Have you ever looked in the mirror and wished for smoother skin?

Dermabrasion might make your dreams come true.

We Know: All About Dermabrasion

What is dermabrasion?

Dermabrasion is minor surgery where the skin is sanded with a high-speed brush to smooth out scars from acne and surgeries, skin irregularities and wrinkles. Dermabrasion can also be used to remove tattoos.

Who shouldn't get dermabraded?

Dermabrasion isn't for everyone. If you have naturally dark skin, you could become permanently splotchy after you heal from the treatment. If you get frequent cold sores, this procedure could cause a flare up. People with freckles are sometimes discouraged from getting dermabrasion because it can remove them on certain areas of the face. Likewise, if you have current active acne, most doctors will not perform the dermabrasion procedure due to a greater risk of infection.

What risks are associated with dermabrasion?

As with any surgery, dermabrasion carries with it a few risks you should be aware of before going ahead with the procedure.

  • Permanent darkness or lightness of treated area.1
  • Infection and scarring. Although it is rare, major scarring can happen. You should consult your dermatologist immediately if you notice any abnormal healing.
  • Enlarged pores and whiteheads. They usually diminish on their own, but your doctor may have to intervene and remove the small bumps.

What happens during a dermabrasion treatment?

First, local anesthesia is given. Then, the doctor uses a wire brush that rotates to sand away the affected area. This scraping continues until the doctor goes deep enough to lessen the appearance of the scar while still being safe. The area will scab over and then new, pink skin will emerge from underneath. Your skin may feel tight and itchy as the new skin grows, so special creams may be prescribed for a smoother healing process. For several months after the procedure, you should avoid direct sunlight, as your skin will not have regenerated all of its pigment.

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