Chickenpox scars can be eliminated later in life.
Dermabrasion is a surgical procedure used to “refinish” the skin so that any irregularities on the surface of the skin are eliminated. Dermabrasion is helpful in removing acne and chickenpox scars, bumps on the face, precancerous growths called keratoses, and tattoos. It is also helpful in reducing wrinkles and correcting pigmentation problems. Before completing any cosmetic surgery, make sure the doctor performing the procedure is certified and experienced.
Dermabrasion can help reduce wrinkles.
Dermabrasion involves removing the surface layers of dead skin using abrasive sandpaper with rotating wire brushes. It is usually performed in a doctor’s office or on an outpatient basis. The doctor may recommend that the patient use an ointment, such as Retin-A, in the weeks before the procedure. On the day of the procedure, the skin to be “restored” is frozen with Freon spray.
Dermabrasion is sometimes used to remove acne scars.
Doctors may also replace a local anesthetic with sedatives or use general anesthesia alone to minimize any discomfort to the patient. Once frozen, the outer layer of skin is sanded down, revealing the new layer of skin cells. After the procedure, the skin may be sensitive and tingly with some burning and swelling. The swelling usually goes away after about a week and recovery time takes about 10 days.
During the recovery period, patients are advised not to wear makeup, avoid outdoor ball sports, and avoid sun exposure as this can cause abnormal scarring or pigmentation problems. If during the healing process the skin becomes red, itchy or has abnormal scars, it is recommended that the patient call the doctor to correct the problems.
Anyone can get dermabrasion done, and money is the only deterrent to getting the procedure. Although youth and vitality are the motivating factors for performing the surgery, consideration should be given to the patient’s history when analyzing any potential side effects that may accompany the procedure.
Results depend on the individual’s skin type, color, and medical history. Individuals seeking surgery who are of African American or Asian descent and have darkly pigmented skin are at risk for pigmentation irregularities. Also, it’s helpful to remember that older people heal more slowly, so an older person seeking dermabrasion may be at risk for infection and other complications.
The most significant risks associated with dermabrasion include allergies, infections in the area of the face to be restored. Skin sensitivity after the procedure can predispose an allergic person to increasing flare-ups. Pigmentation problems are also common with too much sun exposure immediately after the procedure. There may be excess scar tissue formation, but this can be resolved with steroid injection. Enlarged pores in the skin can also occur, but they tend to disappear as the skin begins to heal.
Dermabrasion, compared to chemical peels, seems to be an effective method to remove these unsightly scars, to reduce wrinkles and the appearance of skin lesions. Precaution dictates that an individual interview the physician so that the patient can adequately understand the potential risks and side effects associated with the procedure. Choosing a licensed physician with experience and attention to the patient’s medical history will go a long way in preventing surgical errors and the consequential damage that can occur.