Dermabrasion

Procedure Mechanical scraping of the top layers of skin using a high-speed rotary wheel. Softens sharp edges of surface irregularities, including acne and other scars and fine wrinkles, especially around the mouth.
Length A few minutes to one hour. May require more than one session.
Anesthesia Local, numbing spray, or general.
In/Outpatient Usually outpatient.
Side Effects Temporary tingling, burning, itching, swelling, redness; lightening of treated skin; acute sensitivity to sun; loss of ability to make pigment (tan).
Risks
  • Abnormal color changes (permanent)
  • Tiny whiteheads (temporary)
  • Infection
  • Scarring
  • Flare-up of skin allergies
  • Fever Blisters
  • Cold Sores
Recovery

Back to work: two weeks.
More strenuous activities: four to six weeks. 
Fading of redness: about three months. 
Return of pigmentation/sun exposure: 6 to 12 months.

Duration of Results Permanent, although new wrinkles may form as skin ages. 

Photos

Preoperative appearance Intraoperative Close up view of dermabrasion Intraoperative dermabrasion
     
Postoperative appearance      

Actual patient photographs available at time of consult.