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What is dermabrasion?
Dermabrasion is a cosmetic surgical procedure for improving the look of the skin and removing scars. There are several different techniques, but they all share the general principle of a gentle sanding down of the skin.
What is dermabrasion used for?
Dermabrasion is mainly used for improving the look of skin that has been damaged or scarred by conditions such as severe or mild acne, rosacea, an accident, age-related or pre-cancerous skin growths (keratosis) and hyper-pigmentation.
What is microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is the removal of the outer layer of skin using fine crystal powder. It is commonly used for more superficial, less significant skin damage. Multiple treatments (usually a series of four to six) are often done.
What is dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning is a procedure in which a doctor shaves off layers of skin until a healthy skin layer is reached. This is done using a special dermatome, an electric tool that resembles an electric razor.
How long will it take for my skin to grow back?
After dermabrasion, the outer layer of the skin will grow back gradually. It will take several months for the original skin colour to be restored.
Is dermabrasion safe?
Dermabrasion is a generally safe procedure when performed by trained medical professionals.
Who can perform dermabrasion?
Dermabrasion can be performed by a surgeon or dermatologist. Microdermabrasion requires less skill and thus can also be performed by nurses and beauty therapists.
What are the risks of dermabrasion?
Risks of dermabrasion include: skin tone changes (especially for people with darker-toned skin); scarring; thickening of the skin; general risks of the anaesthesia (allergic reaction to the injection, heart problems), and; general risks of surgery …
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Author: Jonathan Meddings BMedLabSc (Hons)
First answered: 17 Nov 2014
Last reviewed: 18 May 2018
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