Solve Skin Problems With Dermabrasion


Age brings many things, including lines, wrinkles, discoloration, and other skin imperfections. Many people spend large amounts of money on topical creams promising to thwart these ever-growing flaws, with little to no results to show for it. When it comes to aesthetic treatments to improve the look of the face, dermabrasion is one of the most popular and effective choices. It’s ideal for treating aging skin, as well as much more serious scars and skin troubles. Read on to learn more about this incredible cosmetic treatment and how it might improve your skin.

What Does Dermabrasion Involve?

Dermabrasion and dermaplaning are both aesthetic procedures used to refinish the skin’s top layers through controlled surgical scraping. While the idea of scraping the skin may sound harsh, the procedure actually softens the edges of your surface irregularities and leaves your skin feeling smoother. Typically, dermabrasion is performed using a wire brush or a diamond wheel (a burr or a fraise) which removes the top layers of the skin. As the dermabrasion tool rotates rapidly against the skin, these layers are abraded and the skin is superficially wounded. There may be slight bleeding involved in dermabrasion, but the procedure will only heal scars, not create new ones.

The process of dermabrasion is specifically designed to only injure the skin enough to remove the damaged skin cells and stimulate the healthy cells to heal and grow. The level of intensity used during your treatment will vary based on the needs of each area being treated. As the new cells heal following your procedure, they will repair the damaged layers and you will be left with smoother, healthier, and more youthful looking skin.

Where Is Dermabrasion Performed?

Like most aesthetic services, dermabrasion is a flexible treatment that can be customized to your skin. For starters, it can either be performed on the entire face or only on specific areas of concern, whatever your unique needs require. Deep scars, for example, might require extra attention and time to fully repair with the dermabrasion tools. Light damage around the whole face, on the other hand, might involve a short amount of time spent all along the surface of the skin. Your plastic surgeon will be able to control the intensity and depth of the dermabrasion brush or wheel to properly address concerns of varying severity.

Dermabrasion can also be paired with other treatments, both surgical and nonsurgical, including facelifts, scar removal, or chemical peels. Many patients seek aesthetic treatments following a facial rejuvenation surgery. It is an ideal way to smooth and repair the skin once it has been surgically altered to appear more youthful. Combining procedures like dermabrasion with a facelift, brow lift, or other anti-aging surgery is a great way to create and then further maintain your new look.

What Concerns Will Dermabrasion Address?

There are several common skin concerns that can be addressed by dermabrasion techniques. These concerns include acne scars, surgery or other trauma scars of moderate depths, superficial skin growths like rhinophyma, small cysts and basal cell skin cancers, tattoos (though rarely), hyperpigmentation or melasma in the skin, fine lines, and wrinkles (especially those around the mouth). Patients with other concerns may also have some luck correcting them with dermabrasion techniques.

To determine if you are a good candidate, consider several factors about your health and medical history. Good dermabrasion candidates should not have used isotretinoin to treat their acne within a year. They also should not have had a recent facelift or brow lift surgery that has not healed, a history of abnormal scarring, a condition that will affect their ability to heal, or an active skin infection. If you are in good overall health, have concerns that can be addressed by dermabrasion, and can say no to all of the factors listed above, you are likely a good candidate for this procedure. The best way to discover your eligibility and learn more about your customized dermabrasion is to meet with a credentialed plastic surgeon for a one-on-one consultation.

Plan Your Dermabrasion Procedure Today

Dermabrasion is just one of many aesthetic facial procedures available at Weniger Plastic Surgery. Here, Frederick G. Weniger, M.D., F.A.C.S. provides his patients with years of experience and knowledge during one-on-one consultations regarding surgeries and nonsurgical treatments available at their practice. Dr. Weniger is board certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery and a member of The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. He believes good information lies at the heart of success and fruitful interactions with his patients.

To schedule a consultation for any aesthetic surface or other procedures, contact the office of Weniger Plastic Surgery today at (843) 757-0123. They are located at 350 Fording Island Road, Suite 200, in Bluffton, South Carolina.