Dermabrasion is a technique in which a wire brush or diamond wheel is used to remove the top layer of skin. The brush or wheel rotates rapidly, leveling (abrading or planing) the skin. This generates new skin to grow where previously imperfect, damaged skin may have been, ultimately restoring a healthier and more youthful appearance.
How Does Work?
Before treatment, the area is cleaned and a local anesthetic is applied. A cryogenic spray may be used to harden the skin further for deeper abrasions. Small areas are treated with a wire brush or diamond wheel, planing the top layer of the skin. Bleeding can and does occur. Skin regrowth after dermabrasion treatment takes up to 8 days.
This treatment is highly effective for skin that has suffered considerable acne scarring, imperfections and wrinkles, general scar tissue removal, superficial growths, or an enlarged nose due to rosacea. Regular cleansing of the skin and avoiding sun exposure are recommended for both before and after treatment.
Are There Side Effects?
Generally an outpatient procedure, most patients can immediately return to everyday activities. Side effects include bleeding during the procedure, pain, and potential swelling. Depending on the significance of the treatment, pain relievers may be needed. If swelling does not subside, a corticosteroid may be used to help reduce it.
Is Right For Me?
Dermabrasion is not right for everyone. If you’ve recently had other skin procedures done on the treatment area, have taken isotretinoin in the last year, have an active herpes infection, or a history of abnormal scarring, dermabrasion treatment may not be the best solution and is not recommended. For those who have superficial and minor skin imperfections without an active history of facial treatments or other issues, dermabrasion may be effective. Always consult with a doctor and dermatologist first.