Dermabrasion is a technique that removes the upper layer of the skin leaving the skin with a new layer of skin and a smoother appearance. Doctors will use a wire brush or a burr to help remove the top layers of skin. The most common area for dermabrasion is the face, but other areas can be treated as well.
Dermabrasion is most commonly used to:
Help improve skin left scarred by accidents or old surgeries
Smooth out fine lines and wrinkles
Remove acne scars
Fix color changes in the skin
After dermabrasion, the recovery and healing period are important in order to get the skin you want. Recovery and healing are dependent on the area that was treated as size and depth of the abrasion can shorten or lengthen the time. Skin grows back typically within 5 to 8 days and will be pink or red in color, which will fade in 6 to 12 weeks.
Follow these steps following dermabrasion will result in healthier, smoother skin.
Cleanse the skin throughout the day which will help you avoid infection and help you get rid of crusting on the skin that commonly develops.
Change the ointment and dressing on your wound to help keep the area moist and help it heal faster.
Avoid sun exposure until peeling has stopped, then use sunscreen every day because new skin are more vulnerable to sun damage.
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