Dermabrasion is a form of mechanical skin restoration in which a hand held rotating wheel with a textured surface is used to physically smooth out irregular surfaces and remove the superficial layers of skin. The best way to envision it is to think of it as "surgical sanding". This technique was once the primary procedure for improving the appearance of acne scars, although it has been largely replaced by lasers in the treatment of acne. It is still considered by many leading centers, including Renaissance Plastic Surgery in Indianapolis, IN, to be the procedure of choice for improving vertical lines and wrinkles around the mouth that don't respond to Botox Cosmetic® or Xeomin®. Healing and recovery time are similar to a medium depth chemical peel.
In all skin restoration procedures, with the exception of the glycolic peel, a controlled injury to the superficial layers of skin is intended as a way to remove the old, damaged skin and stimulate the formation of new collagen to help fill out the depressions. Therefore, these techniques do carry a very small risk of scarring and changes in pigmentation, which increase in likelihood with increased depths of injury. At Renaissance Plastic Surgery, Dr. Fata will discuss the advantages and risks of all of these procedures with you and design a treatment plan that is specifically tailored to the condition of your skin.
Skin care is a highly personal matter. While self-education is always a good idea if you're considering any cosmetic procedure, a personal consultation is the best place to start. Dr. Fata would be glad to meet with you, assess your skin conditions, and listen to your goals and questions. Together you could arrive at a good course of action.
Please call (317) 565-1009 or contact Renaissance Plastic Surgery online to discuss aspects of your dermabrasion procedure in the Indianapolis area.