Dermaplaning, sometimes known as epidermal leveling or blading, is a safe and non-invasive way to help rejuvenate skin. This exfoliation is a manual surgical scraping that helps remove skin’s top dead layers and minor imperfections. The actual treatment is performed by a licensed and highly trained practitioner (MD, Nurse or Esthetician) and takes approximately 15-30 minutes.
The process starts with a deep cleanse followed by an application of acetone. Yes, Acetone. This works best to remove any oil that may be on the surface of the skin. A sterile surgical blade is then used, at a 45 degree angle, and stroked in a manner similar to shaving. This method removes the outermost layer of dead skin cells, leaving the skin smooth and supple.
Dermaplaning is usually performed on the face and generally excludes any blading of the nose, eye lids, neck, or chest. This treatment can be preformed monthly, which will allow time for the new skin cells to turnover and surface. In addition to sloughing away dead skin cells, dermaplaning can help reduce the visibility of acne scarring and slight wrinkling, as well as do away with extraneous vellous (translucent) hairs on the face.
Risk? This treatment poses no serious side effects and patients can resume normal activities immediately following treatment with proper sunscreen. Direct sun exposure is not recommended.
Note: This treatment is is for men and women. Not recommended for anyone with severe acne.