What is dermabrasion?
Dermabrasion and dermaplaning are most often used to smooth out fine facial wrinkles, and to improve the look of skin left scarred by accidents or previous surgeries. At other times, the procedure is used to remove precancerous growths called keratoses. For deep acne scars, dermaplaning is recommended.
The procedure helps produce a finished look to your skin’s top layers by softening the sharp surface irregularities on the skin, producing a smoother appearance. Both dermabrasion and dermaplaning are used on small skin areas or the entire face, and can be used in combination with other procedures.
Are you a candidate for dermabrasion?
These procedures are designed for men and women, including young people and older adults. Your skin color and type may affect your healing. Patients with black or Asian skin, or those with dark complexions may experience skin that is permanently discolored or blotchy. If you have skin reactions or get blisters or cold sores, you may see a flair-up after your procedure.
Dermabrasion or dermaplaning may be performed in conjunction with other procedures. When you meet with Dr. Jimerson you can discuss the various options available to you.
Risks involved in dermabrasion
The dermabrasion and dermaplaning procedures are relatively safe. One risk is that you may have permanent darkening of your skin if you are exposed to sunlight in the days and months after your procedure.
Other risk include:
- Infection ª Excessive scar tissue • Development of tiny whiteheads • Enlarged skin pores (temporary)
It’s important to discuss any concerns you have with Dr. Jimerson prior to your surgery. If you have a question – please ask!
What happens prior to dermabrasion or dermaplaning? You will have lab tests, and the doctor may have you take new medications or adjust the medications that you’re currently taking.
If you smoke, you must stop several weeks prior the surgery, as it can severely impeded the healing process.
Finally, you should arrange to have someone available to drive you home after your surgery, and to be with you for the first night.
Meeting with Dr. Jimerson
Prior to dermabrasion you will have a consultation with Dr. Jimerson. This is an important appointment, as it will give you an opportunity to ask questions about the procedure and what you can expect from the surgery.
He will discuss you specific goals, take a medical history and review your current medications. Photos are usually taken, both before and after the surgery.
You will also be able to learn what options are available to you, along with the risks and possible complications of the procedure.
Questions to ask Dr. Jimerson
Here are some questions to consider:
– What surgical technique is recommended?
– How long will the recovery period be for my surgery?
– What risks are associated with my surgery?
– What type of complications can happen?
– When will I be able to see the results of my surgery?
– Do you think that I’m a good candidate for this procedure?
Bes sure to ask any other questions you have about Dr. Jimerson, the procedure or anything else that concerns you about your surgery.
You will be awake during the procedure but you will have local anesthesia and you will be sedated so you will have minimal discomfort. If it is an extensive case, you may have general anesthesia.
A wire brush is used to scrape away the top layer of skin. Sometimes a burr that has diamond particles with a motorized handle is used. This process continues until the safest area is reached to make scars or wrinkles less apparent.
A dermatome is used in the dermaplaning process. This procedure literally skims off a layer of skin around the facial defects, and continues until the acne scar is more even with surrounding areas.
After the procedure, an ointment, wet dressing or dry treatment may be used, or you may have a combination of the options.
A scab or crust will form over the treated skin area as the healing process begins. As new skin layers grow in, the scabs will drop off. You may experience itching when new skin begins to form, and you may be given an ointment to make you more comfortable.
The pink color in your face will last about three months. You can expect the swelling and redness to last for several weeks. Avoid active sports and strenuous activities for four to six weeks. Stay out of the sunlight until your pigment has come back to your skin, which could take up to 12 months.
It may take a while before you see final results, but when healing is complete you will see dramatic results.
Why use Dr. Jimerson and the Advanced Plastic Surgery Solutions team?
The team is committed to meet your unique needs, with a natural, long-lasting look. Because of his expertise, Dr. Jimerson offers patients reduced operative times, which means faster recovery times. In addition, he strives to use techniques that are safer than traditional procedures.
Schedule your appointment
The best way to determine if dermabrasion and dermaplaning is right for you is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jimerson. The doctor will discuss the procedure, evaluate your concerns relating to your body and answer any questions you may have. To schedule your appointment click here.