Introduction To Epidermal Levelling (Dermaplanning)
Epidermal levelling , also known as epi-blading and dermaplanning; is a safe, painless and highly effective clinical treatment designed to evenly and deeply exfoliate the skin of the face and neck. This treatment may be performed every 4-6 weeks.
Epidermal levelling improves the texture of the skin, reduces fine facial hair and helps to significantly enhance the penetration of active products, such as retinol, lactic and salicylic acids and vitamin C.
Epidermal levelling uses a specifically designed scalpel blade to scrape the dead skin from your face. It tends to remove slightly more skin than microdermabrasion and also has the advantage of removing fine facial hair (the hair does not grow back thicker or faster).
It is an excellent preparation for peels and can also be used as a standalone procedure. There is no down time associated with epidermal levelling.
Epidermal levelling is an essential part of any skin care and anti-ageing regime. It provides the following benefits:
- Removal of dead skin cells
- Minimizes congestion and blocked pores
- Increases the rate of new cell turnover in the deeper levels of skin
- Stimulates the production of new collagen and elastin
- Increases the absorption of active skin care ingredients
- Acts to prepare the skin for other treatments such as medical peels
Epidermal levelling can be performed in all skin types. It is especially beneficial for those with sun damaged skin, acne and congestion, thickened (hyperkeratosis) skin, redness and flushing associated with rosacea (due to stimulation of collagen and dermal thickening) and prevention of ingrown hairs and shaving rash in men.
frequently asked questions
+ WHAT DOES THE TREATMENT INVOLVE?
Following consultation with our dermal clinicians, the skin is cleansed thoroughly and then degreased to ensure there is no residual oil remaining on the skin. The skin is held tight and the blade is moved across the skin at a 45 degree angle. Once this is completed a soothing mask is applied or further treatments are performed.
Performing a chemical peel followed by Healite LED treatment will enhance the results as an additional benefit to the treatment.
+ HOW LONG DOES THE TREATMENT LAST?
Epidermal levelling should be repeated every 4-6 weeks to ensure optimal results and improvement to the skin. Epidermal levelling has the added benefit for enhancing the activity and penetration of active home maintenance products for 4-6 weeks. Each treatment will aid in the removal of fine velous hair (does NOT grow back thicker), superficial solar keratosis and is the perfect skin preparation treatment and enhancer for chemical peels.
+ WHAT HAPPENS AFTER MY TREATMENT?
There is no associated downtime following epidermal levelling and the treatment is comfortable and pain free. We advise against any sun exposure for 7-10 days following treatment and strict use of daily broad spectrum SPF. It is important to avoid any other hair removal treatment such as waxing and BBL / IPL for 7-14 days following treatment and avoid exfoliating products and active cosmeceutical ingredients for 3 days. Laser treatment and other skin procedures can be performed 14 days post treatment.
It is important to ensure correct use of post treatment products and after care to avoid compromising the skin. Correct use of recommended products will also enhance the results and ensure optimal recovery.
+ IS EPIDERMAL LEVElLING SAFE?
Epidermal levelling is a very safe and effective procedure. Epidermal levelling is not indicated for irritated skin, active skin infections (including cold sores), active rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, severe solar ketatosis, skin cancer or any open wounds or sores.
At your initial consultation with our dermal clinician your suitability for the procedure will be determined and alternative treatments offered if required.
We use only single use sterile devices and will ensure your safety and comfort is our number one priority.
+ WHAT ARE THE COSTS?
To view our up to date pricing please visit our Dermal Pricing page and look up under the Epidermal Levelling section.