Scars, fine wrinkles, and other skin surface irregularities can be significantly improved through a procedure known as dermabrasion. This involves the mechanical scraping of the top layers of skin using a high-speed rotary wheel. The procedure essentially polishes the skin, softening the sharp edges of the irregularities, making them much less noticeable.
Austin Dermabrasion may be performed on a small area of the face, such as around the mouth, or the full face. It works best on wide and shallow irregularities. Many times it’s combined with other procedures such as facelift, eyelid surgery, or chemical peel. Patients with extensive wrinkles or deep acne scars sometimes require dermabrasion in stages to achieve the optimal result. A facelift may be used to stretch a scar before dermabrasion.
The size of the area being treated determines how long the procedure will take. Small areas may take only minutes, while a full-face Austin dermabrasion treatment may take an hour or more. The procedure is conducted on an outpatient basis, with local anesthesia. After surgery, an ointment may be applied to the skin along with a wet bandage. You may feel a tingling along with burning or aching after the anesthesia wears off, but medication can control this.
The following day, the bandage is removed and healing begins. Right away a scab or crust forms as the skin begins to heal and soon, new skin forms underneath, it falls off. Swelling will subside in about a week or so after surgery.
After the completion of your Austin Dermabrasion procedure, your skin will have a pinkish color, and it will be at least a week, probably two, before you can wear light makeup and feel comfortable in public. Afterwards, you should avoid direct sunlight, since dermabrasion takes away a layer of pigmentation. Exposure to the sun might result in permanent light or dark spots. Even when your pigmentation returns, you should try to avoid direct sunlight and wear a sunblock or a hat.