Dermabrasion and dermaplaning help to “refinish” the skin’s top layers through a method of controlled surgical scraping. The treatments soften the sharp edges of surface irregularities, giving the skin a smoother appearance.Dermabrasion is most often used to improve the look of facial skin left scarred by accidents or previous surgery, or to smooth out fine facial wrinkles, such as those around the mouth. It is also sometimes used to remove the pre-cancerous growths called keratoses. Dermaplaning is commonly used to treat deep acne scars.
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
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 their aim to make you feel as relaxed, comfortable and fully informed about the procedure as possible. Our staff will be happy to help you make an appointment with Dr. Viral Desai.
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.
PREPARING FOR YOUR PROCEDURE
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. While you’re making preparations, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery.
WHAT TO EXPECT ON THE DAY OF THE PROCEDURE
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 TO EXPECT AFTER THE PROCEDURE
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. 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.
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 two weeks. More active sports-especially ball sports-should be avoided for four to six weeks. If you swim, stick to indoor pools to avoid sun and wind, and keep your face out of chlorinated water for at least four weeks. It will be at least three to four 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.
RISKS, COMPLICATIONS AND SIDE EFFECTS
Dermabrasion and dermaplaning are normally safe when they’re performed by a qualified, experienced physician. The most common risk is a change in skin pigmentation. Permanent darkening of the skin, usually caused by exposure to the sun in the days or months following surgery, may occur in some patients. On the other hand, some patients find the treated skin remains a little lighter or blotchy in appearance. You may develop tiny whiteheads after surgery. These usually disappear on their own, or with the use of an abrasive pad or soap; occasionally, the surgeon may have to remove them. 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. You can reduce these risks by choosing closely following Dr. Viral’s pre and post procedure advice.
YOUR NEW LOOK
Refinishing treatments can offer dramatic improvements in the surface of your skin, but it will take some time before you see the final results.The pinkness of your skin will take about three months to fade. When your new skin is fully repigmented, the color should closely match the surrounding skin, making the procedure virtually undetectable.