Dermabrasion is a procedure that can be included with other facial rejuvenation surgical procedures. The surface of the upper layer of the skin is removed by abrasion or sanding. Dermabrasion treatments are commonly used to remove sun-damaged skin, correct the effects of aging, remove fine lines, small acne scars and address dark spots on the skin.
The face is the primary site for treatment, as it is the area most prone to overexposure and environmental pollutants. Some discomfort from the procedure can be expected, therefore, Dermabrasion requires general anesthesia or twilight anesthesia. After the procedure, patients can expect redness as the new skin heals. Healing can take up to several months as the new skin begins to regrow.
Today’s modern lasers offer the board certified plastic surgeons greater control and flexibility than traditional methods of sanding. Dermabrasion is commonly used in conjunction with other plastic surgery procedures, such as a facelift, scar removal or revision, and a chemical peel.