How Much Does Dermaplaning Cost?

Last Updated on January 6, 2024
Written by CPA Alec Pow | Content Reviewed by Certified CFA CFA Alexander Popinker

If you’re interested in trying dermaplaning to reveal smoother, brighter skin tone, one of the first questions that probably comes to mind is – how much does it cost?

The price of dermaplaning can vary based on factors like your provider, location, and number of sessions. In this article, we’ll break down the typical costs so you know what to budget for this popular facial rejuvenation treatment.

How Much Does Dermaplaning Cost?

The average cost per dermaplaning session ranges from $100-$250. However, pricing ultimately depends on factors like:

  • Your city and provider rates
  • Provider experience level
  • Whether you get additional services
  • Package or per-treatment pricing

For example, dermaplaning costs:

  • Around $100-$150 at medspas or aesthetician studios
  • $150-$250+ at high-end dermatology practices
  • More if adding chemical peels or specialty masks

Many providers offer discounted rates when you purchase packages of 3, 5, or 10 treatments upfront compared to paying per session.

Dermaplaning Price Examples

State Average Dermaplaning Cost
New York, NY $120 to $270
Chicago, IL $95 to $245
Miami, FL $120 to $270
Birmingham, AL $95 to $220
Austin, TX $120 to $220
Los Angeles, CA $120 to $270

According to Novique Medical Aesthetics, dermaplaning ranges in price from $75 to $150.

Manhattan Aesthetics states that on average, dermaplaning costs between $150 to $250 per treatment.

AEDIT also talks about dermaplanning and according to them, you can expect a treatment session to cost around $75 to $250.

Derma-Tech lists lower prices for this treatment. according to them, the average price of medical-grade dermaplaning is $45.00 to $60.00 per session.

A Cosmopolitan article notes that dermaplaning is a cosmetic treatment and thus not covered by insurance, which means you can expect to spend $150 to $350 per dermaplaning treatment depending on where you go.

What is Dermaplaning?

Let’s quickly cover what dermaplaning is for those unfamiliar with the procedure. Dermaplaning is a skin treatment that uses a surgical scalpel to gently shave the surface of your skin. It removes dead skin cells and fine vellus hairs (peach fuzz).

This exfoliating treatment reveals smoother, softer skin by getting rid of debris that builds up on the surface. It also helps skin care products absorb better. Regular dermaplaning can refine skin texture, diminish the look of acne scars and fine lines, and give your complexion an instant glow.

Now that you understand the treatment, what factors impact the cost?

What Impacts the Cost of Dermaplaning?

Some factors that influence dermaplaning treatment costs include:

  • Provider’s overhead expenses and brand reputation
  • Whether the provider is a licensed esthetician or dermatologist
  • Length of treatment time needed
  • Your skin type and condition
  • Use of medical-grade products and equipment
  • Combining dermaplaning with other treatments
  • Geographic location and cost of living

Larger treatment areas like the full face and neck may have higher session rates than smaller areas like around the mouth or eyes. Some clinics price by timing too.

How Long Does One Dermaplaning Session Last?

A standard dermaplaning treatment takes 30-60 minutes depending on the size of the area being treated. The actual exfoliation with the scalpel takes about 10-20 minutes performed in delicate sweeping strokes.

This is followed by applying a hydrating serum or mask to soothe and condition the newly revealed skin. The provider will also go over post-treatment guidelines with you.

So you can expect to be at your appointment for 30 to 60 minutes for a relaxing dermaplaning experience.

Who Performs Dermaplaning Treatments?

Dermaplaning should only be performed by licensed and experienced professionals. Most commonly, you’ll have your treatment done by:

  • An esthetician at a spa, salon, or medspa
  • A dermatologist at a skincare clinic
  • A plastic surgeon’s office
  • A nurse or physician’s assistant

Avoid untrained or unlicensed providers. Only skilled professionals should handle the scalpel to reduce the risks of cuts and proper sanitization.

How Often Should You Get Dermaplaning Done?

Most dermatologists recommend getting dermaplaning done every 4-6 weeks for the best results over time. Less frequent sessions won’t provide the same level of continual exfoliation and removal of new vellus hair growth.

You may need more frequent treatments if you have thicker vellus hair or very clogged pores. Discuss an ideal schedule with your provider based on your skin goals and type.

You might also like our articles on the cost of microneedling, Chemical peeling, or HydraFacial.

Does Insurance Cover Dermaplaning Costs?

No, dermaplaning is considered an elective cosmetic treatment rather than medically necessary. So standard health insurance plans do not provide coverage for dermaplaning sessions.

You’ll need to pay the full treatment costs out of pocket. Some providers accept medical flexible spending accounts (FSA) or health savings accounts (HSA) to allocated pre-tax dollars.

Are There At-Home Dermaplaning Tools?

There are dermaplaning tools marketed for at-home use between professional sessions. These involve small blades you manually glide over the face.

However, aestheticians strongly advise against using these DIY dermaplane devices. Improperly shaving the skin can result in cuts, injury, and scarring. Plus inadequate sanitization raises infection risks.

Leave dermaplaning to the licensed pros for safety and proper technique.

Benefits of Dermaplaning

Dermaplaning Facial TreatmentWhen performed consistently, dermaplaning can bring a variety of skin benefits:

  • Smoother, softer, brighter complexion
  • Reduction in appearance of acne scars or fine lines
  • Clearing of blackheads and clogged pores
  • Allows better absorption of skin care products
  • Removes fine facial hair for smooth feel

Dermaplaning is also great before special events when you want luminous, camera-ready skin. Just avoid sun exposure immediately after.

Are You a Good Candidate for Dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning works well for most skin types and conditions. But it’s best to avoid if you have any of the following:

  • Active cold sores or warts on treatment area
  • Severe acne or open sores
  • An allergy to surgical metals
  • A history of keloid scarring
  • Used isotretinoin acne medication in past 6 months

Talk to your dermatologist about whether you’re a good candidate. If you have sensitive skin, a gentle lactic acid peel is often combined with dermaplaning for a more gradual exfoliation.

How to Get Started with Dermaplaning

If you’re new to dermaplaning, follow these steps:

  • Find a licensed, reputable provider in your area
  • Schedule a consultation to discuss your skin goals
  • Review their pricing options and packages
  • Book your first treatment session
  • Be diligent with post-treatment skin care

Final Words

With regular exfoliating dermaplaning sessions every 4-6 weeks, you can reveal your smoothest, most radiant complexion. Contact a provider and request a consultation today to learn more about this rejuvenating treatment.

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