Dermabrasion (Facial Sanding)


Dermabrasion is a skin-rejuvenating treatment. The handheld device is an abrasive rotary wheel, and it removes the top layer of damaged skin cells. New, smoother skin is revealed. Contact our Scottsdale team to find out if you are a good candidate at 480-767-7700.

What is Dermabrasion?

Woman with great skin after dermabrasion treatment in PhoenixThis cosmetic skin treatment has long been used to refresh the appearance of the face. It can be a good option for women and for men. Dermabrasion can improve skin by sanding away:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Sun damage
  • Acne scars
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Dull skin
  • Brown spots

The rotary wheel buffs away this surface damage. Although it often provides great benefits on its own, dermabrasion is also a great treatment to combine with a facelift or a chemical peel, or other facial procedures. Doing so often provides the most optimal, most consistent results.

Dermabrasion is different from micro-dermabrasion. Micro-dermabrasion does not use a rotary wheel, but instead sprays a stream of abrasive particles against the skin. The micro treatment is more like a light facial aimed at cleaning the pores and blasting away dead skin cells. It generally is not as effective in treating the skin conditions described above.

Who It Benefits

Dermabrasion is a good option for many people, but not necessarily the right choice for everyone. Ideal candidates are:

  • People with fair skin tones
  • Women and men
  • Of diverse ages

People with darker skin tones may experience scarring and discoloration as a result of dermabrasion, so a better alternative may be a chemical peel or laser skin resurfacing. Dermabrasion may be used to treat a specific area of the face or the entire face.

Your Dermabrasion Appointment

Woman before and after dermabrasion by Dr. Corey in ScottsdaleThis treatment takes approximately an hour to complete, but may be longer or shorter depending on your treatment plan. It is often performed while the patient is under general anesthesia, so you will not have to worry about any discomfort.

After treatment, your skin will be bright pink, similar to the look of a sunburn. You may see results in as little as a few hours, as puffiness and redness decrease. The entire recovery takes about a week. During this time, you may experience redness, swelling, tightness and a sensation similar to a sunburn. You should stay out of the sun during this time to protect your results and your skin.

You may need only a single dermabrasion treatment to get the results you want. It's also not uncommon to have a series of several sessions for complete skin rejuvenation.

Arrange Your Consultation in Scottsdale

Dr. John Corey is a board-certified plastic surgeon. He has been helping Phoenix-area residents fulfill their cosmetic wishes since 1993. Dermabrasion is just one of many services we offer. After meeting you, Dr. Corey can describe the range of cosmetic treatments that are a good match for your goals. To arrange a consultation to discuss dermabrasion in Scottsdale, please call our team at 480-767-7700.