Questionable beauty trend “dermaplaning”


Many women (and men, of course) want to have firm, smooth and radiant skin. To achieve this, they are also willing to do quite a bit: they diligently apply products from the cosmetics industry and try out new methods for skin improvement/skin revitalization and wrinkle treatment. Not so new, but still “trendy” is the peeling with a scalpel. On Instagram, beauty bloggers show in droves how dermaplaning can be used to scrape off hairs and skin impurities from the face with a sharp blade. Supposedly, Marilyn Monroe already used this procedure. We see this beauty trend as not only potentially dangerous, but also outdated. Why? We’ll explain in this article.

What happens during dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning is considered a physical form of exfoliation. The term exfoliation stands for a procedure that removes the topmost, excess and already dead skin cells. The goal is continuous skin renewal, making the skin look fresher and more youthful, as well as softer and smoother.

A special sterile scalpel is used to virtually “shave” the facial skin during the dermaplaning treatment. The blade is repeatedly stroked over the skin in a specific rhythm. In this way, dead skin cells and the fine vellus hair (i.e. the light fuzz on the face) are supposed to be scraped off and removed.

Dermaplaning is said to help improve the appearance of the skin. Acne scars or hyperpigmentation are said to be alleviated in their manifestation. At the same time, an anti-aging effect is said to occur, through which wrinkles are softened. Following the treatment, users promise that the skin will look permanently tightened and plumped.

Since the natural regeneration process of the skin is to be promoted, the production of collagen is also allegedly stimulated at the same time. In addition, the skin is said to have better blood circulation after the treatment and can better absorb the active ingredients of serums, creams and masks.

Dr. Tatjana Pavicic

Dr. Tatjana Pavicic is a specialist in dermatology and venereology with her own practice in Munich. She is an internationally recognized expert in aesthetic dermatology with a special focus on dermocosmetics, botulinum toxin, fillers and lasers.

The disadvantages of dermaplaning

However, this treatment, which may sound quite interesting at first, has many disadvantages: It involves the use of a scalpel, the handling of which is inherently dangerous. If the practitioner is not experienced, the blade is not sharp enough or too much pressure is used, skin irritation and cuts can occur, which in turn can lead to scarring. And to then remove the scars, new therapies and much more money become due. In addition, the treatment has only a very superficial effect, which means that only a short-term and slight effect can be achieved. Furthermore, the risk of ingrown hairs is high.

Of course, it is up to everyone to decide whether to try dermaplaning or another skin therapy. Nevertheless, we do not recommend it due to the high risks and low benefits.

Alternative beauty treatments to dermaplaning

Dermaplaning is often touted as a “tried and true” cosmetic treatment that is popular in Asia and Hollywood – and has been for many years. At the time, even VIPs and style icons like Marilyn Monroe are said to have sworn by it.

However, just because a treatment may have been popular decades ago doesn’t mean it still works well today. At the time, peels were not standardized, and many methods that are possible today did not exist back then.

In recent years, aesthetic medicine has produced great innovations that are associated with much more effectiveness while being gentle.

Modern methods for skin improvement and anti-wrinkle effects are:
The chemical peel

By applying certain medically active substances, the skin is specifically stimulated to renew itself. Depending on the needs, the intensity of the peeling can be adjusted from superficial to medium deep. The complexion is beautified, the radiance is enhanced. The complexion looks younger and fresher.

Lifting with ultrasound: ultherapy

Ultherapy works without a scalpel, surgery and damage to the skin surface. The skin is stimulated in a specific way with ultrasound in the depth, so it comes to the new formation of fresh collagen and elastin. The result is a younger and more contoured appearance.

The radiofrequency therapy attiva

By generating targeted heat in the deep layers of the skin, collagen production in the body is stimulated. The treatment can not only alleviate wrinkles, but also melt localized fat pads. In addition, the appearance of cellulite can be significantly reduced – or the orange peel skin can even disappear completely.

The radio/ultrasound treatment btl exilis elite™

The innovative BTL Exilis Elite™ radio and ultrasound treatment also promises quickly visible results. It uses targeted heat impulses to tighten the skin and connective tissue while simultaneously combating fat.

The fractionated laser treatment

Fractional lasers are currently among the most advanced methods of skin treatment. The energy is not applied to the entire skin surface, but only selectively. In this way, small islands of undamaged skin “remain” between the treated areas. Therefore, faster regeneration and tightening is made possible.


Dermatologist Munich: As you can see, there are now many more attractive, modern treatments for improving the skin or alleviating wrinkles. Please feel free to make an appointment in our practice. We will advise you on the options that will bring the best results in your individual case – without the dangers that dermaplaning can entail.

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