Dermabrasion Procedure

Written by Serena Berger
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In a dermabrasion procedure, a surgeon will scrape away the outer layer of skin in order to rid you of one of several different types of blemishes or unsightly features. A rough wire brush or a burr covered with tiny diamond particles will be used, attached to a motorized head which spins around. This is a surgical procedure with a lengthy recovery time, despite the fact that you're not being sliced open and sewn back up. Typically you can't do much of anything for two weeks afterward, and your skin won't be in its final regrown and pigmented state for several months.

The Uses of a Dermabrasion Procedure

Dermabrasion is particularly well suited to the removal or reduction of scars. Scars are often significantly raised from the skin, and there is no reason that you need to keep all of he scar tissue that has formed. Dermabrasion can be used to treat most surface irregularities, though a procedure called dermaplaning is often more effective if you have deeply indented scars from acne or chicken pox.

Chemical peels and laser resurfacing are often considered by patients who ultimately opt for dermabrasion. The results may be similar with any of these procedures, but some people are more comfortable with the idea of a surgical instrument than a caustic solution. If there is any generalization to be made, it is that chemical peels are more often used for wrinkles, while dermabrasion is typically the first choice for scars. Also, the darker your skin, the more likely you are to find dermabrasion preferable to a chemical solution, as dermabrasion is much less likely to lighten skin.

Dermabrasion can be performed in a limited area or all over the face. The one thing to be aware of if you have it done over a limited area is that you may be less happy with your appearance for several months of recovery. Your new skin will take a while to become fully pigmented, so you will have a noticeable splotch of differently colored skin even after the redness and swelling have abated. This can last six to twelve months.

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