Dermabrasion is a procedure designed to smooth out irregularities of the skin’s surface and improve the appearance of scars, wrinkles, enlarged pores, and sun damage. The procedure uses a mechanical sanding device which removes the top layer of skin and partial thickness of the deep layer. Dermabrasion is often under-utilized today, despite the current popularity of non-invasive techniques, but it remains an excellent technique which can produce long-lasting results. Good candidates for dermabrasion include men and women who are in good health and looking to improve the appearance age- or sun-damaged skin, enlarged pores, and/or scars.
Dr. Vitenas performs dermabrasion at the Day Surgery Center, an outpatient facility at Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital that is adjacent to his office. Dermabrasion is performed with general anesthesia and takes thirty minutes to an hour to complete. During the procedure, a mechanical sanding device is used on the skin. This device allows for precise control of the treated areas as well as depth of penetration. Compared to other skin resurfacing procedures like chemical peels and laser resurfacing, dermabrasion is a much more controllable procedure.
The recovery after dermabrasion takes about two weeks. Patients may experience some tingling, burning or aching of the treated area, and discomfort can be managed with medication. Talking and eating may be difficult at first. Redness and swelling is common, and the swelling will begin to fade within a few days to a week. Work can usually be resumed after two weeks, though more strenuous activities may need to be postponed for four to six weeks.
Q – What is dermabrasion?
Dermabrasion is a skin resurfacing procedure designed to smooth out and improve the appearance of surface irregularities of the skin including scars, wrinkles, sun damage, and enlarged pores. A mechanical sanding device is used to remove the top layer of skin and partial thickness of the deep layer.
Q – Who is a candidate for dermabrasion?
Men and women who are in good health and seeking an improve in age- or sun-damaged skin, scars, and/or enlarged pores may be good candidates for dermabrasion
Q – Where is the dermabrasion procedure performed?
Dr. Vitenas performs the dermabrasion procedure at the Day Surgery Center, an outpatient facility at Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital that is adjacent to his office.
Q – What type of anesthesia is used for dermabrasion?
Dermabrasion is performed with general anesthesia
Q – How long is the dermabrasion procedure?
Dermabrasion takes about thirty minutes to an hour to perform.
Q – Is dermabrasion a painful procedure?
Patients may experience some aching, burning or tingling after dermabrasion, though discomfort can be managed with medication.
Q – How long is the recovery after dermabrasion?
The recovery after dermabrasion takes just about two weeks.
Q – What is the recovery like after dermabrasion?
Patients can expect a recovery time of about two weeks after dermabrasion. Redness and swelling may occur, and the swelling will start to fade within a few days to a week. Patients may have some difficulty talking an eating at first.
Q – When will I be able to return to work after my dermabrasion procedure?
Patients are usually able to return to work after two weeks.
Q – What are the risks or possible complications of dermabrasion?
The potential risks or complications associated with dermabrasion may include scarring and hyper or hypopigmentation.
Q – Is it possible to finance my dermabrasion procedure?
We have some financing options available for this procedure and a team member will discuss these with you at your dermabrasion consultation. Please visit our financing options page to learn more about paying for your surgery.