Dermabrasion is skin sanding procedure aimed at smoothen the rough skin surface. Dermabrasion can produce smoother, more attractive skin texture. It removes damaged skin and softens the sharp contours and irregularities caused by wrinkles, scarring and acne. Dermabrasion consists of a measured scraping of damaged skin to create an area where a new layer of skin may form.
Dermabrasion is done under local or general anesthesia depending on the extensity of the skin surface. You are allowed to go home after procedure. Although there is some bleeding during this procedure, there is not a much pain during the procedure itself, which is usually performed under local anesthesia. Slight pain can be controlled by medication. After the procedure, the treated area may be covered with an ointment, a wet or waxy covering and/or a dry covering. You may have a shower 2 days after surgery. For a few days after the procedure, the skin looks and feels as if it has been scrapped. After several days, the outer layer of skin, including any scabbing, begins to loosen and fall off. Once this layer is gone, the skin is very pink, but that pinkness fades at about three to six weeks. It may be possible to perform your work duties within the first two days, although your skin may still be red and sore.
Dermabrasion can produce dramatic results. The outcome depends on the original condition of the skin, skin tone, the depth of wrinkles and other imperfections, and individual healing ability.