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Dermabrasion and Dermaplaning


Dermabrasion, which is more invasive than microdermabrasion, is a procedure that involves the removal of outer layers of skin to reduce the appearance of scars and wrinkles. Dermaplaning is a non-invasive skin care procedure that exfoliates the surface layers of the skin and reduces the appearance of deep, “pitted” acne scars, resulting in a smoother and more even complexion. While dermaplaning is similar to dermabrasion, it differs in several important ways. While dermabrasion lessens the appearance of fine wrinkles and scars, dermaplaning is designed to treat the small, but deep scars that sometimes result from cystic acne. Gentler versions of dermaplaning are sometimes used as exfoliating or hair-removal treatments.

Preparing for Treatment

Prior to the dermabrasion and dermaplaning treatment, the skin will be thoroughly cleaned, and then lidocaine or another local anesthestic will be applied to the skin where it will remain for about 30 minutes. Local anesthetic is used to numb the skin so patients feel more comfortable during treatment. Once the skin is numb, the cream will be removed and the face will be cleansed again.

The Dermabrasion Procedure

The dermabrasion procedure incorporates the use of a wire brush or a diamond wheel with rough edges to remove the outer layers of skin. As the brush or wheel rapidly rotates, the skin can be leveled to minimize the appearance of light scars and fine lines; this technique can also be use to refine the shape of the skin on the nose for patients that have rosacea.

The Dermaplaning Procedure

Dermaplaning is performed with a special handheld instrument called a dermatome. During this procedure, the dermaplaning patient may be put under anesthesia to reduce any discomfort he or she might otherwise feel. Using the dermatome, the doctor smoothes away the surface layer of the skin. This procedure is highly customizable and can be performed on small areas or on the entire face. It can take anywhere from a few minutes to a full hour to complete the procedure, depending on the needs of the patient. Sometimes, patients opt to undergo the dermaplaning procedure in stages.

Recovery and Results

After the dermabrasion and dermaplaning procedure, the skin may be red and swollen. Tingling and aching can be managed with pain medication prescribed by the doctor. Over the next three months, the patient’s results will begin to emerge. Since this new skin will be sensitive, it is important to minimize sun exposure during this time.

Dermabrasion and dermaplaning may be an attractive option for those seeking to improve the tone and texture of their skin without the possibility of irritation from chemical peels and the expense of laser skin resurfacing. Dermabrasion and dermaplaning are affordable skin care options for those seeking to improve the tone and texture of their skin or remove deep scars from acne. While no treatment can fully eliminate all scars or flaws, dermaplaning typically produces excellent results.


The cost of dermabrasion and dermaplaning varies, mostly depending on the size of the area being treated and the extent of treatment that is needed. On average, patients can expect dermabrasion and dermaplaning to cost about $1,000.

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