What is dermaplaning?

Woman getting dermaplaningDermaplaning is cosmetic therapy that gently removes the top layer of your skin to exfoliate dead skin cells and unwanted facial hair. The medical spa expert gently uses a scalpel (surgical blade) to skim away the dead skin and fine hairs that can give your skin an uneven appearance. Dermaplaning reveals fresher skin underneath and can help stimulate the growth of new collagen for healthier-looking skin. After a dermaplaning treatment, you’ll have a smoother, more radiant complexion.

Our team of Med Spa experts at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Med Spa perform a full range of skin-beautifying aesthetic procedures.

Dermaplaning is offered by experts in both Ear, Nose and Throat – Facial Plastics and Plastic Surgery departments. Our Med Spa team includes board certified plastic surgeons, physicians, nurses and aestheticians.

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How much is dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning treatment pricing: starting at $85

Pricing is subject to change. Contact your medical spa expert’s office to confirm current rates.

Benefits of dermaplaning

Over time — and especially without proper skin care — layers of dead skin cells, scales and blemishes begin to build up on your skin. Skin loses its youthful luster as it becomes rough, uneven and dull. As you age, you may notice more spots and blemishes. You may have unwanted hair growth, including vellus hairs — the fine, lightly colored hairs sometimes referred to as “peach fuzz.”

Your Ohio State aesthetician uses a razor-fine blade to shave skin surfaces. The treatment exfoliates dead, dry or scaly skin and stimulates skin cell turnover and skin regeneration. This gives you newer, brighter skin that has a rosy glow.

By removing microscopic bacteria and clearing pores, dermaplaning can prevent skin breakouts caused by clogged pores and unhealthy skin surfaces.

Other benefits include a smoother facial surface which absorbs quality skin-nourishing and hydrating products and gives facial cosmetics a more natural look.

Dermaplaning treats these and other common skin problems:

  • Dry, dull skin
  • Fine lines
  • Rough skin surface
  • Skin spots and blemishes
  • Unwanted facial hair
  • Poor skin tone
  • Sun-damaged skin

What to expect if you have dermaplane treatment

How to prepare for dermaplaning

Before dermaplaning, you’ll need to stop the use of any exfoliating products or home treatments. Avoid sun exposure in the week leading up to your appointment. Let your medical spa expert know of any changes in your condition. If you have any open wounds or lesions on your face, you’ll need to reschedule and wait until your skin is healed. Follow other preparation and care instructions as directed by your medical spa expert.

During your treatment

You’ll have your dermaplane treatment in your medical spa expert’s office at one of Ohio State’s convenient locations in Columbus, Ohio, or surrounding areas. Your face will be cleansed and prepared before your treatment.

You’ll recline in a comfortable chair while the medical spa expert uses a surgical blade to scrape small sections at a time, removing just the top layer of skin. It’s a gentle process that shouldn’t cause you any discomfort.

After dermaplaning treatment

After your dermaplane treatment, your skin will be red for a while. Your skin may feel irritated or itchy. These effects should go away in a day or two, depending on the extent of your procedure.

It’s best to wait for a day or so before applying makeup or other cosmetics to freshly treated skin. This gives your skin time to recover without irritating products. Facial hair will grow back. If you’re bothered by unwanted facial hair, ask your medical spa expert about laser treatments that can offer long-term results.

Dermaplaning results

The day after your dermaplaning treatment, you should begin to see improvements in the way your skin looks and feels. You’ll have a smoother surface with a healthy appearance. Later, makeup and skin care products will glide on easily and smoothly.

  • Ask your medical spa expert about safe, mild skin cleansers and other skin products to use at home. To protect the new skin surface, treat it gently and avoid harsh or exfoliating ingredients, such as retinol, glycolic acid, benzoyl peroxide or astringents.
  • Your medical spa expert can recommend safe skin care products, including high-quality sunscreen. Avoid sun exposure and excessive heat, such as saunas, after your treatment.
  • Hair removal from dermaplaning is temporary.
  • To achieve your ideal results, you can choose to get additional treatments. Your medical spa expert will advise you on the amount of time between treatments, which should be at least a month or longer to avoid skin irritation.

Risks of dermaplaning

When performed by the aesthetic medical experts at the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, dermaplaning is safe for most people. However, those with certain medical or skin conditions should ask about more suitable options.

Possible complications of dermaplaning include:

  • Redness and skin irritation
  • Temporary skin discoloration

Dermaplaning may not be right for you if you have these or other conditions:

  • Rosacea (chronic redness)
  • Keratosis pilaris (tiny bumps on skin)
  • Cystic acne (large, painful breakouts)


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