Skin dermabrasion procedures can improve the appearance of your skin creating a smooth clear texture. Originally skin dermabrasion was developed to improve the texture of skin and lessen the appearance of pox marks, scars, and acne. This along with other plastic surgery techniques has benefited from the expansive evolution of equipment, technology and techniques. Dermabrasion is used to treat a myriad of additional skin afflictions including wrinkles, liver spots, tattoo scars and other types of skin lesions. If you have always desired smooth, fresh skin, consult with a board certified plastic surgeon to consider your options for dermabrasion.
Your Dermabrasion Consultation
During your first consultation with a board certified plastic surgery, be sure to fully explain your concerns and your expectations for the skin dermabrasion procedure. Your surgeon will explain the benefits for you as well as take time to explain the possible risks and complications associated with the procedure. Additionally, they will give you preoperative and postoperative protocols to follow. Often times, the surgeon will take photographs of areas of your concern and focus and after the surgery will repeat the same pictures to show the results of the surgery.
The Outpatient Skin Dermabrasion Procedure
Skin dermabrasion is performed in a plastic surgeons office or outpatient surgical clinic. If you are anxious, the surgeon may give you a medication to help you relax during the procedure. Once you are relaxed, your skin antiseptic will be used to thoroughly clean your skin. To aid in your comfort, the doctor will spray a light mist on your skin that freezes and numbs it. At this time a state-of-the-art hygienic instrument with an abrasive brush or wheel will be glided over your skin. This process removes the outer layers of your skin and will improve the surface and diminish wrinkles and scars.
What To Expect During Recovery
After skin dermabrasion, you may experience a sensation and discomfort similar to a severe wind or sun burn. This is perfectly normal. Your “weathered” skin has been removed and the fresh under layers are now exposed. If you experienced significant discomfort, your surgeon may prescribe medications. Most individuals can expect healing in less than two weeks. Your new skin will be pink and will fade gradually over the next six to eight weeks. You can begin to wear cosmetics again once your skin has healed, typically in just a couple of days. It is highly recommended that for at least the first 90 days, and preferably the first 180 days you remain out of the sun and wear sunscreen whenever you venture outside.
As with all surgeries, there are possible risks and complications, however they are extremely rare. Enjoy fresh, younger, more even skin with skin dermabrasion from a board certified plastic surgeon.