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Dermabrasion

Published on: 23 Oct 2019, 1:09 p.m.

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Table of Contents 
What is dermabrasion?
Why do people get dermabrasion?
How much does Dermabrasion cost?
The difference between Dermabrasion and Microdermabrasion
Other skin treatments
How do you prepare for dermabrasion?
Dermabrasion procedure
Dermabrasion recovery
Dermabrasion side effects
Dermabrasion results
Finding a plastic surgeon

Dermabrasion

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What is dermabrasion?

Dermabrasion is a popular cosmetic procedure, that resurfaces the skin in order to produce newer, younger looking skin. The procedure uses a high-speed rotating device, which removes several layers of skin. 

Dermabrasion is common amongst people who wish to improve the appearance of their skin. 

Why do people get dermabrasion?

Dermabrasion is a popular technique amongst patients who wish to treat …

Dermabrasion is not recommended for patients with inflammatory acne, burns and/or naturally dark skin tone.

Generally, if you agree with the above you are considered a good candidate for dermabrasion.

How much does Dermabrasion cost?

Dermabrasion can cost anything between £1,000-£5,000, depending on the area being treated. Furthermore, you should consider any extra costs including consultations. 

As dermabrasion is regarded as a cosmetic surgery, it is often not available on the NHS. Although exceptions have been made for some patients suffering serious psychological distress from their acne scarring. 

Speak to your doctor about your financial options for cosmetic surgery. 

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The difference between Dermabrasion and Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is a procedure which sprays tiny crystals onto the skin. The key difference between the two are as follows:

Other skin treatments

In general, the results from dermabrasion are more dramatic and significant (especially for extreme conditions).

Talk to your doctor about alternative plastic surgery options, to find the best method for your skin. 

How do you prepare for dermabrasion?

Your doctor will likely discuss your previous and current medical history. Including your desired results and expectations. 

Before dermabrasion, you may need to:

Dermabrasion procedure

Before

A Dermabrasion treatment is typically performed in a clinic or outpatient facility. Although in some circumstances (where extensive work is needed) dermabrasion is performed in a hospital.

Your surgeon will mark out the areas being treated, before thoroughly cleaning your skin and covering your eyes. Local anaesthetic is often administered, although in some situations general anaesthesia is given (depending on the extent of your surgery).   

During

During the dermabrasion facial, an assistant will hold your skin taut whilst the surgeon moves the rotating device (called a dermabrader) across the marked areas. A dermabrader is a small motorised device with a rough surface. The device rotates at high speed, removing the outer layers of skin. The device has varying sizes, with larger areas being treated with a circular dermabrader, in comparison to smaller areas being treated with a microtip. Large areas of skin may also require repeat treatments.

After

After the procedure, the treated area will be covered using a moist, non-stick dressing for around 5 days. You'll need to book an appointment to reapply and remove your dressing.

Dermabrasion procedure

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Dermabrasion recovery

Your skin will be sensitive and pink. This pinkness of your skin will likely take three months to fade. Your skin may be swollen, although this should dramatically decrease within the first few days. You may experience some discomfort and feel a burning sensation during your recovery from dermabrasion, although pain medication can be taken to reduce this. 

Once your skin begins to heal, scabs and crusts may appear, causing an itching sensation. 

Top tips for a speedy dermabrasion recovery

Dermabrasion side effects

As with any cosmetic procedure, dermabrasion does come with risks. These include:

Dermabrasion results

It often takes 3 months for patients to see their final results. Although it can take time to see your final results, the dramatic improvement to your skin will be worth it. 

Generally, dermabrasion results are permanent; although natural causes such as aging and sun damage can reverse your results. 

before and after dermabrasion

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Finding a plastic surgeon

A dermabrasion facial must be performed by a certified physician (e.g. dermatologists or plastic surgeons), to ensure you get the results you desire. 

Read more about how to choose the plastic surgeon right for you.