Dr. Connors’ Atlanta plastic surgery practice offers dermaplaning to patients seeking a non-surgical facial rejuvenating treatment. Dermaplaning is commonly referred to as dermabrasion. This procedure smoothes fine wrinkles and other surface irregularities, giving the skin a softer appearance through a controlled method of surgical scraping. Dermabrasion works in many ways similar to a chemical peel, another procedure offered by Dr. Connors. The difference, is that dermabrasion and dermaplaning use surgical tools (a rotating brush or shaving instrument) to remove the top layer of skin. A chemical peel uses a caustic solution that is rubbed into the skin. Both techniques are great alternatives and can be discussed in detail during the initial consultation.
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Dermabrasion and dermaplaning are performed together in the same setting. The dermabrasion technique is performed first. The surgeon scrapes off the outermost layer of skin using a high-speed rough rolling brush. Then, a dermatone, which looks like an electric razor is used. This surgical tool has a blade that moves back and forth to smooth and trim scarred surfaces and other skin defects, such as craters. Following this procedure, a soothing ointment will be rubbed onto the face. Some patients will require multiple visits to achieve their results.
During/After the Procedure
Dermabrasion procedures are outpatient and performed in an accredited surgical facility. In most cases, a numbing agent is used to help moderate and control any discomfort. The procedure itself may take up to 2 hours, but spot treatments are usually concluded within 30 minutes. Following the procedure, the face will be red and swollen. It is common for scabbing and crusting to occur over the areas that were treated. It is imperative that patients avoid sun exposure to protect the new layer of skin. The skin will look soft and smooth with a visible decrease in irregularities.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 1 Week
- Average Procedure Time
- 30 Minutes - 2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- May Require Multiple Sessions
- Procedure Recovery Location
Men and women of all ages can benefit from dermabrasion and dermaplaning. Individuals who have fine wrinkles, uneven skin tone and moderate scarring from acne or mole removal may use this technique to achieve a smooth appearance. This procedure may not be recommended for patients who:
- Have darker skin - dark complexions may become permanently lightened or discolored with this treatment
- Are prone to skin rashes and skin irritations
- Have frequent flare-ups of fever blisters or cold sores
- Have freckles but do not want them removed
- Have recently had a chemical peel
Does it Remove Freckles?
Dermabrasion is beneficial in removing age spots and sun spots, but is not recommended to remove freckles. There are other targeted technologies that can remove freckles. This may include a specific type of chemical peel or a laser treatment.
Dermabrasion or Chemical Peel?
When choosing between these procedures, it is important to remember one uses surgical tools and the other does not. However, both are minimally invasive and create visible results. Patients who wish to improve the surface of the skin may choose a peel. Those who wish to use a stronger method and go beyond the skin’s surface to remove scars, aging spots, etc. may prefer dermabrasion.