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Dermabrasion 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 treatments.  

Why choose dermabrasion for aging skin

Dermabrasion is a good choice to improve the appearance of: 

  • Pigmentation problems 
  • Wrinkles 
  • Sun damage 
  • Liver spots 

Possible risks

  • Scarring
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Acne flare-ups
  • Loss of skin color
  • Tissue damage caused by excessive freezing
  • Infection

Estimated cost

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 should: 

  • 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 infection. 
  • 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 dermatologist 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 dermatologists 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 condition. 

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