A New Skin with Dermabrasion?

by Chris Donovan - Date: 2007-01-18 - Word Count: 462 Share This!

The great range of medical procedures that can be found and applied today is impressive, without any doubt. All types of methods, treatments and surgical procedures that are meant to make us look better and, eventually feel better about ourselves sound very tempting. We can get a new face, we can get a new body and we can even get a new skin. An Improved skin, a better looking skin - this is precisely what the dermabrasion procedure offers.

But is it really that easy? What does the dermabrasion procedure imply? Is there any pain, any risks? And how effective are the actual results of dermabrasion? Let's take things slowly. For starters, dermabrasion is not an easy procedure, or, clearer said, it is an actual cosmetic/surgical procedure applied to the skin and that requires a general anesthetic. The reason for this type of anesthesia is that dermabrasion is a very painful procedure. Dermabrasion implies the use of a surgical sander that helps in removing the surface skin layer and this precisely what makes dermabrasion that painful.

Furthermore, even though a general anesthetic is used, the patient needs to remain remotely conscious during the dermabrasion procedure. In the recent years, the sander has been replaced with certain lasers, which present some advantages, including the fact that the patient does not bleed during the dermabrasion procedure.

But what is dermabrasion used for? Dermabrasion is used for a wide range of skin and aging problems, such as deep wrinkles (especially the ones located above the upper lip), scars (mainly relief scars and not deep scars) and acne effects. In some cases, the patients need more than one dermabrasion treatment in order to get the results their desire. More pain, more money, but the numerous individuals who are interested in the dermabrasion procedure seem to believe it is worth it. Sure, just like any medical procedure of this type, dermabrasion might present some complications and negative effects, such as irritations and infections, as well as scaring, in case the abrasion is too aggressive.

One of the most unpleasant aspects that occur when opting for dermabrasion is the long recovery. Basically, the patient does not get the expected results right away - what he/she gets is a raw and red aspect of the face - but only several months after the dermabrasion procedure. Only then, the skin gets its tight, smooth and glowing look that the patient desires. In the meantime, the patient needs to avoid sun and to respect a great number of indications in order to avoid complications and to heal properly. Even though the great results in removing scars and marks seem to be sufficient enough when considering dermabrasion, the adjacent effects must be considered, as well, in order to make a responsible and fully informed decision.

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