Dermabrasion is a cosmetic procedure that smooths the skin by scraping away damaged areas with a handheld, sanding instrument. After the old skin is removed, a new layer of skin is able to form. Here are some things to consider when trying to determine if dermabrasion is right for you.
Dermabrasion is a surgical procedure. Therefore, it is necessary that you understand the risks and the possible outcomes before pursuing the treatment. Doctors recommend dermabrasion only for patients who are psychologically stable and fully aware of the limitations of the procedure.
No Acne or Skin Sensitivities
The scraping procedure can aggravate existing acne breakouts or infections. If you have active acne, rashes or cold sores, dermabrasion may not be appropriate for you.
If you've had a previous chemical peel, undergone radiation or experience a bad sunburn, you run a greater risk of infection from dermabrasion.
Skin Type and Tone
Some patients may experience blotches or discoloration after the procedure. If you have fair skin, you are less likely to develop permanent pigmentation changes after the treatment. If you have an even skin tone, you're less likely to see a dramatic difference between the new and old skin during the healing process.