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Cosmetic Dermatology


What is dermabrasion?

Dermabrasion is a procedure that uses a wire brush or a diamond wheel with rough edges to remove and level the upper layer of skin. The treated area heals, allowing new skin to grow in its place. It often is used for facial procedures.

What should first be done before considering dermabrasion?

Patients should understand that dermabrasion injures the skin and must be prepared with how they will look immediately after treatment and during the healing process. Post-procedure instructions must be carefully followed to avoid infection and ensure proper healing. It’s also important to have realistic treatment expectations. Typically a 50 percent improvement in the skin condition is considered a good result. It may take several weeks or months for full results to become apparent.

When is dermabrasion appropriate?

Dermabrasion is very useful in treating:

  • Superficial acne scars
  • Age/brown spots
  • Crow’s feet
  • Scars
  • Skin growths
  • Skin lesions
  • Sun-damaged skin
  • Wrinkles

Who is not a candidate for dermabrasion?

The following patients should consider alternatives therapies:

  • Use of isotretinoin (accutane) within the last 6 months
  • Recent facelift or browlift
  • History of keloids or hypertrophic scarring
  • Active herpes or other type of skin infection
  • Skin, blood or immune disorder that could make healing more difficult

Is dermabrasion painful?

Topical and local anesthetics are used at Phoenix Surgical Dermatology Group to numb the skin before treatment. Most patients tolerate the procedure without any issue. Sometimes, a freezing spray is used to help numb the treated area. Additionally, ice packs are often used during and after the procedure. Most patients report little or no pain after the procedure.

What are the potential complications of dermabrasion?

There are always risks with surgery. With dermabrasion, specific risks include:

  • Uneven changes in skin color
  • Darkening of the skin, usually caused by sun exposure in the days and months following surgery
  • Swelling
  • Scarring
  • Infection

What can I expect after having had dermabrasion?

Patients will be required to follow a specialized regimen that includes:

  • Cleansing the skin several times a day
  • Applying ointment and a dressing several times a day
  • Strict sun avoidance and sunscreen use
  • Antiviral medications to prevent infection
  • Follow-up visits

At Phoenix Surgical Dermatology Group, you will only be seen by a board-certified dermatologist with advanced training in dermabrasion. We are committed to providing world-class care in a compassionate and friendly manner. Contact us now if you are interested in dermabrasion.

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