Two commonly used methods of rejuvenating the skin involve two different processes: Dermabrasion and Dermaplaning. Dermabrasion is generally used to improve facial skin that has been scarred by an accident or from previous surgery, or to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, such as those around the mouth. It can also used to remove pre-cancerous growths on the skin called actinic or solar keratoses. Dermaplaning is commonly used to treat deep acne scars.
Dermabrasion and Dermaplaning help to refinish the top layers of the skin through a method of controlled surgical scraping. The treatments are designed to soften the sharp edges of surface irregularities, allowing for a much smoother appearance of the skin.
Both Dermabrasion and Dermaplaning can be performed on small areas of skin or on the entire face. They can be used alone, or in conjunction with other procedures such as a Facelift, Scar Removal or Revision, or Chemical Peel.
Is Dermabrasion Right For Me?
While Dermabrasion and Dermaplaning can serve to enhance your appearance and your self-confidence, neither will eliminate all skin imperfections, nor will they prevent aging.
Dermabrasion and Dermaplaning can be benefit men and women of all ages, from young people to older adults, though the healing process will be slower for older adults. The key factors in determining whether these treatments are right for you are: skin type, coloring, and medical history. Certain skin types, including dark complexions, may become permanently discolored or blotchy after a skin-refinishing treatment; and those who are prone to 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.
Dermabrasion and Dermaplaning are not recommended during the active stages of acne due to a greater risk of infection. The same may apply if you’ve had radiation treatments, a bad skin burn, or a previous chemical peel.
During your initial consultation, our skilled Board-Certified aesthetician will assess your condition and determine which treatment is right for you to best meet your long-term goals.
The Dermabrasion and Dermaplaning procedures can take from a few minutes up to an hour and a half, depending on the condition of the skin as well as the size of the treatment area. It is fairly common to require more than one procedure, or for treatment to be done in stages, particularly with deep scarring or when a large area of skin is involved.
In Dermabrasion, the outermost layer of skin is sanded, or scraped away, with a special instrument attached to a motorized handle. In Dermaplaning, an instrument called a dermatome, which resembles an electric razor and has an oscillating blade, moves back and forth to evenly “skim” off the surface layers of skin that surround the areas of concern.
What To Expect After Dermabrasion
Following treatment, the skin will be very red and swollen. There may be some tingling, burning or aching, which can be alleviated by following your post-treatment instructions. The swelling will subside in a few days to a week, depending on the extent of your treatment. In order to ensure long-term success, it is important to keep up with the necessary follow-up appointments or recommended treatments.
Chewing and talking should be kept to a minimum following treatment, and recovering patients should avoid any activity that could result in contact with the face for at least two weeks. Sports that require more activity should be avoided for six weeks; and chlorinated swimming pool water and other harsh chemicals should be avoided for at least four weeks.
Most importantly, it is essential to protect any treated skin from the sun and wind until the pigment has completely returned, which can take up to six months.
UPMC Stofman Plastic Surgery Group’s Board-Certified aestheticians have the knowledge and extensive experience to help find the right Skin Care Solution to help you look your best. Please refer to our Skin Care Page for more details, and contact us today to schedule an appointment.