Washington Univesity Facial Plastic Surgery Center
Washington Univesity Facial Plastic Surgery Center
Dermabrasion treatments can provide a remarkable and long-lasting rejuvenation to your face if you have acne scars, pock marks or skin discoloration.

The process involves using a hand-held precision tool that sands or polishes away the superficial damaged skin, revealing the new skin beneath. It can eliminate fine wrinkles and give a smooth, fresh look to treated areas of the face and neck.

This treatment also can be used to treat other types of scarring, tattoos and certain kinds of skin lesions.

Dermabrasion cannot be used around your eyes and is not used to treat scarring from burns, pigmented birthmarks or certain types of moles.

During a consultation appointment Dr. Branham will discuss the improvements you can expect. The dermabrasion treatment can be performed on a one-time basis, more than once or in stages to achieve your desired effect.

Treatments take place in either the physician’s office or in an outpatient surgery center, depending on the area size of the face to be treated. Various types of anesthesia medications are available, from numbing sprays to sedation, for your comfort during this process.

Side effects may include itching, swelling and scabbing, along with reddened skin. Patients normally return to work after the area has new skin covering it, which usually takes seven to ten days. The skin may take three months to completely lose its pink color, but during this time makeup works well as a concealer.

Sun exposure should be avoided for six months after a dermabrasion treatment and the use of a good sunscreen is strongly recommended. Sunscreens for the face should be rated at SPF 30 and should protect against UVA as well as UVB. SPF ratings are only for UVB rays. A good sunscreen should also contain Parsol, zinc oxide or titanium oxide to protect against UVA.