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Dermaplaning is a relatively new form of manual exfoliation meant to be performed primarily on the face. Also known as leveling the skin or simply blading, and involves the use of a sterile surgical blade, known as a dermatome. The dermatome is held against taut skin 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 only performed on the face and generally excludes any blading of the nose, eye lids, neck, or chest. Furthermore, it is recommended that the procedure be done every 3 to 4 weeks (or once a month), which coincides with a normal skin cycle of approximately 30 days. Along with 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. If desired, the procedure can be followed with a chemical peel, though this could potentially cause the skin to peel due to over-exfoliation.


Dermaplaning is ideal for those with uneven skin, acne scarring, and fine lines around their mouth and eyes. Also, for women who have a little extra fuzz on their face, blading can be a pain-free alternative to tweezing and waxing. Dermaplaning can also serve as an adequate treatment for men who suffer from razor burn and bumps caused by shaving. However, because the procedure is a healthy treatment for the skin on your face, almost all people can benefit from the skin rejuvenation that dermaplaning promotes, no matter what skin color, male or female.


There are several benefits to blading that may make it the ideal method of skin exfoliation for you. First of all, no chemicals are involved, which means less irritation for your newly sensitive skin. Secondly, a session will generally last no more than 30 minutes and won’t leave you with a red, swollen complexion afterwards. In fact, results can be noticed immediately. Furthermore, because the blade being used is small, dermaplaning can target specific problem areas more easily and skillfully than other procedures that use larger instruments and focus on the face as a whole. To top that off, dermaplaning generally costs around $125 per session, which is relatively cheap compared to similar procedures such as TCA peels ($800) and dermabrasion ($1,500 to $2,000). Also, there’s no need for women to fear that the vellous hair on their face will grow back thicker after it’s been bladed because it won’t. Unlike terminal hairs, which are thicker (men’s facial hair, leg hair), vellous hairs grow back the same after they’ve been removed, as the structure of the hair does not become damaged.


Dermaplaning is relatively safe, all things considered. Bleeding is possible (as a blade is being used), but it is rare and about as painful as nicking yourself while shaving. Just make sure that the person treating you is trained and certified. Otherwise, treatment is not recommended for anyone with severe acne. It should also be noted that your skin will feel sensitive after a session, so you’ll want to be cognizant of that and take the proper precautions, as far as protection from the sun. Lastly, if you have deep set frown lines or extensive wrinkles, don’t expect dermaplaning to eradicate them. Blading is considered to be surface work and will not correct the natural breakdown of collagen in your face.

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