When washing and moisturizing aren’t enough — Dermabrasion and dermaplaning

Posted by Monarch Plastic Surgery

Apr 25, 2014 9:00:00 AM

dermabrasion skincareSometimes, simply cleansing and moisturizing the skin aren’t enough to maintain fresh, smooth, and youthful skin. The effects of the environment, sunlight, aging, and heredity all play a part in your skin’s health and appearance, but they don’t have to be the final word. If your regular skincare routine isn’t quite enough, you might consider undergoing dermabrasion or dermaplaning. The two procedures are closely tied together, and both can help heal and renew the upper layers of your skin.

Dermaplaning and dermabrasion offer several benefits. The end results will vary depending on your skin type, size and depth of flaws such as acne and scars, and how well you follow your skin care regimen after your treatment is complete.

Most patients will see the following benefits:

  • Significant reduction of visible scars, including acne scars
  • Removal of superficial skin growths and abnormalities, including pre-cancerous keratoses
  • Reduction in fine lines and wrinkles
  • Improved, smoother skin tone
  • Removal of “peach fuzz” facial hair
  • Deep penetration not possible with other skin care products

Dermaplaning and dermabrasion are done through the process of “surgical scraping,” and take anywhere from a few minutes to an hour, depending on the size of the area to be treated. Both procedures remove the uppermost surfaces of the skin, thereby removing damaged tissue and cells. In dermabrasion, a motorized tool similar to a wire brush is used, while in dermaplaning, a tool called a dermatome is used. Dermaplaning is far more useful for treating deep acne scars, and the scraping process in the damaged area continues until the lowest point of the scar is even with the surrounding tissue. Following your procedure, an ointment or dressing will be placed over the treated area. It is important to follow your aftercare instructions as closely as possible to ensure that you gain the maximum benefits of your treatment without experiencing new scarring or damage. Your dermabrasion or dermaplaning treatment may be combined with other procedures, including a facelift, scar removal, scar revision, or chemical peel.

It is extremely important to understand that dermaplaning and dermabrasion are not ideal for all patients, particularly Asians or those with black skin or dark complexions. Although there may be some benefits in these procedures for such complexions, there is far greater risk of permanent pigmentation changes after dermabrasion and dermaplaning for patients with these skin types. Additionally, if you have freckles, this procedure is not for you, as the freckles will be removed in the treated area leaving you with an area that does not match the surrounding skin.

If you aren’t ready for dermabrasion or dermaplaning, but still wish to address your skincare needs, discuss your options with your specialist at Monarch Skin Rejuvenation Center. Alternatives include microdermabrasion, chemical peels, or laser skin treatments. No matter what type, color, or tone of skin you may have, and no matter what types of problems you need addressed, there is an option for you. Call Monarch Skin Rejuvenation Center today at (913)663-3838 to schedule a consultation.

Topics: Skincare

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