Dermabrasion is a skin-resurfacing procedure that removes the outer layer of skin with a rapidly rotating device. The skin that regenerates is usually smoother.
Dermabrasion can reduce the appearance of fine facial lines and improve the appearance of many skin flaws, such as acne scars, surgical scars, age spots, and wrinkles. Dermabrasion can be performed on its own or in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures.
Your doctor will use anaesthetics to numb your skin during dermabrasion. Depending on the extent of your treatment, you may also have the option of taking a sedative or receiving general anaesthesia.
Dermabrasion-treated skin will be sensitive and blotchy for several weeks. Your skin tone may take up to three months to return to normal.
Your skin will be cleansed with an antiseptic, and your healthcare provider may administer any or all of the following to make you more comfortable during the dermabrasion procedure:
After the numbing medication has worn off, your healthcare provider will use a high-speed rotary instrument with an abrasive diamond wheel or wire brush to scrape away the outer layers of skin, revealing the fresh layers beneath. After the procedure, your healthcare provider will apply a moist dressing to your skin to protect it while it heals.