Plastic Surgeon Serving Indianapolis, Indiana


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.

How long does a Dermabrasion treatment take?

Dermabrasion treatment can take as little as 20 minutes or as long as about an hour. Your appointment time is based on the size of the treatment area and the time it takes for local anesthetic to numb the skin.

How many Dermabrasion treatments will I need?

Dermabrasion is designed to achieve dramatic results in as few visits as possible. Some people achieve their desired improvement with just one treatment. When performed on more severe signs of aging or scars, dermabrasion may be repeated two or more times over a period of several months. In addition to supporting aging skin, dermabrasion can help treat the following. How many treatments you need depends on the severity of the problem you wish to correct:

  • Fine lines
  • Age spots or dark spots
  • Mottled complexion due to sun damage
  • Precancerous skin growths
  • Acne scars

What are the side effects of Dermabrasion?

Performed by a trained professional, dermabrasion achieves excellent results with few side effects. These include:

  • Temporary darkening of the skin
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Bruising
  • Itching as the skin heals

Patients receive clear, detailed instructions on caring for their skin following dermabrasion. Post-treatment care helps minimize side effects more quickly.

Is there any downtime after a Dermabrasion treatment?

Patients who choose to have dermabrasion treatment should arrange at least one week off from work and other activities. The skin may look bright red, swollen, and bruised for a few days. To promote optimal healing, it may be necessary to keep the skin covered with a generous layer of ointment at all times. Prescription medication may be necessary for a day or two to manage comfort. At first, it can be difficult to speak and eat due to tissue ablation around the mouth.

It may take 7 to 10 days for the skin to heal after dermabrasion. As tissue regeneration continues, tingling and soreness turn to itching. Scabs may form on the skin as old skin is replaced with new. It can take up to 3 months for redness to fully resolve.

To achieve the best results from dermabrasion, it is imperative that you follow your doctor’s post-treatment instructions on how to care for your skin. If you have questions, contact our office for assistance.

How long after a Dermabrasion treatment will I see my results?

Following your post-treatment skin care guidelines, you may begin to see smoother, softer skin 2 to 3 weeks after your procedure. As redness and puffiness subside and new collagen infuses the outer layer of tissue, results continue to improve.

How long do dermabrasion results last?

Dermabrasion permanently changes the skin in that it removes the outermost layer of dead and damaged cells. How long your improvements last is largely up to you. People who smoke or sunbathe tend to age more quickly than those who do not. To maintain healthy, beautiful skin, it is necessary to avoid damage caused by sun exposure and toxins. Your doctor may also recommend using medical-grade skin care products after dermabrasion. These products are formulated to permeate the deeper layers of the skin to achieve specific results. Essentially, the better you take care of your skin after dermabrasion, the longer your results with last.

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 317-575-9152 or contact Renaissance Plastic Surgery online to discuss aspects of your dermabrasion procedure in the Indianapolis area.