Exfoliation Endevour: Dermaplanning

What is Dermaplanning?

Dermaplanning is a method of exfoliation performed by a professional esthetician in the spa salon. Dermaplanning is a safe and painless exfoliation procedure which involves using a 10 gauge surgical scalpel to gently scrape off vellus hair as well as dead skin cells in order to reveal a smooth and bright complexion.

It is worth mentioning that dermaplanning is safe for all skin types; however, given the nature of the procedure, it is by far not a DIY qualifying treatment.



Dermaplanning is a spa treatment that helps to:

  • Reduce uneven skin tone and acne scars
  • Minimize appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Remove facial hair that trap dirt and oils
  • Ensure deeper product penetration
  • Create even base for make-up application
  • Achieve instantly smoother looking skin (with little – to – no downtime)


Preparation for the treatment

  • Schedule a consultation with your esthetician in order to access if Dermaplanning is right for you given your objectives and current skin condition. Even though Dermaplanning is safe for all skin types, certain skin concerns and practices might not be compatible with Dermaplanning. For example, active form of acne, open wounds on the skin, recent injections of Botox or fillers are some of the valid reasons to delay the service. Furthermore, if you have think skin, if you are allergic to nickel or if you used Accutane within 6 months leading up to the treatment, you should consider alternative beauty procedures


  • Limit or avoid sun exposure for 5 – 7 days prior to receiving the treatment. Shaving over the burnt skin by standard can be considered a beautifying and healthy practice


  • Avoid using any exfoliators on your skin for 5 days prior to the treatment. Over exfoliated skin is sensitive, fragile and unfit for Dermaplanning. Make sure to exclude AHAs, BHAs, enzyme scrubs, micro – beads as well as retinoids from your facial skincare routine 5 days prior to Dermaplanning. In fact, if you are using Retin – A or experiencing skin irritation associated with use of cosmetic acids, it is best to discontinue using such products 14 days prior to receiving the service



Post treatment rules (not guidelines!)

Following the treatment, new skin becomes exposed which is why you may experience slight peeling for the first few days. Slight windburn sensation and/or blotchiness are normal for the first few days. Skin care products may tingle or slightly burn for the first 2 days.

  • Avoid sun exposure as much as possible for a minimum of 3 days after receiving a treatment. Avoid sun exposure as much as possible for a minimum of 3 days post treatment. If you must be in the sun even for a period of 5 – 10 minutes, apply SPF 30 or greater, reapply often, wear a wide brimmed hat, and seek shade when possible. Be very careful of sun exposure and wear sunscreen daily for 2 week


  • Avoid excessive heat 3 days post treatment, i.e. heavy workouts, steam rooms or saunas, etc


  • Use a gentle cleanser and apply moisturizer at least twice daily for a minimum of 7 days post treatment


  • Do apply serums as absorption levels will be elevated


  • Do not pick, scratch, or aggressively rub the treated area


  • No scrubs, polishers, or aggressive brushes should be used for 7 to 14 days


  • Avoid chlorine for 24 hours


  • Avoid facial waxing for 7 days


  • Avoid Dermal Fillers or Botox for 2 to 4 weeks based on area



Dermaplanning vs Microdermabrasion

  Dermaplanning Microdermabrasion
Overview Manual, non – chemical exfoliation treatment that uses surgical blade to remove dead skin cells and vellus hair Non – surgical resurfacing technique that uses precise steam of fine diamonds / crystals to loosen layers of dead skin cells and unclog pores


Strength Not aggressive treatment


·         Safe and chemical – free procedure

·         Treatment safe for pregnant / nursing women and people with medical conditions


Not very aggressive but harsher  compared to Dermaplanning


·         Presence of light chemicals

·         Suction of the vacuum can potentially harm the skin with rosacea, broken capillaries and red/ sensitive skin conditions


Treatment plan Multiple treatments over short period of time in order to see optimal results



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