Be it aging, diet, medications or lifestyle changes, everything takes a toll on the skin first. Cosmetic procedures like Dermabrasion which is an exfoliating or skin –resurfacing technique for the face can help to some extent in bringing back the youthful glow. In Dermabrasion, the doctor uses a high-speed instrument with an abrasive wheel or brush to remove the outer layers of the skin and improve any irregularities on the skin’s surface. This treatment is popular with people who wish to improve the appearance of their skin. Dermabrasion was developed to improve acne scars, pox marks, and scars from accidents or disease, swelling and redness of the nose (rhinophyma), potentially precancerous skin patches or for the removal of tattoos. It is however not effective in treating congenital skin defects, most moles, pigmented birthmarks, or scars caused by burns.

Dermabrasion can help to decrease the appearance of fine facial lines and improve the look of many skin flaws, age spots and wrinkles, uneven texture or sun damage. This cosmetic procedure can be done alone or in combination with other procedures and it is suitable for all skin types. Dermabrasion is mostly safe for people with fair skin. For people with darker skin, Dermabrasion can result in scarring or discoloration. The skin that grows back after a Dermabrasion procedure is usually smoother.

The aesthetic benefits of doing a Dermabrasion will include fresher-looking skin, diminished wrinkles, minimized fine lines, smoother skin, brighter skin tone, better skin color, shrunken pores and reduced age spots. Dermabrasion is done in the doctor’s office. Before the procedure, the skin will be thoroughly cleansed of any make up or facial creams and shots of numbing medicine to anesthetize the area to be treated may be given as well. Dermabrasion can take a few minutes to more than an hour, depending on how much skin is being treated. If there is deep scarring or if the area of skin being treated is quite large then Dermabrasion may have to be done more than once or in stages.

After Dermabrasion, the new skin will be sensitive, blotchy and red. Swelling will begin to decrease within a few days to a week, but can last for weeks or even months. It might take about three months for the skin tone to return to normal. Once the treated area begins to heal, the skin will begin to look smoother. After the procedure, it is advisable to continue using a rich moisturizer as this will prevent any excessive peeling. Use sunscreen without fail as Dermabrasion has the tendency to increase photosensitivity.

The effect of Dermabrasion is permanent, but changes in the color and texture of the skin caused by aging and the sun may however continue. The frequency of doing a Dermabrasion can vary from weekly or up to every eight weeks depending on the skin’s tolerance and desired cosmetic effects. Many people choose to start with weekly treatments for three sessions, then change to a monthly maintenance regimen. While there are no specific age or sex restrictions, typically children over age 12 up to adults age 65 can get Dermabrasion done.

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