Dermabrasion is done to help repair damaged skin. The procedure is believed to promote skin rejuvenation by stimulating the production of skin cells. Dermabrasion can be used to treat the following skin conditions:
(caused by herpes simplex 1 virus) if done on the face
Less common complications:
Prolonged loss of color in the skin.
Dermabrasion is not recommended for those with the following conditions:
Active herpes or bacterial infection and sores
Current or recent use (less than one year) of isotretinoin (Accutane)
Skin, blood flow, or immune disorders that could make healing more difficult
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
Your doctor may:
Complete a general health evaluation.
Do a skin exam.
An antiviral drug may be given if you have a history of herpes infection. Examples of these drugs include: acyclovir (Zovirax), famciclovir (Famvir), and valacyclovir (Valtrex).
Photographs will be taken before and after surgery to help evaluate improvement.
A local anesthetic will be used. It will numb the area. You may also receive a sedative. This medicine will help you relax.
Description of the Procedure
Your doctor will use a high-speed rotary instrument with an abrasive wheel or brush. The tool will be used to remove the upper layers of the skin in the chosen area.
How Long Will It Take?
The length of time is dependent on the number and size of areas to be treated.
How Much Will It Hurt?
Once the anesthesia has worn off, the skin will feel raw and irritated. Over-the-counter pain relievers will help manage any pain and discomfort.
Pain relievers and a corticosteroid, such as prednisone, may be prescribed to reduce swelling.
Healing normally takes 7-10 days. It is extremely important to promote healing with proper care:
Your doctor will recommend when to resume normal activities.
Clean the skin several times a day. This will help you to avoid infection and to remove the crusting that develops during healing.
Keep the treated area moist. Change the ointment and dressing on the wound.
Avoid sun exposure. After peeling has stopped, use sunscreen every day.
Go to follow-up visits as recommended by your doctor. They are important to monitor the skin's healing and regrowth.
Be sure to follow your doctor's instructions.
Dermabrasion injures the skin, causing it to bleed. As the skin heals, new skin replaces the damaged skin that was removed during the procedure. The new skin generally has a smoother, more uniform appearance. Results are long-lasting.
Call Your Doctor
After arriving home, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:
Signs of infection, including fever and chills
Swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or any discharge from the treatment site
Skin redness or loss of color that does not go away
Pain that you cannot control with the medicines you have been given
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care
provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a
substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the
advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to
starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a