Dermabrasion

Dermabrasion is a surgical procedure that involves leveling uneven skin surfaces by controlled removal of superficial layers. It is most often used to improve the appearance of facial skin. Uneven scars from acne, injuries or surgery can be treated on the face. It is also used to alleviate pronounced wrinkles on certain parts of the face.

Preoperative preparation

The most important factor is the assessment of skin type, i.e. its colors and sensitivities. In people with darker skin, there is a certain risk of delayed permanent changes in skin pigmentation. It is not recommended to perform the procedure during the active phase of acne due to the risk of infection.
The surgeon must be familiar with all health problems, allergic reactions, previous surgeries and facial injuries, taking medications, sports activities, etc. During the preoperative preparation, photo documentation is made, which is supplemented by photos during and after the operation, and during dressing.

Surgery

  • Anesthesia: Smaller areas can be treated under local anesthesia and intravenous sedation. For larger regions or the entire face, general anesthesia is required.
  • Duration: The duration depends on the size of the region. Facial dermabrasion takes about 45 minutes.

During the procedure, the skin is first thoroughly cleansed and then a local anesthetic is applied to reduce discomfort. After the anesthesia is administered, the Our Little Clinic surgeon will use a dermabrasion device to remove the top layer of skin and smooth the surface of the scar.

Postoperative course

Special bandages are placed on the treated region of the face. The face is moderately swollen and red. It is accompanied by pain and a burning sensation. The bandage is removed after seven days. During this time, the swelling gradually recedes. After the crust falls off spontaneously, sensitive, light pink skin remains for several weeks or even months. Mild make-up that does not cause allergic reactions can cover up the pink color of the face already after the second week.

The most important thing is to avoid direct exposure to the sun for six weeks to avoid permanent changes in skin pigmentation. Return to work can be expected after two or three weeks. Activities that can cause facial injuries, as well as strenuous sports activities, should be avoided for up to a month. The final results are evaluated at least six months after the operation.

Complications

Possible complications are, in addition to bleeding and infection, which are rare, and minor irregularities that can be corrected in a subsequent procedure. Dermabrasion of a scar usually gives good results, but sometimes the procedure needs to be repeated to achieve optimal results.

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