How Well It Works?
– Your skin type, the condition of the skin, your doctor’s level of experience, the type of brush or burr used, and your lifestyle following the procedure can all affect the short-term and long-term results. Some types of skin problems or defects respond better to dermabrasion than others. People with lighter skin who limit their sun exposure after the procedure tend to have better results than those with darker skin and those who continue to spend lots of time in the sun.
– In general, dermabrasion results in a smooth, even skin texture and gives scarred skin a more uniform appearance.
– Dermabrasion is effective in improving superficial or nearly flat acne scars. Deeper, pitted acne scars may require another form of treatment (such as punch grafting, elevation, or excision) in addition to or instead of dermabrasion.
– Scars from surgery or injury may be improved when dermabrasion is done 8 to 12 weeks after the surgery or injury (although most new scars will heal and fade somewhat on their own for the first 6 months or so).
– Some superficial growths on the skin can be completely removed, but they are rarely treated using dermabrasion.
– Color changes in the skin can be improved, especially when dermabrasion is used with a bleaching agent and tretinoin (Retin-A), which can enhance the bleaching agent’s effects.
– Dermabrasion does not have a dramatic effect on deeper wrinkles, but it may improve fine wrinkles around the mouth and eyes.
– The removal of scars, growths on the skin, and tattoos using dermabrasion is permanent. However, changes in the color and texture of the skin caused by aging and sun exposure may continue to develop. Dermabrasion is not a lasting fix for these problems.
What To Think About
– Dermabrasion wounds and destroys the skin. You need to prepare yourself for how your skin will look immediately after treatment and throughout the healing process. It is also extremely important for you to follow your doctor’s instructions on caring for your skin after the treatment so you can avoid infection and help your skin heal properly.
– Be sure that your doctor understands what you hope to achieve and that you understand what results you can realistically expect. Do not expect a 100% improvement. In general, a 50% improvement in the skin condition is considered a good result. Even with realistic expectations, you may not see results for several weeks or months after dermabrasion.
– After dermabrasion, you will need to wear sunscreen every day and avoid sun exposure as much as possible. New skin is more susceptible to damage and discoloration from sunlight.
Options for resurfacing
– Dermabrasion, chemical peel, and laser resurfacing are the most commonly used techniques for improving the texture and appearance of the skin. Although these techniques use different methods, they have basically the same effect on the skin-they destroy and remove the upper layers of skin to allow for skin regrowth. No one technique is necessarily better than the others. When performed by an experienced surgeon, laser resurfacing may be slightly more precise than dermabrasion or chemical peels. Laser treatment also tends to be more expensive than dermabrasion or chemical peeling. In general, the choice of technique is based on the site you want to treat, your skin type and condition, the doctor’s experience, your preferences, and other factors. Some people may get the best results by using a combination of techniques.
How Does Dermabrasion Work?
– Dermabrasion can be performed in the dermatologic surgeon’s office or in an outpatient surgical facility. Medication to relax the patient may be given prior to surgery. The affected area is thoroughly cleansed with an antiseptic cleansing agent and then your doctor will apply a special spray is applied that freezes the skin.
– A high-speed rotary instrument with an abrasive wheel or brush is used to remove the outer layers of the skin and improve any irregularities in the skin surface.
What To Expect After Surgery?
– Your recovery and healing time after dermabrasion depends on the size and depth of the area that was treated. Someone who has a full-face dermabrasion, for example, will require a longer recovery time than someone who has just a small area of skin treated. Deeper abrasions take longer to heal.
– In general, regrowth of skin occurs within 5 to 8 days. This new skin is a pink or red color, which usually fades within 6 to 12 weeks. Until then, your normal skin tones can be achieved using makeup.
– Many people have little or no pain and can get back to their regular activities soon after the procedure. Some people require pain relievers. If swelling occurs, a corticosteroid such as prednisone may be used to reduce the swelling.
– Proper care of the treated area while the skin is healing is extremely important. This involves: Cleansing the skin several times a day to avoid infection and to get rid of the crusting that sometimes develops.
– Changing the ointment or dressing on the wound to keep the area moist and to promote healing.
– Avoiding sun exposure and, after peeling has stopped, using sunscreen every day. New skin is more susceptible to sun damage. – You may be given an antiviral drug called acyclovir to prevent infection if you have a history of infection with the herpes simplex virus.
– Several follow-up visits to your doctor may be needed to monitor the skin’s healing and regrowth and to identify and treat early signs of infection or other complications.
Care After Surgery
– Do not drink alcohol for 48 hours after the surgery. Do not take aspirin or any products that contain aspirin or ibuprofen for one week after the surgery. Avoid smoking, as advised by your doctor. You will have a mandatory appointment the day after your surgery and your doctor will provide more details.