Dermabrasion Treatments: FAQs


October 26, 2018

Many people with skin conditions such as uneven texture, sun damage, fine lines, and acne scars believe that dermabrasion treatmentsare painful and may result in unpleasant side effects. But when done within a Brooklyn dermatology office in a safe manner, patients should see a noticeable difference as the skin heals. Here are 5 answers to the most frequently asked questions about dermabrasion.

  1. How are dermabrasion treatments performed?

When you arrive for your schedule dermabrasion treatment, your skin will be numbed with an anesthetic along with optional general anesthesia or a sedative to induce relaxation and/or sleep if the patient is having an extensive treatment. During treatment, your skin is held taut while a dermabrader or small motorized medical device with a abrasive tip is moved constantly across the skin, with slight pressure. The procedure may last from only a few minutes up to over an hour, depending on how deep the scarring or how large the area.

  1. What can I expect after a dermabrasion treatment?

Immediately after treatment in an outpatient surgical center or your dermatologist’s office, your skin will feel irritated and raw along with some swelling and redness. Gauze and ointment is placed on the treated skin and pain should be minimal with a prescribe pain medication for more comfort.

Long term recovery varies from 7 days up to 3 months in which time the skin resumes its natural color and any crusting or scabs over the wound are healed. Allowing the skin to heal naturally is best or a steroid cream and ointment will assist in easing swelling and keeping the area moist.

  1. Is Dermabrasion treatments permanent?

Dermabrasion treatments will result in good long term results, but everyone is different and much depends on the skin conditions that are being treated. If your scar are deep or you have significant signs of skin aging, you may need more than one treatment. For wrinkles, fine lines, and minor scarring, most patients see good results from only one or two treatments.

  1. What is the difference between dermabrasion and microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion treats and removes dead or nearly dead skin cells, while several layers of skin are removed with dermabrasion. Dermabrasion requires more healing time but the results are also more dramatic. Microdermabrasion in a non-invasive treatment, in-and-out treatment, while dermabrasion will require some downtime while the skin heals.

  1. Who is qualified to perform Dermabrasion?

Medical or cosmetic dermabrasion is a surgical procedure and should be performed by a dermatologist trained in plastic surgery. Also a licensed physician, registered nurse, or physicians assistant with the proper training and under medical supervision may also perform dermabrasion.

To discuss you options for uneven skin texture, sun damage, fine lines, and acne scars contact Maimonides Medical Center, a Brooklyn dermatology center.