Frequently Asked Questions

Who can perform dermaplaning?

A beauty therapist trained to level 3, a semi-permanent makeup artist, a dentist/nurse/doctor.

What is the Technique?

The Technique is safely performed by using a specialist sterile, 10 r blade (created especially for dermaplane).  Once the skin is properly prepped, the technician holds the skin taut and gently moves the blade over the skin at a 45-degree angle. The skin is not scrapped, dead skin is gently planed off.

Is it Safe?

It is extremely safe and the training you receive from Katrina ensures you have full confidence and skill when the course is completed.

Will the Vellus hair grow back thicker?

No, it is physiologically impossible to change vellus hair into terminal unless there is an underlying hormonal influence. The skin’s surface is worked on and does not affect hair growth. The soft, fine vellus hair will grow back slowly – usually in about 4 weeks.

Can dermaplaning cause the skin to bleed?

Yes, excessive movements on an area can cause nicks and cuts and can cause bleeding.  It is very important to have professional training using the correct tool and have hands-on practice before performing this treatment on clients.

What areas can be treated?

Dermaplaning is performed on the face and neck only.  You should not dermaplane on the eyelids or chest.  Sometimes technicians who are still learning, practice on arms and legs as the skin is tougher in these areas.

How often can this procedure be performed?

Dermaplaning can be performed every 28 days with the skin cycle, however more mature skin will have a longer skin cycle. Treating the skin in this matter removes about 2 – 3 weeks’ worth of dead skin cells.  In this case, the technician should allow the skin to complete its normal skin cycle for 5 to 6 weeks before repeating the treatment.

Can Dermaplaning be performed with a chemical peel?

Yes.  Dermaplaning is an excellent way to prep skin for a chemical peel. This technique was created by cosmetic surgeons as pre-treatment for chemical peels. 

Does the skin actually peel from Dermaplaning?

No.  When dermaplaning is performed as a prep for a chemical peel the visible exfoliation that the client sees will be as a result of the peel used in the treatment.

Who can be treated?

Most skin types can be treated. Mid-teens and younger clients would have no need for dermaplane. If you have a young client seeking hair removal with dermaplane, refer them to a doctor first as there is most likely an underlying hormonal condition. The bridal market is a very strong market for Dermaplane.  Older ladies may become core clients as the vellus hair is more prominent as the skin matures.  Men can be dermaplanned on non-bearded areas only.

Who cannot be treated?

  • Clients with active acne outbreaks should not be treated until lesions have healed. Dermaplaning should not be performed during active outbreaks.
  • Clients with bleeding disorders or difficulty clotting.
  • Clients with keloid scaring.
  • Clients with diabetes not under control by diet or medication.
  • Clients undergoing cancer treatment.
  • Clients with acne rosacea.
  • Clients with very delicate skin as the holding of the skin taught and planning action can cause broken veins.

Is the treatment painful?

Absolutely not!  It’s surprisingly relaxing.

What’s the difference between Dermaplaning and Microdermabrasion?

Both treatments are a physical exfoliation, but they are done in different ways.  Dermaplaning takes off more skin but is gentler than Microdermabrasion.

What are the advantages of Dermaplaning over Microdermabrasion?

  • It is a better alternative for clients with telangiectasia (spider veins), as the suction from the Microdermabrasion can weaken the veins further.
  • It removes the vellus hair – which has the benefit of makeup looking even more flawless and allowing better penetration of skincare products.
  • It uses a stainless-steel blade to exfoliate so it is ideal for clients with sensitive skin.