Dermabrasion helps to “refinish” the skin’s top layers through a method of controlled surgical resurfacing with a rapidly rotating device. Dermabrasion is most often used to improve the look of facial skin left scarred by accidents or previous surgery, deep acne scarring, or to smooth out fine facial wrinkles. It is also useful in removing the pre-cancerous growths called keratosis. The treatments soften the harsh edges of surface irregularities, giving the skin a smoother appearance.
Dermabrasion can be done alone or in combination with other cosmetic procedures. During dermabrasion, your skin will be numbed with anesthetics. You might also have the option of taking a sedative or using general anesthesia, depending on the extent of your treatment. After your procedure your skin will have noted tenderness, swelling and redness. The tenderness and swelling will typically resolve within the first week, and the redness will quickly fade to pink. The pink skin will take several weeks to return to normal, but can easily be concealed through a light base coverup.