Skin care is one of the most important things that you can do for yourself, but it is also one of the things most neglected when people are working on a healthy lifestyle. Your skin encounters a lot on a daily basis; sun exposure, foreign contaminants, injuries, and aging can all damage the skin over time. This causes your skin to get a rough, tired look to it, which is especially problematic in your face. There are several ways to combat or improve the damage, including dermabrasion treatments.
What Exactly is Dermabrasion?
It sounds gross, but you are constantly shedding dead skin cells. New layers of skin are being created all the time under the upper layers to replace those that are sloughed off. Some skin care products can help accelerate the process by using an exfoliant, usually a rough, grainy cleanser that scrapes away the dead cells. Dermabrasion is essentially an exfoliation process, though much more extensive than everyday cleansers.
What are Dermabrasion Treatments Like?
First, the treatment area has to be identified so that the technician can determine the amount of dermabrasion needed. Local or general anesthesia can then be administered, depending on how extensive the treatment needs to be. There are different tools available for dermabrasion; usually it is a brush that is coated in diamond particles or an abrasive motorized sander. The technician runs the tool over the area that is being treated and carefully removes the damaged layers of skin. The procedure takes anywhere from as little as 15 minutes to as much as 90 minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated and the extent of the damage.
Once the dermabrasion is complete, your skin will feel like you got one big scrape over the entire treatment area. It will sting and burn a little bit, and be red and slightly swollen. Scabs will start forming over the area as your skin heals and will fall off once the new, healthy layers have reached the surface.
Caring for your skin during the recovery will be of utmost importance. Daily use of generous amounts of sunscreen and moisturizer will need to be added to your normal routine. You’ll have to be very careful not to pick or scratch at your skin while it’s healing, or you could end up with unnecessary scarring. Avoiding too much sun will also be helpful during this period.
After your skin has completely healed, the new, undamaged layers will be visible. Your skin will look fresher, brighter, and more youthful than it did before the treatments.
Dermabrasion treatments can be repeated if the initial treatment wasn’t enough to correct all the damage present in your skin. The technician can only remove so many layers in one session before causing permanent damage and putting your health at risk. If the damage is extensive or returns over time, additional treatments can be applied with the same results. Your skin will just need plenty of time to heal from one treatment to the next. Dermabrasion treatments can also be combined with other skin care procedures so that you get the best and healthiest looking skin possible.
Setting Up a Dermabrasion Consultation
If you would like to learn more about dermabrasion treatments or schedule a dermabrasion consultation, you can call (305) 663-3380 or send an email to set up an appointment. Dr. Bustillo is a board-certified plastic surgeon with a great deal of training and experience in dermabrasion and other nonsurgical procedures. You can learn more about these various procedures here on his website.