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Dermabrasion

Looking for a Skin Resurfacing Treatment? Try Dermabrasion

Dermabrasion and dermaplaning are both procedures that can
"refinish" the top layers of skin with a technique known as surgical
scraping. This type of treatment can soften the irregularities on
the skin’s surface, resulting in a smoother appearance.

Dermabrasion is generally used for facial skin that has been
scarred as a result of accidents or previous surgery, or to smooth
out facial wrinkles, such as the fine lines around the mouth. It can
also be used to remove pre-cancerous growths.

Dermaplaning is commonly used to treat deep acne scars.

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Is Dermabrasion Right For You?

Dermabrasion and dermaplaning can be used for men and women of all ages. Both of these procedures can boost your self-confidence and enhance your appearance, but neither treatment has the ability to completely eliminate all scars and flaws, or slow the aging process.

The Risks of Skin Resurfacing

Dermabrasion and dermaplaning are usually safe when they're performed by a qualified, experienced board-certified physician. The most commonly seen risk is changes in skin pigmentation. And though infection and scarring are rare, they can happen as a result of skin resurfacing. 

Getting Ready for Dermabrasion

It is essential that you find a plastic surgeon or dermatologist who is trained in this type of procedure, and has extensive experience in the area. 
 Most insurance companies don’t cover surgeries that are deemed purely cosmetic; however, you may be covered for dermabrasion or dermaplaning if it is being done to remove pre-cancerous skin growths or deep scarring. Talk to your insurance company to find out if you are eligible for coverage. 

Pre-Surgery Preparations

Prior to your procedure, you will be given a list of specific instructions on how to prepare, including guidelines on what you can/can’t eat and drink, and on avoiding aspirin and other medications that affect blood clotting. You also should ask someone to drive you home after your surgery, and to assist you for a few days, if necessary.

Where to Go For Your Dermabrasion

You may have your treatment done in a surgeon's office, a hospital, or an outpatient surgery center. This type of procedure is generally done on an outpatient basis. If your treatment is going to be extensive, you may be admitted to the hospital.

Anesthesia Used For Skin Resurfacing

Local anesthesia is usually sufficient for dermabrasion and dermaplaning, and in some cases a sedative is added to help make you comfortable. The anesthesia will numb the area to be worked on. You'll be awake but relaxed, and won’t feel much discomfort. For severe cases, a general anesthesia may be necessary.

The Dermabrasion Procedure

Dermabrasion and dermaplaning don’t take long to complete - usually take from a few minutes to an hour and a half, depending on how large an area of skin is involved.
In dermabrasion, the surgeon uses a coarse wire brush to scrape away the outermost layer of skin, or a burr containing diamond particles, attached to a motorized handle.
In dermaplaning, the surgeon a dermatome, a hand-held instrument that looks somewhat like an electric razor. The dermatome has an oscillating blade that can evenly skim off the surface layers of skin that surround the facial defects.

Post-Procedure Expectations 

Your skin will be especially swollen and red right after the procedure, and you may have trouble eating and talking for some time. In the event that you feel any pain, your surgeon can give you a prescribed medication. The swelling should start to diminish in a few days or a week.

It may be several weeks before your new skin returns to normal. During this time, you can gradually resume your daily activities. You can expect to return to work in about two weeks.

 

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