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Dermabrasion is a form of exfoliation, or the removal of dead skin cells on the outermost layers of the skin. The doctor uses an instrument that "sands" the skin, smoothing out scars and other irregularities, such as fine wrinkles around the mouth, encouraging the growth of new skin cells underneath.

Who is a good candidate for dermabrasion?

Those who have moderate to severe acne scarring or wrinkles would benefit from dermabrasion.

What happens during the procedure?

You will receive local anesthesia and possibly a sedative to relax you. The procedure may take up to an hour.

Your doctor will use an instrument with a rotary wheel to resurface the areas you wish to improve. He or she will then treat the area with an ointment or dressing.

Have someone else drive you home from the doctor's office and help you out for a day or two if needed.

How should I treat my skin after the procedure?

Your skin will be sensitive and pink for a few months. Avoid contact sports or chlorinated water for at least six weeks, and take all precautions to avoid sunburn for at least the next year.

We will help you with any questions you may have regarding concealers and skin care products.

If you have freckles or have a darker complexion, you may notice a difference in the pigmentation of the area that was treated. Talk with your doctor about what you may expect to see.

It is very important to use sunscreen after treatment. Your skin will be more susceptible to sunburn because newer skin cells will be exposed to the sun.

If you follow your doctor's instructions, do not touch any scab that may form, and use any ointment that is given to you, you can expect excellent results.

Will it hurt?

You can expect a moderate level of discomfort right after the procedure. Your skin will be quite irritated and swollen, and you may find it hard to talk or eat. However, your doctor will have prescribed medication to manage your pain, and you can expect the discomfort and swelling to ease from anywhere between a few days to a week.

As your skin heals, it may itch as new cells grow.

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