Who is the Best Dermabrasion Candidate?

If you’re considering dermabrasion in the Bay Area:

Conditions Before Getting Dermabrasion Procedure

If you think dermabrasion could improve your appearance, you should consider the following:

  • Do you have any medical conditions that could impair healing from dermabrasion?
  • Are you a non-smoker?
  • Are you committed to proper nutrition and a healthy lifestyle, including moderate amounts of physical exercise?
  • Can you fully disclose your health history to Dr. Mosser, including current medications, your use of vitamin and herbal supplements, as well as your use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs?

Dermabrasion Surgery Specifics—What You Can Expect

Typically, dermabrasion is performed under a local anesthesia, often combined with a sedative. Sometimes, however, a general anesthesia will be used. Dr. Mosser will discuss these alternatives with you well in advance of your surgery.

Though dermabrasion can be performed relatively quickly, it’s not uncommon for it to be performed more than once, or in stages. This is especially true if the scarring is deep. In dermabrasion, a deeper layer of skin, the dermis, is smoothed with a rotating instrument that contains tiny diamond particles. Dr. Mosser may finish the dermabrasion treatment by applying an ointment, a wet or waxy dressing, or some combination of these treatments.

Post Dermabrasion Recuperation

Immediately following dermabrasion surgery, the treated skin will be red and swollen. You may feel burning and general aching in the area. Dr. Mosser can help control the pain with medication.

The swelling will begin to subside over the next few days, extending to a week or so. A scab or crust may form over the treated area, which will eventually fall off as any scab does when a new layer of skin forms underneath. Your skin may itch as it heals. Dr. Mosser may prescribe an ointment to help with this. He will give you detailed instructions on how to care for your skin after dermabrasion treatment.

You can expect your skin to be swollen, sensitive, and bright pink for several weeks after dermabrasion. During this time, you can return to normal activity. You’ll want to avoid sun and wind for at least four weeks after the procedure. Most importantly, you must protect your skin from sun until the pigment has completely returned to it. This can take between six and twelve months.

Results—the Amazing New You

It will take some time before you see the final results of dermabrasion in the surface of your skin, especially if you had the procedure done simultaneously with another cosmetic surgery, such as a face lift. San Francisco abounds with stores that sell cosmetics to help camouflage the pink color in your face until your normal skin pigment returns.

Dr. Mosser is the Medical Director of the Epi Center Med Spa, which has a variety of cosmetics that work effectively to conceal your skin while you heal. The dermabrasion procedure is designed to be performed so that when your skin finally has been re-pigmented, the color has a very close match to the surrounding skin.

Learn more about the Basics of Dermabrasion in San Francisco