One of our patient’s favorite type of “manual exfoliation” is DermaPlaning or leveling the skin. DermaPlaning removes the outer most layers of dead skin cells leaving the skin immediately soft, supple, and vibrant. DermaPlaning (blading) is another non-invasive method of skin rejuvenation and works beautifully in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures.
How is the treatment performed?
It is safely performed by using a #10 surgical blade. The blade is held against the skin at a 45° angle and stroked along the skin, just like shaving. However, our licensed esthetician is doing the stroking while holding the skin taut.
Is the treatment safe?
Because this treatment is done by our professionally trained esthetician, it is extremely safe. There is no more risk to the skin than when a man shaves his face. In our office the treatment is done very easily and quickly.
If you are “blading” the skin on the face, won’t the hair 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 on the arms, pubic area, eyebrows, 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 terminal hair is cut, it grows back the same way coarse.
Sometimes, waxing can make the hair appear to be “thinner” but it is not really thinner at all. Because waxing pulls the hair from the 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 is only when we cut hair (any type of hair) that it 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 in Terminal hair. Its 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 plenty of changes within your daughter’s physical structure.
Can DermaPlaning cause the skin to bleed?
In all honesty, of course it can. You are performing this procedure with a very 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 would like, but for most, it does not 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. DermaPlaning is identical. It is only performed by someone who has had proper training and practice. Not all practitioners know how to perform this treatment. In our office, our licensed esthetician has had years of training and practice.
What areas of the skin can be treated?
DermaPlaning the skin is performed on the face only. We do not perform the treatment on the nose, eyelids, neck or chest. A thorough exam and consultation is needed to choose specific areas.
How often is this procedure performed?
DermaPlaning can be performed every 4-6 weeks. DermaPlaning actually removes about 2-3 week’s worth of dead skin cells. We want the skin to complete the normal skin growth cycle of approximately 30 days. We would not recommend treating the skin before the cycle is complete.
Can DermaPlaning be performed with a chemical peel?
Absolutely. DermaPlaning can be performed with many of our facial cosmetic procedures. We recommend DermaPlaning especially prior to a chemical peel. Performing DermaPlaning first will allow the chemical to penetrate deeper in to skin layers giving you superior results.
What type of skin types and conditions can be treated?
All skin types can benefit from DermaPlaning. However, we 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. 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.