Dermabrasion and dermaplaning are two clinical treatments
that enable the “refinishing” of the skin’s top layers by
using a method of controlled surgical scrapping. Both the
treatments soften the sharp edges of surface irregularities,
giving the skin a smoother look.
Dermabrasion is most frequently employed to improve the look
of facial skin left scarred by accidents or earlier surgery,
or to smooth out fine facial wrinkles, such as those close
to the mouth. Occasionally, it also proves beneficial for
the removal of pre-cancerous growths termed as keratoses.
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treatment may be carried out in a surgeon's office-based
facility, an outpatient surgery center, or a hospital. It
is typically executed on an outpatient basis for cost
containment and convenience. Nonetheless, if extensive work
is to be performed on you, you may be admitted to the
hospital. Dermabrasion and dermaplaning may possibly be
carried out under local anesthesia.
duration of time to carry out dermabrasion and dermaplaning
can be rather brief. By and large, the procedures take from
a few minutes to an hour and a half, depending on how large
an area of skin is engaged. It is not rare for the
procedure to be carried out on more than one occasion, or in
stages, particularly when scarring is deep or a large area
of skin is engaged.
dermabrasion process, the surgeon scrapes away the outermost
layer of skin with a rough wire brush, or a burr containing
diamond particles, connected to a motorized handle. The
scraping is continually done until the surgeon reaches the
safest level that will make the scar or wrinkle less
dermaplaning process, the surgeon makes use of a hand-held
instrument called a dermatome. Similar to an electric
razor, the dermatome has an oscillating blade that moves
back and forth to equally "skim" off the surface layers of
skin that encircle the craters or other facial defects. The
skimming is continually done until the lowest point of the
acne scar becomes more even with the adjoining skin.
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and women of all age brackets, from young people to older
adults, can profit from dermabrasion and dermaplaning.
While older people heal more gradually, further essential
factors are your skin type, coloring and medical history.
For example, black skin, Asian skin and other dark
complexions may turn out to be permanently discolored or
blotchy after a skin-refinishing treatment. People who
acquire allergic rashes or other skin reactions, or who get
recurrent fever blisters or cold sores, may experience a
flare-up. Freckles in the treated area may also disappear.
Additionally, a majority of surgeons would not perform
treatment during the active stages of acne since the risk of
infection is huge. The same may be true if you have had
radiation treatments, a bad skin burn, or a previous
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particularly critical that you get hold of a doctor
(generally a plastic surgeon or a dermatologist) who is
qualified and knowledgeable in the procedure. After all,
dermabrasion and dermaplaning customarily entail the most
obvious part of your body- your face.
your preliminary consultation, be direct in discussing your
expectations with your surgeon, and do not hesitate to
inquire about any questions or articulate the concerns you
may have. Your surgeon ought to be open with you in the
same manner, explaining the factors that might affect the
procedure and the results such as your age, skin condition
and earlier plastic surgeries.
your surgeon will do is talk about your medical history,
accomplish a routine examination and photograph your face.
The procedure will be discussed with you in detail, along
with its risks and benefits, the recovery period and the
costs. Insurance usually does not cover cosmetic
procedures; yet, it may cover dermabrasion or dermaplaning
when executed to get rid of pre-cancerous skin growths or
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Dermabrasion and dermaplaning are typically safe when a
trained, skilled board-certified physician does them. The
most frequent risk is a transformation in skin
pigmentation. Permanent darkening of the skin, generally
caused by exposure to the sun in the days or months
succeeding the surgery, may occur in a number of patients.
Alternatively, several patients observe the treated skin
remains a little lighter or blotchy in appearance.
whiteheads may build up subsequent to surgery. However,
these often vanish on their own, or with the use of an
abrasive pad or soap. On some occasions, the surgeon might
have to eliminate them. Enlarged skin pores may develop as
well. More often than not, these minimize to near normal
size as soon as the swelling has settled.
is a likelihood of developing infection and scarring with
skin-refinishing treatments, although they are extremely
rare. A number of individuals acquire extreme scar tissue (keloid
or hypertrophic scars). These are typically healed with the
application or injection of steroid medications to soften
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having the procedure, your skin will be moderately red and
swollen, and eating and talking may possibly be hard. You
will most likely feel some tingling, burning or aching. Any
pain you feel can be controlled with medications prescribed
by your surgeon. Expect the swelling will start to subside
within a few days to a week.
new skin will be somewhat swollen, sensitive and bright pink
for a number of weeks. During this time, you can embark on
steadily continuing your customary activities.
roughly two weeks, you may almost certainly expect to be
back at work. Your surgeon will possibly recommend you to
keep away from any activity that might instigate a bump to
your face for at least two weeks. More active sports,
particularly ball sports, must be avoided for four to six
weeks. If you swim, stick to indoor pools to steer clear of
the sun and wind, and keep your face out of chlorinated
water for at least four weeks. Expect at least three to
four weeks before you can drink alcohol without experiencing
a flush of redness.
of all, it is essential to guard your skin from the sun
until the pigment has totally returned to your skin for as
long as 6 to 12 months.
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What is dermabrasion?
having the dermabrasion or surgical skin planning, the
dermatologic surgeon freezes the patient's skin that is
scarred from acne, chicken pox or other causes. After that,
the doctor mechanically eradicates or "sands" the skin to
enhance the contour and attain an invigorated appearance as
a new layer of remodeled skin restores the damaged skin.
The new skin commonly has a smoother and refreshed
appearance. In general, results are markedly significant
does the treatment work?
A: Dermabrasion can be carried out in the dermatologic
surgeon's office or in an outpatient surgical facility.
Medication to calm down the patient may be provided
preceding the surgery. The area is carefully cleansed with
antiseptic cleansing agent. The area to be "sanded" is
treated with a spray that freezes the skin. Every so often
local tumescent anesthesia can be used. A high-speed rotary
instrument with an abrasive wheel or brush eliminates or
abrades the upper layers of the skin and enriches
irregularities in the skin surface.
should I care for my skin after getting this treatment?
A: The pinkness of your skin will take around three months to fade. For
the time being, you will most likely choose to wear
non-allergenic makeup when you go out. When your new skin
is fully re-pigmented, the color ought to meticulously
correspond to the surrounding skin, causing the procedure
What happens after the treatment?
A: For a number of days, the skin will feel as though it has been harshly
"brush-burned". Medications may be prescribed to lessen any
uneasiness the patient may have. Healing typically takes
place within 7 to 10 days.
formed skin, which is pink at first, progressively develops
a normal appearance. Most of the time, the pinkness has
fundamentally lightened by 8 to 12 weeks. Make-up can be
applied as a cover-up once the crust is off. In general,
most people can continue their normal occupation in 7 to 10
days after dermabrasion. Patients are advised to prevent
excessive direct and indirect sunlight for 3 to 6 months
after the procedure and to use a sunscreen on a regular
basis when outdoors.