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Better known as surgical skin planning, it’s a surgical procedure whereby the skin's surface irregularities are diminished by abrading or "sanding" the skin with special diamond rotary instruments. While dermabrasion remains almost a century old practice enjoying tremendous popularity, the resurfacing technique has been further perfected over the last few decades.
Often, more than one technique is used to give the best improvement in the appearance of facial scars and wrinkles. For example, frequently a dermabrasion will be performed several weeks after scar revision. Sometimes, dermabrasion and chemical peel are performed together or in sequence to treat deeper wrinkles, such as those occurring around the lips.
Dermabrasion is a surgical procedure in which the physician attempts to make scars less noticeable by sanding them using a small hand held tool. The end of this tool has a metal wheel which has a rough surface. When the tool is turned on, the wheel spins rapidly. The surgeon then moves the spinning wheel gently over the surface of the scar causing the scar to be worn away. Local anesthesia is injected into the area before the treatment.
Sometimes a surgeon will apply cold packs to the face before dermabrasion. Depending on the amount of area to be treated, surgery usually lasts between 30 to 90 minutes. When the procedure is over, the skin looks like a red brush burn or shallow wound and is tender. The wound takes a few weeks to heal. The new skin generally has a smoother and refreshed appearance. Results are generally quite remarkable and long-lasting.