Dermabrasion is a minor surgical method of planing (sanding) the skin. It smooths sharp-edged fine wrinkles and scars. It also removes the primary characteristics of sun damage such as sun-induced pigmentation changes and superficial wrinkling. Dermabrasion may also be used to improve vertical wrinkles from the lip.

The area to be treated is anesthetized with an injection of local anesthetic. The skin is then sanded with a wire brush.

After the procedure, a telfa dressing with antibiotic ointment will be applied to the treated area. The skin may have a shiny, jelly-like appearance immediately after the bandages are removed. This disappears in a few hours to a few days. Mild swelling of the treated area is possible and may last for several days. Pigmentation (skin color) is altered in all patients for several weeks. Initial re-pigmentation usually takes 4 to 6 weeks. Final results and skin color should be evaluated 3 to 6 months after surgery.

If you have fine wrinkles, scarring or pigmentation, ask your practitioner if you would be a good candidate for Dermabrasion or one of the other treatments we offer.