Dermablading vs Dermaplaning: Differences(if any), Benefits

Although dermablading may sound intense and frightening, it is a very safe and effective method of removing dead skin cells and facial hair, leaving dull skin looking brighter and softer. Let’s dig deeper!

Dermaplaning is one of the most innovative and popular hair-removal treatments to hit the beauty scene in recent years. A thin, precise scalpel works wonders as a gentle but effective exfoliation method, preparing the skin for a variety of related treatments and skin care procedures.

But, like any other beauty trend, is dermablading just a fanciful method or one that will form the foundation of skincare for the foreseeable future? Dermablading is also commonly referred to as Dermaplaning. It is an excellent treatment for cosmetic procedures such as microblading, laser skin resurfacing, facials, chemical peels, and more. Dermaplaning is an excellent way to prepare the skin for future beautification and also evens out the texture of the skin so that when you apply makeup, moisturizers, or other products to your skin or hair, you can expect them to go on smoothly and distribute evenly.

What exactly is dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning is a skin treatment that exfoliates your skin by using a specialized blade to remove dirt and vellus hair, also known as “peach fuzz.” [1] Microplaning and blading are other terms for the same thing.

The procedure aims to make facial skin look smooth, youthful, and radiant. Dermaplaning can also help in the treatment of acne scars, dry skin, sun-damaged skin, and minor wrinkles.

Are Dermablading and dermaplaning the same thing?

Yes, Dermablading is also referred to as dermaplaning. Dermaplaning removes the top layer of dead skin cells, peach fuzz, and excess oils with a scalpel, leaving you with slightly brighter, smoother skin. The deep exfoliation treatment can remove up to two weeks of dead skin and the results can last for a three-week duration.

How does it work?

Dermaplaning is similar to shaving in concept, but instead of a razor, it uses a scalpel-type blade to remove skin cells, hair, and other debris from the skin’s surface.

Because the top layer of skin is constantly exposed to UV rays, environmental toxins, and irritants, it may become dull. Dermaplaning removes the top layer of skin to reveal new skin cells, which can make a person’s skin look smoother and more glowing.


Dermaplaning can be performed by an aesthetician, plastic surgeon, or dermatologist. A person should select a professional who has the necessary training and a valid license.

Dermaplaning is a safe procedure that requires little preparation when performed by a professional. A gentle cleanser should be used before the procedure to help loosen dead skin cells. Before the procedure, the face must be completely dry.

The professional will use a sterilized 10-gauge scalpel at a 45-degree angle to the skin during the procedure. They will tighten the skin and use the blade in short motions against the skin’s hair.

Following the procedure, they will usually apply a moisturizer to the patient’s skin before giving them a post-procedure care guide.

Benefits of Dermablading

Dermablading has several potential benefits, all of which are cosmetic. There are no medical reasons to undergo dermaplaning.

Dermaplaning is frequently used to achieve a more youthful appearance by removing dead skin, small hairs, and minor imperfections in the skin. Some potential benefits include:

  •   Minimising the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, acne scarring, and sun damage
  •   Restoring the skin’s youthful glow
  •   Removing small hairs that can trap oil and debris

Significant side effects

Dermaplaning, like any exfoliating treatment, can cause some temporary side effects.


Dermaplaning can cause a new breakout if you are prone to acne. By avoiding active acne when dermaplaning, you can reduce your chances of a breakout. Dermaplaning should not be done on active acne because it can spread bacteria and cause another flare-up.

If your dermaplaning blade is contaminated with bacteria, or if you have bacteria on your hands, you may experience a breakout after your treatment.


After all, the procedure involves scraping a blade across your skin, and dermaplaning can cause skin irritation. You may notice that your skin is red, discolored, or itchy for 1 to 2 days after your dermaplaning session.


It is normal for your skin to feel dry following an exfoliating treatment such as dermaplaning. Finally, the procedure should improve skin dryness by removing dead skin cells. However, the exfoliation may leave your face feeling tight and dry in the first few days.

Minor cuts and bruises

If you have uneven skin texture, a more intensive dermaplaning session may leave you with a few tiny cuts or grazes on your skin. However, if you receive treatment from a professional, any cuts should be extremely small and heal completely without leaving any marks.

What are the disadvantages of dermaplaning?

With so many advantages to consider, there are a few minor disadvantages to dermaplaning.

  •   Dermaplaning is more expensive than other hair removal treatments such as waxing and tweezing. In addition, unlike waxing, dermaplaning does not completely remove hair from its follicle, so hair may grow back sooner than with other methods.
  •   Just as everyone has different skin types and sensitivities, everyone has a unique hair-growth cycle. As a result, some people may find dermaplaning to be extremely effective, while others may not notice a significant difference.
  •   Those who have a history of cystic acne or are currently suffering from a related dermatological condition should avoid dermaplaning.

Is Dermablading permanent?

Dermablading results are not permanent. The procedure claims to remove up to three weeks of dead skin cells. Your results will fade after three to six weeks. Dermablading removes the entire layer of facial hair known as vellus hair for a short period. Facial hair grows back over time.

How to Prepare for It

Dermaplaning is not covered by insurance, so plan on paying out of pocket. The procedure takes approximately 30 minutes.

You should also avoid tanning and direct sunlight. There is no downtime required to allow your skin to heal. Following the treatment, experts advise using a broad-spectrum sunscreen and a moisturizer. This is because your skin may be more sensitive.

Dermaplaning can be done every 3 to 4 weeks. However, keep in mind that it will not remove all acne scars or prevent aging.

Why you should not Dermaplane?

Dermaplaning is usually safe for almost everyone. However, if you have the following conditions, you should avoid the procedure because it can aggravate these conditions.

  • A tan
  • Sunburn
  • Active acne
  • Breakouts, or 
  • An inflammatory skin condition such as eczema or psoriasis

If you have a lot of deep acne scarring, you should be cautious with dermaplaning because there is a higher risk of nicking your skin during the treatment. Finally, inform your dermatologist if you have a history of cold sores, as dermaplaning can reactivate them.

Other Alternatives

Microdermabrasion is a similar procedure to dermaplaning, and the results are usually comparable. Microdermabrasion, rather than a scalpel, uses a rough surface to smooth out the skin. [2]

Microdermabrasion can last for months, but it may take several appointments to achieve the desired results.


Who is an ideal Dermaplaning candidate?

Dermaplaning is best suited for people with aging, dry, rough, or uneven skin tone. Dermaplaning can also help in the reduction of thin acne scars, fine lines, and superficial hyperpigmentation.

Is the Dermablading procedure safe?

When performed by a properly trained skin care professional, this treatment is extremely safe. There is no greater risk to the skin than shaving your legs. This procedure also does not require any downtime.

Does Dermablading treatment cause pain? Will it result in cuts?

Dermaplaning works by using a gentle scraping motion across the skin’s surface. Most people believe that all hair removal, including waxing and threading, is painful, but Dermaplaning is completely painless. There is a risk of skin cuts, but they are small and very minor because the pressure used for Dermaplaning cannot cause a deep cut. These nicks and scrapes will heal in 24 to 48 hours.

Will it cause my facial hair to regrow thicker and darker?

No. On the body, two types of hair grow – vellus hair and terminal hair. Except for the palms, soles, lips, and genital areas, vellus hair is found on most parts of the body, while terminal hairs are found on the scalp, underarms, and pubic regions. The soft and fine vellus hair regrows at the same rate and texture as before.

What exactly is the distinction between dermaplaning and microdermabrasion?

Both methods are examples of physical exfoliation. Dermaplaning exfoliates the skin’s surface by removing vellus hair and dead skin cells; microdermabrasion does the same, but not as thoroughly or deeply.

Wrapping Up

Dermaplaning is a great exfoliating treatment that can rejuvenate and refresh your skin while also removing that pesky, fluffy peach fuzz. However, as with all skin treatments, there is always the possibility that something will go wrong.

By seeking out a trained professional for the procedure, preparing your skin, and conducting research, you can avoid mishaps and severe side effects.


  1. Landon Pryor. “Dermaplaning, topical oxygen, and photodynamic therapy: a systematic review of the literature”.    Aesthetic Plast Surg vol 35(6) (2011). 1151-9.
  2.  National Library of Medicine. “Books: Skin Resurfacing Dermabrasion”. Bookshelf.
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