Fine lines and wrinkles are the most common markers of facial aging, and there are a number of cosmetic procedures to combat them. Facial lines can also be caused by smoking, drinking, genetics, and sun exposure.
Dermabrasion is a very effective procedure for treatment of acne scars, wrinkles, and other blemishes on the skin. This treatment also has a much shorter recovery time compared to procedures like the facelift.
When to Consider Dermabrasion
You are an ideal candidate for a dermabrasion treatment if:
• You have fine lines around your nose, mouth, eyes, or cheeks.
• You are unhappy with the signs of aging that make you look much older than you actually feel.
• You have facial scars as a result of chicken pox, acne, or an injury.
• You have blotches or brown spots on your skin.
What Does a Dermabrasion Treatment Entail?
The idea behind the procedure is to cause controlled injury to the skin to jumpstart the healing process. This results in the creation of fresh healthy tissue, thereby eliminating or reducing wrinkles and skin blemishes.
This procedure is particularly effective if you have vertical wrinkles around your mouth. It can be performed on a small area or on the entire face.
Typically, the surgeon will use a spinning wheel with a rough surface, not very different from sandpaper, to perform the treatment. The tool will be rubbed over your skin, removing the upper layers.
Preparation for the Dermabrasion Procedure
Your surgeon will give you detailed pre-treatment instructions and will answer any questions you might have. He will also take a detailed history and perform a thorough physical examination to determine if you are fit for the treatment.
To prepare for the procedure, you will be asked to:
• Apply special gels or ointments to your skin.
• Avoid taking anti-inflammatories and certain herbal medications that can increase your chance of bleeding.
• Stop smoking to promote faster healing.
• Stay hydrated, both before and after the surgery.
What Is the Recovery Like?
Right after the treatment, you might have a sensation on your skin that is similar to a skinned-knee feeling. It is likely that the treated area will be swollen and red for a time. You might feel a tingling sensation over the treated area, accompanied by slight scabbing. Once the anesthesia wears off, you may experience a degree of temporary discomfort.
It will take about a week for the new skin to form. During this time, staying home from work may be recommended. Keep the treated area out of direct sunlight. Avoid heavy lifting and other strenuous activities for a time after the surgery. Drinking or eating might be difficult depending on the area that is treated.
Your surgeon will give you full directions for your recovery. It is vitally important that you follow the instructions of the surgeon. He will also give you a list of normal symptoms that you’ll experience. The recovery time varies greatly from one person to another, depending on a number of factors, including age, metabolism, and aftercare.
Arrange a Dermabrasion Appointment
To learn more about what a dermabrasion treatment can do for you, speak with Dr. Lawrence Glassman, a board-certified plastic surgeon. Contact us to get started with the dermabrasion process by arranging a consultation.