The dermabrasion procedure is ideal for the smoothing of light facial wrinkles or the reconditioning of skin that has been scarred by trauma or surgery. It may be done alongside other cosmetic procedures or by itself, on smaller targeted areas or on the entire face.
Dermabrasion is a skin-refinishing process that removes or smooths the outer layers of the skin–particularly any surface irregularities that may have sharp edges as they contribute to an uneven feel and appearance. Useful for removing pre-cancerous growths known as keratoses, dermabrasion may also be effective for treating acne scarring.
All skin types and ages may be treated with dermabrasion, as the procedure is customized specifically for each patient’s situation. However, some complexions may respond more positively than others.
Dermabrasion may make skin look and feel dramatically younger. Some of its effects may include:
Though all skin types may benefit from dermabrasion, darker complexions may experience a slight lightening of the pigmentation. Younger skin will heal and respond more quickly following the procedure. Ideal dermabrasion candidates are physically healthy non-smokers. Active sores or acne outbreaks may mitigate postponement of the procedure until the skin has healed sufficiently.
Prior to the procedure, lighter cases of dermabrasion often require only topical anesthesia and a sedative, but more serious cases may call for general anesthesia to ensure the patient’s complete comfort.
The procedure uses a motorized diamond burr or surgical wire brush to scrape away the outermost layers of the skin and expose the undamaged skin underneath. This process occurs layer by layer, and may take up to an hour and a half for very large treatment areas. Multiple procedures may be required for extensive repair or large areas of skin.
Once the target skin layer has been reached, the treatment area is given a dressing of some kind, which may be composed of an ointment, wet treatment, or dry treatment. Skin will be tight and swollen for a few days.
Within a few weeks, sensitivity and swelling should return to fairly normal levels as the new skin heals. At this point, regular activities may resume, though total recovery may take four to six weeks. The skin should be protected from injury during this time and from sun for up to twelve months. Very rarely, complications such as whiteheads, redness, scarring, infection or pigmentation changes may occur.
For more information about dermabrasion, or to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Trent J. Fogleman or Dr. Paul F. Benien, Jr., contact our Oklahoma City office at 405-691-3111. Our office is located at 9617 S. Pennsylvania, Oklahoma City, OK 73159, just minutes from Will Rogers World Airport. Service areas include: Oklahoma City, Tuttle, Edmond, Norman, Moore, Tulsa, Midwest City, Lawton, Yukon, Stillwater, Mustang, Shawnee, Blanchard and Elk City, Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, and Houston.
Dr. Fogleman and Dr. Benien create elegant, natural results with each surgical procedure or non-surgical treatment they perform. "Quality outcomes," as they say. Their goal is not to make their patients look different – they strive to make them look better, never overdone or obvious.