Dermaplaning: A Hollywood Beauty Secret, Revealed

Updated 05/31/19

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Celebrities seem to possess naturally glowy skin, luscious locks, and wide-awake eyes. There are three main reasons for this: good genes, amazing glam teams, and some very well-kept industry secrets. Dermaplaning is one of those secrets—chances are, even if you haven’t heard of it, you’ve seen the results.

We spoke with Dr. Stafford Broumard, a plastic surgeon and Associate Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery at Mt. Sinai Hospital, and we begged him to divulge Hollywood’s best-kept skin secret. Keep scrolling to find out how celebs use dermaplaning to sculpt their cheekbones, remove facial hair, brighten their complexions, and more.

What Is Dermaplaning?

First things first: What exactly is dermaplaning? Broumard says it’s a skin procedure that involves using a sharp tool to exfoliate the surface of your skin, while also removing small, fine hairs. Basically, an esthetician or dermatologist takes a small scalpel and very gently scrapes the surface of your skin using light, feathering strokes. If this sounds like something out of a horror movie, keep reading—you might be surprised.

What Are the Benefits?

So, what exactly does lightly scraping your skin with a scalpel accomplish? A lot, apparently. “Dermaplaning’s purpose is to give your skin an immediate exfoliation for a luminous glow that lasts a week,” Broumard says. “The benefits are dewy skin, faster cell turnover, and a smoother texture.” Physicians might recommend dermaplaning to anyone who is about to undergo a laser treatment or deep chemical peel, to allow the products to penetrate more deeply into the skin. Plus, the light shaving motion gets rid of little facial hairs while it exfoliates.

Side note: It's very crucial to wear sunscreen after getting this service because the skin is very sensitive to the sun and hyperpigmentation (dark skin spots) are possible.

Who Can Benefit?

“Anyone who has unwanted facial hair and anyone who wants exfoliation can benefit,” Broumard says. Dermaplaning is also great for pregnant women or those with super-sensitive skin since they can't use certain products and exfoliating treatments. “It’s an alternative way to lightly resurface the skin,” he says.

Dermaplaning vs. Dermabrasion

Lest you get confused, dermaplaning is not in any way similar to dermabrasion, which is a mechanical exfoliation that uses micro-crystals and suctioning to exfoliate. Dermabrasion is actually rarely done now, because of complications like infections and scarring.

Dermaplaning, on the other hand, is, quick, easy, and requires no downtime. However, you do need to wait at least two weeks until the next session.

Does It Hurt?

This one’s easy. “Dermaplaning is virtually painless,” Broumard says. The only possible side effect is slight redness, which fades almost immediately.

How Much Does It Cost?

Dermaplaning prices range from $75 to $150 and up. Many dermatologists' offices or medispas that have it on the menu will offer it with a chemical peel or facial because it allows products to sink deeper into the skin with the aim of quicker or better results.

Sign Me Up—Where Can I Get It Done?

Ask your esthetician if he or she is familiar with dermaplaning—if not, they can usually suggest someone who is. The important thing is to find someone who is experienced, adept, and skilled—they are holding a scalpel to your face, after all.

And there you have it—Hollywood’s best-kept skin secret. Would you try it? Sound off in the comments!

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