Dermabrasion for Age Spots

Dermabrasion is the surgical sanding or planing of the outer layer of skin of age spots.

Why you should choose dermabrasion for age spots

The treated area typically appears smoother and refreshed. Outcomes can be dramatic and long-lasting.

Risks

As with any treatment, there are risks associated with it, though they are minimized in the hands of a qualified ASDS dermatologist. These include:

  • Scarring
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Loss of skin color
  • Tissue damage
  • Infection

What to expect after the procedure

  • The treated area must be cleansed several times a day, and ointments and dressings changed.
  • Patients must continue to avoid sun exposure.
  • New growth is expected within five to eight days, with skin fading to normal tones within six to eight weeks.
  • Pain and swelling from treatment is usually minimal.

Preparing for the procedure

Before the procedure, an ASDS dermatologist will usually review the patient’s medical history and conduct a physical exam. This is the time for the doctor and patient to discuss expectations, potential risks and outcomes of 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.
  • Avoid sun exposure.