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Dermabrasion San Antonio

Skin care procedures are in abundance these days and it’s not hard to imagine why. Our skin is our body’s largest and most visible organ. It acts as an outer shell to shield us from the elements and it’s also one of the first things people notice about us. Our skin tells a story about us and plays a huge part in creating a healthy, attractive appearance, but our skin must constantly fend off harmful UV rays from the sun, the constant motion of our facial muscles which want to cause lines and wrinkles in it, as well as gravity, loss of healthy fats, genetics, and acne. When you look at it that way, our skin’s struggle to keep us looking healthy and attractive almost sounds like a battlefield.

Dermabrasion is a surgical procedure that literally scrapes away the outer layer of your skin. Dermabrasion can remove and improve acne scars, surface lines or creases and other similar skin issues. Dermabrasion is an intense, invasive technique that will require a recovery period wherein your body will literally be growing new skin and healing. You will need to take special precaution to stay out of the sun’s harmful rays while you recover. It is important to understand the pros and cons of the treatment in full before going into it and it is even more important that your procedure is being performed by a trained, certified professional.

Dermabrasion is generally performed as an outpatient procedure in the surgeon’s office facility or outpatient surgery center. This procedure is done under local anesthesia to numb the skin being treated and sedative may also be given. In some cases, this procedure may be done under general anesthesia. The procedure may take anywhere from several minutes to over an hour depending on the amount of skin being treated. Dermabrasion may need to be performed more than once, especially if there is deep scarring or a large amount of skin being treated.

The outer layer of the skin will be scraped away with the use of either a burr containing diamond particles or a rough wire brush. The scraping will continue until they reach the parallels of optimum safety and best results. After the procedure, the treated skin will be red and swollen. Most patient report feeling some burning, tingling or pain which can be controlled by pain medication. Your skin will begin to heal itself over the following days and weeks and your results will become more and more apparent. It will be important to follow your doctors orders in your recovery process so as not to undo any of the treatment.

If Dermabrasion is in the neighborhood of what you’re looking for but you want or need something a little less intense, Microdermabrasion may be right for you. To find the best treatment for your skin, contact a plastic surgeon today to schedule your consultation.