Dermabrasion

Patients in Tucson who are used to exposing their skin to the sun can benefit from dermabrasion treatments with Tucson plastic surgeon Dr. Alfaro. Dermabrasion works to remove the outer layers of skin that may be damaged from the sun or other harsh elements.

By sloughing off these damaged skin cells, your skin begins a regenerative process that allows new skin cells to come to the surface. The result is skin that is smoother and healthier.

What to Expect During Dermabrasion

What is it?

Skin refinishing proceure to remove damaged outer layers of skin, diminishing wrinkles, age spots and scarring. Treats the face, neck, chest and hands.

In/Outpatient:

Outpatient

Surgery time:

1-2 hours

Recovery time:

1-2 weeks

How Dermabrasion Works

For your dermabrasion procedure in Tucson, you will be given a general anesthetic so you will sleep through the treatment. In some cases a local anesthetic with sedation may be used.

To begin treatment, Dr. Alfaro will pull a special abrading device over the surface of your skin. It will work by removing the outer layers of skin. In the case of a depressed scar, the skin around the scar will be brought to an even plane to diminish the visibility of the scar. Dr. Alfaro may pass the abrading device over the same area of skin more than once to ensure proper treatment.

When he has completed the dermabrasion procedure, Dr. Alfaro will apply an ointment to the skin and likely wrap it in a surgical bandage. You will need someone to drive you home and to help you for the first days of your recovery.

As you begin to heal from your dermabrasion treatment, your skin will begin the rejuvenating process. It is not uncommon to experience swelling or redness during this time. Dr. Alfaro will ask you to maintain the bandages on your face and to continue to apply the ointment.

After several days, your skin may begin to crust or scab. These will form and then fall off naturally as your skin heals. If you notice any abrupt changes in the healing of your skin, you should call Dr. Alfaro. In rare cases, scarring can result from dermabrasion so he will want to see you to ensure proper healing.

Up to two weeks after your dermabrasion treatment, your skin should be mostly back to its normal state. However, your skin should look healthier and smoother overall. The benefits of your dermabrasion in Tucson should be long-lasting as long as you maintain a healthy skin care routine.

Dermabrasion FAQ

What areas can dermabrasion treat?

Both dermabrasion and dermaplaning can be performed on small areas of skin or on the entire face.

What problems can dermabrasion treat?

Dermabrasion is most often used to improve the look of facial skin left scarred by accidents or previous surgery, or to smooth out fine facial wrinkles. It's also sometimes used to remove the pre-cancerous growths called keratoses. Dermaplaning is also commonly used to treat deep acne scars.

Are there any alternatives or complementary procedures?

Dermabrasion can be performed alone or in conjunction with other procedures such as facelift, scar revision, or chemical peel. For skin refinishing, your surgeon may recommend a laser treatment instead of dermabrasion.

What are the risks of dermabrasion?

Change in skin pigmentation can occur. Permanent skin darkening can occur due to sun exposure in the days or months following surgery. Sometimes the treated skin becomes lighter or blotchy.

Tiny whiteheads can develop after surgery. These may disappear on their own, or with the use of an abrasive pad or soap (the surgeon may have to remove them occasionally). Enlarged skin pores can develop, but these usually shrink to normal size once swelling has subsided.

Although infection and scarring are rare complications, they are possible. Excessive scar tissue can occur, and these are often treated with steroid medications that soften the scar.

Scheduling Your Dermabrasion in Tucson

If you wish to refresh your skin with clinical exfoliation like dermabrasion in Tucson, we encourage you to contact Tucson plastic surgeon Dr. Alfaro. To set up your consultation today, please call Dr. Alfaro's practice at (520) 323-9720.