Dermabrasion

Also known as dermaplaning or dermablading

Wrinkles and fine lines on the face can be troubling for many people, which is why there are several cosmetic procedures dedicated to reducing these signs of aging. Facial lines can be caused by drinking, smoking, sun exposure, or genetics. Dermabrasion and dermaplaning (dermablading) are two ways of treating wrinkles, acne scars and other skin blemishes. These treatments have a shorter recovery time than some of the more invasive procedures, like a facelift.

When to Consider Dermabrasion

  • If you have fine lines around the eyes, nose mouth or cheeks.
  • If you are frustrated with signs of aging that make you look older than you feel.
  • If you have small facial scars caused by acne, chicken pox or a previous injury.
  • If you have brown spots or blotches on the skin.

Many people who consider dermabrasion also consider laser skin resurfacing, chemical peel and facelift.

Considerations

Pros

  • Less invasive than a facelift
  • Improved look of scars, wrinkles and skin spots
  • More intensive than microdermabrasion and light chemical peels

Cons

  • Can cause skin irritation or scarring
  • Skin color may change
  • Sun sensitivity after treatment

These are the top three pros and cons to weigh when considering dermabrasion. If you wish to focus on what is unique to you, please consult with your aesthetic plastic surgeon.

Am I a good candidate for dermabrasion or dermaplaning?

The following are some common reasons why you may want to consider dermabrasion or dermaplaning:

  • You have fine lines around the eyes, nose, mouth or cheeks
  • You are frustrated with signs of aging that make you look older than you feel
  • You have small facial scars caused by acne, chicken pox or a previous injury
  • You have brown spots or blotches on the skin

There are virtually no age restrictions for dermabrasion or dermablading. If you are in good general health, have a positive attitude and realistic expectations, you are most likely a good candidate for this procedure.