Dermabrasion helps diminish scars, fine lines, wrinkles, or pre-cancerous growths (keratosis) to give the face a smoother appearance. Depending on the size of the area being treated, dermabrasion can take just a few minutes or over an hour. Sometimes, multiple treatments are necessary, especially if the patient is having a large area of skin treated or if the scars are really deep, however the results are permanent. Dermabrasion is safe for use with other plastic surgeries by Dr. Schmid and Dr. Mooty or a MedSpa procedure at The Lubbock Plastic Surgery Institute, including a facelift or chemical peel. Typically, a chemical peel is best for fine-wrinkle treatments while dermabrasion is best for scar or acne treatment. While anyone can benefit from dermabrasion, the patient’s skin type, skin coloring, and medical history may affect how well it works.
Microdermabrasion can resurface and polish the skin safely, painlessly and effectively. Using a highly controlled spray of fine crystals directed at the skin or a diamond-tipped instrument that polishes the skin and vacuums away the dead cells, blemishes and imperfections will be diminished and the patient’s skin will be clear and smooth. Microdermabrasion is safe for nearly any skin type and since the treatment typically takes less than an hour, patients can return to their normal life instantly with refreshed, younger-looking skin. Patients will see an immediate improvement to sun-damaged or blemished skin. Plus, once the damaged outer layer of the skin is removed, skin care products penetrate more deeply and work more effectively.
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Dermabrasion and dermaplaning are performed together in the same setting. The dermabrasion technique is performed first. The surgeon scrapes off the outermost layer of skin using a high-speed rough rolling brush. Then, a dermatone, which looks like an electric razor is used. This surgical tool has a blade that moves back and forth to smooth and trim scarred surfaces and other skin defects, such as craters. Following this procedure, a soothing ointment will be rubbed onto the face. Some patients will require multiple visits to achieve their results.
Dermabrasion procedures are outpatient and performed in an accredited surgical facility. In most cases, a numbing agent is used to help moderate and control any discomfort. The procedure itself may take up to 2 hours, but spot treatments are usually concluded within 30 minutes. Following the procedure, the face will be red and swollen and it is common for scabbing and crusting to occur over the areas that were treated. It is imperative that patients avoid sun exposure to protect the new layer of skin. The skin will look soft and smooth with a visible decrease in irregularities.
Plan Your Procedure
Men and women of all ages can benefit from dermabrasion and dermaplaning. Individuals who have fine wrinkles, uneven skin tone and moderate scarring from acne or mole removal may use this technique to achieve a smooth appearance. This procedure may not be recommended for patients who:
- Have darker skin - dark complexions may become permanently lightened or discolored with this treatment
- Are prone to skin rashes and skin irritations
- Have frequent flare-ups of fever blisters or cold sores
- Have freckles but do not want them removed
- Have recently had a chemical peel
Does it Remove Freckles?
Dermabrasion is beneficial in removing age spots and sun spots, but is not recommended to remove freckles. There are other targeted technologies that can remove freckles. This may include a specific type of chemical peel or a laser treatment.
Dermabrasion or Chemical Peel?
When choosing between these procedures, it is important to remember one uses surgical tools and the other does not. However, both are minimally invasive and create visible results. Patients who wish to improve the surface of the skin may choose a peel. Those who wish to use a stronger method and go beyond the skin’s surface to remove scars, aging spots, etc. may prefer dermabrasion.