Derma Planing / Epidermal Leveling / Blading
Blading the Skin...Is it Safe and Effective?
One of my favorite types of "manual exfoliation" is Derma Planing, Blading
or Leveling the skin. Derma planing removes the outer most layers of dead skin cells leaving the skin immeadiately
smooth, supple and vibrant. Derma planing (blading) is another non-traumatic method of skin rejuvenation.
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
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.
Why did the hair on my daughter's leg come in thicker after she shaved for
the first time?
Again, hair on the legs is Terminal hair. It's structure is different from Vellous hair.
Leg hair is meant to be thicker, so when someone shaves the hair on their legs, the tip of the hair is blunt, therefore, making
an already coarse piece of hair feel thicker. Of course, add puberty into the mix and you will see plently of changes
within your child's physical structure.
Can dermaplaing cause the skin to bleed?
all honesty, of course it can. You are performing this procedure with a sharp instrument. But the incidence of
cutting into the skin is slim. Imagine when you shave your legs. You can draw blood because you are
using a blade. But how often does that occur? For some, more often than they'd like, but for most, it doesn't
happen that often, if ever, because we have practiced and trained for several years to perfect the art of shaving. It
becomes second nature to us.
Blading the skin is identical. It is only performed by someone who has had the
proper training and practice. Not all practitioners know how to perform this treatment. That is why training is
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.
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. Pure Skin Solutions' has also created
some peels with nano technology that are coated in liposomes so there is absolutely NO trauma...just extra exfoliation for
clients who have extra photodamage and need the extra peeling effect.
Does the skin actually peel from Derma Planing?
Sometimes the skin does peel after derma
planing. If the procedure is done at a 2 week interval, then the skin cycle has not been completed. Thus, you
are blading skin that does not really need to be peeled yet and peeling can occur.
Also, if using a chemical peel
after, you may experience some superficial peeling. But the idea is not to over-exfoliate the skin. We
just want to assist in the skin's natural exfoliation process.
What skin types/conditions can be
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
This is truly one of my favorite types of exfoliation. I think that the exfoliation
process is fool-proof. Overall, I think that derma planing the skin is a great way to treat two skin conditions; dull
skin and a fuzzy face! Don't be afraid that the hair will grow in thicker. It won't. But you do need to
be a skilled practitioner, trained in this specific area before you even attempt to do it! *** Check with your State to see
if this falls under the scope of your licensure. If you still would like to learn this procedure in the hopes that you
will be working with a physician, then we are the Facility to train you! Please do not try to learn on your own. It
take a lot of practice and physical hand holding.
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