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Stephen Miller MD PC FACS

Dermaplaning® Las Vegas

What is Dermaplaning®?

Dermaplaning® is a safe alternative to manual and chemical exfoliation.

A favorite type of “manual exfoliation” is Dermaplaning®, Blading or Leveling the skin. Dermaplaning® removes the outer most layers of dead skin cells leaving the skin immeadiately smooth, supple and vibrant. Dermaplaning® (blading) is another non-traumatic method of skin rejuvenation.

How is Dermaplaning® 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.

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 quick.

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.

Can Dermaplaning® be Done 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.

Does Dermaplaning® Cause Peeling?

Sometimes the skin does peel after dermaplaning®. 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 Conditions/Types Can be Treated with Dermaplaning®?

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 acne.

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