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Recovering From Dermabrasion

Recovering From Dermabrasion

Dermabrasion is a cosmetic surgery that reduces the look of fine lines, wrinkles, scars, age spots, uneven texture, and discolouration. This clinical exfoliating technique is completed using a small, rotating device that gently removes the outer skin layers. As a response, the body will typically grow back skin that is smoother and more even. Dermabrasion is performed by dermatologists or plastic surgeons and can only be administered by qualified professionals. This facial rejuvenation procedure does not have any at-home alternatives and is different from the microdermabrasion procedures offered at some medi spas. Once you receive dermabrasion cosmetic surgery, your skin will need some time to heal.

What To Expect For Your Skin Following Dermabrasion

Immediately After Treatment
Once the procedure is completed, your skin may feel raw and irritated. There will be a damp, non-stick dressing applied to the face to aid in the healing process and help relieve these side effects. You may be given prescription pain medication or you may be instructed to use over-the-counter pain medication. Since the facial rejuvenation treatment is often completed in-office, you will be able to go home after the procedure, although you should have someone else drive you, as you may be drowsy from any administered sedatives. Once at home, you will have to change your dressings as per your doctor’s instructions.

As you heal, your skin may develop a scab or crust and it may be irritating, but do not try to scrub or peel this off, as doing so can lead to skin irritation, redness, infection, or healing issues. While healing will likely take between 7 and 10 days, the skin may be discoloured for longer than this, with some patients reportedly taking 3 months for their skin to lose its pink colouration post-treatment. Avoid active sports for 4 to 6 weeks and keep treated areas away from chlorinated water for 4 weeks after the treatment. You may need to take around 2 weeks off of work.

Care For Your Skin
Give yourself the best recovery possible by following your doctor’s orders when washing your face. You will still want to cleanse your face daily, but you may be discouraged from using scrubs, scented products, or certain types of topical products until fully healed. Use any ointments prescribed by your doctor to aid healing and pain reduction. Ensure that you protect your skin; wear sunscreen and cover up the treated area when you go outside to keep your skin safe from UV rays. Avoid drinking alcohol for 4 weeks to avoid any blushing in the skin.

Contact Your Plastic Surgery Office If There Are Any Issues
You will have a follow-up with your doctor shortly after your dermabrasion procedure to ensure you are healing properly. If you have any concerns about healing or if you are struggling with skin irritation or pain, let your doctor know. Call your doctor right away if you develop a fever or chills or if the treatment area develops swelling, pain, discharge, or if your skin becomes red and raised after healing has begun.

Dermabrasion: Facial Rejuvenation In Kelowna At Peterson MD

If you want smoother, more even skin, consider dermabrasion. This one-day cosmetic surgery can help create the flawless, smooth skin you desire. For the best results, have your facial rejuvenation treatment at a reputable plastic surgery clinic. At Peterson MD, our experienced and highly qualified staff can ensure your plastic surgery results are top quality and can create fantastic facial rejuvenation results. If cosmetic skin resurfacing using dermabrasion is something you want to know more about, then contact Dr. Brian D. Peterson’s office in Kelowna, Okanagan, by filling out the online contact form or calling 1-250-868-9099 and schedule an appointment.


Q: What’s the difference between dermabrasion and microdermabrasion?
A: Microdermabrasion does not penetrate as far into the skin as dermabrasion, requires a shorter recovery time, and it does not have to be administered by a plastic surgeon or dermatologist. Microdermabrasion will not alter the appearance of deep skin issues such as stretch marks, scars, or wrinkles whereas dermabrasion will.

Q: Will I be awake during the dermabrasion procedure?
A: Yes, patients will often be awake during this cosmetic surgery procedure, but the area of treatment will be numbed. Discuss this with your plastic surgeon.

Q: Will dermabrasion make my skin firmer?
A: Because this facial rejuvenation procedure will remove some layers of skin, your body will produce collagen while repairing it. This is a protein that promotes healing in the skin as well as skin elasticity. This will help give your skin a more full, plump, and firm look and feel once it’s healed.

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