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What is Dermabrasion?

The outermost layer of skin is scraped with a rough wire brush, or a burr containing diamond particles, attached to a motorized handle. The scraping continues until Dr. Nichols reaches the safest level that will make the scar or wrinkle less visible.

It can be performed on small areas of skin or on the entire face and can be performed fairly quickly. The procedures usually take from a few minutes to an hour and a half, depending on how large an area of skin is involved. It’s not uncommon for the procedure to be performed more than once, or in stages, especially when scarring is deep or a large area of skin is involved.

How long is the recovery period?

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 Dr. Nichols. The swelling will begin to subside in a few days to a week. 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 we recommend applying a light coat of ointment to make you more comfortable. If ointment is applied immediately after surgery, little or no scab will form.

In any case, Dr. Nichols 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.

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