What is Dermabrasion?

Facial Dermabrasion is a surgical procedure in which skin, scarred from acne, pox, or other causes, is removed “sanded” with the use of a high-speed rotary abrasive instrument and local refrigerated anesthesia.   Various levels of skin are removed to depths necessary for correction of certain defects. The abrasive or planning action evens out the surface of the skin, thus giving it a smoother, more pleasing contour.

How should one prepare for the procedure?

Gets a good night’s sleep.  Refrain from alcohol at least 48 hours prior to the procedure.  Eat a usual breakfast but refrain from caffeinated beverages. Arrive at the office at the appointed hour with freshly washed face and hair.  No makeup should be worn if treatment is on face.

How long does the procedure take?

About 15-30 minutes are required to plane the cheeks and chin.  If the forehead is included, the procedure will last approximately 30 minutes. After a short rest, the nurse will apply a bandage and the patient may leave.

How does one feel after the procedure?

Site may feel sore after numbing wears off, patients can drive themselves home and will not need medication to tolerate pain.

What are the risks involved with Dermabrasion?

The risks associated with Dermabrasion are: scarring that is not completely removed, infection, hypo/hyper pigmentation (light or dark patches of skin), swelling and redness.

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Dr. Timothy Jochen Medical Director, Contour Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery Center
Dr. Jochen specializes in Mohs Surgery for skin cancer removal, facial rejuvenation including cosmetic laser technology, Botox® and facial fillers, soft tissue augmentation, leg and facial vein treatment, tumescent liposuction and hair restoration/transplants.
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