Dermabrasion is a simple in-office skin resurfacing procedures that helps to smooth fine lines, wrinkle and scars. It is a minimally invasive and relatively painless procedure that helps to “refinish” the skin’s top layers through a fine rotatory diamond bur. Dermabrasion treatment in Austin, TX involves the smoothing of targeted areas of the surface layers of the skin using a rotatory burr. The treatments softens 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. It’s also sometimes used to remove the pre-cancerous growths called keratoses.
Dermabrasion 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 a facelift, scar revision and/or skin cancer reconstruction.
- Dermabrasion can be repeated every 4 to 6 weeks until the desired contour is achieved
Dermabrasion can be individualized for the skin type and goals of the procedure. Dr. Trussler has significant experience with multiple skin resurfacing agents and can help to design a dermabrasion regimen that is right for your skin.
What Are My Options?
Dermabrasion can enhance your appearance and your self-confidence, but the treatment will not 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 your plastic surgeon.
Men and women of all ages, from young people to older adults, can benefit from dermabrasion. Although older people heal more slowly, more important factors are your skin type, coloring, and medical history. For example, black skin, Asian skin, and other dark complexions may become discolored or blotchy after a skin-refinishing treatment. People who develop allergic rashes or other skin reactions, or who get frequent fever blisters or cold sores, may experience a flare-up. If you have freckles, they may disappear in the treated area.
In addition, dermabrashion will not be performed during the active stages of acne because of a greater risk of infection. The same may be true if you’ve had radiation treatments, a bad skin burn, or a previous chemical peel.
Dermabrasion can be used to improve the health of the skin and reduce scars. Treatments can be altered to fit most skin types.
- Reduction of fine lines and wrinkles
- Reduction in the appearance of deep acne scars
- Smoother, more even complexion
- Flatten and blend scars from skin cancer reconstruction
- Enhanced penetration of skin care products following treatment
Expectations for Dermabrasion
- Dermabrasion can help restore, rejuvenate and repair the skin through controlled removal of the top layer of skin.
Fine lines, skin tone, texture and pigment can all be improved with a dermabrasion. Each dermabrasion procedure performed by Dr. Trussler can achieve a natural rejuvenated look without the need to undergo an invasive procedure.
- Dermabrasion can be commonly combined with other non-invasive skin procedures, such as chemical peels and microneedling.
It is important for patients to realize that dermabrasion does have risks which do vary directly with the skin type and depth of procedure. Common risks of dermabraasion include: infection, scarring, pigmentation changes, and un-eveness. Procedure planning, including depth selection, skin pretreatment and viral prophylaxis can all help decrease the risks involved with dermabrasion. Dr. Trussler will discuss any risks with you prior to treatment in order to ensure the most successful results for your procedure.
Dermabrasion can be performed fairly quickly. The procedures usually take anywhere from a few minutes to an hour and a half, depending on how large an area of skin is involved. It’s 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.
In dermabrasion, the surgeon scrapes away the outermost layer of skin with a rough wire brush, or a burr containing diamond particles, attached to a motorized handle. The scraping continues until the surgeon reaches the safest level that will make the scar or wrinkle less visible.
Following your treatment, your skin will be treated with ointment, a wet or waxy dressing, dry treatment, or some combination of these. There may be mild redness and sensitivity, but downtime is minimal. It is ideal to repeat this procedure every 4 to 6 weeks to help freshen and smooth the skin.
After Care & Recovery
Dermabrasion and other associated skin procedures are performed as in-office procedure with little recovery needed. All patients should have a stable skin care regimen which has been utilized for at least 3 weeks ahead of time. This will be resumed after the skin has healed after the initial peeling period.
Directly after the procedure, your skin will be fairly red and swollen, and eating and speaking may be difficult. You’ll probably feel some tingling, burning, or aching; any pain you feel can be controlled with medications prescribed by your surgeon. The swelling will begin to subside within a few days to a week.
- A gentle moisturizer and lotion based cleanser should be used twice daily after the procedure and through the healing phase.
- It is important not to pick or rub the skin during the peeling phase of the recovery so that a deeper wound is not created.
- Sunscreen must be used to protect the skin from the harmful UV rays after the procedure
- Your new skin will be a bit swollen, sensitive, and bright pink for several weeks. During this time, you can gradually begin to resume your normal activities.
All skin treatments carry potential risks including: premature peeling, infection, allergic reactions, persistent redness, scarring, acne eruptions, and pigment changes. Proper skin preparation, infection prophylaxis, and adherence to the post-peel instructions (given to patient) will decrease the risk of complications, and improve the ultimate result of the procedure.
Above all, it’s important to protect your skin from the sun until the pigment has completely returned to your skin- as long as six to twelve months.
*Disclaimer: Results and individual patient experience may vary.
- Herbig K, Trussler AP, Khosla R, Rohrich RJ. Combination Jessner’s Solution and TCA Chemical Peel for Facial Rhytides: Technique and Outcomes. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2009 Sep;124 (3):955-64.
Whether you have a question or would like to setup a dermabrasion consultation, Dr. Trussler and his staff are here to help. Please fill out our contact form, or call our office at (512) 450-1077 to schedule an appointment. Start your skin resurfacing journey to not only looking, but feeling better today!