WHAT IS Dermaplanning?

A dermaplaning-facial starts just like a facial treatment, during the exfoliation stage of the facial we use a scalpel blade to exfoliate which removes vellus hair or “peach fuzz” from the face. Dermaplaning also exfoliates the skin at the same time which allows our medical grade skin care to better penetrate the skin for optimal results during a facial treatment. 

Here at Knott Street Dermatology, we focus on skin health and Dermaplaning is a great way to get started. We do encourage medical grade skin care(hyperlink) to your everyday regimen to enhance the results from Dermaplaning. 

Dermaplaning usually consist of a deep cleaning, followed by pimple/blemish extraction, Exfoliation via Dermaplaning, a mask or peel, a hydrating massage and a final application of moisturizer, eye cream and SPF.

Key Benefits of Dermaplaning:

  • Smoother skin
  • Hydrated skin
  • Glowing complexion

What to Expect After Treatment:

After your appointment, your skin may look shiny and feel tight. It’s critical to avoid direct sunlight for 10 days after your treatments. You will want to be very gentle with your skin 4-5 days after the treatment and sensitivity can last for 5-7 days. If you opted for a dermaplaning peel, the peeling will be more visible, and you should plan for a week of downtime. Results for peels will begin to show once the skin has shed.

Additional Treatments we offer that compliment Dermaplaning:

  • Chemical peel is another great addition to a superficial chemical peel helps the peel better penetrate the skin for optimal results.
  • Hydro-Jelly mask and LED add on. The Hydro-Jelly mask will help with hydration penetration and will sooth the skin after a dermaplaning treatment. 
  • Microneedling, or Collagen Induction Therapy, by stimulating your body’s organic ability to produce collagen. 
  • Broad Band Light (BBL)(hyperlink) therapy is another great addition to Dermaplaning. BBL uses pulses of light to remove unwanted pigmentation



Checkout our before and after gallery where we feature a few our recent patients. 






Our team is made up of experienced professionals
excited to help and provide personalized care just for you.


Alicia McCarthy, ND

Dr. Alicia McCarthy earned her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology degree from California State University of Fullerton in 2008 and her Naturopathic Medical degree in 2017 from National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR. The twelve years Dr. McCarthy spent working in emergency medicine as an EMT set the foundation for the provider she is today. She now specializes in aesthetic medicine, dedicating her continuing education and practice to staying current on the latest techniques and products. Dr. McCarthy believes in aging gracefully. She takes the time to sit down with each patient and find out what this means for them.

Prior to joining Knott Street Dermatology, Dr. McCarthy had her own practice in Lake Oswego focused on aesthetic medicine, hormone balancing, thyroid conditions, and IV medicine.

Originally from Southern California, Dr. McCarthy has lived in Portland for the last eleven years. When she is not working Dr. McCarthy stays busy with her two young kids, husky pup, and husband. They enjoy spending time outside, camping, swimming, and playing at the park.


Peral Sanchez LE,CAE

Perla is a proud Hispanic who is bilingual in Spanish. She graduated from Spectrum Advanced Aesthetic Institute. Perla grew up in Compton, CA before moving to Oregon and finding her passion for the aesthetic industry. She has a love for skincare and all things ingredients. She’s devoted to continuing her education and has a desire to achieve her clients needs and concerns. She wants “self-care to be an everyday spa like experience.” In her spare time she enjoys hang with her German Shepard (Sable) and exploring Oregon with her Husband.

Rachel Almada advanced Aesthetician from KNOTT STREET DERMATOLOGY

Rachel Almada LE,CAE

Rachael graduated from the Aesthetics Institute in 2020 and recently acquired a Bachelor of Arts from Portland State University. Coming from a dermatology background, Rachael has a passion for skin health and sun protection. Her favorite part about being an Advanced Aesthetician is helping patients reach their skin goals and watching their confidence build because of it. She understands that everyone’s skin requires its own unique approach whether it’s a treatment plan or a skincare regimen.

When she is out of the office, Rachael enjoys traveling, trying new food, making art, and doing pretty much anything outdoors – especially if it includes her Doberman-mix pup, Rubio!

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