Smooth, evenly textured skin is a hallmark of youth and beauty. Dermabrasion is a type of skin resurfacing that removes the outermost layer of tissue to promote the growth of new cells. Dr. Greg Gaines performs dermabrasion treatments at our Gainesville, FL, practice to smooth roughened or scarred skin, especially targeting the perioral region. The non-surgical procedure can provide a dramatic enhancement in as little as one visit to our office. Patients can opt to have the procedure done by itself, or may combine it with other services, such as a facelift or dermal fillers.
Who is a good candidate for dermabrasion?
Ideal candidates for the procedure will be generally healthy and have concerns such as acne scars, wrinkles, age spots, or skin damaged by the sun. Patients suffering from an acne breakout will need to seek treatment before they can qualify for the procedure. Potential dermabrasion candidates should prepare themselves for the way they will look after the procedure, since it will cause the skin to scab and peel for several days. Patients who experience fever blisters and cold sores, or allergic rashes, should prepare themselves for possible flare-ups after the procedure.
Most importantly, ideal candidates will need to have realistic expectations of their aesthetic outcome. While dermabrasion can enhance the appearance of your skin, it may not completely correct imperfections in one treatment.
Your Microdermabrasion Consultation
Your procedure will begin with a consultation. Dr. Gaines will review your medical history and perform a physical exam, to ensure you qualify for the procedure. The doctor will explain the procedure in detail, covering all of the benefits and risks involved, as well as the cost of treatment. He will go over special instructions, such as avoiding aspirin and other medications before treatment, and quitting smoking at least two weeks before your procedure.
During the dermabrasion procedure, a small motorized device will be moved across the face to remove the outermost layers of skin.
The Dermabrasion Process
When you arrive for your treatment, our welcoming staff will make you comfortable and in some cases, administer a sedative. You will have your face cleaned and your eyes covered before the procedure begins. Dr. Gaines will use a local anesthetic to numb the treatment area, then he will use a small motorized instrument with an abrasive wheel or brush to gently remove the outer layer of the skin. He will continue passing over the area until he reaches a safe level that will reduce the visibility of the scar, wrinkle, or other imperfection. The procedure can take anywhere from a few minutes to over an hour, depending on the size of the treatment area. For very large areas of skin, or deep scars, you may need to undergo more than one treatment session.
Dermabrasion Aftercare and Recovery
Once the doctor completes the procedure, he will apply an ointment and dressing. Patients will need to keep the area moist and clean to avoid excessive scabbing or infection. You may experience some itching in the days following your appointment, but the doctor can provide an ointment that will help you remain comfortable. The new skin may feel swollen and sensitive for a few weeks, and may appear bright pink or slightly red. Patients can resume normal activities gradually during healing and will need to follow certain instructions, like staying out of the sun.
What are the benefits and risks of microdermabrasion?
Like any medical procedure, dermabrasion carries certain benefits and risks that need to be carefully weighed. Benefits of the procedure include smoother, younger-looking skin without the need for invasive treatment. The doctor can complete treatment on an outpatient basis, and patients will experience little, if any, discomfort following treatment.
Risks include swelling and infection, which you can typically keep under control by following the doctor’s instructions. Patients may experience changes in skin color, with areas of lighter or darker skin appearing in the treatment area. This side effect generally affects those with darker skin tones, and can occasionally be permanent. Other risks include acne outbreaks, temporarily enlarged pores, and, occasionally, scarring.
Schedule an Appointment
Performed under the supervision of a skilled cosmetic surgeon, dermabrasion is a safe and effective aesthetic treatment. To learn more or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gaines, contact our office today.