Dermabrasion is most often used on the face to smooth out fine lines/wrinkles and improve the look of scarred skin resulting from an accident, acne, etc. It can also be used as an option for removing pre-cancerous growths called keratoses.
Dermabrasion is the process of surgically scraping the facial skin to help “refinish” the top layers. This process gives the skin a smoother appearance. It can be performed on small areas of skin or on the entire face. Dermabrasion can be used alone or in conjunction with other procedures.
Men and women of all ages can benefit from dermabrasion. Important factors are skin type, coloring, and medical history. Typically African American skin, Asian skin, Italian skin, and other dark complexions may become permanently discolored or blotchy after dermabrasion. Dr. Hurvitz will evaluate your skin and health history to determine if dermabrasion is right for you. If not, he may recommend an alternative treatment better suited for you such as a chemical peel or laser procedure.
What to expect after dermabrasion-
Directly after the procedure, your skin will be red and swollen. Eating and drinking will be difficult at first. You can expect some tingling, burning, or tenderness. Pain will be controlled with medication prescribed by Dr. Hurvitz. Swelling will begin to subside within a few days to a week. A scab will form over the treated area, which will eventually fall off exposing new pink skin underneath. The new exposed skin will be swollen, sensitive, and pink for a few weeks. If you don’t care what you look like or who knows you had something done, you can return to work as soon you feel up to it. If you don’t want anyone to see you until you look socially acceptable, plan to take about two weeks off.
The most important part of recovery is to protect your skin from the sun until the pigment has completely returned to your skin. This could be as long as six to twelve months. Even beyond that time, you should be diligent about wearing and re-applying sunscreen whenever you are outside.