What’s Dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning is a technique for skin rejuvenation in which a qualified professional uses a surgical scalpel to gently slough away dead cells and erase vellus hair from the top layer of your skin. Unlike other exfoliating treatments that may irritate sensitive skin or cause hyperpigmentation, dermaplaning is a suitable alternative for almost any skin type.

We’re proud to offer this service here at Aesthetic Envy with our talented and certified estheticians, starting November 1, 2022.

What are the Benefits of Dermaplaning for Your Skin?

Dermaplaning immediately revives your skin by removing dead cells on its top layer and vellus hair (peach fuzz). It’s a highly effective treatment to minimize the appearance of wrinkles and scars while creating smooth, supple and glowing skin.

Brightening and evening skin tone are also advantages of dermaplaning. It’s impressive as a stand-alone treatment or an add-on to prep your skin before your favorite facial, chemical peel, or laser treatment. This is because dermaplaning increases the penetration of active ingredients both in-office and at home for weeks after your procedure.

You may consider dermaplaning if you have skin concerns such as:

  • Acne scars
  • Dull, dry or flaky skin
  • Sun damage
  • Fine lines or wrinkles
  • Actinic keratosis

The Dermaplaning Procedure

A dermaplaning treatment is a comfortable experience you may even find relaxing, especially when combined with a therapeutic facial afterward. It typically takes about 30 minutes to complete the dermaplaning of your entire face. You can expect no downtime following your treatment, but your new skin could appear pink for a little bit.


Once inside your treatment room and made comfortable, then your facial therapy begins. First, skin is typically cleaned and prepped with an astringent such as alcohol to remove excess oil and ensure a smooth, sanitized area.


Your esthetician uses one hand to gently create a taut surface while using the other to carefully slide a scalpel across the top layer of your skin with short, quick strokes. This scrapes away dead skin cells and facial hair without damaging or breaking the dermis.


If this is just a precursor to another in-office procedure, such as a facial, that will start next. If this is your only treatment for the day, your esthetician will use products to soothe and protect your fresh layer of skin, including applying sunscreen during a daytime treatment. Many patients have dermaplaning during a lunch break and head back to work immediately after.

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Results of Dermaplaning

Since dermaplaning effectively removes your top layer of dead skin cells, you may see an immediate evening of your skin’s tone and smoothing of its texture. Over time, you will notice reduced acne scars and fine lines. Many patients begin seeing more significant skin changes with two to three treatments.

How Long Does Dermaplaning Last?

The results of dermaplaning are not permanent since our skin continually renews, and this technique is designed to help remove dead skin from the topmost layer and reveal the new skin below. Dermaplaning can improve the absorption of skincare products for up to three weeks, which is typically how long it takes for your next layer of dead skin cells to accumulate.

Your skin will look luminous and radiant immediately, and removing peach fuzz allows makeup to go on more smoothly and evenly.

How Many Dermaplaning Treatments Are Recommended?

Depending on your skin and personal aesthetic goals, you may choose to receive a series of two to six treatments to see longer-lasting results and dramatic improvements in acne scars or fine lines.

Repeating dermaplaning treatments every four to six weeks is recommended to maintain optimal results. How often you receive treatment depends on your personal circumstances like budget, schedule and skin goals.

Which Areas of Your Skin Can Benefit From Dermaplaning?

We recommend dermaplaning for these areas of your face:

  • Forehead
  • Temples
  • Cheeks
  • Upper lip
  • Chin
  • Anywhere you have peach fuzz

Get Smoother Skin Today

Beginning November 1, 2022, we’re offering this noninvasive treatment here at Aesthetic Envy, where one of our talented Estheticians will help you reveal your freshest and smoothest skin ever. And to give everyone a chance to try it, either as a stand-alone procedure or coupled with another rejuvenating skin treatment, we’re offering an introductory rate.

Book your appointment at our Sacramento or Elk Grove location by calling us at 916-507-1386 or visiting our contact page.


Is dermaplaning painful?

Patients report this treatment to be completely painless. When done correctly by a trained professional, there’s no breaking of the skin or pressure that should cause any discomfort. Local anesthesia or topical numbing cream is not needed.

Can you do dermaplaning at home?

Using a scalpel on your face is best left to trained professionals. Home dermaplaning products exist, but we caution against attempting to use them on yourself due to the potential to scrape too deeply which can easily result in nicks or cuts and can cause scars. Professional dermaplaning gives more substantial results than you’re able to achieve at home.

What’s a dermaplaning facial?

Dermaplaning facials are when you add on any facial after a scalpel is used to shed the top layer of your skin. Removing dead skin cells from your dermis helps improve the penetration of all treatment products, so it’s the perfect first step to your targeted and relaxing skin treatment to ensure maximum effect. A dermaplaning facial gives immediately noticeable results that last long after you leave the spa room.

Will dermaplaning cause hair to grow back thicker?

No. Removing your vellus hair (peach fuzz) will not make it grow back thicker. Although it’s a common and false misconception that “shaving” hair causes it to grow back darker or more coarse, it’s simply not true.

What skin types are best for dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning is recommended for most skin types except for those with active acne or rosacea flareups since a scalpel could cause inflammation, even by the hands of a highly trained professional. Although excess oil is removed before dermaplaning, the treatment can be less effective on overly oily skin. Come see us for a consultation to learn whether dermaplaning is the right choice for you. Call us at 916-507-1386 or visit our contact page to get started.

Does dermaplaning cause acne?

Dermaplaning is proven to prevent future breakouts since removing dead cells and hairs can reduce the accumulation of acne-causing bacteria. But you should not have a treatment while you have acne breakouts present because if they are opened during dermaplaning, it could cause infection.