Dermabrasion

Smooth skin for a more firm and flawless appearance

Dermabrasion and dermaplaning are cosmetic treatments that help refine the top layers of the skin. It uses a method known as controlled surgical scraping. The treatments will soften the edges of surface imperfections, creating a more firm and smooth appearance for the skin.

The dermabrasion procedure is frequently used to improve the appearance of facial skin after having been affected by various accidents or surgery. It can also smooth out fine facial wrinkles found around the mouth. Another purpose of dermabrasion is that it can remove pre-cancerous growths known as keratosis and deep acne scars.

Dermabrasion of Lip Before and After Photos

In general, dermabrasion is used more often to treat fine wrinkles, and dermabrasion and dermaplaning for deeper imperfections such as acne scars. A non-chemical approach may also be preferred for individuals with slightly darker skin, especially when treating limited areas of the face, since dermabrasion and dermaplaning are less likely to produce extreme changes and contrasts in skin color.

Both dermabrasion and dermaplaning are available in Beverly Hills as an outpatient procedure at Dr. Malcolm Lesavoy’s office. They can be performed as single procedures or simultaneously with facelift, facial revision, scar removal, or each other.

If you believe dermabrasion or dermaplaning can refinish your skin, you can call us today to schedule a consultation and discuss your treatment plan with Dr. Lesavoy.

BEST CANDIDATES FOR DERMABRASION
Dermabrasion and dermaplaning can enhance your appearance and your self-confidence, but neither treatment will remove all scars and flaws or prevent aging. Before you decide to have a skin-refinishing treatment, think carefully about your expectations and discuss them with Dr. Lesavoy.

Men and women of all ages, from young people to older adults, can benefit from dermabrasion and dermaplaning. Although older people heal more slowly, more important factors are your skin type, coloring, and medical history. For example, black skin, Asian skin, and other dark complexions may become permanently discolored or blotchy after a skin-refinishing treatment. People who develop allergic rashes or other skin reactions, or who get frequent fever blisters or cold sores, may experience a flare-up. If you have freckles, they may disappear in the treated area.

In addition, most surgeons won’t perform treatment during the active stages of acne because of a greater risk of infection. The same may be true if you’ve had radiation treatments, a bad skin burn, or a previous dermabrasion.

PLANNING FOR DERMABRASION
Because these treatments have sometimes been offered by inadequately trained practitioners, it’s especially important that you find a doctor such as Dr. Lesavoy (generally a plastic surgeon or a dermatologist) who is trained and experienced in the procedure. After all, dermabrasion and dermaplaning usually involve the most visible part of your body – your face.
AFTER DERMABRASION
Right after the procedure, your skin will be quite red and swollen, and eating and talking may be difficult. You’ll probably feel some tingling, burning, or aching; any pain you feel can be controlled with medications prescribed by Dr. Lesavoy. The swelling will begin to subside in a few days to a week.

If you remember the scrapes you got when you fell down as a child, you’ll have an idea of what to expect from this type of surgery. A scab or crust will form over the treated area as it begins to heal. This will fall off as a new layer of tight, pink skin forms underneath. Your face may itch as new skin starts to grow, and Dr. Lesavoy may recommend an ointment to make you more comfortable. If ointment is applied immediately after surgery, little or no scab will form.

In any case, Dr. Lesavoy will give you detailed instructions to care for your skin after surgery. For men, this will include delaying shaving for a while, then using an electric razor at first. It’s very important that you understand Dr. Lesavoy’s instructions and follow them exactly, to ensure the best possible healing.

If you notice the treated area beginning to get worse instead of better – for example, if it becomes increasingly red, raised, and itchy after it has started to heal – it may be a sign that abnormal scars are beginning to form. Call Dr. Lesavoy as soon as possible, so that treatment can begin early.

YOUR NEW LOOK
Refinishing treatments can offer dramatic improvements in the surface of your skin, but it will take some time before you see the final results.

The pinkness of your skin will take about three months to fade. In the meantime, you’ll probably want to wear non-allergenic makeup when you go out. (For tips on hiding your condition while it heals, ask Dr. Lesavoy for the ASPS brochure on camouflage cosmetics.) When your new skin is fully repigmented, the color should closely match the surrounding skin, making the procedure virtually undetectable.

Several months after your procedure, pigmentation returns and the skin is much smoother than before.

UNCERTAINTIES AND RISKS OF DERMABRASION
Dermabrasion and dermaplaning are normally safe when they’re performed by a qualified, experienced board-certified physician. The most common risk is a change in skin pigmentation. Permanent darkening of the skin, usually caused by exposure to the sun in the days or months following surgery, may occur in some patients. On the other hand, some patients find the treated skin remains a little lighter or blotchy in appearance.

You may develop tiny whiteheads after surgery. These usually disappear on their own, or with the use of an abrasive pad or soap; occasionally, Dr. Lesavoy may have to remove them. You may also develop enlarged skin pores; these usually shrink to near normal size once the swelling has subsided.

While infection and scarring are rare with skin-refinishing treatments, they are possible. Some individuals develop excessive scar tissue (keloid or hypertrophic scars); these are usually treated with the application or injection of steroid medications to soften the scar.

You can reduce your risks by choosing a qualified plastic surgeon and closely following his or her advice.

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