Dermabrasion treatments are ideal for patients who wish to refinish their skin and eradicate troublesome imperfections like scarring and deep wrinkles. Guilford plastic surgeon Beth Collins MD offers dermabrasion, we well as popular skin renewal treatments like chemical peel and microdermabrasion.
Who Should Get Dermabrasion?
Dermabrasion treatments can be used to correct the following skin imperfections:
- Unwanted tattoos
You should be a healthy, nonsmoker in order to undergo a dermabrasion treatment. Generally speaking, the more severe the skin issue, the more abrasive the treatment may be to treat it.
What Does Dermabrasion Do?
Dermabrasion is a surgical skin refinishing technique that works by abrading the dead or damaged surface skin, stimulating the healing process that allows fresh skin to emerge.
When you undergo the dermabrasion treatment, your skin will be cleansed and the appropriate treatment areas chosen—these often include the face, neck and chest. Using a handpiece, your plastic surgeon will pass over your skin. The abrader device will have one of several abrasive tips and the rotation speed and pressure may vary depending on your skin condition. This process removes the outer later of skin. The process may be combined with an anesthetic to aid in your comfort.
After Dermabrasion: What Should I Expect?
After dermabrasion, you are likely to experience redness, numbness and discomfort of the skin and the total healing time can last up to two weeks. Dr. Collins may prescribe a medication to help you manage discomfort following dermabrasion. The treatment area will be wrapped in gauze, which will need to be replaced daily. You will need to avoid prolonged sun exposure and may not be able to return to your normal routine immediately.
Related Procedures and Dermabrasion Alternatives
As an alternative to the dermabrasion treatment offered in her Branford practice, Dr. Collins also performs less invasive chemical peels for patients who wish to refresh the surface of their skin and rid it of imperfections like uneven texture. She also offers microdermabrasion, which is used to treat less severe skin imperfections and has a shorter recovery time than dermabrasion.
Learn more about the skin resurfacing options offered by Branford plastic surgeon Beth Collins MD. Our Guilford CT office is convenient for residents of New Haven, Madison, and other nearby areas of Connecticut. Use our online contact form or call us to schedule a consultation.