Dermabrasion is a popular procedure for those desiring smoother skin and improvement to their appearance. Skin imperfections often include fine lines, sun damage, acne scars and uneven texture. Performed by a dermatologist or plastic surgeon, dermabrasion is considered a low-risk procedure for treating these skin conditions. Dermabrasion can be successful at treating many other issues too including liver spots, melasma, wrinkles, stretch marks, precancerous skin patches and removal of tattoos. Dermabrasion is an exfoliating and resurfacing technique that uses an abrasive rotating instrument to remove the outer layers of skin, usually on the face, that will produce new skin as it heals. 

Some minimal dermabrasion side effects include acne breakouts, loss of freckles, changes in skin tone, redness, rash, swelling and temporarily enlarged pores. Rare dermabrasion side effects include excessive scarring, also known as keloids. A keloid is a raised scar that is caused by excess collagen in the skin during healing. Keloids are quite common but are not harmful. Dermabrasion often causes treated skin to temporarily become darker than normal (hyperpigmentation), lighter than normal (hypopigmentation) or blotchy. These problems are more common in people who have darker skin and can sometimes be permanent. Redness and irritation are common dermabrasion side effects as well. Many patients will experience the sensation and look of a mild sunburn after the procedure. Avoiding sunlight and adding a moisturizer will help the irritation subside within one week. 

Not everyone is an ideal candidate for dermabrasion. Skin type and medical history may preclude dermabrasion from being the right option for you. Prescription acne medication use within the past 6-12 months as well as active acne or any recent facial cosmetic surgery or radiation treatment will eliminate dermabrasion as the best course of treatment. 

To get the smoother, softer skin you’ve been hoping for and to find out if dermabrasion is right for you, contact THE CENTER for Advanced Dermatology at 602-867-7546 or WEBSITE for more information.