Dermabrasion is a skin resurfacing treatment technique used to remove the top layers of your skin. By removing the epidermis and superficial dermis epithelium regeneration occurs for skin problem improvement.
A special device is used to carefully sand off the top skin surface. Afterwards, petroleum jelly or antibiotic ointment is placed on the dermabrasion site to lessen the potential for scabbing and scaring. And you may be prescribed a pain reliever for skin discomfort.
Generally, dermabrasion is performed while you’re awake. Local anesthesia is applied to your skin problems area that is destined for resurfacing to reduce any associative pain. For complex procedures a sedative may be given as well.
Some of the skin problems and health conditions dermabrasion skin resurfacing may be used on are:
- acne scars
- tattoo removal
- actinic keratosis
- acanthosis nigricans
- seborrheic keratosis
- varicella pock marks
- surgical, trauma scars
- skin color abnormalities
- rhinophyma ~ form of rosacea
- fine lines & wrinkles around mouth
Dermabrasion does have complication risks after your skin resurfacing treatment, such as:
Dermabrasion skin resurfacing will not entirely remove your skin problems, it only soften the edges of your abnormality to improve appearance. And laser resurfacing has taken the place of dermabrasion in many cases.