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Epidermal Levelling

Epidermal levelling is the process of removing dead skin cells and fine facial hair using a specially designed blade. This treatment may be performed every 4 to 6 weeks. The blade is applied using a gentle scraping motion, effectively removing the superficial layer of the skin. It tends to remove slightly more skin than microdermabrasion and also has the advantage of removing any annoying facial hair. It is an excellent preparation for peels and can also be a stand-alone procedure. This process stimulates the production of collagen and improves the penetration of peels and at-home products. The end result is a lustrous skin that reflects light and functions at its best.

As epidermal levelling does not use suction, it is an excellent substitute for those who are sensitive to microdermabrasion.

Epidermal levelling can be performed on the face, forearms and back. Epidermal levelling performed on the back helps to reduce the bacterial colony existing around the follicles contributing to back acne.

Why is Epidermal Levelling important?

Epidermal Levelling is an integral part of all skin care routines as it provides the following benefits:
  • removal of dead cell build up
  • minimises congestion and pore blockage
  • increases the rate of new cell turnover in the deeper levels of the skin
  • stimulates the production of the skin's own collagen and elastin
  • increases absorption of active skin products (Vitamins A, C etc)

What does the treatment involve?

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 scraped across the skin at a 45 degree angle. Once this is completed a peel rich in anti oxidants, is applied to the skin. This may tingle initially, but resides quickly.

What type of skin conditions are best suited to Epidermal Levelling?

  • sun damaged, blotchy skin
  • fine lines
  • Acne (grade 1 & 2) and congested skin
  • thickened (hyper keratinised) skin
  • diffuse redness and rosacea (due to stimulation of collagen and dermal thickening)
  • Epidermal levelling helps to prevent ingrown hairs and shaving rash in men.

How long does the procedure take?

The treatment takes approximately 45 minutes, this is including the application of a peel.

What are the additional benefits of Epidermal Levelling?

  • enhances activity and penetration of active home maintenance products for 4 to 6 weeks
  • removes fine velous hair (does NOT grow back thicker)
  • removes superficial Solar Keratoses
  • enhances results of medical-grade peels (10 days prior)
  • ideal for same day prep for Le Vogue Clinic Facials

What conditions are NOT suited to Epidermal Levelling?

  • persons with any form of skin inflammation or trauma (e.g. pustular acne, cold sores, sunburn)
  • persons with dark skin tone
  • persons with keloid scars

What is the protocol following an Epidermal Levelling treatment?

  • sun protection is mandatory (physical sunscreen)
  • no AHA's, topical Vitamin A or Lightening Serums for 5 days (gentle products only)
  • no direct UV exposure for 10 days (hat or sun protection only)