Both dermabrasion and dermaplaning can be performed on small areas of skin or on the entire face. They can be used alone, or in conjunction with other procedures such as facelift, scar removal or revision, or chemical peel.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 and dermaplaning use surgical instruments to remove the affected skin layers, while chemical peel uses a caustic solution. Dr. Viral performs all three procedures -advising on one or a combination of procedures to suit the individual patient and the problem. In general, chemical peel is used more often to treat fine wrinkles- dermabrasion and dermaplaning for deeper imperfections such as acne scars. A non-chemical approach may also be preferred for individuals with slightly darker skin, especially when treating limited areas of the face, since dermabrasion and dermaplaning are less likely to produce extreme changes and contrasts in skin color.
Dermabrasion and dermaplaning can enhance your appearance and your self-confidence, but neither treatment will remove all scars and flaws or prevent aging. Before you decide to have a skin-refinishing treatment, think carefully about your expectations and discuss them with Dr. Viral.
WHAT TO EXPECT
AT YOUR CONSULTATION
In your initial consultation, be open in discussing your expectations with Dr. Viral and don’t hesitate to ask any questions or express any concerns you may have. Dr. Viral will discuss your medical history, conduct a routine examination and photograph your face. He will explain the procedure in detail, along with its risks and benefits, the recovery period and the costs.
We give utmost importance to patient confidentiality and take strictest care to ensure your privacy. The staff at CPLSS understands that it can be difficult for a patient to make enquiries about such a delicate matter. It is our aim to make you feel as relaxed, comfortable and fully informed about the procedure as possible.
PREPARATION FOR SURGERY
STOP SMOKING PRIOR TO SURGERY
You may be given special instructions regarding the care and treatment of your skin prior to surgery. If you smoke, you’ll probably be asked to stop for a week or two before and after surgery, since smoking decreases blood circulation in the skin and impedes healing.
BE ACCOMPANIED BY SOMEONE
While you’re making preparations, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery.
HOW DERMABRASION IS PERFORMED?
In dermabrasion, the outermost layer of skin is scraped away with a rough wire brush, or a burr containing diamond particles, attached to a motorized handle. The scraping continues till the safest level that will make the scar or wrinkle less visible. Dermabrasion and dermaplaning can be performed fairly quickly. The procedures usually take from a few minutes to an hour and a half, depending on how large an area of skin is involved. It is 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.
Dermabrasion and dermaplaning may be performed under local anesthesia, which numbs the area, combined with a sedative to make you drowsy. You’ll be awake but relaxed, and will feel minimal discomfort.
WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT
AFTER YOUR SURGERY
SOME TINGLING & PAIN
Right after the procedure, your skin will be quite red and swollen and eating and talking may be difficult. You’ll probably feel some tingling, burning, or aching; any pain you feel can be controlled with medications prescribed. The swelling will begin to subside in 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.
NEW LAYER OF SKIN
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 an ointment may be recommended to make you more comfortable. If ointment is applied immediately after surgery, little or no scab will form.
AVOID ANY ACTIVITY THAT AFFECTS FACE FOR 2-3 WEEKS
Your new skin will be a bit swollen, sensitive, and bright pink for several weeks. During this time, you can begin gradually resuming your normal activities. You will be advised to avoid any activity that could cause a bump to your face for at least 2 weeks. More active sports-especially ball sports-should be avoided for 4 to 6 weeks. If you swim, stick to indoor pools to avoid sun and wind, and keep your face out of chlorinated water for at least 4 weeks. It will be at least 3 to 4 weeks before you can drink alcohol without experiencing a flush of redness. Above all, it’s important to protect your skin from the sun until the pigment has completely returned to your skin.