What can I expect from a dermabrasion ?

What can I expect from a dermabrasion ?

DERMABRASION

What can I expect from a dermabrasion ?
Dermabrasion helps to smoothen surface irregularities by surgically scraping off the top layers of skin. It is performed to lessen the visibility of scars left by acne, accidents or previous surgery and fine lines.

Am I a suitable candidate ?
Dermabrasion is suitable for the young and the old. However, for dark complexioned people, the rejuvenated skin is more likely to take on a lighter colour than untreated areas. People who have sensitive skin and develop allergic rashes, fever blisters or cold sores frequently, may experience a flare-up after the surgery.
Surgeons would also advise those who just had a chemical peel, skin burn or radiation treatment to postpone dermabrasion due to greater risk of infection. The same is also true for those in the active stages of acne.

What happens during surgery ?
Dermabrasion is performed on an outpatient basis under local anaesthesia combined with a sedation to make you drowsy. It can last anything from a few minutes to 11/2 hour depending on the area to be dermabraded.
During the surgery, the surgeon applies an electrically operated machine with a rough rotating wheel to the uneven face. The scraping continues until the scar becomes more even with the surrounding skin. The surgeon will then apply ointment or a wet or waxy dressing to the treated area.

What are the risks and complications ?
If treated skin is exposed to the sun within months after the surgery, permanent darkening of the skin can occur. Dermabraded can also become slightly lighter and blotchy in appearance.
You may experience small white nodules that are usually temporary and enlarged skin pores that will shrink after the swelling subsides. Scarring and infection are uncommon but patients who have taken acutane for acne may have scarring after the surgery.

Before the surgery ... ... During the consultation, your surgeon will give you specific instructions for eating and drinking. He or she may also recommend 2-6 weeks of pretreatment with Retin A before the dermabrasion. You are also advised to stop smoking 1-2 weeks before and 2 weeks after dermabrasion as nicotine can slow down the healing process of the skin.

What happens after the surgery ? Immediately after surgery, your skin will be red and swollen. The swelling will usually subside in a week.
During the next 5-7 days, a scab will form over the treated areas and you should wait for it to come off by itself. As it falls off, the new pink skin underneath feels tight and make-up may be used to hide the redness. It may take up to several months for the redness to fade and during this time, avoid exposing your skin to the sun, wind or chlorinated water in pools.
You can return to work in about 1 to 2 weeks. Men should also delay shaving on the treated areas for a few days after the surgery.

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