Dermabrasion is used for the treatment of wrinkles, fine lines, crow's feet, and other signs of aging. It is also useful for people who are looking for a permanent way of getting rid of scars that have been left behind due to acne. It helps to remove the topmost layer of the skin, as a result of which you are left with smooth and healthy skin. It is also highly effective for people who suffer from sun damage, like tanning, wrinkling of the skin, sun spots, and age spots. A device known as a dermabrader is used to remove the topmost layer of the skin by sanding it way with tiny particles. The skin is usually sore and red for a couple of weeks and may require a month for it to fully heal. The person undergoing such a facial is advised to stay away from sunlight for a week and to always apply a sunscreen of at least SPF 15.
Dermabrasion facial is a kind of skin resurfacing procedure just like chemical peeling and laser skin surfacing. In this procedure, the cosmetic surgeon will lightly abrade your facial skin with a small hand-held drill with a sanding bit, or with a very fine grit sanding machine. It is essentially a technique, where the top layer of skin is removed to a certain safe depth by the process of controlled injury to the skin. After this procedure is completed on your entire face, the surgeon will apply a thin layer of antibiotic ointment on your face. Your face will be covered in bandage before you leave the clinic. The process takes anything between half an hour to forty-five minutes.
You need to take some care after undergoing such a facial. Your face might feel swollen and there might be some redness and soreness for a few days. In some cases, it is seen that the face fills up with a clear liquid discharge. It is important that you wash your hands thoroughly before you touch your face or change your bandages as the sensitive skin is more prone to infections. Healing time depends on the depth to which the skin was abraded. When the skin begins to heal, you will see a crust or scab forming on your face. As the scabs falls off you will see the new layer of skin.
Some people may witness a change in the color of their skin after undergoing the treatment. There might be darkening of the skin due to exposure to sunlight. Some people are also seen to suffer with light patches and blotches as a side effect of such a facial.
Another risk associated with dermabrasion is bacterial and viral infections in the treated area. If the person undergoing the facial is suffering from acne, rosacea, or dermatitis, this procedure might lead to a worsening of these conditions. If you have dusky skin tone, you might develop hyper pigmentation after the procedure.
It is best to first consult a reputed cosmetic surgeon before undergoing such a facial to ascertain whether you are suitable to undergo this procedure. The surgeon will take into consideration your age, condition of the skin, and prior medical history, before recommending dermabrasion. For the safest and best results, undergo this facial treatment only by a certified doctor.