This procedure is a much deeper resurfacing treatment than a microdermabrasion. While It requires much more healing time and carries a greater risk of complications, the results are greater as well. In fact, remodeling of collagen can continue for months after the skin has healed.
What is Dermabrasion?
Dermabrasion is a technique that uses a wire brush or a diamond wheel with rough edges (called a burr or fraise) to remove the upper layers of the skin. The brush or burr rotates rapidly, taking off and leveling (abrading or planing) the top layers of the skin.
What can it treat?
- Scars caused by acne, surgery or injuries
- Fine wrinkles, particularly those around the mouth
- Sun-damaged skin, including hyperpigmentation
- Uneven skin tone
- Potentially precancerous skin patches
Are there any risks?
As with any procedure, there a few risks involved.
- Redness and swelling that typically subsides within a week
- Tiny white acne bumps may appear on treated skin
- Changes in skin color
- Those with darker skin can experience darker or lighter skin both of which can be permanent
- Infection is a rare risk, but it can lead to bacterial, fungal or viral infections
- Scarring is a possibility if the dermabrasion is too deep.
Is there anyone who shouldn’t have dermabrasion done?
Your doctor should caution you against dermabrasion for these reasons:
- If you’ve taken oral acne medications in the past year
- If you have a family history of keloid-type scarring
- If you currently have pus-filled acne lesions on your face
- If you are prone to cold sores Or if you have burn scars or skin damaged by radiation treatments
If you are interested in this procedure, speak with your skincare professional to see if it is right for you!
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