Doctor’s Thoughts on Dermabrasion

At Pacific Center Plastic Surgery, we strive to understand your unique concerns and goals to find the right facial treatment plan for you. When it comes to dermabrasion, we will be honest about the pros and cons of this treatment option. For many, the results of a nonsurgical solution like dermabrasion is enough to improve a range of skin concerns. We’ve helped hundreds of patients achieve improvements to the appearance and health of their skin through dermabrasion. As board-certified surgeons, we aim to deliver the best care, from consultation to post-op. To get started on your procedure or to learn more about your options, contact our office and schedule your consultation.

What is Dermabrasion?

Dermabrasion is a skin resurfacing technique that uses a rough-textured device to remove the outer layer of damaged and dead skin cells. This allows for new, healthier skin underneath to be revealed, improving the appearance and texture of the skin.

Who can Benefit from Dermabrasion?

Dermabrasion can be used to treat a variety of skin concerns including:

  • Acne scars
  • Coarse lines/wrinkles
  • Those bothered by the overall appearance or texture of their skin can benefit from the rejuvenating benefits of dermabrasion. 

However, if you have active acne, burn scars, or conditions that affect the healing of the skin, you may not be a candidate for dermabrasion. 

How is Dermabrasion Performed?

Pretreatment with topical products weeks prior to your procedure is typically done per our special protocols to speed healing and decrease pigmentation changes afterward. Dermabrasion is performed using topical anesthesia to numb the skin and improve your comfort. The dermabrader, a small motorized device with an abrasive surface tip, will then be used in the treatment area. The dermabrader will be applied to the skin with gentle pressure, moving across the surface of the skin. The dermabrasion process can take anywhere from a few minutes to over an hour depending on the size of the treatment area and the extent of your concerns. For deep scarring, several treatment sessions may be required.

Recovery after Dermabrasion

After treatment with dermabrasion, a nonstick dressing will be applied to the skin to keep it moist. While healing, the skin will be red and swollen and you may feel some tingling and tightness. Discomfort can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication, and you may want to stay home during the initial healing process. You should avoid swimming and strenuous activity for at least four weeks after treatment.

Results of Dermabrasion

After dermabrasion, the new skin will appear red at first, gradually fading to your natural skin color. Once fully healed, you can enjoy smoother, radiant skin with the removal of dead skin cells, spots, and blemishes. With the proper skincare routine, your results of dermabrasion can be long-lasting.

Your Consultation at Pacific Center Plastic Surgery

To learn more about your dermabrasion treatment at Pacific Center Plastic Surgery, contact our office and schedule your consultation. Our professional aesthetician can meet with you to determine if microdermabrasion is right for you.