Dermabrasion removes a layer of surface skin to improve the appearance of facial scarring due to acne, chicken pox, injury or other causes, as well as uneven pigmentation, wrinkles, sun damage, tattoos, age spots and certain kinds of skin lesions. It can also be used to remove pre-cancerous growths.
Dermabrasion can be performed on targeted areas of skin or the entire face, depending on each patient's individual skin condition and goals for treatment. This procedure can also be combined with others, such as facelift, chemical peel or scar revision, for optimal results. Your doctor will determine an ideal treatment plan for you based on a thorough evaluation of your skin.
It is important for patients undergoing dermabrasion to maintain realistic expectations for treatment, and understand that this procedure can effectively enhance your appearance but will not completely change the way you look or feel. Dermabrasion can be performed on patients of all ages, although it is most successful in those with lighter skin. Those with active acne should treat existing lesions before undergoing dermabrasion in order to reduce the risk of infection.