightened risk of scarring and sensitivity, it is advised to wait before undergoing this treatment after Accutane treatment.


Waiting Period Before Dermaplaning

It is recommended to wait for at least six months after finishing a course of Accutane before undergoing dermaplaning. This is due to the fact that Accutane can impact the skin’s ability to heal, resulting in increased sensitivity.

The waiting period after chemical peels or laser treatments may vary depending on the intensity of the treatment. For lighter peels, a few weeks may be enough, but for deeper treatments, it is suggested to wait for a few months. Always adhere to the guidance of the professional who performed the previous treatment.

If you have experienced active acne, eczema, or psoriasis flare-ups, it is important to wait until your skin has fully healed and is no longer inflamed or irritated. The duration of this period can vary based on individual skin conditions and the healing process.

After a sunburn, it is essential to wait until the burn has fully healed, and any peeling has stopped. The waiting period for this can range from several days to a few weeks, depending on the severity of the sunburn.

To guarantee that dermaplaning is safe for you and to determine the best timing for the procedure based on your skin’s condition and history, it is essential to consult with a skincare professional or dermatologist. The precise waiting time can vary depending on individual circumstances and the severity of the specific condition.


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

Dr Anuja Garg has over 15 years of experience dealing with various skin conditions and other medical problems. To minimize the risk of cuts, irritation, and infection, it is advisable to have the treatment performed at our Medical Spa in the San Ramon region under the supervision of a doctor for a variety of reasons.

Dr Garg’s expertise and experience: Dr Garg works closely with our esthetician, who performs the procedure, to reduce the risk of cuts, irritation, and infection. They can also assess your skin type and condition to determine if the procedure is suitable for you.

  1. Hygiene and Sterilization: Our Medical Spa in the San Ramon area provides a sterile environment and uses medical-grade equipment, reducing the risk of contamination and infection.
  2. Customized Treatment: Dr Garg collaborates closely with our esthetician to tailor the treatment to your specific skin needs and problems. They may also combine it with other treatments for optimal results.
  3. Precaution and Risk Management: Dr Garg can help identify contraindications and manage any potential risks associated with dermaplaning, particularly for people with skin conditions that may complicate the treatment.
  4. Post-Treatment Care: They provide expert advice on aftercare to ensure proper healing and maximize the benefits of dermaplaning, including recommending safe-to-use products after the procedure.

Overall, having a medical professional like Dr. Anuja Garg supervise the procedure at our medical spa in the San Ramon area ensures a safer, more efficient treatment, and a customized approach to skincare, making it the preferred choice for this treatment.


Where can I get the list of all Medical Spa treatments available at your facility serving the San Ramon, CA area?

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.