Dermabrasion involves the removal of rough, damaged or scarred skin. Are you hiding anyugly scars?Afraid to bare all at the beach?It’s time to make the scars disappear. Despite the popularity of laser treatments, dermabrasionremains an attractive option for many people. If you haven’t been successful completely removing that tattoo of your ex-boyfriend or girlfriend,dermabrasioncan remove additional skin layersso it’s near impossible to notice (your significant other will thank you later).
Before choosingdermabrasion, speak with an experienced dermatologist to see if it is right for you.Dermabrasion has been shown to be highly effective treating shallow scars resulting from acne, chickenpox, or an accident and those deep lines or wrinkles above the lip.
If you have had significant scarring or severe acne, this procedure may not be suitablefor you and there are other options you may want to consider. Your dermatologist may also recommend that you take antiviral or antibiotics prior to treatment.
There are a few basic questions you should ask your dermatologist before signing up for dermabrasion:
Can I see sample photographs of your patients that have undergone dermabrasion?
- What are the risks of this treatment?
- How long will my results last?
Dermabrasion is typically an outpatientprocedure. A handheld device is moved in a circular motion over the skinlike a sander (don’t try this at home!) to remove the surface layers – the procedure can last up to a couple of hours. Recovery can take five to seven days, but the results can last 10 years or more.
Following dermabrasion, the affected area will need sometime to heal. It’s usually necessary to stay out of the sun for some timeafterward. As the skin heals, your body produces collagen, an essential ingredient in smooth, younger-looking skin.