by Marisa Amorasak
Epidermal leveling may also be called dermaplaning, blading, or leveling. It is a type of manual exfoliation that removes the outermost layer of the skin. It helps decrease the appearance of acne scarring and hyperpigmentation while brightening the skin and fighting signs of aging. Unlike microdermabrasion or chemical peels, epidermal leveling also removes the peach fuzz on the face that can cause skin dullness. The result is skin that’s smooth and polished.
How Does Epidermal Leveling Work?
Epidermal Leveling works by manually removing the most superficial layers of the skin to reveal the fresh skin underneath. Acne scarring, hyperpigmentation, and fine lines will fade, as well as the redness associated with rosacea. This type of exfoliation encourages cell regrowth, which is important to the anti-aging process. In addition to removing the outer layers of the skin, epidermal leveling is unique because it removes that unsightly peach fuzz, also known as vellus hair. Vellus hair is the short, fine hair often found on the face and other parts of the body. We develop vellus hair during our childhood and it stays with us for the rest our lives. Although vellus hair is very fine and often blonde, it clouds the skin underneath it. By removing vellus hair during epidermal leveling, the skin underneath has no shield to block its clarity.
Epidermal Leveling Procedure
Epidermal leveling is safely performed by dragging a surgical steel blade called a #10 across the surface of the skin at a forty-five degree angle. The procedure is very much like shaving, except that the skin is held taut while the blade runs over the skin. Epidermal leveling may sound dangerous, but as long as the practitioner is trained, there is virtually no risk for injury. Although the technique is similar to shaving, epidermal leveling is only approved for non-sensitive areas of the face. It is not performed on the nose, eyelids, arms, or legs.
Epidermal leveling is commonly combined with chemical peels. Together, the skin is very effectively exfoliated both manually and chemically.
Am I a Good Candidate for Epidermal Leveling?
Epidermal leveling is generally a safe and effective form of exfoliation for most skin types. However, people with very oily or acne-prone skin aren’t ideal candidates for epidermal leveling. Since sebum is transported out of the skin on the tiny vellus hairs, removing them will stop the sebum from being able to escape the pores. In turn, this could lead to more breakouts. Since epidermal leveling does not involve any chemicals, it’s an ideal alternative to microdermabrasion or chemical peels for women who are pregnant or nursing.
Epidermal Leveling Risks and Side Effects
Although epidermal leveling is considered a safe procedure, there is the possibility of an accidentally nick or cut. The risk of cutting during epidermal leveling is about the same as during shaving. There is also a possibility of redness, irritation, or peeling following the treatment.
Epidermal Leveling Costs, Insurance, and Recovery
Epidermal leveling sessions cost an average of $150. If combined with a chemical peel, they will cost more. Due to its cosmetic nature, insurance does not cover this treatment. There’s no associated downtime for epidermal leveling, but there may be some redness or irritation immediately after the treatment. Patients with less sensitive skin may receive an epidermal leveling treatment on their lunch break and return to work afterward.
Schedule Your Epidermal Leveling
If you’re looking to treat acne scarring, hyperpigmentation, or signs of aging like wrinkles, epidermal leveling may be a good choice for you. If you’d like to further discuss this treatment, we can schedule you a free consultation with a skincare specialist in your area .