Dermabrasion is one of the oldest methods used for improvement of the quality and texture of skin. Dermabrasion should not to be confused with microdermabrasion. Dermabrasion is one of the oldest cosmetic procedures performed as it has been used for centuries to improve skin texture, even pigmentation, and reduce wrinkles.

What is Dermabrasion?

With this procedure, the surgeon sands away layers of skin to improve wrinkles and blemishes. Often, a bit containing thousands of tiny diamonds is used on a drill to gently remove the layers of skin.

What could I expect after the procedure?

The treated areas will be raw. Typically, the skin on the face heals over in about seven days. Some areas may take up to ten days to completely heal. During this time, one must apply a Vaseline-like ointment to the skin several times daily.

Does the procedure hurt?

In nearly all cases, no it does not hurt. Some surgeons use a cold spray to numb the skin. Other surgeons prefer to inject the areas to be treated with anesthetic. Others prefer to have the patients undergo conscious sedation.

Will there be discomfort after the procedure?

Most patients complain of mild to moderate discomfort that peaks about 24 hours after the procedure. This is usually easily relieved with prescription pain medications, although many patients need not any prescription pain medications.

Can Dermabrasion improve wrinkles?

Yes. Dermabrasion is commonly used to improve wrinkles on the face. In addition, it can improve “age spots” and “acne scars”.

Why are more and more surgeons performing laser instead of dermabrasion?

The dermabrasion procedure requires skill and experience to perform well. Additionally, dermabrasion poses a health risk to operating room personnel as the patient’s blood is aerosolized and remains in the room for hours. Furthermore, lasers can precisely remove skin layer by layer.

What are the advantages of dermabrasion?

Dermabrasion typically costs less than laser peel. Healing is usually faster than laser peel with reduced risk of prolonged redness.

What are the disadvantages of dermabrasion?

Some surgeons believe that laser peels results in more tightening of the skin than dermabrasion. Dermabrasion requires significantly more surgical skill to perform well.

How much does dermabrasion cost?

Depending upon how many areas are treated, dermabrasion typically costs between $400 and $2000.

Robert S. Bader, M.D., Dermatologist

1 Comment

  1. Wes Dibben on August 7, 2021 at 2:07 am

    Very good article. I am going through some of these issues as well..

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