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 Dermaplaning

 
                                                            

Dermaplaning, also known as microplaning or blading, is a non-invasive procedure for the removal of the outermost layers of dead skin cells on the face.  The dermaplaning treatment involves exfoliation of targeted areas of the surface layers of the skin using a very small blade.  The blade is stroked along the skin at a 45 degree angle. 

 

Unlike exfoliating peel procedures, dermaplaning uses no chemicals, and therefore causes less irritation.  The result is skin that is immediately freshened and vitalized, even after one treatment. Patients often benefit from multiple treatments spaced three to four weeks apart.

 

BENEFITS OF DERMAPLANING INCLUDE

•    Reduction of fine lines and wrinkles
•    Reduction in the appearance of deep acne scars
•    Smoother, more even complexion
•    Removal of fine facial hair, commonly referred to as "peach fuzz"
•    Enhanced penetration of skin care products following treatment

 

Dermaplaning can be an alternative to chemical peels or microdermabrasion, and may be ideal for patients with extremely sensitive skin, unwanted facial hair, rosacea, or visible facial veins.  The treatment can also be combined with a chemical peel to allow the peel to penetrate the skin more deeply and evenly.

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

 

How is this treatment performed?  

It is safely performed by using a #10 blade (yes, a sterile surgical blade).  The blade is held against the skin at a 45 degree angle and stroked along the skin, just like shaving.  However, the practitioner is doing the stroking while holding the area of skin taut. 

 

Is this Treatment Safe?  

This treatment, when professionally trained, is extremely safe.  There is no more risk to the skin than when a man shaves his face.  As long as the practitioner has adequate training, the treatment should be very easy and quick.  

 

If you are 'blading" the skin on the face, won't the hairs on the face grow back thicker?

No.  It is physiologically impossible for your vellous hairs to grow back thicker.  True, once the hair is cut, it has a blunt edge.  But this blunt edge does not mean that the hair structure itself has been physiologically altered.

There are two types of hair that grow on our bodies.  Vellous (tiny translucent blonde hair) and Terminal (thicker hair that grows under the arms, pubic area, eye brows, mustache and beard for men and legs). Vellous hair when cut or removed will grow back the same.  The structure of the hair does not become damaged, therefore it is impossible to alter.  Terminal hair is physiologically coarse.  When Termianl hair is cut, it grows back the same way...coarse.


Sometimes, waxing can make the hair appear to be "thinner" but it is really not thinner at all.  Because waxing pulls the hair from it's roots, the new hair grows in with a smooth tip, making it feel softer.  But it is actually the same type of hair it was before.  It's only when we cut hair (any type of hair) that the hair grows back with a blunt cut at the tip.  

 

What areas of the skin can be treated?

Blading the skin is performed on the face only.  We do not blade the nose, eye lids, neck or chest.  Sometimes, practitioners who are learning perform the procedure on their arms or legs.  But for clients, it is recommended to do the face only.

 

How often is this procedure performed?

Blading can be performed every 3 - 4 weeks.  Blading the skin actually removes about 2-3 weeks worth of dead skin cells.  We want the skin to complete it's normal skin cycle of approximately 30 days.  I would not recommend treating the skin more often than that.

 

Can blading or derma planing be performed with a chemical peel?

Absolutely.  I recommend using our Non-Traumantic Chirally-Correct peels.  They are made without harsh chemicals that might induce a burn effect on the skin.  They are loaded with antioxidants and nutrients as well as chirally-correct acids, such as L-lactic, L-malic and L-tartaric.

 

What skin types/conditions can be treated?

All skin types can benefit from derma planing or blading, however, I would not recommend this treatment for those suffering from acne and an over production of the sebaceous gland.  The oils from the sebaceous gland need to travel up and connect with the vellous hair. (Vellous hair does not have oil/sebaceous glands)  If the hair is removed, then the oils tend to stay below where they are prone to mix with bacterial colonies, ultimately stimulating more acne.

 

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