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  is a kind of skin surgical treatment that makes use of a wire brush or a diamond wheel with rough edges to eliminate the outermost layer of the skin. This is sometimes called skin planing. The rough edges scrubs off the upper layer of the skin with its rough brush and leveling the top skin. LEARN MORE

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Dermabrasion

 

Dermabrasion is a kind of skin surgical treatment that makes use of a wire brush or a diamond wheel with rough edges to eliminate the outermost layer of the skin. This is sometimes called skin planing. The rough edges scrubs off the upper layer of the skin with its rough brush and leveling the top skin.

 Dermabrasion

Dermabrasion is a kind of skin surgical treatment that makes use of a wire brush or a diamond wheel with rough edges to eliminate the outermost layer of the skin. This is sometimes called skin planing. The rough edges scrubs off the upper layer of the skin with its rough brush and leveling the top skin. 

 The process injures the skin to cause it to bleed. In the healing process, new skin grows in place of the damaged skin that was scraped off during the process. People who have serious skin conditions like acne are usually the candidate for this treatment. They are normally performed in hospitals and medical clinics. 

 How it is done

Demabrasion procedures are normally performed in hospitals and medical clinics. 

The face is cleaned and the areas to be treated are marked. An anesthesia will be applied afterwards to numb the skin before the actual treatment and ice packs are usually applied to the skin for 30 minutes. Sometimes the doctor will use cryogenic to make the skin firmer. 

 In deeper kinds of dermabrasions there is always a great deal of bleeding and cryogenic spray during the process. The surgery almost always leaves the skin red. 

 Preparing for Dermabrasion

Usually, a medical history is needed before the surgery. It is necessary to disclose all the medications the patient is taking. If the patient is a smoker, it is recommended to stop smoking for a few weeks before the actual surgery as smoking could slow down the process of healing. 

 Sometimes, the doctor would suggest some medications before dermabrasion like antivarl medication to stop viral infections; an oral antibiotic for bacterial infection and a retinoid cream which is obtained from Vitamin A to promote healing.

 Recovery

The length of time needed to heal depends on the size and depth of the area that was treated. It takes 7-30 days for the skin to heal completely. For a person that undergone full-face dermabrasion, it could take much longer time for the wound to heal. Usually the skin looks red or pink but it lasts for a short period of time. 

 Unlike other surgical procedures, one can go back to your normal course of activity after dermabrasion. Pain relievers are often given to them. It is very important to practice proper hygiene to avoid skin infections. 

 Always change the dressing of the wound and apply fresh coats of ointment to speed up healing. The skin is prone to skin damage so it is necessary to always apply sunscreen everyday.

 The doctor may give the patient an antiviral drug called acyclovir to prevent you from getting herpes simplex virus.

A follow up treatment or appointment to the doctor is needed. 

 Risks of Dermabrasion

Just like any other surgery, people who undergo dermabraasion will experience bleeding, allergic reaction to anesthesia and other medicines used and ultimately infection. Other risks include: acne, change in skin color, enlarged pores, keloids, rash, and swelling. 

 Sources:

http://www.healthline.com/health/dermabrasion#Risks3

http://www.webmd.com/beauty/dermabrasion/dermabrasion-21085

 

 

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