If you desire glowing, radiant skin, you may want to consider dermabrasion. For those who are unfamiliar with this procedure, it is one that is offered by dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons alike and is used to treat a wide range of skin problems like acne, hyperpigmentation, and much more. While over-the-counter products can resolve certain skin imperfections, they don’t typically provide the same kind of results as those achieved with professional dermabrasion procedures.
WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR DERMABRASION?
Generally speaking, anyone who is in good health and has a desire to improve their skin appearance will be a good candidate for dermabrasion. Along with restoring your skin’s youthful appearance and resolving acne as well as hyperpigmentation problems, dermabrasion treatments can also help with the following:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Scarring caused by injuries or surgery
- Sun damage
- Uneven skin tone
All in all, dermabrasion is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that removes the damaged outer layers of skin and exposes the new and often softer, smoother skin beneath it.
WHO SHOULD AVOID DERMABRASION?
While dermabrasion is an effective skin treatment, it may not be the best choice for everyone. And it may not work for all skin problems either. For example, those with inflammatory acne, burn scars, or other significant skin problems may not be a good candidate. The same applies to those interested in tattoo removal as laser treatments are typically more effective, not to mention cost-effective. It is also worth noting that certain medications, especially those that cause skin-thinning, can rule out dermabrasion as a possible treatment to resolve skin problems. If your skin problems preclude you from undergoing dermabrasion, you’re encouraged to speaking with your physician about alternative treatments that may work for you.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING DERMABRASION?
At the start of your procedure, you will be provided with local or general anesthesia to help minimize pain. From there, a medical assistant will stretch your skin while the physician moves a dermabrader, a surgical instrument used to remove or round out of scars, across your skin’s surface. Next, your physician will apply a moist dressing over the treated skin, which will be changed on a follow-up visit, typically the next day. Lastly, your physician will provide you with information on how to care for your skin at home and also how to change your dressings, all of which will help speed up the overall healing process. For more information on dermabrasion or to schedule a consultation, consider visiting us online at drmeger.com.