How is the treatment performed?
It is safely performed by using a #10 surgical blade. The blade is held against the skin at a 45° angle and stroked along the skin, just like shaving. However, our licensed esthetician is doing the stroking while holding the skin taut.
Is the treatment safe?
Because this treatment is done by our professionally trained esthetician, it is extremely safe. There is no more risk to the skin than when a man shaves his face. In our office the treatment is done very easily and quickly.
If you are “blading” the skin on the face, won’t the hair on the face grow back thicker?
No. It is physiologically impossible for your vellous hairs to grow back thicker. True, once the hair is cut, it has a blunt edge. But this blunt edge does not mean that the hair structure itself has been physiologically altered.
There are two types of hair that grow on our bodies. Vellous (tiny translucent blonde hair) and Terminal (thicker hair that grows on the arms, pubic area, eyebrows, 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 terminal hair is cut, it grows back the same way – coarse.
Sometimes, waxing can make the hair appear to be “thinner” but it is not really thinner at all. Because waxing pulls the hair from the 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 is only when we cut hair (any type of hair) that it grows back with a blunt cut at the tip.