Dermaplaning in Knoxville & Johnson City

Dermaplaning is a noninvasive exfoliating skincare treatment that removes about 3-4 weeks of dead skin and peach fuzz (superficial facial hair), brightens skin, allows for better product penetration, and reduces appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Great Candidates for Dermaplaning:

  • Have superficial facial hair or “peach fuzz”
  • Have dry or dull skin
  • Want to exfoliate their skin to allow for better penetration of medical grade skincare products, improved efficacy of light treatments
  • Have large pores
  • Have superficial lines and wrinkles
  • Have blackheads

Dermaplaning Technique

Dermaplaning uses a surgical scalpel to gently scrape away dead skin build up and “peach fuzz”. The blades we use at Total Hair And Body Medical are stainless steel. Medical grade dermaplaning cannot be compared with at home models, typically sold online, because of the sharpness of the blade. At home dermaplaning kits will leave micro cuts and scratches on your skin. Medical grade dermaplaning ensures smooth removal of unwanted debris from the face.

What to Expect

The dermaplaning process starts with cleansing your skin and applying a degreaser. Next, your skin will be held taught and the blade will gently scrape back and forth across your skin at a 45 degree angle until all the dead skin and hair is removed. There is no pain associated with the treatment. Afterwards, serums and sunscreen will be applied to hydrate and improve texture. You may return to your normal regimen directly after the treatment, but keep in mind that you will probably be a little more sensitive to the products you are using since they will penetrate much quicker.

A typical dermaplaning treatment will take around 30 minutes.

Preparation for Dermaplaning

To prepare for your dermaplaning procedure, we ask that you come to your appointment with a cleansed face. Patients that have active acne or are on medications that sensitize the skin should advise the aesthetician prior to their service.

Recovery after Dermaplaning

After a dermaplaning treatment, your skin will be smooth, have a nice glow, and may be slightly pink. There is typically no downtime associated with dermaplaning, but some people may feel a little sensitivity depending on how the skin tolerates the treatment. You may apply makeup after the treatment, but it is typically recommended to wait a few hours before makeup application.

How Often Should I Dermaplane?

If you are using dermaplaning to treat superficial facial hair, you can perform it every 3-4 weeks, depending on how soon the hair grows back. For dead skin cell exfoliation, dermaplaning is performed about every four weeks which corresponds to the rate at which skin cells turnover (28-30 days).

What Treatments Can Be Paired With Dermaplaning?

Your dermaplaning treatment can be combined with a variety of facials and treatments.

  • HydraFacial – A high tech device that uses different levels of mechanical exfoliation, glycolic/salicylic acid, suctions out pores, and infuses different serums with antioxidants into the skin.
  • Chemical Peels
  • HydroJelly Mask
Will shaving my face at home be the same as dermaplaning at Total Hair And Body Medical?

NO! The blades purchased for at home use are nowhere near as sharp as the blades used in a medical setting. You also risk cutting yourself and causing scarring. Please see a professional if you would like to have a dermaplane treatment. (You can see the ridges in these at home blades – they cause micro cuts and tears in your skin!)

Patients with Active Acne Should NOT Dermaplane

Patients with active breakouts are not good candidates for the treatment. If you have pustules (puss filled breakouts) then it is a good idea to postpone the appointment. If you have cystic acne, you can still proceed with the dermaplaning treatment. (Dermaplaning with cystic acne is beneficial because it allows for any treatment products to penetrate deeper into your skin.)

Myth: Hair grows back thicker after Dermaplaning

Dermaplaning doesn’t affect the structure of your hair. It will not stimulate more hair growth. Hair grows like a blade of grass. It is sharper on the end and thickens as you go down the hair shaft. If you cut the hair it makes it seem as if you have caused the hair to be thicker, but all you have done is remove the pointed end. Your hair will grow back exactly how it was growing before. How fast your hair grows, quantity, and quality of your hair all depends on your genetics.