If you like to stay in the loop about the latest trends in skincare, then you’ve probably heard of dermaplaning. But what exactly is this boutique treatment and why has it become celebrities’ favorite pre-red-carpet ritual?

In this blog post, we discuss everything you need to know about dermaplaning and answer all of your most pressing questions. Celebrity Skin is your leader in skincare treatments for Wilmette and the rest of Chicagland. Our Mechanical Resurfacing treatment features dermaplaning, as well as customized serums, masks, and hydrators for extra protection. Read on to learn more about this popular new skincare trend and book an appointment with one of our expert estheticians today to experience it for yourself!

Dermaplaning defined

Also known as “mechanical resurfacing” or “face shaving,” dermaplaning is a method of chemical-free exfoliation that involves using a surgical-grade scalpel to gently remove dull, dead surface cells and peach fuzz. This leaves the skin smooth, rejuvenated, and glowing. Dermaplaning is a great option for those looking to minimize the appearance of fine wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and deep acne scarring. It also makes it much easier to apply makeup afterwards, as it goes on as smooth as silk. This is why dermaplaning is such a popular pre-event treatment. Our estheticians recommend scheduling your dermaplaning treatment at least 24 hours before an event, as it may cause temporary redness. 

What does dermaplaning feel like? 

When done by a professional, dermaplaning is a painless procedure. Expect a slightly cold, scraping sensation (similar to shaving your face with a razor). This is a somewhat unusual sensation, but not at all painful.

Does dermaplaning require any downtime?

Dermaplaning requires no downtime. You can return to work the same day as your procedure. In fact, many of our clients like to schedule their Mechanical Resurfacing treatment during their lunch break.

How should I prepare for my dermaplaning appointment?

To prepare for your dermaplaning appointment, discontinue any exfoliation routine at least three to five days prior to your treatment. You will also want to avoid excessive sun exposure, as this can increase skin sensitivity. Do not schedule BOTOX®, facial fillers, or facial wax for the week leading up to your dermaplaning appointment to prevent over-exfoliation or irritation. If you have open acne lesions or wounds, it is best to reschedule your appointment. 

How long does dermaplaning last?

When done properly, dermaplaning should last up to four weeks. However, if you have a good maintenance routine, you may be able to prolong the results for up to six months!

What does dermaplaning aftercare look like?

Immediately after your dermaplaning appointment, you will want to avoid excessive sun exposure for the next 48 to72 hours. If you do have to spend extended periods of time in the sun, then wear a hat and apply sunscreen. In fact, we recommend wearing sunscreen daily even after this timeframe to help protect your newly healthy skin. 

Discontinue use of any exfoliating agents, especially those that contain retinoids, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, micro-beads, and other alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs). Instead, use a gentle cleanser. Our estheticians will be happy to provide you with brand recommendations. 

Can I do this at home?

While some people attempt dermaplaning at home, we highly recommend that you go to an experienced professional. DIY dermaplaning can result in scratched, red, and bumpy skin. Professional estheticians can also provide fast, better results by removing more layers of skin than you would be able to yourself. Additionally, our Mechanical Resurfacing treatment includes serums, masks, hydrators, and protection for even greater results. 

Who is a good candidate for dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning is safe for nearly all skin types, so practically anyone could benefit from this skincare procedure. Dermaplaning is great for those with:

  • Fine wrinkles
  • Acne scarring
  • Pockmarks
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Dull skin
  • Dry skin
  • Sun-damaged skin

Who is not a good candidate for dermaplaning?

While dermaplaning is a low-risk procedure, there are some instances where it may not be an appropriate treatment. These include:

  • Cold sores
  • Cystic acne
  • Shingles
  • Hemophilia
  • Nickel allergies
  • People who have taken Accutane within the last six months
  • People who have taken blood thinners within the last six months

Why should I get my dermaplaning done at Celebrity Skin?

Celebrity Skin goes above and beyond when it comes to our dermaplaning treatment. Our estheticians will properly prep your skin beforehand to ensure that you get optimal results and treat it afterwards with luxury serums, masks, and hydrators for extra protection. You will leave our skincare spa feeling fresh and fabulous with baby-smooth skin. Book an appointment at Celebrity Skin in Wilmette now and experience the difference for yourself!