Dermabrasion is an exfoliating technique that uses a rotating instrument to remove the outer layers of skin, usually on the face. This treatment is popular with people who wish to improve the appearance of their skin. Some of the conditions it can treat include fine lines, sun damage, acne scars, and uneven texture.
Dermabrasion occurs in a dermatologist’s office. During the procedure, a professional will numb your skin with anaesthesia before removing the outermost layers of your skin. This is an outpatient procedure, meaning that you can go home to recover following the treatment.
There are several over-the-counter devices that simulate the cleansing and exfoliating process of professional treatments. These typically take longer to produce the desired skin-smoothing effects of professional dermabrasion and usually don’t achieve the full effects.
Dermabrasion removes damaged outer layers of skin. This exposes new layers of skin that appear younger and smoother.
In addition to providing a more youthful appearance, dermabrasion can also help treat:
Dermabrasion is only one of many treatments for these conditions. For instance, advances in laser technology make laser tattoo removal quicker and easier.
Some risks specific to dermabrasion include: