Dermaplaning & microneedling

Everything You Need to Know About Offering

Microneedling Collagen Induction & Dermaplaning

In Your Esthetics Practice

Microneedling (Collagen Induction Therapy)

For people familiar with the treatment, Microneedling has become one of the most popular skin resurfacing procedures for tackling wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and other signs of aging.

But what exactly is microneedling?

What is Microneedling and What is it Used For?

Also known as micropuncture or collagen induction therapy, dermal rolling, cosmetic dry needling, and percutaneous collagen induction, microneedling involves the use of tiny needles to create precision micro-perforations where the dermis and epidermis meet. The result is controlled wounding that stimulates collagen and elastin production and skin renewal and repair. It is also often used to prepare the skin for topical ingredients, as the micro-perforations allow skincare ingredients to more efficiently penetrate the skin.

Microneedling alleviates fine lines and wrinkles, repairs sun damage, lifts and tightens skin, improves the appearance of scars, and reduces the size of pores. It is therefore the desired esthetics procedure for addressing:

  • Acne, chicken pox, and surgical scars

  • Wrinkles around the eyes and lips and on the forehead

  • Hyperpigmentation

  • Sun damaged skin

  • Dull skin

  • Rough skin texture

Microneedling can also be performed on the body to address issues such as stretch marks and scars


Microneedling Devices

Traditional microneedling tools include stamps and rollers on which needles, arranged at fixed depths, are attached. Although these devices are still widely used, many of today’s estheticians gravitate toward automated microneedling devices that feature adjustable needles on a pen-like wand. These programmable devices allow estheticians to choose the depth at which the needles penetrate the skin, thereby customizing each procedure to a client’s specific needs.

Performing The Microneedling Procedure in Your Esthetics Practice

Before a microneedling procedure is performed, the skin is cleaned with alcohol and collagen-stimulating topical products are applied. Depending on the patient’s comfort level, a numbing agent may also be applied. After the microneedling process is complete, any number of hydrating and/or healing topicals and masks may be applied to assist in the skin’s recovery.

Some of the topicals applied prior to treatment include hyaluronic acids, vitamin E, antioxidants, and peptides, all of which hydrate, fortify, and rebuild the skin.

For some patients, the application of alpha/beta hydroxy acids and retinols a few weeks prior to treatment help prepare the skin for treatment.

Following the microneedling procedure, clients may experience slight redness and swelling, although downtime is usually minimal. Microneedling can be performed every 4 to 6 weeks until the desired effect is achieved.

Client consultation is an important aspect of this procedure. Those with active acne lesions, skin cancer, or any other serious health issues are not candidates for microneedling.

What Estheticians Need to Know About the Legality of Microneedling Devices

According to, although microneedling has proven to be an efficacious procedure for improving the skin, it is “fraught with legal issues.”

In 2015, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found that microneedling devices with needles longer than 0.3 mm must be classified as a Class 1 medical device. As a result, the FDA has implemented cease and desist actions against several companies selling microneedling devices longer than 0.3 mm for esthetic purposes.

In short, under FDA guidelines, estheticians can only use microneedling devices of less than 0.3 mm and only those that do not make medical claims. If a device is less than 0.3 mm but makes medical claims, it also cannot be approved for sale or use.

In addition to using only microneedling devices that conform to FDA standards, you must ensure you are operating within the scope of your esthetician state license before performing a microneedling procedure. Because the esthetics industry in the U.S. continues to be highly fragmented, requirements vary considerably from one state to the next.

For example, in Washington State, only master estheticians are permitted to perform microneedling, while in California, microneedling is considered an invasive procedure by the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology and is therefore not allowed to be performed by licensed estheticians under any circumstance.

In Florida, licensed estheticians are allowed to perform microneedling, while in Utah, master estheticians are allowed to perform microneedling, provided the needle depth does not exceed 1.5 mm. General supervision by a licensed healthcare provider is required if the needle penetration exceeds 1.5 mm.

Advanced Esthetician Training in Microneedling

If you are legally allowed to perform microneedling under your esthetics license or if your license requires you to complete a microneedling program, you can find a host of training programs and courses through esthetician schools, as well as through manufacturers and distributors of microneedling devices. Microneedling is not included in any initial esthetician program leading to state licensure.

Courses and programs in microneedling prepare estheticians to:

  • Identify the clinical uses of microneedling

  • Demonstrate treatment protocols and the proper use of microneedling devices

  • Understand formulations and ingredients of topical products used with microneedling

  • Identify contraindications

  • Understand liability issues

  • Explain pre- and post-treatment care

  • Demonstrate proper documentation


What You Need to Know About Offering Dermaplaning in Your Esthetics Practice

What’s surprising to many women is that the soft, dewy, seemingly airbrushed complexions of their favorite celebs aren’t achieved with any lotion, potion, or high-tech procedure. It’s dermaplaning! Dermaplaning remains the go-to procedure for celebs looking for a flawless complexion under harsh studio lights and high-definition cameras.

Dermaplaning, one of the oldest (and arguably one of the most effective) beauty procedures around, involves a sterile scalpel and the steady hand of an expert esthetician to remove fine hair (peach fuzz) and dead skin cells.

But what’s most interesting is that although dermaplaning has been around for years, many estheticians don’t even know it is exists! This means many women find themselves in search of an esthetician skilled in this craft, and this means opportunity for you.

One of the best ways you can build your esthetics business is to make yourself an expert in unique procedures like dermaplaning. Dermaplaning is something of an art, and it’s all about proper technique. This means it’s important you get the hands-on training necessary to administer the procedure safely and effectively.

What Estheticians Need to Know About Dermaplaning

Dermaplaning is a safe, painless procedure that exfoliates the surface of the skin while removing those small, fine hairs (called vellus) many refer to as peach fuzz. Estheticians and other trained professionals, such as dermatologists, use a ten-gauge scalpel and gentle, feathering strokes to accomplish this.

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The goal of dermaplaning is to remove the dead skin cells and hair that cause the skin to look dull. Dermaplaning creates a fresher, smoother complexion that more readily accepts skincare products and makeup. Removing peach fuzz is also beneficial for many women, as this hair often causes a buildup of dirt and oil.

Many times, dermaplaning is done before a mask or chemical peel treatment so as to allow the products to penetrate more deeply into the skin.

Dermaplaning is different from dermabrasion, a mechanical exfoliation that uses microcrystals to remove the epidermal layer of skin. Dermaplaning is far less invasive and is ideal for nearly any skin type. It takes just a few minutes to perform and requires no down time.

Dermaplaning is often used to brighten and complexion and create a smooth surface on which makeup can be flawlessly applied. It is also used on people with rough, dry skin, or those with hyperpigmentation, acne scarring, and fine lines and wrinkles.

The Many Benefits of Dermaplaning

In addition to removing peach fuzz and creating a fresh complexion, dermaplaning has a number of benefits:

  • The trauma to the outer layer of skin caused by dermaplaning promotes the production of collagen and elastin, making it an effective anti-aging procedure.

  • Dermaplaning reduces hyperkeratosis (the buildup of the epidermis), which can cause acne and make the skin look dull.

  • Many estheticians use dermaplaning on their clients with hyperpigmentation, as it improves the penetration of products used to inhibit the production of melanin, such as kojic acid, lactic acid, and retinols.

  • Dermaplaning has been found to be an effective treatment for non-pustular and non-inflamed acne, as it improves the penetration of topical products used to treat acne and aids in the extraction process.

Understanding the Dermaplaning Process

Before performing the dermaplaning procedure, you can prep the skin using a mild cleanser with alpha or beta hydroxy acids in order to loosen the dead skin and allow for a more effective exfoliation.

Wait for the client’s skin to completely dry, as moist skin can impede the movement of the blade over the skin and create small cuts and nicks.

Holding the sterilized ten-gauge scalpel at a 45-degree angle, begin abrading the surface of the skin using short, feathering movements in the opposite direction of the hair growth while holding the skin taut. The movements of this procedure are precise and need to be performed with a gentle, experienced hand.

You should never perform dermaplaning without receiving adequate, hands-on instruction in the proper process and technique.

After you have completed the procedure, apply a moisturizer to the skin.

Dermaplaning can be done as often as every two weeks.

Advanced Esthetician Training and Certification in Dermaplaning

Dermaplaning is a grey area in the world of esthetics. While some states, like Florida and Arizona, allow estheticians to perform dermaplaning as a cosmetic procedure, other states, like California, prohibit estheticians from performing dermaplaning. The California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology considers dermaplaning an invasive procedure and not within the scope of practice of any licensee.

Some states, like Colorado, allow estheticians to perform dermaplaning, provided they take a course in dermaplaning and achieve a dermaplaning certificate.

In short, it is important to check with your state board to (a) ensure you can legally perform dermaplaning under your esthetician license and (b) what type of training and/or certification you need to perform it.

Dermaplaning is not usually covered in a basic esthetician program leading to state licensure, which is why proper training through a formal course is crucial before you begin offering this service.

Dermaplaning courses require a valid esthetician’s license. Most esthetician courses in dermaplaning include the dermaplaning tool and blades.

A dermaplaning hands-on class covers such topics as:

  • Standardized procedures and protocols

  • Pre- and post-care instructions

  • Skin analysis

  • Hands-on techniques

  • Price structuring

  • Market trends and client retention


Class schedule

December 9th

Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm

class fee: $795.00


Requirements: Licensed Aestheticians and Medical Professionals.

*Please check the State Board in which you will practice, as each state has different regulations for microneedling and dermaplaning treatments.

*Courses are non-refundable but can be transferred once to another course on a later date.


Mariela Cortez, LE

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The Beauty Crew Academy is not accredited by the U.S. Department of Education. 

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