Dermabrasion and also dermaplaning use a method
of controlled surgical scraping to help refresh or refinish the skin's top
layers. Dermabrasion is a procedure that has been used for over 100 years.
How Dermabrasion is Performed:
the procedure is
done in a surgeon's surgery suite or an outpatient surgery center
patients who have
scars from acne, chicken pox and many other causes are all candidates
the skin is
cleaned and marked before the procedure
anesthetic - lidocaine is usually used to numb the skin before treatment
packs are used for a period of 30 minutes to help firm up the tissue
spray may sometimes be used to harden the skin for deeper abrasions
if the entire
face is to be done, stronger anesthetics are used (general anesthesia or
twilight) which will make the patient more comfortable
the surgeon then
mechanically removes or technically "sands" the skin to improve the contour
and appearance of the newly remodeled skin
a rotating burr
or brush is used to take off the top layers of skin
causes a skin wound or an abrasion, which requires several days to a week or
more to heal.
results leaving the patient with a smoother and refreshed appearance
Dermabrasion is used for deep wrinkles, acne
scarring and also elevated scars. This procedure uses a high speed rotary
wheel to remove the top layers of the skin. Dermabrasion is much more
invasive of a procedure than the lunch time peel - "microdermabrasion".
Patients who have deep wrinkles around the mouth
region, acne scarring on the cheeks or a hypertrophic scar that has healed
raised and elevated are considered good candidates for this procedure.
Dermabrasion will also help patients who have had
excess sun damage to their skin.