Dermabrasion

Dermabrasion has been used for decades to “refinish” and refresh the skin. It removes several layers of the skin, so it can treat deeper scars, lines, and wrinkles compared with other methods of skin resurfacing.

Sometimes called “facial sanding,” dermabrasion makes your skin smoother and can improve scars (including acne scars), fine lines and wrinkles (especially around the mouth), dark spots, sun damage, rhinophyma, and actinic keratoses. The procedure can be done on the entire face or specific areas.

At the Center for Facial and Body Rejuvenation, our board-certified facial plastic surgeons approach every procedure individually. We spend time with you to understand what you wish to correct, and we examine you carefully to determine the best plan to achieve your goals. Because dermabrasion is a procedure that works on deeper layers of the skin, there are significant advantages to having it done by a facial plastic surgeon. When done incorrectly, the procedure can lead to scarring or changes in skin color.

Your Dermabrasion Procedure

Prior to the procedure, we will use an anesthetic to numb your skin. If you prefer, you can also be sedated. The treatment involves “sanding” of the skin surface with a sterile surgical brush. For deep scars, more than one dermabrasion treatment may be required, with a period of time for healing in between.

The procedure takes 15 minutes to an hour depending on the amount of skin that needs to be treated.

Recovering from Dermabrasion

After the procedure, we will give you instructions for changing the dressings and cleansing. You will also be given ointments to speed healing and soothe the skin.

You will probably experience some redness, swelling, itching, burning, tingling, and crusting of the skin. Non-prescription medication can be taken to ease discomfort as you heal.

Most patients return to work and other activities in about two weeks. Swimming and active sports can be resumed in about a month. You can use makeup again when new skin covers the treated areas. Your skin will be much smoother, but it might have a pinkish tone for a few months as you fully recover.

Please wear sunscreen when outdoors, as your skin will be more vulnerable to sunburn.

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At the Center for Facial and Body Rejuvenation, our board-certified facial plastic surgeons approach every procedure individually. We spend time with you to understand what you wish to correct, and we examine you carefully. 

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