Dermabrasion – new effective acne scar treatment

Dermabrasion – new effective acne scar treatment

New effective acne scar treatmentDermabrasion: new effective acne scar treatment with fewer side effects

A new technique for treating acne scars has hit the market; it is referred to as dermabrasion. A diamond wheel or wire brush with rough edges, known as a fraise or burr, is used to remove the outermost layers of acned skin. This specially-designed brush rotates very fast, scrubbing off the skin’s upper layers through a process called leveling, abrading or planning that causes the skin to get injured and bleed. As this wound gets healed, a new layer of skin develops instead of the damaged one.

The level of depth that the resurfacing done by dermabrasion goes is affected by: the coarseness of the fraise, its speed of rotation, the amount of pressure applied during abrading and for how long this is done, as well as the features and condition of the affected skin.

While dermabrasion is most commonly done on the face, it can also be performed on any other area of skin that is affected by acne. It is most often used as a procedure to enhance the`appearance of the scars resulting from acne as well as fine lines that remain around the mouth as the skin condition heals. Sometimes it can also be used for treating the enlargement of the nose — known medically as rhinophyma — that results from the inflammatory skin condition called rosacea.

How Dermabrasion is Done?

The skin that is targeted for dermabrasion is first cleaned and then marked. Normally, a local anaesthetic such as lidocaine will be applied on the skin to make the pain during treatment as minimal as possible. Ice packs are also applied for up to 30 minutes before the process can start to further make it more numb. Sometimes freezing (cryogenic) spray is also used to make the skin even harder and firmer if deeper abrasions are to be done. A more powerful anesthesia, sedation, pain killers or general anesthesia may also be needed when abrasions are deep, or if the whole face is to be treated.

The treatment is done one small area after another, with freezing spray, if required, being applied first for a number of seconds before the rotating brush comes in to scrape off the outermost layers of affected skin. To prevent any excessive bleeding, gauze is used, with the treated area finally covered using a clean dressing or ointment after this procedure.

Quite often, dermabrasion is done either on an outpatient basis or in the doctor`s office.

What Should You Expect after the Surgery?

The length of time your skin takes to heal and recover will depend on how big the skin area treated is, as well as how deep the burr or brush went into the skin. For instance, if the dermabrasion treatment done on you was full-face, you will take longer to recover and heal than a patient whose procedure was conducted on a very small part. Similarly, deeper abrasions also take longer to recover.

Most treated skins regrow within 5-8 days. The new skin, which is pink or red in color, normally fades in 6-12 weeks to give room for normal skin-tone to return. As you wait for this full healing, you may want to use some makeup to enhance its appearance.

Dermabrasion causes very minimal or no pain to most people. You can go back to your normal life soon after treatment. However, pain relievers may be necessary for some people, or a corticosteroid like prednisone to reduce swelling if it occurs.

It is very important that you maintain proper care for the area of skin that has been treated as the skin continues to heal and recover. This involves the following:

– Cleansing your skin a number of times every day so as to prevent any infection, and so that you can also regularly rid your skin of wound crusting that may occur sometimes.

– Changing the wound’s ointment and dressing so as to keep it moist and promote quicker recovery.

– Keeping off exposure to direct sunlight and when peeling is over, applying sunscreen daily to protect the new skin since it will be more vulnerable to damage by sunrays.

Why is Dermabration Done?

Dermatologists use this procedure to treat skin damage or defects in its upper layers. These include:

– Acne scars: the most common medical use for dermabrasion. It removes acne scars to enhance skin appearance.

– Surgery or trauma-related scars if they do go very deep into the skin.

– Any superficial skin growths, for instance rhinophyma. In some cases, though very rarely, the procedure can be applied to treat epidermal nevi, smallcysts, Bowen’s disease or some basal cell-skin cancers.

– Tattoos: this is extremely rare since better methods of removing tattoos exist, for example, using laser resurfacing.

– Skin color changes such as solar lentigines or melasma. But rather than dermabrasion, laser resurfacing or chemical peels is the more commonly used solution here.

– Fine lines or wrinkles found around the mouth area.

How Well Does Dermabrasion Work?

The type of your skin, it condition at the time of seeking treatment, the level of experience of your dermatologist, the kind of burr used, as well as the lifestyle you follow after treatment; all these factors can affect both your short- and long-term results. Some skin conditions respond better to treatment than others. Generally, lighter-skinned people who also limit their exposure to sun radiation after dermabrasion experience better results than darker-skinned people who continue exposing their skins to a lot of sunlight.

Typically, the dermabrasion treatment will result in a smooth and even skin texture, making your scarred skin to have a better and uniform tone and appearance.

This procedure is most effective when it comes to improving those acne scars that are superficial`or almost flat. If yours are deeper or pitted, you may need other forms of treatment — for instance, punch-grafting, elevation or excision — as an extra procedure alongside dermabrasion or in place of it.

If you want to improve your surgery- or injury-related scars using dermabrasion, the procedure should be done 8-12 weeks following surgery/injury, though nearly all new scars will normally fade or heal on their own within 6 months or so.

Though some superficial skin growths can be removed in entirety, dermabrasion is rarely used to treat them.

To improve skin color changes, dermabrasion can be used alongside bleaching agents and/or tretinoin (Retin-A), which is used to boost the effects of the bleaching agent.

The dermabrasion treatment, though it may not have any dramatic impact on deep wrinkles, can greatly improve the fine wrinkles found around the eyes or mouth.

Does this Medical Procedure have any Risks?

There are some common, but temporary, side effects that can be attributed to dermabrasion. They include:

– Scarring;
– Redness, which normally fades within 6-12 weeks;
– Swelling;
– A flare up of acne or small cysts (milia). Often, such flare ups can be treated quite successfully using tretinoin, with antibiotics also required in some cases.
– Increased color in your skin. The treated area of skin may become darker – hyperpigmentation — than surrounding areas a number of weeks after the treatment procedure.
– Heightened sensitivity to sunrays.

Other less common complications are:

– Scarring: its risk is higher with deeper abrasions. Bony areas also have a higher probability of scarring. Taking isotretinoin for treating acne will also make you more susceptible to scarring after dermabrasion.
– Prolonged skin color loss. Darker-skinned people experience this more.
– Lasting redness.
– Tissue damage resulting from excessive freezing if a freezing spray was used.
– Infection (rarely). If your treatment is going to involve the region around your mouth or the whole face, your dermatologist may administer you an antiviral drug before the procedure kicks off.

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