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Dermabrasion is a method of controlled surgical scraping of layers of skin. The treatment softens sharp edges of surface irregularities, giving the skin a smoother appearance. It can be performed on small skin areas or on the entire face. It can be used alone or in combination with other procedures such as facelift, scar removal/revision or chemical peel. This procedure will require approximately a week of initial recovery and thereafter an extended period of time with more pink skin (up to 6-8 weeks). This can easily be camouflaged with make-up.
- Performed on small areas of skin or on the entire face
- Used alone or in combination with other procedures such as facelift, scar removal/revision or chemical peel
Dermabrasion is a method of controlled surgical scraping of the top layers of the skin. The treatment softens sharp edges of surface irregularities giving your skin a smoother appearance.
Good candidates are patients with:
- Fine facial wrinkles (skin of upper and lower lip)
- Scars from accidents or previous surgery
Not good candidates are patients with:
- Active stages of acne
- Radiation treatment
- Skin burn
- A previous chemical peel
- African-American skin, Asian skin or other dark complexions
WHICH SKIN CONDITIONS CAN BE IMPROVED WITH DERMABRASION?
- Scar from accidents or previous surgery
- Smooth out localized facial wrinkles (around the mouth)
- Pre-cancerous growths called keratosis
HOW TO PREPARE FOR TREATMENT?
- You will be given specific instructions on how to prepare for surgery; aspirin and other medication that affect blood clotting has to be avoided
- You can start with a series of skin treatments to prepare your skin for the procedure
- Smoking should be stopped for a week or two before and after surgery since nicotine decreases blood circulation in your skin and impedes healing.
- For treatments around your mouth you will receive an antiviral treatment for 2 weeks.
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Dermabrasion is performed under local anaesthesia combined with a mild sedation. The procedure usually takes from a few minutes to an hour, depending on the size of skin area involved. The outermost layer of skin is scraped with a burr containing diamond particles attached to a motorized handle. The scraping continues until the surgeon reaches the safest level that will make the scar or wrinkle less visible. Skin is then treated in a number of ways, including ointment, a wet or waxy dressing, dry treatment or some combination of these.
Time to heal
Directly after the procedure:
- Skin will be fairly red and swollen
- You will probably feel some tingling, burning or aching - any pain you feel can be controlled with medication prescribed by your surgeon.
- The swelling will begin to subside within a few days
- A scab or crust can form over the treated area as it begins to heal. This will fall off as a new layer of tight, pink skin forms underneath. If ointment is applied immediately after surgery, little or no scab will form.
- Your new skin will be a bit swollen, sensitive and bright pink for several weeks. You can expect to be back at work in about two weeks.
It is important to use sun protection until the pigment completely returns to your skin. This may take from six to twelve months.
Pinkness of your skin will take about three months to fade. In the meantime, you will probably want to wear non-allergenic make-up when you go out (for tips on hiding your condition while it heals, ask your surgeon for the ASPS brochure on camouflaging cosmetics)
your new skin is fully repigmented, the colour should closely match the
surrounding skin, making the procedure virtually undetectable.
- Dermabrasion is a safe procedure when it is performed by a qualified and experienced board-certified physician
- The most common risk is a change in skin pigmentation. Permanent darkening of the skin may occur in some patients due to sun exposure in the days or months following surgery.
- Infection and scarring are rare.
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PETER JFM LOHUIS, MD PHD
BORIS FILIPOVIĆ, MD PHD
BOŽO GORJANC, MD
MAJA KOVAČEVIĆ, MD
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
· Dermabrasion is most often used to improve the look of facial skin left with scars from accidents or previous surgery, or to smooth out fine facial wrinkles.
· During the consultation, we will determine if dermabrasion is the best treatment for you based on your skin changes and your expectations.
· These treatments defer in the method used to remove skin layers. Results are similar if they reach the same depth of the skin.
· Dermabrasion has the lowest recovery time when compared with peel and laser.
· In case of dermabrasion of the deepest skin lesions, you will require up to 7 to 10 days of recovery. You will need to apply ointment to the skin.
· Ultimate result will depend on the depth of the dermabrasion. After proper indication, treatment can produce good and long-lasting results.
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