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Dermabrasion for Smoother, Softer, Scar-Free Skin

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Lydia klufas, md shares her lifestyle tips to improve your skin’s health

Dermabrasion involves the removal of rough, damaged, or scarred skin.  Are you hiding any ugly scars? Afraid to bare all at the beach? It’s time to make the scars disappear.  Despite the popularity of laser treatments, dermabrasion remains an attractive option for many people.  If you haven’t been successful completely removing that tattoo of your ex-boyfriend or girlfriend, dermabrasion can remove additional skin layers so it’s near impossible to notice (your significant other will thank you later).

Before choosing dermabrasion, speak with an experienced dermatologist to see if it is right for you. Dermabrasion has been shown to be highly effective in 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 suitable for 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 outpatient procedure. 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 some time to heal.  It’s usually necessary to stay out of the sun for some time afterward.  As the skin heals, your body produces collagen, an essential ingredient in smooth, younger-looking skin.

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