Dermabrasion is a cosmetic surgery procedure that was originally used to treat severely scarred, pockmarked skin from acne or injury. Today it is used to treat a variety of skin conditions including wrinkles, tattoos, age spots, and certain types of skin lesions.
Dermabrasion techniques have been perfected in recent years, using specific instruments to precisely remove the upper layers of the skin in order to make room for a new layer of skin to grow, thus improving the face’s contour and giving the skin a smoother, fresher appearance.
Microdermabrasion works similarly in that it encourages new skin growth, though it works on a smaller, gentler scale. Microdermabrasion uses mechanical exfoliation to remove the outermost layer of dead skin cells on the face, chest, neck or anywhere on the body, and stimulates fibroblast activity leading to collagen which leads to thicker, firmer skin.
With both procedures, your skin will feel as though it has been severely “burned” for the first few days, but healing usually occurs within 7 to 10 days. The newly formed skin will be pink at first, and then gradually develop a normal appearance. By 6-8 weeks the pinkness will have faded almost completely. It is recommended to avoid makeup, and unnecessary sunlight for the first couple weeks, after which the normal routing may resume. When done regularly, dermabrasion treatments offer a non-surgical and non-invasive way to keep your skin looking young and healthy.