What Makes Dermaplaning So Popular?

Aging is inevitable, but with recent technologies, it doesn't have to be evident. Science and technology have come along way in making a youthful look obtainable, but there is one method of rejuvenating your skin that has been around for years and was even used by the Egyptians to help remove unwanted facial hair and give the skin a natural and youthful glow. It's called dermaplaning, and our experts at Nova Sano Medspa in Woburn and Rowley Massachusetts will help you determine if this simple but effective beauty treatment is right for you.

What Is Dermaplaning?

This is a non-invasive exfoliating treatment in which a surgical grade blade is used to gently scrape unwanted hair and dead skin from your face and neck. This process is a chemical-free alternative to chemical peels or other more invasive options. This is the perfect treatment for patients who wish to have immediate results with virtually no side effects. Patients choose this treatment if they are wishing to remove dead skin build-up, remove fine hairs or peach fuzz from their face, and give their face a softer texture with a radiant complexion.

The Science Behind This Service

When our professionals perform this exfoliating treatment, they use a surgical-grade, stainless steel, 10S blades. These blades are made specifically with dermaplaning in mind, as their sharp edges and rounded tips allow our professionals a consistent, smooth, and flexible tool to give our patients the most effective and safe treatments.These blades are gently held to the skin at a 45-degree angle, and our professionals will work their way over your face and neck, moving in smooth upward strokes. This allows the fine, sharp edge of the scalpel to remove all dead skin and fine hairs from your face and neck. Dermatologists note that this type of exfoliation can remove up to three weeks of dead skin cells from your face. Once the simple process is complete, you will experience immediate results of healthier and brighter skin.

What Is It Used for?

This process has many uses and benefits, most of which we will discuss in detail below, but overall it is a very safe and non-invasive way to exfoliate your skin while also shaving your face to remove all the unwanted fine hairs, or vellus. Not only is this treatment a great way to exfoliate your skin, but it is also the perfect precursor to other types of facials and more intense exfoliating treatments. This type of treatment is proven to remove up to twenty-one days of dead skin from your face and neck area.This is a great stand-alone treatment for anyone with extremely sensitive skin, excess facial hair they wish to remove, or anyone who has rosacea or experiences visible facial veins. Other patients enjoy this treatment as their monthly facial rejuvenation with immediate results of smoother, softer, and brighter skin. If you are looking for a quick, chemical-free way to achieve a healthy and youthful glow, this exfoliating process might be right for you.

Benefits of Dermaplaning

There are many benefits to using this treatment. Besides the general positives of this treatment we have previously mentioned, there are specific cases in which this service might be the right choice for you.

Treating Acne Scars

If you have suffered from acne in the past and still have scarring on your face from previous breakouts, this form of exfoliation can be used to reduce the visibility and texture of those scars. As our professionals perform this gentle scraping of your skin, it will make scars appear lighter and smoother as the dead skin and debris are removed from your face.This process also helps to even out skin tone and texture, making your face look and feel clearer. Exfoliation can also reduce hyperpigmentation, which will give patients a more even skin tone. While this is the most gentle form of exfoliation available, it is not advised to use if you are currently experiencing new breakouts, or if you frequently experience breakouts. This treatment is best for treating acne scars once the acne is under control.

Skincare Product Penetration

While this is a great service to be performed alone, it is also perfectly paired with other exfoliating treatments and facials. As your skin is completely clear and clean of all fine hairs, dirt, and dead skin, it is able to absorb your skincare products much more effectively. When our faces are covered with invisible traces of dirt and dead skin, these block the products used to replenish and nourish our skin from reaching those layers below the surface.Not only does this dead skin and hair prevent the nutrients from our skincare regiments from reaching the deeper layers of our faces, but they also prevent the proper moisture from reaching these layers, causing our skin to look older and tired. Not only does dermaplaning help our skin better absorb the nutrients it needs, but it also makes applying make up easier, as it gives you a soft and smooth surface.

Reducing Fine Lines and Wrinkles

One of the most popular benefits of using this exfoliation regularly is its ability to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, giving patients younger and healthier skin. As the fine blade of the scalpel gently scrapes the surface of your face, it promotes an increased amount of blood flow through the skin, which increases the production of collagen. Collagen is the protein our body uses to firm up and fill in the areas just below our skin. This increase in collagen, that happens over time, will help diminish the fine lines and wrinkles on your face.As the top layer of dead cells and debris is removed from your face, it opens up your pores and allows an increased amount of oxygen into the area. This oxygen will help give your skin an overall healthy glow. In addition, this process promotes cellular reproduction, as your body works to replace the removed dead cells, and this will help your skin tighten. Overall, this process gives your skin a renewed look and feel, and the results improve with each use. This youthful glow will typically last up to four weeks, but the benefits over time are continuous.

What to Expect During Your Experience

Since this service is non-invasive and pain-free, this is one of the easiest and most effective beauty treatments available. It can be completed in under thirty minutes for immediate results. Because no chemicals are used, this procedure very rarely causes any breakouts, swelling, or bruising, and results are immediate with brighter, softer and smoother skin. There is no downtime, and you can even schedule your appointment during your lunch hour and head back to work immediately after.When you arrive for your appointment, our professionals will take you into a quiet and private treatment area where they will first wash your face with a gentle cleanser. Before starting the exfoliating treatment, they will make sure your face and neck are completely dry, as the best results are obtained with dry skin.This is a pain-free process, and most patients note feeling a slight tingling feeling or even the sensation of shaving their legs. As your aesthetician gently works the scalpel over the surface of your face and neck, she might gently stretch your skin taut to give you the best results.

How to Prepare for Your Appointment

Unlike with other treatments, there is very little preparation needed for this exfoliating treatment. Overall, it is very safe and effective. Even still, the skincare professionals at Nova Sano will go over your treatment options and the process before getting started.  It is important to note that you should refrain from any sun exposure to your face and neck before your scheduled appointment. Use at least an SPF of 30 or more at least a week before your treatment time. Burned skin could be extra sensitive to the scalpel, causing you discomfort.It is also very important to remember to use a sunblock of at least an SPF 30 on the treated area for at least two weeks after your treatment. This type of exfoliation is only used for your face and neck, so keep this in mind when scheduling your appointment.Before receiving treatment of this nature, or really any other, it is important to stay hydrated. Drink at least 64 oz. of water each day, especially in the 48 hours prior to your appointment time.

Dermaplaning Vs. Microdermabrasion

While both are methods of exfoliating the skin, there are differences between dermaplaning and microdermabrasion. As noted, a surgery grade scalpel is used during dermaplaning to scrape away unwanted fine hairs, debris, and dead skin. In microdermabrasion a sanding down of the skin takes place as our skincare professionals create an abrasion with slight pressure and follow it up with a suction tool to remove all loose debris.Since both options are chemical-free and non-invasive, they are both safe to use and patients typically experience minimal side effects. While dermaplaning will last for up to four weeks and can be performed once a month, microdermabrasion requires a number of treatments, but the results will last for several months at a time.

Good Candidates for This Service

Because this process is safe and non-invasive, it is a great option for patients of all ages and skin types. While it is always important to check with your obstetrician first, this service is typically a great option for pregnant or nursing moms to give them that fresh and smooth glow. Overall, this service is great for anyone wishing to reduce acne scars, rejuvenate dull skin, alleviate dry skin, diminish sun damage, or lose fine lines and wrinkles.While most people can enjoy the benefits this exfoliation treatment will provide, it is not suited for patients who are currently experiencing acne flair ups or those with overly oily skin or skin prone to break-outs. This treatment is great for removing fine "peach fuzz" hairs, but it is not effective for those with thicker and darker facial hair. This treatment is safe, but it is always a good idea to consult your primary healthcare professional before undergoing any elective treatments.


No matter our age or skin type, everyone wants and deserves healthier and brighter looking skin. Dermaplaning is perfect for patients looking for a quick but effective way to gain healthier and smoother skin within minutes. Come visit us at Noval Sano Medspa in Woburn, MA. Our staff are all members of the American Med Spa Association, and we can help you determine if this treatment, or any of our other health and beauty services, is right for you.