Dermabrasion

Dermabrasion is used to remove damaged skin. This allows healthy, smoother skin to grow in its place. Multiple Facial Injuries with Surgical DermabrasionCopyright © Nucleus Medical Media, Inc.

  • Call Your Doctor

    After arriving home, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

    • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
    • Swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or any discharge from the treatment site
    • Skin redness or loss of color that does not go away
    • Pain that you cannot control with the medications you have been given

    If you think you have an emergency, call for medical help right away.

  • Definition

    Dermabrasion is used to remove damaged skin. This allows healthy, smoother skin to grow in its place.

    Multiple Facial Injuries with Surgical Dermabrasion
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  • What to Expect

  • Reasons for Procedure

    Dermabrasion is done to help repair damaged skin. The procedure may help to renew skin by stimulating new skin growth. Dermabrasion may be used to treat the following skin conditions:

    • Benign tumors
    • Chickenpox
      scars
    • Acne
      scars
    • Surgical scars
    • Scars resulting from accidents or disease
    • Tattoos
    • Age (liver) spots
    • Wrinkles

  • Possible Complications

    Problems from the procedure are rare, but all procedures have some risk. Your doctor will review potential problems, like:


    • Temporary side effects such as:

      • Scarring
      • Redness
      • Swelling
      • Flare-ups of acne or tiny cysts
      • Increased or decreased color in the skin
      • Increased sensitivity to sunlight

      • Flare-ups of
        cold sores if done on the face

    • Less common complications such as:

      • Permanent scarring
      • Lasting redness
      • Prolonged loss of color in the skin.
      • Infection

    Before your procedure, talk to your doctor about ways to manage factors that may increase your risk of complications such as:

    • Smoking
    • Drinking
    • Chronic diseases, such as diabetes or obesity

    Dermabrasion is not recommended if you have:

    • Active herpes, bacterial infection, or sores

    • Current or recent use (less than one year) of
      isotretinoin
    • Skin, blood flow, or immune disorders that could make healing more difficult