What is Dermabrasion?
In this procedure, the top layers of the skin are mechanically scraped with a high-speed rotary wheel. Surface irregularities, including tattoos, fine wrinkles and acne scars are softened. This procedure works especially well for fine wrinkles around the mouth area and acne scarring on cheeks.
Am I a candidate for this procedure?
Men and women of all ages can benefit from this procedure, but older people will experience a slower recovery. The most important features to recognize are your skin type, skin coloring, and medical history. If skin is exposed to the sun it may become permanently discolored or blotchy after a skin-refinishing treatment. Sun protection is recommended to avoid hyperpigmentation. People susceptible to allergic rashes may experience a flare-up, and freckles may disappear in the treated area. For a private consultation, please call Dr. Bradley at 618-355-0993
What are the benefits of this procedure?
This procedure is usually used for those with darker skin tones because it is less likely than a chemical peel to create uneven skin tones. For deeper acne scars, dermabrasion works better than a chemical peel. Multiple treatments may be required.
How long does the procedure last?
Depending on the amount of skin affected, the procedure is usually outpatient and can last from 5 minutes to 1 hour.
How do I prepare for surgery?
Dr. Bradley will discuss eating and drinking habits before your surgery and also warn you of medication, herbal supplements, and high dose vitamins to avoid to prevent problems with blood clotting.
What does surgery involve?
Dr. Bradley uses a rough wire brush with diamond particles on a motorized handle to scrape away the outer layer of skin, smoothing out skin’s imperfections.
Will I spend the night in your facility or be released after surgery?
This is usually an outpatient procedure. You will be released a few hours after surgery.
When can I return to my normal lifestyle?
You can expect to return to work within 2 weeks, but don’t plan any strenuous activity for 4 to 6 weeks. The redness should fade within 3 months. While Dr. Bradley recommends you always protect yourself from the sun, it’s mandatory to remain out of the sun for 6 to 12 months for optimal results and to avoid hyperpigmentation of the treated area.
Will I need a follow-up visit?
With every procedure, Dr. Bradley strives to provide personal follow-up visits to monitor your progress and answer any post-operative questions. The results should be permanent, but new wrinkles may form as skin ages. Depending on the extent of scarring or wrinkling, you may require more than one session.