What is Dermabrasion?

A treatment most often used to get rid of acne scars, dermabrasion is a procedure wherein a cosmetic dermatologist carefully removes the top layers of skin to improve skin contour. This also allows a new, younger layer of skin to grow and gives the skin a younger and fresher appearance after healing.

Dermabrasion is an excellent treatment option for many skin conditions that microdermabrasion and other gentle skin resurfacing procedures won’t fix.

  • Acne scar removal
  • Age spots
  • Wrinkles
  • Chicken pox (varicella) scars
  • Enlarged nose due to rosacea
  • Scars due to accidents or diseases
  • Skin lesions
  • Tattoo scars
  • What is the treatment like?

Dermabrasion can be performed either in a cosmetic dermatologist’s office or in a surgical facility. It is an outpatient procedure, meaning that patients can leave the same day as their treatment. Your doctor will use a local numbing agent like lidocaine to numb the area, then use ice packs and special sprays to freeze the top layers of skin. For deeper treatments or treatments of larger areas, your doctor may use general anesthesia. He or she will then use freezing treatments and work in small areas with a device used to remove the outer layers of skin.

Your recovery time may vary depending on the depth of skin removal and size of the area treated. Most patients see new skin regrowing within five to seven days, and many choose to return to their normal activities within two weeks. The new skin that grows in will usually be quite pink for the first six to eight weeks, but patients are free to use makeup to achieve their normal skin tone after the skin heals.

Who is a Candidate for Dermabrasion?

Because dermabrasion is often performed under anesthesia and is tougher on the skin compared with gentler exfoliation procedures, it may not be appropriate for all patients. The following people should not have dermabrasion:

  • People with certain skin disorders or a blood flow disorder
  • People who have recently had a procedure such as a facelift or a browlift
  • People with skin infections (like herpes)
  • Patients who have taken the acne drug isotretinoin (usually known by the brand name Accutane) within the past year

Why Choose Dermabrasion with Abadir & Associates?

Cosmetic dermatologists Drs. Dale and Michelle Abadir have years of experience performing dermabrasion procedures in New York. Their experience and expertise in skin rejuvenation shows through their excellent work, and their clients love the personable and welcoming atmosphere of the Abadir Associates office.

The doctors take a personalized approach when it comes to dermatology – they take each patient’s desires and goals into consideration and recommend a treatment that meets their specific needs. Even if you are not a candidate for dermabrasion, they can recommend a different treatment beneficial to your skin and lifestyle.

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