Dermabrasion or dermaplaning helps to “refinish” the skin’s top layers through a method of controlled surgical scraping. When healed this new skin looks younger, healthier, clear and smooth. The treatment softens the sharp edges of surface irregularities for this smooth appearance. Dermabrasion is most often used to improve the look of facial skin left scarred by accidents or previous surgery, or both for smoother skin. It is used to treat deep acne scars, and can be used alone or in conjuction with other procedures such as facelift, or scar revision.
If you are planning skin refinishing, you may also consider chemical peel, an alternative to the surgical resurfacing. Chemical peel also removes the top layer of skin, but with a self timing chemical that is applied to the skin. The advantage to chemical peeling is patients are able to use minimal oral sedation, instead of IV sedation or general anesthesia for dermabrasion. We advise patients to prepare their skin with the Obagi skin care system before having a chemical peel, as this helps remove most of the dead and dying skin and allows the chemical to penetrate the skin more effectively.
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