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Dermabrasion

Patient depicted underwent Dermabrasion treatment to the skin surrounding the mouth performed by Dr. Pearson


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Dermabrasion Overview

GOALS Skin resurfacing or rejuvenation or for the improvement in the appearance of raised scars, fine lines, and some skin discolorations
PROCEDURE Dermabrasion
ANESTHESIA local anesthesia alone or in combination with sedation
LENGTH Under 1 hour
AFTER PROCEDURE The treatment site is kept moist with ointment until new skin repopulates the treatment site.
RECOVERY Residual redness may be concealed with makeup by 7 days. Redness typically fades gradually by several weeks.

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Description
Dermabrasion is a resurfacing modality which employs mechanical friction to effectively exfoliate the facial skin. This procedure allows for controlled removal of the top layer(s) of skin to reveal the deeper, more youthful-appearing layers underneath, and to encourage the skin to regenerate itself. Dermabrasion may improve the appearance of raised scars as well as fine lines and certain age-related skin discolorations which can detract from the skin's youthful appearance.

Dermabrasion should not be confused with microdermabrasion. Microdermabrasion superficially treats the very outer layer of skin and may be performed in a non-medical setting. In contrast, dermabrasion penetrates deep into the dermis of the skin and should only be performed by a trained physician.

The Aging Process
Cumulative sun damage contributes primarily to changes in the surface of the skin. Collagen, which forms the substance of the skin, is degraded and lost. Fine lines and wrinkles may develop. Pores may appear to enlarge. Age spots or discolorations may become increasingly visible. Together, these sun and age-related skin surface changes detract from the smooth, full, and uniform qualities of youthful skin.

Candidates for Dermabrasion
You may be a candidate for dermabrasion treatment if you have findings of sun-damaged skin including fine lines and wrinkles or skin discolorations. Dermabrasion may be especially useful in treating the fine lines surrounding the lips. Dermabrasion may also be used to improve the appearance of raised or elevated scars.

Complementary Procedures
In conjunction with chemical peeling, wrinkle relaxers (such as Botox® or Dysport®) may be used for those dynamic wrinkles which are present with muscle movement. In addition, injectable dermal fillers and volumizers may be employed to improve the appearance of facial volume loss and those wrinkles and lines that are present at rest. Other resurfacing procedures such as laser resurfacing or chemical peeling may be employed depending on the particular needs of a given patient.

Recovery after Dermabrasion
Recovery depends upon the depth of the treatment employed. In most cases, the treatment site is kept moist using ointments until new skin repopulates the treatment site. By the 7th day, any residual redness may be concealed with makeup. Redness typically fades gradually by several weeks.



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