Dermabrasion for Aging Skin
Learn more about treatment options for aging skin.
Dermabrasion, sometimes known as dermaplaning, is a
procedure that “refinishes” the top layers of skin through controlled surgical
scraping. A freezing spray is used to numb small areas of the face. The doctor
then removes the top layers of skin in the numbed area using a special brush,
which allows the healthy skin beneath to replace it. The new skin typically
appears smoother and refreshed. Outcomes can be dramatic and long-lasting.
Dermabrasion is sometimes used in conjunction with chemical peels and other
Why choose dermabrasion for aging skin
Dermabrasion is a good choice to improve the appearance of:
- Pigmentation problems
- Sun damage
- Liver spots
- Acne flare-ups
- Loss of skin color
- Tissue damage caused by excessive freezing
The average cost for dermabrasion is about $1,500. Since
most medical insurance companies consider dermabrasion a cosmetic procedure, it
is generally not covered.
How to prepare for the procedure
A week or so before treatment, dermabrasion candidates
- Stop taking certain medications, such as aspirin.
- Stop smoking, if a smoker.
- Avoid certain skin care products.
- Stay out of the sun.
What to expect after the procedure
Recovery and healing time after dermabrasion depends on the
size and depth of the area treated. Patients must:
- Cleanse the treated area several times daily to prevent
- Change ointments and dressings to promote healing.
- Avoid exposure to the sun.
Skin regrowth occurs within five to eight days. New skin is
pink or red in appearance, fading to normal skin tones in six to 12 weeks. Pain
and swelling is generally minimal after the procedure, though pain killers and
steroids are prescribed in some cases. Your ASDS doctor may schedule follow-up
visits to monitor your progress.
Find a doctor for your aging skin treatment
Visit “Find a dermatologic surgeon” and choose
“Dermabrasion” from the dropdown menu. Because ASDS doctors are trained in a
variety of the best and latest techniques, they are the most qualified to
evaluate and select the best treatment choice based on the individual patient’s