Dermabrasion is an intense exfoliation used to treat scars, wrinkles, signs of aging, uneven skin tone, and sun damage. It may also be effective to remove early-stage skin cancer and tattoos and lessen rhinophyma (nose enlargement due to rosacea). It works by damaging your skin in a controlled fashion, using a variety of vibrating tools, tipped with a hard substance such as crystal or diamond.

Who is it for?

Dermabrasion may not be for patients with darker skin, and it shouldn’t be used to treat burn scars. Patients with inflammatory acne or who have been treated with Accutane or another isotretinoin in the past three months should not get dermabrasion. You’ll need to avoid sustained sun exposure for two months prior to treatment, to help prevent discoloration. You’ll also need to avoid the sun while your skin is healing and use sunscreen once it’s healed.

What is treatment like?

First, you are given a local, and sometimes an intravenous, anesthetic, to make the procedure less painful. An assistant will hold your skin taut, while your doctor applies an abrasive device is to your skin, removing its top layer. Your skin will be covered with a moist bandage, which the doctor will remove at a follow-up appointment the next day. You may be prescribed an oral antibiotic or antiviral medication.

Afterward, you will have mild swelling and inflammation for about 10 days. Your face will require special care and cleaning several times a day.  Redness will fade in about a month, but it may take three months for your skin to completely heal. You can expect to return to normal activities in about two weeks.

What are the results?

In about three months, you will have smoother, brighter, and younger-looking skin that lasts years with proper skin care.

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