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Facial Dermabrasion Surgery

An Introduction

The surgery can be performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia. The procedure usually takes 3 to 4 hours and you can go home at the very same day of the surgery. It takes 5-7 days to return back to the normal activities and 4 to 6 weeks to resolve the swelling completely. The overall social downtime is 6 to 8 weeks.

The Procedure

Dermabrasion can be performed fairly quickly. The procedures usually take anywhere from a few minutes to an hour and a half, depending on how large an area of skin is involved. It's not uncommon for the procedure to be performed more than once, or in stages, especially when scarring is deep or a large area of skin is involved.

In dermabrasion, the surgeon scrapes away the outer few layers of skin with a rough wire brush, or a burr containing diamond particles, attached to a motorized handle. The scraping continues until the surgeon reaches the safest level that will make the scar or wrinkle less visible.

The surgeon may then treat the skin in a number of ways, including ointment, a wet or waxy dressing, dry treatment, or some combination of these.

The Procedure (view the procedure in 3-D animation)

Smooth skin is just one of the signs of healthy, glowing skin. Although the skin renews itself naturally about every 20-days, in our 30s, this rate slow down as the process becomes less efficient as a result of skin damage. Exfoliation helps to remove dead skin cells to improve the skin’s texture and reveal a healthy, glowing complexion. Micro-dermabrasion help to "refinish" the skin's top layers through a method of controlled scraping. Micro-dermabrasion is miniature form of dermabrasion where only the outermost layer of epidermis (not dermis) is removed by an especial apparatus called Micro-dermabrader. This instrument applies a controlled suction through an diamond crystal coated hollow head piece. To & fro movement of this head cause controlled exfoliation of your outer most layers of epidermis. The top layer of skin is home to many minor skin imperfections like fine wrinkles, blemishes and acne scarring. Microdermabrasion can help improve these skin conditions as well as treat sun damage and pigmentation.

The treatments soften the sharp edges of surface irregularities, giving the skin a smoother appearance. Micro-dermabrasion reveals your natural radiance and luminosity and can easily be incorporated into a beauty regime.

Other Considerations

If you're planning "surface repairs" on your face, you may also be considering chemical peel, an alternative method of surgically removing the top layer of skin. However, dermabrasion use surgical instruments to remove the affected skin layers, while chemical peel uses a caustic solution. Many plastic surgeons perform all three procedures, selecting one or a combination of procedures to suit the individual patient and the problem.


You may develop tiny whiteheads after surgery. These usually disappear on their own, or with the use of an abrasive pad or soap (the surgeon may have to remove them occasionally). You may also develop enlarged skin pores; these usually shrink to near normal size once the swelling has subsided. While infection and scarring are rare with skin-refinishing treatments, they are possible. Some individuals develop excessive scar tissue (keloid or hypertrophic scars); these are usually treated with the application or injection of steroid medications to soften the scar. You can reduce your risks by choosing a qualified plastic surgeon and closely following his or her advice. Most surgeons won't perform treatment during the active stages of acne because of a greater risk of infection. The same may be true if you've had radiation treatments, a bad skin burn, or a previous chemical peel.

Your Recovery & the Results

Directly after the procedure, your skin will be fairly red and swollen, and eating and speaking may be difficult. You'll probably feel some tingling, burning, or aching; any pain you feel can be controlled with medications prescribed by your surgeon. The swelling will begin to subside within a few days to a week. If you remember the scrapes you got when you fell down as a child, you'll have an idea of what to expect from this type of surgery. A scab or crust will form over the treated area as it begins to heal. This will fall off as a new layer of tight, pink skin forms underneath. Your face may itch as new skin starts to grow, and your surgeon may recommend an ointment to make you more comfortable. If ointment is applied immediately after surgery, little or no scab will form.

Your new skin will be a bit swollen, sensitive, and bright pink for several weeks. During this time, you can gradually begin to resume your normal activities. You can expect to be back at work in about two weeks. It’s important to protect your skin from the sun until the pigment has completely returned to your skin- as long as six to twelve months.

Refinishing treatments can offer dramatic improvements in the surface of your skin, but it will take some time before you see the final results.

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