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Epi Dermal Leveling
Epi Dermal Leveling or Blading the Skin
Is it Safe and Effective?
Epi Dermal Leveling or Demal Planing or Blading the skin. Epi Dermal Levelling removes the outer most layers of dead skin cells leaving the skin immeadiately smooth, supple and vibrant. Epi Dermal Leveling (blading) is another non-traumatic method of skin rejuvenation.
How is this treatment performed?
It is safely performed by using 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 clinician 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 clinician 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 (peach fuzz) 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 or peach fuzz) 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 Epi Dermal Leveling cause the skin to bleed?
In 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 clinicians know how to perform this treatment. Hence it is not commonly available at other clinics.
What areas of the skin can be treated?
Blading the skin is performed on the face only. We do not blade the eye lids or chest.
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.
Does the skin actually peel from Epi Dermal Leveling?
Sometimes the skin does peel after Epi Dermal Leveling. If using a chemical peel after, you may experience some superficial peeling.
What skin types/conditions can be treated?
All skin types can benefit from Epi Dermal Leveling or blading, however, it is not recommended for those suffering from acne and an over production of the sebaceous gland.