Dermabrasion is an exfoliating technique that is gaining popularity globally because of its effectiveness in resurfacing the skin. A special rotating device is used to gently remove the outer layers of the skin to enable fresh, smooth and unblemished skin to grow back. The procedure has been proven to be successful in reducing the appearance of lines on the face and improving the look of various skin flaws including acne scars, age spots, wrinkles and surgical scars. Dermabrasion is a standalone procedure but if required and recommended by your doctor, it can be combined with other aesthetic procedures.
The procedure is an outpatient one and you will be able to return home after it is over. Before the procedure, a local anaesthetic will be applied to the face to reduce any sensation of discomfort you may feel. The doctor will move a small electromechanical device across your face using even gentle pressure. This device rubs off the outer layers of skin. The procedure can take from a few minutes to an hour or even more, depending on the amount of skin to be treated. If there is deep scarring more than one sitting may be required.
On completion of the treatment, a non-stick dressing will be placed on the treated skin and you will be given instructions on the skincare routine you will have to follow at home for a few days. If your skin is very sensitive, you may also be prescribed medication to ease any possible discomfort. A follow-up appointment will be scheduled after a few days so the doctor can check your progress and modify your self-care routine is it is required. As the healing progresses you will notice an improvement in your skin condition, texture and appearance.
Skin Polishing for Glowing Smooth Skin
Skin polishing is a procedure to exfoliate and brighten dull skin by removing dead skin on the surface. The skin texture will become smoother and the signs of skin damage such as excessive tanning caused by sun exposure and uneven skin tone will be reduced. The procedure is generally done on the face, but can also be done on the neck, hands, back, etc. Among the conditions that skin polishing can treat are:
- Striae or stretch marks
- Age spots
- Crow’s feet
- Rough skin tone and texture
The process involves gentle dermabrasion coupled with the use of nutrients to nourish the newly revealed under layers of the skin. The type of nutrients and/or moisturizers will be decided by the doctor, based on your skin type and its needs. The number of treatments/sitting required will depend on the area being treated and the extent of skin damage to be repaired. Your doctor will give you this information before the start of the treatment, along with instructions on the skincare routine you will need to follow for a few days after the treatment.
Dermabrasion for Scar Revision
No one wants scars on their body. The sad truth is that almost everyone has scars of some kind on their body that they wish were not there. The worst are scars on the face which besides affecting a person’s appearance has the added negative of often causing people to become self-conscious about the way they look. There are several cosmetic treatments for scar reduction, but the most effective and permanent is dermabrasion. Dermabrasion can be used on acne scars, chickenpox and measles marks, injury and surgical scarring, and raised scars from other skin conditions. By removing the surface layers of skin, scars are either reduced in size and appearance or even totally removed.
The procedure is an outpatient one so you will be able to return home after the treatment. Your doctor will give you instructions on the skincare routine you will have to follow for a few days after the treatment. The number of treatments required to produce the optimum results will depend on the size and depth of the scarring. Your doctor will be able to tell you more about this after conduction an examination.