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Dermabrasion

This treatment is done to minimize the lines around the eyes areas (usually called crowfeet), and the lines around the labial areas that form from aging, or from sun exposure. It could also be done to remove/improve the scars in the skin due to infections or acne. The skin needs to heal completely from the infection or acne. Then, acne scars or dark color spots can be treated. The treatment consists in the removal of the epidermis and some dermal layer. This removal is done with iron rolling brush or coarse rolling stone.

This procedure is done to remove the fine lines of the face. It does not significantly tighten the skin, this requires a Complete Facelift, Facelift, Forehead lift, and Blefaroplasty (eyelift). The skin is often prepared with Retin-A especially if there is sun damage. It is also done after scar revision to smooth or sand scars and make them appear more even.

For two weeks after the procedure, the patient must apply Fucidin, an ointment for protecting the newborn sensitive skin. Indirect or direct sunlight exposure is NOT allowed during these two weeks. The skin pores or sweat glands will diminish in size. The skin growth will be flatter, smoother, thinner, and more uniform in color. After the first two weeks the patient can wear make up again. In order to avoid dark skin color or an excessive white color in the skin, sun block must be applied three times a day to protect the skin from direct or indirect sunlight for six months.

The epidermal gland grows through the dermal layer, through the hair to the epidermal layer which is in the skin’s superficial area. Immediately, after the procedure, the skin will turn very red, and very sensitive. Every patient must consider that Dermabrasion cause the treated skin to have a red tone from six to eight months. The redness can be covered with make up during this period. Then, the skin goes back to its normal color.

In order to obtain the desired effect, Dermabrasion session can be done several times every 3 to 6 months. After the first session, the problem area is corrected by a 40%. After the second session, the problem diminishes by a 20%. Dermabrasion can be done in patients whose skin measure from 20 to 50 microns deep.

AFTER YOUR DERMABRASION:

Right after the procedure, your skin will be quite red and swollen, and eating and talking may be difficult. You'll probably feel some tingling, burning, or aching; any pain you feel can be controlled with medications prescribed by your doctor. The swelling will begin to subside in a few days to a week.

If you remember the scrapes you got when you fell down as a child, you'll have an idea of what to expect from this type of procedure. A scab or crust will form over the treated area as it begins to heal. This will fall off as a new layer of tight, pink skin forms underneath. Your face may itch as new skin starts to grow, and your doctor recommends his patients to apply Fucidin, an ointment to make you feel more comfortable. If ointment is applied immediately after surgery, little or no scab will form. You can also hide the redness with Demablend or Coverblend two corrective cosmetic make up. You can buy it at your nearest Department Store, or at www.dermablend.com or www.coverblend.com These products should be used altogether with a Suncreen or Sunblock of 70 or higher SPF, sunglasses and with a hat to protect your face and neck at all times.

In any case, your doctor will give you detailed instructions to care for your skin after surgery. For men, this will include delaying shaving for a while, then using an electric razor at first. It's very important that you understand your doctor's instructions and follow them exactly, to ensure the best possible healing.

If you notice that the treated area gets worse instead of better-for example, if it becomes increasingly red, raised, and itchy after it has started to heal-it may be a sign that abnormal scars are beginning to form. Call your surgeon as soon as possible, so that treatment can begin early.

All skins scar different from one another. In some cases, in the area where dermabrasion has been done, some skins result more white than the original skin color. This situation is completely unpredictable by the doctor, and even though it does not occur often, you need to consider that it could be a side effect from the procedure.

GETTING BACK TO NORMAL:

Your new skin will be a bit swollen, sensitive, and bright pink for several weeks. During this time, you can begin gradually resuming your normal activities.

You can expect to be back at work in about two weeks. Your surgeon will probably advise you to avoid any activity that could injure your face for at least two weeks. More active sports-especially ball sports-should be avoided for four to six weeks. If you swim, stick to indoor pools to avoid sun and wind, and keep your face out of chlorinated water for at least four weeks. It will be at least three to four weeks before you can drink alcohol without experiencing a flush of redness.

Above all, it's important to protect your skin from the sun until the pigment has completely returned to your skin- as long as six to twelve months.

YOUR NEW LOOK:

Refinishing treatments can offer dramatic improvements in the surface of your skin, but it will take some time before you see the final results.

The pinkness of your skin will take about three to six months to fade. In some cases even up to a year. In the meantime, you'll probably want to wear non-allergenic makeup when you go out. When your new skin is fully re-pigmented, the color should closely match the surrounding skin, making the procedure virtually undetectable.

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