Dermabrasion (Facial Sanding)


What is Dermabrasion?

Gilbert DermabrasionDermabrasion is a cosmetic treatment in which the outer layers of the skin are aggressively sanded to create a smooth and evenly pigmented appearance. It can be likened to laser skin resurfacing or a deep chemical peel such as Phenol or TCA. Dermabrasion can treat wrinkles, acne scars, and other blemishes by gently blending them into the surrounding areas of skin. This mechanical process uses a high-speed rotary tool for the controlled removal of damaged skin cells, sanding down the older layer of skin to reveal younger and healthier skin.

Is this the same as “Micro-Dermabrasion” that I see offered in Skin Care settings?

No. Micro-Dermabrasion uses fine sand-like particles blown onto the skin to help clean the pores and is not as aggressive as Dermabrasion.

Is Dermabrasion Right For Me?

In Arizona, with our climate and sun damaged skin, dermabrasion is popular with both men and women of all ages. Patients with active acne or cold sores may not be good candidates for dermabrasion. The most popular type of dermabrasion is peri-oral or around the mouth. It treats the lip line wrinkles that can collect lipstick in women, and is done most commonly in conjunction with a Facelift.

The most significant factors for the success of your treatment are your skin type and the characteristics of your skin blemish. Darker skin is associated with a slightly elevated risk of skin discoloration. Some types of skin damage respond better than others to dermabrasion treatment. If you have freckles you want to keep, you should steer clear of having dermabrasion treatment in that area of skin, as they could disappear or diminish as a result of dermabrasion.

How Is Dermabrasion Done?

Full face dermabrasion session takes about an hour, during which time a special high-speed rotary device is used to sand away the damaged layer of skin. This procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia. An ointment will be applied to the skin immediately following dermabrasion.

What about recovery after Dermabrasion?

After dermabrasion the treated area starts off really, really red, like road rash or very bad sunburn. Ointment soon gets replaced by moisturizers and concealers for the color and during this healing process. Many patients can see immediate results in much smoother skin. During the recovery period, which can last up to a week, common side effects include:

  • Redness, with some residual pinkness for up to eight weeks
  • Swelling
  • Feeling of a sunburn in the treated area
  • Formation of a scab or crust
  • Itchiness or tightness as skin heals
  • Patients typically return to work in a week or less. For a month following facial sanding, patients are advised to avoid sun exposure, and only applying approved skin care or makeup products to the treated area, while staying well-hydrated. Many patients find that one dermabrasion session provides the results they are after, although some patients opt to undergo multiple dermabrasion sessions for more dramatic results.

What Is The Next Step?

Please contact Scottsdale plastic surgeon, Dr. Corey’s office today to schedule your skin rejuvenation consultation. Bring all questions you would like Dr. Corey to answer to your consultation visit. Serving patients from Scottsdale, Phoenix, Gilbert, Tempe, Mesa and Chandler, Arizona.

To see how Dermabrasion, can change your appearance, click here to see before and after photos.