Many skin issues that impact the face, such as the presence of elevated scars, can make the sufferer feel self-conscious in social settings.
Dermabrasion is an effective treatment to enhance the appearance and texture of the skin and recreate the confidence that has been eroded by skin aberrations.
Muse Plastic Surgery, led by double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Wright Jones, provides scar revision treatments to patients in Atlanta, Buckhead, Stockbridge, Marietta, GA, and surrounding locations.
What is Dermabrasion?
Dermabrasion is a skin resurfacing technique often used to treat elevated and uneven scarring. It can dramatically improve the appearance of scars, such as those due to injuries, acne, or surgery. While acne scars are most commonly treated with this technique, most scars can be addressed if they are not excessively deep.
Dermabrasion can be performed as an independent treatment or in combination with surgical scar revision. This skin resurfacing procedure is used for other purposes as well, such as the treatment of age spots, uneven skin tone, sun-damage, tattoos, fine wrinkles, and precancerous skin patches.
Good dermabrasion candidates have light complexions as the procedure can cause a lightening of the skin called hypopigmentation. Patients who have darker complexions may not be suitable candidates but could benefit from CIT (collagen induction therapy).
Additionally, patients with a history of scar tissue overgrowth, burn scars, a current case of acne or those with specific skin or immune disorder conditions may also be unsuitable candidates for dermabrasion. An experienced cosmetic surgeon can enable the patient to understand if dermabrasion is appropriate for them.
The Dermabrasion Procedure
Dermabrasion is undertaken as an outpatient procedure using local anesthesia. Patients are asked to apply a topical cream daily to the treatment site two weeks before the procedure date. This helps prepare the area.
The time taken to complete the procedure is actually only around 15 minutes, but it may be performed in combination with other longer surgical procedures. A device with a fast rotating abrasive wheel exfoliates the superficial skin layer to reveal smoother, healthier skin.
Plastic surgeon to the stars Dr. Wright Jones provides scar revision treatments to suitable candidates who want to avoid surgery.
During the initial five days after dermabrasion, the skin will transform from red to a lighter pink. The normal skin hue will slowly return over the next three months. In around one week to ten days after the treatment, smoother skin texture is visible.
The patient should take care of the treated skin and follow some simple directions to enhance the outcomes and help them remain comfortable. The recovery is not painful.
However, any discomfort can be managed with Tylenol or a pain drug prescribed by the doctor. To keep the area moisturized and safe from infection, an antibiotic cream may be applied twice every day.
The patient should also minimize activity during the remainder of the day and evening after dermabrasion. Resting or sleeping with the head raised with extra pillows will mitigate inflammation.
While most complications are quite rare, it is vital that patients are aware of them. These include bleeding, infection, scarring, and pigmentation issues. In case bleeding occurs, it can usually be managed by the application of light pressure.
Patients experiencing any of these problems should contact their doctor promptly. Celebrity plastic surgeon Dr. Wright Jones receives patients from Atlanta, Buckhead, Stockbridge, Marietta, GA, and nearby areas for scar revision treatments.
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