Dermabrasion treatment is a surgical and invasive technique that involves the scraping off of the top layers of the skin, usually on the face, where certain surface irregularities such as acne scars or fine wrinkles manifest. The procedure requires the use of a high-speed rotary wheel with rough edges, which literally levels out said irregularities to give the treated skin a smoother feel and appearance.

Because of the quick and rough contact that the wheel makes with the skin during the procedure, the skin becomes injured or wounded in the process, with some minor skin bleeding to be expected. The treated area would soon heal, enabling the old, damaged skin that was scraped off to be replaced by a new and smoother one.

The sensitive and delicate nature of Dermabrasion requires that it be done only by skin specialists, preferably plastic surgeons, who are trained in administering this kind of treatment, and only in a professional medical environment. It can be availed of as a standalone treatment, or as an adjunct to other procedures such as facelifts and scar revision treatments, and can prove to be a huge confidence booster for people who feel that their facial imperfections have held them back from confidently carrying themselves in front of the public.

What patients need to know about Dermabrasion

Procedure A high-speed rotary wheel is used to mechanically scrape off the top layers of the skin to soften the sharp edges of irregularities on the skin’s surface, including acne and other scars, and fine wrinkles, especially around the mouth.
Length A few minutes to 1 hour; may require more than 1 session
Anesthesia Local using numbing spray, or general
In/Outpatient Usually outpatient
Side Effects - Temporary tingling, burning, itchiness, swelling, and redness
- Lightening of the treated skin
- Acute sensitivity to sun
- Loss of ability to produce pigments
Risks - Permanent abnormal color changes
- Temporary formation of tiny whiteheads
- Infection
- Scarring
- Flare-up of skin allergies
- Fever blisters and cold sores
Recovery Patients can get back to work in 2 weeks; however, more strenuous activities can be resumed only in 4 to 6 weeks. Redness will fade in about 3 months, while pigmentation from sun exposure will return in 6 to 12 months.
Duration of Results Results are permanent, although new wrinkles may form as skin ages.

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