The dermabrasion procedure involves the removal of the outer layers of skin in order to allow new, healthier layers of skin to take their place. It may be done for specific, targeted areas or for entire sections of the body.
While the face is the most commonly treated area, other sections of the body may be treated using dermabrasion. This is often done when treating color changes in the skin or superficial skin growths. Dermabrasion is also an effective treatment for acne scarring, fine lines and scarring left by surgery or trauma.
When to Consider Dermabrasion
Good dermabrasion candidates are healthy individuals who have a full understanding of the procedure and its possible outcomes. Dermabrasion may be an effective treatment for:
- Surgical or trauma scarring
- Acne scars
- Superficial skin growths
- Changes in skin pigmentation
- Fine lines and wrinkles
Smoking, taking certain medications or a history of some medical conditions may have an adverse effect on the healing process. Those who have an active skin infection, a history of abnormal scarring or have used isotretinoin in the last 12 months may not be good candidates for this procedure.
What are the steps of the dermabrasion procedure?
The treatment areas are first cleansed and marked. Local anesthetic is administered and ice packs are applied to numb the skin. Larger areas may require general anesthetic. A freezing spray may be applied to the treatment area just before the procedure begins. A rotating burr or brush is used to remove the damaged skin one layer at a time. Once the procedure is finished, gauze is applied and a clean dressing is set in place.
How long does recovery take following the procedure?
The recovery process varies based on individual healing rates and the size of the treatment area. After the procedure, an ointment may be applied to protect the new skin. The treated area will require multiple cleanings and new dressings daily for the first 3-8 days while the new skin regrows. The new skin may have a pink or reddish color for the next few weeks. Sun exposure should be avoided, as the new skin will be especially sensitive to sunlight.
Is there scarring from dermabrasion?
Generally, there is no scarring from the dermabrasion procedure, though this may occur in rare cases as a complication. Proper cleaning and application of ointment can help protect the skin from scarring.
How will I feel after the procedure?
While most patients have no significant pain following the procedure, some patients may experience a level of discomfort serious enough to warrant the use of over-the-counter pain-relieving medication or prescriptions.
Are there any possible complications?
All risks will be discussed in depth during the consultation process. There is a very low chance that dermabrasion may lead to additional scarring, acne or abnormal pigmentation. It may also cause skin sensitivity or swelling. As with all surgical procedures, infection, bleeding or poor wound healing may occur.
Learn More About Dermabrasion in Tampa
For more information about dermabrasion, or to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Mosiello, contact us at 813-631-1500. Our Tampa Palms cosmetic surgery office is conveniently located in New Tampa near Wesley Chapel.