Definition - What does Dermabrasion mean?

Dermabrasion is a technique used to renew the skin through mechanical abrasion of the upper layers of the skin. It is most often used to treat scars, remove tattoos, reduce or remove fine lines and wrinkles, remove superficial skin cancers, and to treat nose enlargement caused by rosacea.

TheConsultation explains Dermabrasion

Although dermabrasion is most often used to renew the skin of the face, it can be used on other areas of the body too. Successful dermabrasion requires a highly skilled cosmetic surgeon who will be able to remove enough skin to trigger the healing response without removing so much that scarring ensues.

The procedure is carried out under local anesthetic in the doctor’s surgery, and it is very important to follow aftercare instructions to promote healing and prevent infection. When the treatment area is a localized part of the face, cosmetic surgeons and dermatologists often choose dermabrasion over other methods that work on a similar principle. It is easier to ensure that there is no clearly defined “edge” to the treatment area after healing when a small area is treated.

The method was first developed to treat acne scars but was later expanded to the treatment of scars following surgery or injury, as a means of reducing discoloration of the skin, and to treat fine lines and wrinkles, especially around the eye area. It is also used to remove superficial forms of skin cancer in which the lower layers of the skin are not affected.

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