Dermabrasion helps to improve the look of scarred or sun-damaged skin.
It is frequently used to treat acne scars or to erase fine, facial
wrinkles for a more youthful look. The procedure is not used to remove
birth skin defects, moles, birthmarks and burn scars, although it may
be used to remove tattoos and chicken pox scars.
A few minutes to 1 Â½ hours. Some cases require several
sessions of treatment.
Face feels slightly sunburned, with skin that weeps a clear fluid
and redness lasting about a week. A scab or crust usually forms over
the treatment area as it heals.
Most patients are able to return to work right away. Pinkish skin
may take about 3 months to fade. Your surgeon may ask you to stay out
of the sun for six to twelve months.
Possibility of infection and scarring. Patients taking Accutane are
at risk for scaring. Some patients develop excessive scar tissue which
can be treated later. Ethnicities with dark complexions, including
African-Americans, Asians, Hispanics, may become blotchy after dermabrasion.
Freckles may disappear in the treated area.
After 18 months, patients should expect a 50 to 80 percent improvement
in the skin.
A surgeon scrapes away the skinâ€™s top layers so that newer,
smoother skin grows back using a rough wire brush, or a burr containing
diamond particles, attached to a motorized handle; continuing until
he or she reaches the safest level that will make the scar or wrinkle
Local with sedation