Dermabrasion is a highly sophisticated, controlled scraping of the facial skin that is used to smooth fine wrinkles, especially around the mouth, and scars left by acne or previous non-aesthetic surgery. It softens the sharp edges of irregularities in the outermost layer of skin so that they become less apparent and blend with other facial tissues for smoother-looking skin. Dermabrasion is also used to remove precancerous lesions that result from too much exposure to the sun.
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Dermabrasion is best for healthy individuals who do not have active acne, have not had a previous chemical peel, severe sunburn or radiation treatment, who have not taken Accutane, and who can avoid exposure to direct sunlight for several weeks after the procedure. The outcome of dermabrasion depends on the condition of the skin, skin tone, and the depth of wrinkles and other imperfections.
What are the common benefits of dermabrasion?
Dermabrasion can produce smoother skin texture by removing skin damaged by wrinkles, scarring and acne. It can also be used to treat liver (age) spots and some skin lesions, as well as pre-cancerous growths.
How is dermabrasion performed?
Prior to treatment, Dr. Wang, an Inland Empire plastic surgeon will cover your eyes and hair. He will then numb your skin with an anesthesia or spray it with a refrigerant after applying a cold pack to numb the area. He may also give you a sedative. During the procedure, damaged skin will be scraped from the face using a handheld, motorized device to create an area where a new layer of skin may form.
How long does dermabrasion take?
Dermabrasion usually takes from 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the condition of the skin.
What can I expect after dermabrasion?
After dermabrasion, Dr. Wang may cover the treated area with an ointment or a wet, waxy or dry covering. A few days after the procedure, the skin will usually swell, and look and feel as if it has been scraped in a fall. A scab will usually form 24 to 48 hours after the procedure.
What is the recovery period like?
After several days, the outer layer of skin, as well as any scabs will begin to fall off, revealing pink skin. The pinkness usually fades in about three to six weeks. Special soaps and cosmetics may be used during this time. Strenuous physical activity, as well as shaving (men) should be avoided during this period. Exposure to sunlight should also be avoided for several weeks.
How long before I can return to normal activity?
Most patients return to work in about two weeks.