Improve Your Look with Dermabrasion

Fort Lee Dermabrasion | New Jersey Plastic Surgeon

Dermabrasion is a treatment that helps refinish the skin's top layers, giving skin an improved and smoothed out appearance through mechanical resurfacing. This treatment is used most often to improve the look of sharp edges of the skin. Some abilities of dermabrasion are smoothing of facial skin left scarred by accidents or previous surgery, smoothing out fine facial wrinkles (especially around the upper lip) or to treat deep acne scars, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Typically, most patients will only require one treatment of dermabrasion, but a second treatment can be necessary to obtain optimal results. This depends on the severity of the patient's scarring. If a patient has deep "ice pick" scars, they probably won't receive significant benefits from dermabrasion, as their scars are too deep.

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The procedure is usually performed under local anesthesia with intravenous sedation or general anesthesia, depending on patient preference.

Dermabrasion involves abrasive wheels with different levels of coarseness that remove the outer layers of the skin, and it is available in superficial or deep techniques.

The deep method is the preferred method for treatment of scarring, which involves abrasion to the depths of the mid-dermis, which is the inner layer of skin. This deep method is effective and improvements continue for months after the procedure as collagen remodels beneath the surface of the skin, but the deep method will also usually require a longer healing time and carries a higher risk of side effects or complications.

These complications can potentially include changes in skin's pigmentation (which is usually temporary), scarring, incomplete improvement in skin contour, infection, prolonged healing and hyperpigmentation.

So, are you a good candidate for dermabrasion? Not everyone is. Those with active acne, infections or other scarring skin conditions may need prior treatment before undergoing dermabrasion. Dermabrasion also may not be recommended for those with darker skin types because of the risk of hyperpigmentation or darkening of the skin.

Think dermabrasion may be for you? Call Palisade Plastic Surgery today to schedule your consultation and discuss your plastic surgery financing options!