Smooth skin is one of the most recognizable and sought-after markers of youth. Unfortunately, no matter how healthy you are or how young you feel, wrinkles can still show up and undercut your self-image.

    Dermabrasion, also known as skin resurfacing, is a minor surgery that rejuvenates the skin by harnessing the body’s natural healing process. Wrinkled, scarred and uneven tissue is removed, creating an opportunity for healthy, smooth skin to regrow in its place.

    Dermabrasion is an especially appealing solution for patients who want to enhance the appearance of their face and skin, but do not require the underlying muscle and tissue repositioning that is commonly performed with a facelift. Dr. Schmidt works personally with each patient to determine what methods will produce the most natural, successful results.

    Who is a candidate for dermabrasion?

    Patients who are experiencing any of the following could be strong candidates for dermabrasion:

    • Fine lines and wrinkles
    • Acne scars, facial scars or other blemishes
    • Uneven pigmentation in the skin
    • Rough or uneven skin texture
    • Bulbous swelling and redness of the nose (rhinophyma)
    • Removal of precancerous skin patches

    How does dermabrasion work?

    The first step in a dermabrasion procedure is to remove the wrinkled or damaged skin by using a rapidly rotating rubbing tool to evenly scrape away the outer layers of the skin.

    Once this tissue has been scraped away, the top layers of skin can grow back over a smooth surface. Healthy, even tissue will take the place of the damaged or wrinkled tissue that was there before.

    Through this process, dermabrasion simply jumpstarts the growth of your own skin tissue to restore the face you once saw in the mirror.

    Dermabrasion is an minorly invasive procedure that is conducted under a twilight anesthesia. The timeframe for the procedure depends on the patient and the areas to be treated, but typically lasts 90 minutes.

    Results and recovery

    The results of a dermabrasion procedure are not immediate–the skin needs time to regrow over the “scraped” areas. Patients can expect redness and swelling immediately after the procedure. Dr. Schmidt may prescribe medication to help manage any aching or pain that results.

    The typical recovery time for a dermabrasion is 10-14 days. During the first week, new layers of fresh skin will grow over the dermabraded areas. Some patients may experience residual redness for the first few weeks after the procedure. The specific recovery process and timeframe differs from patient to patient. Dr. Schmidt provides personalized aftercare instructions to help each patient heal efficiently and successfully.

    To learn if dermabrasion is the optimal option for treating your skin concerns, please contact us to schedule a consultation with double board certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Schmidt.

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