Dermabrasion is a skin rejuvenation treatment that sweeps away dead skin cells to improve the overall appearance of the skin. A tool such as a wire brush or a diamond wheel with rough edges, also known as a fraise or burr, is used to remove the skin’s top layers to stimulate the growth of new skin. The tool rotates quickly to level off, or abrade, the top layer through a process that is meant to injure the skin, causing it to wound and peel. New skin replaces the damaged skin, providing a softer and improved appearance. This treatment is best used for issues such as rough skin texture, small acne scars, hyperpigmentation, rosacea, fine lines, wrinkles and more. Our offices throughout North Texas offer the DermaSweep technique during dermabrasion. This safe and effective method uses synthetic bristles to gently sweep away dead skin cells. Dr. Matthew Barrows and his team of medical professionals and determatologists have found that it can drastically improve the skin’s appearance and create a healthy, glowing complexion in our McKinney, Allen, Rockwall, and Dallas patients.
Dermabrasion is considered a safe and effective treatment for anyone desiring to improve his or her appearance, and improve skin tone and texture. Those with acne scars can benefit from this treatment, as well as those with small cysts, abnormal patches of skin and superficial skin growths. Patients with skin color irregularities, such as hyperpigmentation, can be treated with this method as well. Dermabrasion is not advised for those who have severe acne or who have used certain acne drugs, such as isotretinoin, in the past 6-12 months. Patients who have a history of developing keloids or other abnormal scarring should avoid dermabrasion.
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The Dermabrasion Process
Before dermabrasion is started, the dermatologist will thoroughly clean the areas to be treated. The skin is then numbed with a local anesthetic. Ice packs can also applied to the skin for up to 30 minutes prior to dermabrasion. In some cases, a freezing spray, or cryogenic, is applied to the skin to firm it in preparation for deeper abrasions. The deepness of dermabrasion treatments can vary based on a patient’s condition. For deeper abrasions or to treat the entire face, a local anesthesia may be needed. The rotating tool is applied to small areas of slightly stretched skin and is brushed back-and-forth to achieve the desired results.
What to Expect
Dermabrasion is slightly invasive, causing wounds, so some discomfort may occur. The skin typically bleeds during the process so the doctor will apply gauze to the affected areas. After the procedure, a soothing ointment will be applied to soothe the skin and a clean dressing will be applied. Patients should be prepared with how they will look immediately after the procedure since the skin will be wounded. The wounds will vary depending on the depth of the dermabrasion. Healing time is also dependent upon the size of the area treated as well as the depth. Skin regrowth usually takes 5-8 days and normal skin color should return in 2-3 weeks for milder treatments, and 6-12 weeks for deeper treatments.
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Dermabrasion is a common treatment at our dermatology office. It works similar to a chemical peel, but the technique is different. Both of these treatments can be discussed during an in-depth skin analysis and consult. Please call our office today to schedule your appointment.