In dermabrasion, the surgeon scrapes away the outer few layers of skin with a rough wire brush, or a burr containing diamond particles, attached to a motorized handle. The scraping continues until the surgeon reaches the safest level that will make the scar, wrinkle or other skin blemishes less visible. This treatment has a shorter recovery time than some of the more invasive procedures, like a facelift.
Dermabrasion is used to treat damage and defects in the upper layers of the skin, such as:
This procedure can be performed on a small area of skin or the entire face. There are virtually no age restrictions for dermabrasion. If you are in good general health, have a positive attitude and realistic expectations, you are most likely a good candidate for this procedure.
Directly after the procedure, your skin will be fairly red and swollen, and eating and speaking may be difficult. The swelling will begin to subside within a few days to a week. It will take seven to 10 days for new skin to begin forming, new skin will be a bit swollen, sensitive, and bright pink for several weeks. During this time, you can gradually begin to resume your normal activities. You can expect to be back at work in about two weeks. It's important to protect your skin from the sun until the pigment has completely returned to your skin- as long as six to twelve months.
Immediately after your surgery, it may be necessary for you to avoid any strenuous activity, heavy lifting or straining. You should not use skin products containing alpha hydroxy acids, vitamin A (Retin A) or exfoliants until you get the OK from your surgeon. Ask your doctor when you can start applying cosmetics again.
Fortunately, significant complications from dermabrasion are infrequent. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk such as- Infection and bleeding, Changes in sensation, Scarring, Allergic reactions, Unsatisfactory results that may necessitate additional procedures
Risks specific to dermabrasion are changes in the pigmentation of skin, bleaching creams prescribed by your doctor can help treat this symptom. You may experience thickened skin after your recovery from dermabrasion, cortisone treatments can help the skin return to normal.
You can reduce your risks by choosing a qualified plastic surgeon and closely following his or her advice. Most surgeons won't perform treatment during the active stages of acne because of a greater risk of infection. The same may be true if you've had radiation treatments, a bad skin burn, or a previous chemical peel.