It’s all about your skin. The dermabrasion procedure is a surgical method that helps to refinish the skin through controlled removal of the top layer of your skin. This treatment is often used to improve facial scars or smooth fine facial wrinkles. After dermabrasion your skin will appear and feel smoother and brighter.
Who is a good candidate for dermabrasion?
People of many different skin types and ages can benefit from dermabrasion. The dermabrasion procedure is used for:
- Scar revision
- Fine lines or wrinkles in the face
- Improving skin texture
- Renewing skin appearance
For the most personal recommendation, schedule a consultation with Dr. Kulbersh so you can discuss your expectations and goals to determine if dermabrasion is the right procedure for you.
A less invasive alternative to dermabrasion is a chemical peel. Often Dr. Kulbersh may recommend a chemical peel in lieu of the dermabrasion procedure to more specifically address certain complexions or skin types.
How is a dermabrasion performed?
Dermabrasion is generally performed on an outpatient basis from the convenience of our office. The procedure will be performed under local anesthesia to ensure minimal discomfort. Dermabrasion may take just a few minutes or up to an hour and a half. The procedure itself involves Dr. Kulbersh gently removing the outermost layer of the skin one layer at a time until he reaches a level that will improve scars or wrinkles.
What is dermabrasion recovery like?
Immediately after the procedure your skin will be pink and swollen. It will feel like a bad sunburn; you may experience tingling, burning or aching. The area will look like a bad knee scrape until the new skin grows in after about 5-8 days. The new skin will be pink and may take up to 6-12 weeks to reach its final appearance. The swelling generally resolves within 7-14 days.
How should I care for the skin after dermabrasion?
After dermabrasion, it is important to keep the area covered with a layer of moisturizing cream. Our office will give you specific instructions on how to clean the area until the skin regrows. After the skin regrows, it should be cleaned with a light cleanser that does not contain acids or exfoliators. Additionally, it is vital that you stay out of the sunlight and wear sunscreen.
Who is not a good candidate for dermabrasion?
You may not be a good candidate for dermabrasion if any of the following are applicable to you:
- Recently had surgery such as a face-lift or brow-lift – however, skin areas that were not affected by the lift can still be treated.
- Used Accutane within the last 6-12 months.
- A history of abnormal scarring (keloid or hypertrophic scars).
- Active herpes infection or other skin infections.
- A blood flow, or autoimmune disorder, that could make healing more difficult.
Dermabrasion Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is dermabrasion?
Dermabrasion is a skin resurfacing treatment. By removing the top layer of skin, a new layer is able to grow and replace the previously damaged skin. Dermabrasion for scars can be an effective treatment for getting rid of acne scars. Additionally, dermabrasion is a good treatment for erasing wrinkles and fine lines on the face.
Q: Can dermabrasion and a chemical peel be performed together?
Yes. In many cases a patient will benefit from both a dermabrasion treatment to remove deeper problems and a chemical peel to treat more superficial issues.
Q: What is the difference between dermabrasion and microdermabrasion?
Dermabrasion and microdermabrasion are two completely different procedures. Dermabrasion is a surgical procedure that should only be performed by a plastic surgeon or dermatologist, while microdermabrasion is a non-invasive treatment that uses crystals to exfoliate the skin and can be performed by an esthetician.
Q: When can I wear make-up after dermabrasion?
Make-up can be applied after the skin has healed. This normally occurs between 5-8 days after the procedure. Applying make-up before this time may cause the area to become infected or permanently darkened.
Q: What is the cost of dermabrasion?
Dermabrasion costs depends on the size of the area being treated and the skin issue you are trying to improve. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Kulbersh to find out how much your dermabrasion procedure will cost.
For more information on dermabrasion or to schedule a dermabrasion consultation contact Dr. Kulbersh’s office today.
Next, learn about Chemical Peels.