Dermabrasion

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Who hasn’t seen a baby’s clear, glowing skin and wished that their own skin looked even half as fresh and lovely? No wonder that the bloom of youth is so prized!

When you are young, the skin cells rapidly replicate themselves, the top layer sloughs off, and the fresh new skin beneath is revealed. This cycle is rapidly repeated so that your skin always looks fresh and glowing.


But, as you age, your skin often becomes dull and lifeless. This is mainly because the skin cells do not rejuvenate themselves as often, leading to the top layer of skin, which has lost its healthy, fresh and glowing appearance, not being replaced as often as it used to be.

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One way to treat this problem is to remove the top layer of the skin with the help of dermabrasion so that the new skin underneath is revealed.

In effect, dermabrasion is a fast, effective skin-resurfacing procedure which uses a swiftly rotating device to sand away the topmost layer of the skin.

A refrigerant spray is often used to “freeze” the skin and reduce its movement, while the procedure is being carried out.

In the hands of a skilled surgeon, the skin is thus damaged in a controlled manner, so that the top layer is removed. The skin that grows back is usually younger looking and smoother.

This procedure is also very effective in the removal of fine lines, especially those near and around the mouth, which have the effect of “dragging down” your face and adding years to your age.

Surgeons also recommend dermabrasion for acne scars, which respond well to this treatment. These scars become noticeably lighter and in most cases they disappear altogether, leaving you with dewy – fresh skin once again.

It may also be very effective for tattoo removal, and can also be used to remove actinic keratoses, i.e. the very first stage of skin cancer.

During the procedure, the surgeon will use a special, rapidly rotating device to gently and carefully “sand” the top surface of the skin, exposing the new skin underneath.

While you are undergoing the dermabrasion, your skin will be numbed with local anesthetics. You might also be given a sedative or even a general anesthetic, depending on the extent of your treatment.

It is typically done as an outpatient procedure, and can take just a few minutes, or up to hour or more, depending on how large an area of skin is being treated. You need to be aware that the procedure will leave the skin red and raw for some time, until the skin has healed and the fresh skin has emerged. This may take up to three months to fade completely.

You will then see the result – dewy, fresh, and glowing skin that will earn you plenty of compliments on your youthful appearance!

Details

Whenever you go in for any surgical procedure, cosmetic or otherwise, it is best to go in with your eyes open, and to be aware of all that is involved. This will help you to decide whether this is the right procedure for you, and give you a clear picture of the benefits that you will obtain from it, as well as any other factors that you should take into consideration. Here are the details that you should be aware of before you decide to go in for dermabrasion. Dermabrasion is a procedure that is used to improve one’s appearance and fight the effects of aging on the skin. It can also be used to treat:-

  • Scars caused by surgery, injuries, or acne,
  • Fine wrinkles, especially those in the area of the lips and nose; also called naso-labial lines
  • Unsightly age spots
  • actinic keratoses, i.e. patches of rough skin which may be precancerous
  • Tattoos which you no longer wish to have
  • Swelling and redness of the nose

How It Works?

Basically, dermabrasion is a surgical procedure that involves the controlled scraping away of the upper layers of the skin by using various mechanical means. This sloughs off the damaged and dead skin, which will soon be replaced by a layer of fresh and healthy new skin, thus restoring your youthful and glowing appearance. Like an artist, your surgeon will scrape off precisely the right thickness of skin to expose the growing layer beneath, and will not go deep enough to injure the deeper skin cells. In the hands of an experienced and reputed surgeon, the perfect balance is struck. Typically, your surgeon will use a small mechanical device, called a dermabrader, which rotates at high speeds, like a miniature sanding machine. The tip may consist of a wire brush, or a rough edged diamond wheel, called a burr, which is used to remove the top layers of the skin. The brush or burr will rotate at high speeds, removing and smoothening (abrading or planing) the top layers of the skin. This process damages or wounds the upper layers of your skin, in a strictly controlled manner, and causes it to bleed The entire process can take just a few minutes or last over an hour, depending on the size of the skin area which is being treated. In case you have deep scars, or if you are having a larger area of skin treated, you might have to repeat the procedure after some time, or have dermabrasion done in stages As the surface heals, new skin will appear in place of the aged and dull skin that was removed. You need to remember, however, that the aging process will continue and this is not a permanent solution. As with almost any cosmetic procedure, the improvement in your appearance will not last indefinitely. But, if you take proper care of your new complexion, it will remain fresh and youthful longer! The first step is to clean and mark the areas which are to be treated, especially in the case of dermabrasion for acne scars. Your surgeon will then apply a local anesthetic, e.g. lidocaine to numb the skin before treatment. Usually, ice packs are applied to the skin for up to 30 minutes to numbe the sensation. A cryogenic (freezing) spray can also be used to desnsitize the skin for a deeper abrasion, in case the anesthetic and the ice packs don’t make the skin firm enough. For deeper dermabrasion, or if the whole face is going to be treated, you may need stronger pain killers or even general anesthesia. One small area at a time is normally treated. The freezing spray will be applied for a few seconds and then the rotating sander will be utilized to take off the top layers of skin. A gauze dressing will be used to stop oozing and bleeding, and the entire area will then be covered with ointment and a sterile dressing will be applied. Dermabrasion is normally done as an outpatient procedure and you should not need to be admitted to the hospital. In 8 to ten days you will see the new skin emerging. At first it will be red and raw, but in a few weeks the color will return to normal and you can start collecting compliments on your lovely complexion!

Treatment Details

Dermabrasion is a procedure that is used to improve one’s appearance and fight the effects of aging on the skin. It can also be used to treat:- Scars caused by surgery, injuries, or acne, Fine wrinkles, especially those in the area of the lips and nose; also called naso-labial lines Unsightly age spots actinic keratoses, i.e. patches of rough skin which may be precancerous Tattoos which you no longer wish to have Swelling and redness of the nose

FAQ

When going in for any surgical procedure, it is but natural for you to have a number of doubts and questions in your mind. Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Dermabrasion

What Exactly Is Dermabrasion?

Dermabrasion is a cosmetic procedure that is used to surgically strip away the outermost layer of the skin, so that the inner layer is exposed and thus grows into fresh new skin. It is normally not required for medical reasons, although dermabrasion for acne scars is an accepted form of treatment.

Am I a good candidate for Dermabrasion?

For a successful dermabrasion procedure you should be in reasonably good health, and your general physician should give you the approval for the surgery. You should also have realistic expectations for the final result, and you should not expect a100% improvement. In general, a 50% improvement in your skin condition is considered an excellent result.

What does Dermabrasion involve?

Dermabrasion typically involves the controlled scraping away of the uppermost layer of the skin by using various mechanical means. The surgeon will use a small rotating device, called a dermabrader, which is like a miniature sanding machine. The tip may be either a wire brush, or a diamond wheel, called a burr. This brush or burr will rotate at high speeds, removing the upper layers of the skin. The process scrapes away this upper layer, in a tightly controlled manner, and causes it to bleed. As the surface heals, fresh new skin will appear in place of the old and dull skin that was removed.

How long does the surgery last?

The surgery may take just a few minutes or last over an hour, as it depends on the size of the area being treated. In case you have deep scars, or if you are getting a larger area of skin treated, you may need to repeat the procedure after a gap of some time, or have it done in stages. It is an outpatient procedure and you can return home on the same day.

What other Cosmetic Skin procedures are available to me?

Chemical peels and laser resurfacing are other methods which are used to improve the texture and appearance of your skin, and give the skin a more youthful appearance.

Are the results permanent?

Remember that the results may not be permanent. As you age, you will continue to develop lines when you frown, laugh or smile. Further sun damage can also affect your skin. In general, the more care you take to avoid the sun, the longer the effect will last.

Are there any risks involved in this surgery?

There are always some risks in the case of any surgical procedure. Dermabrasioncan sometimes cause infection or scarring. Good after-care after the procedure can minimize these risks. Remember that if the doctor’s instructions are carefully followed, the chances of any complications are minimized.

Does Dermabrasion hurt?

Yes, you should be prepared to experience some pain during the procedure and for some time after it. What after – effects should I expect? After the procedure, you should expect to have red, swollen skin for at least 2 to .3 weeks, perhaps longer. You may also experience itching and discomfort, but they should clear up within the same time period.

How much will the treatment Cost?

The more skilled and experience your surgeon, the more his services are likely to cost. The same applies to the clinic charges. You can make inquiries locally to get an idea of prices in your area. But, you must remember that it is always worth it to pay a little more for a skilled professional and make sure that you get the best treatment possible.

PRECAUTION

Before you decide to go in for dermabrasion, you should schedule a visit to a reputed skin care clinic or visit a competent and well-qualified surgeon who has experience in this field. The surgeon should carefully consider your general health and also take into account your expectations from this procedure. He may carry out a number of medical tests to assess whether you are a suitable candidate. If feasible, he will also be in touch with your general physician, to obtain a clear picture of your medical history.

General Contraindications

You may not be a suitable candidate for dermabrasion if you

  • Have used isotretinoin orally for treatment of acne, within the last year.
  • Have a family or personal history of keloids, i.e. a tendency to abnormal scarring.
  • Have had a recent brow lift or face lift.
  • Have deep burn scars, or active acne or herpes infections on the facial skin.
  • Have an immune system disorder that may prevent healing of the skin.
Your doctor will take all these factors into account before giving you the go-ahead for the surgery.

Pre Surgery Precautions:-

Your doctor will discuss the dermabrasion procedure with you and also discuss the precautions you will need to take before the surgery. Before the procedure, your doctor may ask you to

  • Stop taking any medications that may cause hyper-pigmentation, i.e. darkening of the skin, and also any blood thinners that may cause excessive bleeding.
  • Stop smoking, at-least for some weeks before and after the procedure.
  • Take an oral antibiotic if you have acne, to avoid any possible bacterial infections.
  • Take an anti-viral medication for some time before and after the procedure, to avoid any possible viral infections.
  • Use a topical retinoid cream like tretinoin to help the healing process.
  • Avoid excessive sun exposure, as too much exposure can lead to irregular patches of pigmentation in the treated skin. Your doctor will explain the acceptable level of sun exposure.
  • On the morning of your surgery, remember to take any essential medications that you normally require, e.g. for diabetes, with just a small sip of water.
  • Do not wear makeup at all on the day of surgery.
  • Make sure that someone is there to take you home, and to take care of you for the first several hours after you are released following surgery.

Be sure that you follow all the doctor’s instructions carefully, to ensure a successful outcome for the surgery.

Post Surgery Precautions:-

After your dermabrasion procedure, the doctor will apply a topical antibiotic ointment and the skin will be covered with a special non-stick dressing. The doctor will probably prescribe a pain killer also. You will be called for a fresh dressing and a check up after a few days. At home, you can change the dressing, clean the treated areas, and apply medication as directed by the doctor. It is very important that you stay out of the sun while you are healing. If it is essential for you to go into the sunlight, you should apply sunscreen with a high SPF factoras your new skin is very susceptible to damage and discoloration from the sunlight. Also, avoid chlorinated swimming pools for at least a month. You should also avoid active sports, to prevent any accident or injury to the treated areas. You can return to work after about two weeks, although you may prefer to remain at home until the swelling and redness have disappeared. You can use cosmetics to mask the redness, if you wish. Remember that the skin will be red and swollen, and may feel irritated and itchy for up to two weeks, or even longer. There may be a scab or crust over the area. This is normal and should disappear gradually. But, if the itchiness, redness and discomfort seem to be increasing after the healing process has started, contact your doctor right away, as these could be signs of scarring. You need to be aware that you may not see the final results for several weeks or even months after the dermabrasion procedure.

Possible Complications of dermabrasion

Some of the common side effects may include:

  • Scarring, which may be more pronounced in the case of deeper abrasions
  • Redness, which usually fades within 8 to 12 weeks, but which may last much longer in rare cases
  • Swelling, which usually subsides in 2 or 3 weeks
  • Flare-ups of acne, which can normally be treated with tretinoin. Antibiotics may sometimes be required.
  • Increased pigmentation (color) in the skin. The treated skin may become darker (hyperpigmented) than the surrounding skin.
  • Increased sensitivity to sunlight.
  • Loss of color in the skin – a complication which is more common in people with dark skin
  • Tissue damage, which may be caused by excessive freezing in cases where a freezing spray is used).

However, in almost all cases, when dermabrasion is carried out by a skilled and experienced doctor, complications are extremely rare. Almost all patients report a high level of satisfaction with their new glowing skin and rejuvenated look.

Consulting

Before doing any treatment please consult your doctor to confirm if the treatment is the right one for you

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