Non-invasive and minimally invasive cosmetic treatments have replaced many of the more traditional and proven procedures that are very effective but they have the high cost of recovery and downtime. Dermabrasion is a very effective procedure for variety of skin conditions but due to a longer recovery period it is performed less commonly.
Dermabrasion is a procedure in which the skin is frozen and then a specialized rotary instrument is used to “sand” the skin. This abrasive or planning action improves skin contour as a new layer of skin replaces the treated skin. The new skin generally has a smoother appearance. Today, it is used to treat skin conditions, such as tattoo scars, age (liver) spots, wrinkles, acne scars and few types of skin lesions.
Dermabrasion can be performed in the office or in an outpatient surgical facility. The affected area is thoroughly cleansed with an antiseptic cleansing agent and then a special spray is applied that freezes the skin. A rotary instrument with an abrasive wheel or brush is used to remove the outer layers of the skin and improve any irregularities in the skin surface. After the procedure, your skin will feel as though it has been severely “brush-burned” for a few days. Dr. Bolourian may prescribe or recommend medications to help reduce any discomfort you may have. Healing usually occurs within seven to ten days.
The newly formed skin, which is pink at first, gradually develops a normal color. In most cases, the pinkness largely fades by six to eight weeks. Makeup can be used as a cover-up as soon as the skin is healed. Generally, most people can resume their normal activities in seven to 14 days after dermabrasion. Patients are instructed to avoid unnecessary direct and indirect sunlight for three to six months after the procedure, and to use sunscreen on a regular basis when outdoors.
Side effects are uncommon but they do occur. The most common side effects include: Uneven changes in skin color, darkening of the skin (temporary or permanent), scar formation and Infection.