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Dermabrasion in North Carolina

An innovative non-surgical skin refinishing technique, dermabrasion is known for its effectiveness in achieving smoother skin. It can be applied as a spot treatment for unwanted blemishes or as a more thorough refinishing procedure to remove textural irregularities from the entire face, extending slightly below the chin.

It is important to seek out a trained professional for dermabrasion treatment, such as UNC plastic surgeons, so the risk of side effects is minimized and the end result meets with your expectations.

What Is Dermabrasion?

Dermabrasion is an approach to skincare that uses a handheld tool called a dermabrader. The dermabrader comes with a variety of abrasion devices, such as diamond fraises, wire brushes, and sandpaper to name a few. They function to scrape away dead skin tissue and disfigurements from the outermost layers of the skin. When activated by the high-speed rotary wheel, the abraders spin quickly, peeling away the rough surface layer to stimulate the healing process and produce smoother skin.

Who Can Benefit?

If you desire a younger, rejuvenated appearance and healthier skin, you may want to consider dermabrasion. In addition to the benefits of more even skin tone and fewer lines and wrinkles, you may find relief from the following conditions:

  • Freckles and small patches of pigmentation
  • Unwanted tattoos
  • Pre-cancerous lesions
  • Acne and other scars
  • Rhinophyma

It is important to note, however, that individuals with black or Asian skin, or any darker complexion may discover that dermabrasion treatment leaves undesirable white patches.

The Dermabrasion Procedure

Dermabrasion is usually conducted in an office setting and requires about 30-60 minutes to perform. Local anesthesia is used to control pain, which varies depending on factors such as the extensiveness of the procedure. Your surgeon will cleanse the skin and apply gentian violet to ascertain the degree of abrasion needed. After choosing the speed, rotation movement, abrader tip and technique, your surgeon will begin treatment, passing over your skin with smooth, controlled movements.

Dermabrasion Aftercare

After treatment, a topical anesthetic will be applied to the treated area, and the skin will be wrapped with gauze. Ice may be applied to help reduce swelling. Your plastic surgeon will go over instructions on how to cleanse the area and replace the dressing, gauze, and tape. The healing time for this non-surgical procedure is generally between 1-2 weeks.

Learn More About Dermabrasion in Raleigh-Durham

Please call our UNC office in Chapel Hill if you are interested in receiving a consultation on the benefits and risks of dermabrasion. The UNC Aesthetic, Laser & Burn Center is committed to guiding its patients toward their goals, including healthy-looking skin.

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