Dermabrasion is a skin refinishing technique that removes damaged outer layers of skin with mechanical abrasion. It’s an effective treatment for scarring, irregular pigmentation, and various fine lines and wrinkles on the face, hands and other areas of the body.
Who Should Get Dermabrasion?
If you are in good health, and desire better skin texture, you may benefit from dermabrasion.
Dermabrasion can treat:
- Acne scarring
- Other scarring from warts, injuries, or surgeries
- Fine lines and wrinkles, particularly those around the mouth
- Atypical skin pigmentation
Treatment goals include smoother, healthier and more even skin. Pigmentations should be lessened for an effect that is more youthful. Dermabrasion may not be ideal for patients with darker skin because it may result in hypopigmentation (skin lightening). If you have darker skin, we may recommend an alternative treatment.
What to Expect During Your Dermabrasion
Two weeks before your procedure, you will need to apply a topical cream to prepare your skin for treatment. Local anesthetic will be administered to numb your skin. The outer layers of skin are then removed layer by layer using a dermabrader – a motorized handheld device with a diamond-shaped head. This process should last 15-30 minutes.
After Your Treatment
Your skin will be very sensitive after dermabrasion. A regimen of over-the-counter pain medication and cold compresses should be enough to minimize discomfort. An antibiotic cream will also be recommended to reduce your risk of infection.
Recovery varies among patients. Initial redness and swelling will gradually subside over the course of several weeks. Your skin will remain pink for up to three months. You may return to work and other daily routines within two weeks. After skin refinishing, remember to protect your skin from the sun for up to 12 months.
Understanding the Risks of Dermabrasion
All surgical procedures, including dermabrasion, carry a degree of risk. Some of these potential complications include bleeding, scarring, infection, irregular skin pigmentation and changes in sensitivity. These risks will be discussed in-depth during your consultation. Your surgeon will also provide you with specific instructions to promote a quick, safe recovery.