Dermabrasion is a procedure performed to resurface the skin by gently removing the outermost damaged layer to reveal a more youthful and refreshed appearance.
The Path Towards a Bright and Blemish-Free Complexion
During the dermabrasion session, a specially designed and meticulously controlled handpiece is applied to the targeted areas to get rid of impurities, reduce scarring and sun damage, and improve the look of wrinkles and lines. Dermabrasion can be performed alone, or it can be combined with other procedures such as a chemical peel or facelift.
Cosmetic Issues Addressed
- Uneven pigmentation
- Sun damage
- Age spots
- Acne or chickenpox scarring
- Pre-cancerous growths
- Facial tattoos
- Vertical lip lines
- Wrinkles and lines
- Enlarged pores
- Poor skin tone or texture
- Stretch marks
What to Expect During the Procedure
Before dermabrasion, your skin will be sufficiently numbed so that you remain comfortable and relaxed throughout your treatment. Once you’re at ease, a special device is moved across the surface of your skin. The device is typically made with diamond particles connected to a motorized handpiece. The process takes up to one hour. For conditions that need more in-depth renewal, it may take several dermabrasion sessions to achieve the desired outcome.
Directly after your dermabrasion treatment, you may experience redness, swelling, tingling, and tenderness. These sensations will be well-controlled through pain medications supplied by your practitioner, and they will typically fade within a week or two. Most patients return to work after 12 to 14 days. A small crust will form over the treatment area as the skin heals. Once this falls away, a new rejuvenated layer of skin will become visible. We can recommend some ointments to help with this process. You will receive detailed aftercare instructions to help manage your recovery. These will include advice on shaving and washing your face, using skincare products, and avoiding the sun.
You’ll be able to see marked improvements in your skin’s texture and tone immediately after your dermabrasion session. Your complexion will be more vibrant and bright, and your outcome will continue to improve as your facial redness diminishes.
The best way to review your candidacy for dermabrasion is to discuss your cosmetic goals with our team during your initial consultation at our South Florida location. Dermabrasion is effective for combatting many skin imperfections and impurities, but it may have certain limits when it comes to anti-aging. It’s important that your expectations are aligned with your treatment plan, and we take great care to present you with the right options for your needs.
While dermabrasion is an excellent choice for most patients seeking to enhance their complexions, it is contraindicated in certain cases. Those with active acne, those who easily develop skin rashes or skin allergies, those who have previously undergone radiation, those who fall prey to cold sores, and those with darker skin tones may need an alternative approach.
What are the risks of dermabrasion?
Dermabrasion has a minimal risk of complications. Most patients experience minor redness after their treatment that lasts up to a few weeks. It’s essential that you wear sunblock to prevent discoloration. The skin may appear lighter than usual at first, but over time its natural pigmentation will return. Overall, the benefits of dermabrasion tend to outweigh the risks.
At what age can dermabrasion be performed?
Dermabrasion is appropriate for patients 18 and up. Candidacy is based on your overall health, as well as the condition and quality of your skin. During your private consultation at our facility, our team of board-certified surgeons and highly trained skincare practitioners will evaluate your complexion and make their best recommendations for your treatment. If dermabrasion is not right for you, we can suggest many other cosmetic solutions that will accomplish your goals.
Are the results permanent?
The longevity of your results will depend on a few different factors, including how well you care for your skin after treatment. Smoking and excess sun exposure can both negate the new complexion that has been uncovered with dermabrasion, and your results will be short-lived. If you eat right, exercise, and protect your skin from harm, your outcome will be sustainable over time and your skin will look more youthful than prior to dermabrasion.