Dermabrasion is a skin treatment most often used on the face to smooth out fine lines/wrinkles and improve the look of scars resulting from an accident, acne, or other factors. It can also be used as an option for removing pre-cancerous growths called keratoses. We offer dermabrasion for Long Beach patients to ensure effective skin rejuvenation.
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, including the nose. Dermabrasion can be used alone or in conjunction with other procedures.
Ideal Candidates for This Treatment
Men and women of all ages can benefit from dermabrasion. Important factors in evaluating candidacy are skin type, coloring, and medical history.
Typically, African American skin, Asian skin, Italian skin, and other dark complexions do not receive the best results from this option and may become permanently discolored or blotchy after dermabrasion. If certain skin conditions are present, the procedure should not be used until these are cleared up.
During your consultation, Dr. Keith Hurvitz will evaluate your skin and health history to determine if dermabrasion is the right treatment option for you. If not, he may recommend an alternative treatment better suited for you, such as a chemical peel or a laser procedure.
The Treatment Process
At the start of a dermabrasion treatment session, the patient’s face is carefully cleansed. Topical or local anesthesia will be administered to ensure that the targeted regions are numbed appropriately to avoid any pain during treatment.
Once the anesthetic has taken effect, the dermabrasion handpiece is moved across the skin. This serves to remove dead and damaged skin cells. Once all the desired areas have been treated, the session is complete.
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. It 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.
How Much Does Dermabrasion Cost?
If you are interested in dermabrasion, you may be wondering about the treatment’s price. Dermabrasion cost depends on the practice where you choose to have it performed and the chosen intensity of treatment.
Set Up Your Informative Consultation
At Hurvitz Plastic Surgery, we perform a variety of aesthetic procedures like dermabrasion. To get started with dermabrasion in Long Beach, contact us today and set up your consultation.