What is it and how is it done?
Dermabrasion is a technique that aims to regularize the superficial layers of the skin to soften its irregularities. It is a controlled surgical procedure that helps to achieve a smoother and smoother skin. The main aspects that the dermabrasion seeks to correct are the scars left behind by acne, facial scars caused by surgeries or previous accidents, spots and even small wrinkles and expression lines.
What are the requirements for this improvement?
In the case of a dermabrasion treatment, both men and women of all ages can undergo, however, it should be borne in mind that in advanced ages the healing period may be somewhat slower. Despite this, there are other factors of greater relevance when undergoing a dermabrasion. We would be talking, for example, about the type of skin, its color or its medical history. It is advisable to use this technique in areas of the skin with similar color throughout its surface since a loss of pigmentation often occurs. People who have freckles may experience a removal of these on the treated surface.
People who are prone to develop allergic reactions or blisters should also have some caution as they may suffer redness in the greater area. Similarly, this technique is discouraged in young people in the process of acne because in these cases the possibility of infection may become greater. This process is also discouraged in people who have already undergone other treatments such as scrubs, radiotherapy or other treatments to improve burned skin.
How dermabrasion is performed
The first thing to keep in mind will be that the dermabrasion technique can be performed in small areas, or on the contrary, over the entire surface of the face. It is a procedure that lasts between an hour and an hour and a half depending on the size of the treated area. Sometimes, several sessions are necessary depending on the depth of the existing lesions.
To remove the most superficial layers of the skin, dermabrasion uses a roller with diamond particles attached to a motorized hand. Once the roller has done its job, a plastic dressing should be placed for about 4 or 5 days to avoid crusting and pain. Sometimes the application of a special ointment is required to keep the wound protected.
Common to a dermabrasion process is the use of local anesthesia combined with some sedation to keep the patient awake but relaxed. In the cases in which more acute discomfort is anticipated during treatment, general anesthesia will be used, although this is not usual.