Dermabrasion removes a layer of surface skin to improve the appearance of facial scarring due to acne, chicken pox, injury or other causes, as well as uneven pigmentation, wrinkles, sun damage, tattoos, age spots and certain kinds of skin lesions. It can also be used to remove pre-cancerous growths.
Dermabrasion can be performed on targeted areas of skin or the entire face, depending on each patient's individual skin condition and goals for treatment. This procedure can also be combined with others, such as facelift, chemical peel or scar revision, for optimal results. Dr. Kurtzman will determine an ideal treatment plan for you based on a thorough evaluation of your skin.
It is important for patients undergoing dermabrasion to maintain realistic expectations for treatment, and understand that this procedure can effectively enhance your appearance but will not completely change the way you look or feel. Dermabrasion can be performed on patients of all ages, although it is most successful in those with lighter skin. Those with active acne should treat existing lesions before undergoing dermabrasion in order to reduce the risk of infection.
During the dermabrasion procedure, the skin is frozen, typically with a spray, and then abraded with a high-speed rotary instrument for a dramatically smoother, fresher look. Local anesthetic is also applied to numb the skin and reduce any potential discomfort. The skin is treated in small sections, with the freezing spray applied to each area just seconds before the rotating brush is moved over the area to remove the top layers of the skin. Treatment depth is customized for each patient depending on the amount of resurfacing required.
After the skin layers are removed, an ointment and dressing may be applied to protect the treated skin from infection and other complications. Most patients are able to tolerate treatment well with only minimal discomfort. This procedure is performed in Dr. Kurtzman office and can vary from a few minutes up to an hour, depending on the size and location of the treated areas. Patients will be able to return home shortly after treatment.
After the procedure, patients will likely experience redness and swelling and feelings similar to a sunburn. There may be some tingling, burning or aching as well, which can be managed with pain medication prescribed by Dr. Kurtzman. These side effects usually last for a few days to a week, at which point patients can usually return to work and other regular activities, although physical activities and swimming should be avoided for a few weeks. Protecting the skin from sun exposure for the first few weeks after treatment is also essential in reducing the risk of complications and achieving desired results.
The results of the dermabrasion procedure will appear as redness and swelling subside, and it may take several months before full results appear. Regrowth of skin usually begins after five to eight days and patients begin to experience smoother skin and an overall improved appearance. Results vary depending on each patient's individual condition, but most are highly satisfied with the outcome of dermabrasion. Dr. Kurtzman will provide you with a comprehensive post-operative care plan to effectively achieve your desired results and promote fast healing.
As with any type of treatment, there are certain risks associated with the dermabrasion procedure, including changes in pigmentation, infection, scarring, keloids and enlarged skin pores. These risks are considered rare and can be further reduced by choosing an experienced doctor to perform your treatment. It is also important for patients to follow their doctor's instructions after treatment in order to protect the skin and promote proper healing.