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Dermabrasion is a simple non-invasive surgical procedure involving the physical removal of the epidermis and dermis of your skin with the use of a high-speed motor-driven brush or fraise, pretty much similar to sanding. It removes superficial skin to allow healthier new skin to come out, resulting in tighter and smoother skin. It is also intended to remove small acne scars, fine wrinkles, or moles.
Like wrinkles, acne scars are easily noticeable because they are lower than the surrounding skin. Cast a light on acne scars and shadows will make them more visible. If these scars can be on the same plane as the surrounding skin, they’ll be almost invisible because their shadows will be hardly seen. Acne scars can be made less obvious by planing down the surrounding skin layers through dermabrasion.
Dermabrasion is fairly effective in reducing acne scars but don’t expect it to be a miracle cure. Each session of treatment will reduce acne scarring by 20 to 40 percent. This means several treatments may be needed to accomplish the result you desire. Some acne scars, however, can not be removed even after a series of treatments.
The good thing about dermabrasion is that no skin preparation is required prior to the procedure. Dermabrasion works fairly well in improving acne scars, especially after multiple treatments.
While dermabrasion can reduce acne scarring, it cannot compare to the effectiveness of a deep chemical peel. To achieve your desired result, you have to submit to multiple dermabrasion treatments.
Here are some things you have to know before getting a dermabrasion.
• The procedure can be performed in a doctor’s office or in a hospital. Each procedure can take a few minutes to an hour. No hospital stay, you can go home on the same day.
• There will be moderate discomfort, with facial swelling that can last for 7 days to a week. Expect to take pain medications for 3-7 days.
• You are expected to clean your face everyday for 7-10 days and apply medication until your skin is all healed. Your skin will appear to be sunburned but will revert to its normal color in 4-6 weeks.
• You can go back to work within 3 days. Female patients can put on their make-ups in 7 to 10 days.
• You can resume your workouts and exercise within a week. Be sure to wear sun protection SPF 15 for three to six months.
• You’ll be happy to be seen when your looks normalize in 4 to 6 weeks.
Treatment cost can vary from $1,500 to $4,000 depending on the procedure you need.
If you’ve been scarred by acne and want just your cheeks improved, that will cost you somewhere around $3,000. A full-face dermabrasion will relieve you of $4,000.
Dermabrasion can hide your acne scars permanently. Wrinkles, on the other hand, will reappear in one to five years as they are brought about by dynamic muscle movements.
Patient satisfaction after dermabrasion differ depending on how bad the problem is. The deeper and bigger the acne scars, the less chance dermabrasion will come up with an acceptable result and it is more likely that you have to undergo several treatments. If you expect dermabrasion to be a cure-all that can fix everything or if you think that deep acne scars will disappear after just a few treatments, then be prepared for some disappointment.