American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Member Log In
For Medical Professionals
 

Dermabrasion

Minimally Invasive Procedure

Dermabrasion and dermaplaning are most often used to improve the look of facial skin left scarred by accidents or previous surgery, or to smooth out fine facial wrinkles, such as those around the mouth.

Dermabrasion procedure steps

Where your surgery will be performed

Your treatment may be performed in a surgeon's office-based facility, an outpatient surgery center or a hospital. It's usually done on an outpatient basis, for cost containment and convenience. However, if you're undergoing extensive work, you may be admitted to the hospital.

Types of anesthesia

Dermabrasion and dermaplaning may be performed under local anesthesia, which numbs the area, combined with a sedative to make you drowsy. You'll be awake but relaxed, and will feel minimal discomfort. Sometimes a numbing spray, such a freon, is used along with or instead of local anesthesia. In more severe cases, your surgeon may prefer to use general anesthesia, in which case you'll sleep through the procedure.

The surgery

Dermabrasion and dermaplaning can be performed fairly quickly. The procedures usually take anywhere 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.

In dermabrasion, the surgeon scrapes away the outermost layer of skin with a rough wire brush, or a burr containing diamond particles attached to a motorized handle. The scraping continues until the surgeon reaches the safest level that will make the scar or wrinkle less visible.

In dermaplaning, the surgeon uses a hand-held instrument called a dermatome. Resembling an electric razor, the dermatome has an oscillating blade that moves back and forth to evenly "skim" off the surface layers of skin that surround the craters or other facial defects. This skimming continues until the lowest point of the acne scar becomes more even with the surrounding skin.

The surgeon may then treat the skin in a number of ways, including ointment, a wet or waxy dressing, dry treatment or some combination of these.



Logo

Surgeons In Your Area

David Berman Headshot

David Berman, MD

14 Pigeon Hill Drive Suite 100
Sterling, VA 20165

(703) 406-2444

Michael Brown Headshot

Michael Brown, MD

45155 Research Place Suite 125
Ashburn, VA 20147

(703) 726-1175

Behzad Parva Headshot

Behzad Parva, MD

224-D Cornwall Street, NW Suite 300
Leesburg, VA 20176

(703) 777-7477

Christopher Knotts Headshot

Christopher Knotts, MD

1825 Samuel Morse Drive Austin-Weston, The Center...
Reston, VA 20190

(703) 8936168

George Weston Headshot

George Weston, MD

1825 Samuel Morse Drive
Reston, VA 20190

(703) 893-6168

Linda Mosely Headshot

Linda Mosely, MD

1860 Town Center Drive Suite 310
Reston, VA 20190

(703) 481-1811

Phillip Chang Headshot

Phillip Chang, MD

19500 Sandridge Way Suite 350
Lansdowne, VA 20176

(703) 729-5553

Morad Tavallali Headshot

Morad Tavallali, MD

#1150 5530 Wisconsin Avenue
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Logo

Patient Care Center